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    Attendance:  Students will need to check in with their 2nd & 7th-period teachers daily.  Check-ins must be done by 10:30 a.m.  On Fridays, attendance will be taken with your 2nd-period teacher.  Students are expected to keep up with work expectations (submissions, deadlines, etc).



    Laptops will be distributed from the South Oak Cliff Main Office on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.



    Dear Parents and Students, 

    The goal of virtual learning at South Oak Cliff HS is to ensure a continuity of learning in the wake of our school closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there are pockets of teachers/students using Power School learning platforms, we will also use the online platform Google Classroom in partnership with parents to promote student learning.

    This message comes with a clear understanding of what the South Oak Cliff HS Community will be doing.  

    General Information

    • We will follow the regular class schedule so students can better manage their time to complete uploaded assignments in all classes. 
    • It should take students about the same amount of time to complete the work as they would on a regular school day. Importantly, students must work up to 4 hours per day, consequently, Virtual Learning should not significantly increase or decrease the time required.
    • Importantly, at this time attendance will not be taken, rather, assignment completion will be used to validate student participation and progress.  (This is based on the district policy on attendance). Parents, it is vital that you ensure student progress by ensuring the above-mentioned requirements are met thus meeting attendance and promotion requirements.  

    Teacher Expectations

    • Teachers will post work daily on Google classroom or Power School Learning, to include details on the tasks, resources, assessments and due dates, prior to the start of the school day (8:00 am). Students may be directed to other sites (including Google classroom) as resources and references. They can post work daily, or they might include longer projects/activities with checkpoint dates.
    • Teachers have the option to set up Remind if they do not already have one or use google classroom in order to communicate with students. Students will be sent invitations to all these meetings and will, therefore, have access to the teachers during those times.
      • In some cases, the teacher may gather the class for lessons/discussions
      • In other cases, the teacher will be available during the regular class time for student questions and feedback on the tasks they are completing.
      • This information will be posted on Google classroom or Power School Learning. 
    • Teachers will continue to hold office hours as scheduled. There will be a recurring invitation to students during those times. 
    • Teachers will be available via email for any student/parent questions. They have been asked to respond to emails within 24 hours during the school week.
    • Teachers will provide feedback on submitted work within 48 hours of the due date.

    Student Guidelines and Expectations

    1. Availability: Students are expected to keep the daily school schedule of classes and work.
    2. Attendance:  Students will need to check in with their 2nd & 7th-period teachers daily.  Check-ins must be done by 10:30 a.m.  On Fridays, attendance will be taken with your 2nd-period teacher.  Students are expected to keep up with work expectations (submissions, deadlines, etc)
    3. Technology:
      1. Hardware: Students should use only their HP Chromebook for all school-related assignments, one on one teacher-student meeting, or group meetings. 
      2. Software: Students will use school-approved applications (Google docs, Google Classroom, All in learning, Power School Learning, and Clever applications) for virtual learning. 
      3. Students must properly identify themselves (by their real names) in Any conversations 
      4. All videoconferences and chats will be recorded automatically. AUP guidelines will be followed.  
    4. Student tips for participating in conversations with the teacher. Set up an intentional space where the class is going to happen.
    5. Learning Environment: Students should consider a location in their home that is conducive to the virtual learning experience. Students will stay in that location for the period of the day and they should not be walking around. 
    6. Office Hours:  for teachers, expected times are between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    7. Communication: Students are expected to check their Google and/or Power School Learning classrooms before the start of their school day.  Students are expected to check emails or whichever form of communication the teacher has set up daily.

    Students can send emails to teachers; teachers will reply within 24 hours during the workweek. 


     Parent Expectations

    • Ensure that you and your student can log into software portals (eg. Google classroom and Power School Learning) there is an option to invite guardians in Google Classroom. 
    • Identify a location in your home that will be conducive to learning. Remind your students to wear appropriate clothing in the event your student and teacher access video conference meetings. 
    • Help your child navigate and find upcoming learning tasks. 
    • Encourage your child to contact the teacher if they have any questions. Office hours will be available. 
    • Assignments for Virtual Learning days are designed to be completed by the student with little or no parent involvement required unless specifically stated by the teacher. Some content may be new. Accessing the assignments and using technology should be something students are used to doing independently.  Similar to our regular classroom learning:
    • Parents are encouraged to stay updated on their child’s progress, ask questions, and develop student inquiry and curiosity.
    • Parents are free to contact the teacher to request clarity on learning tasks.


    Significantly, teachers have already taken time before spring break to set up their online classrooms and I am sure they are using the break to prepare their activities or lessons. Teachers are expected to post their first assignment ready to go on Monday 23rd. 

    We are in the unfortunate circumstance of a school closure. We understand that there are limitations to the work that both teachers and students can do through Virtual Learning. We appreciate your understanding as we move forward, your patience as we work through some of the challenges, and your continued support of your student’s learning at South Oak Cliff HS. 

    Dr. J