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The Orinda School Year Advisory Group (SYAG) agreed that our school programs and schedules for all students, parents, and staff need to be nimble to adjust to the fluid dynamics of our current realities. The Orinda USD plan also needs to be clear and consistent, as parents and students are assuming a new role in the implementation of many of these program scenarios. The SYAG used our six guiding values as focus areas to drive our planning process. We also incorporated our collective experience from Spring 2020 Distance Learning, along with data collected from teacher, parent, and student surveys. With all of our prospective plans, we have continually consulted with teachers, parents, staff, and community members to understand the benefits and trade-offs of our potential recommendations.

Based on the State of California’s instructional minutes requirements*, our curriculum plans are structured to ensure that students and families have consistent, live interactions with teachers and peers to facilitate effective learning. The SYAG and Orinda USD teachers have researched and incorporated best practices for Distance Learning into this plan. Understanding the shifting conditions and constraints, Orinda USD has created both In-Person Hybrid and full Distance Learning models to engage all staff and students and promote a rich, comprehensive, and safe learning environment. Both models address the need for all students to have a clear, consistent, equitable, and rigorous experience that will support and challenge them.

*Time Requirements from Assembly Bill 77

180 Instructional Days for All Students

Grade Levels Required Daily Minutes of Instruction
(Total of Synchronous + Asynchronous)
TK and Kindergarten 180 min. per day (versus 200 typical)
Grades 1 to 3 230 min. per day (versus 280 typical)
Grades 4 to 8 240 min. per day (versus 300 typical)

The instructional minutes can be a combination of synchronous instruction, asynchronous instruction, completion of independent practice or extension activities, work on group projects, and small group or individual meetings with teachers, for example. On Mondays, teachers will hold live, check-in meetings with all students. Students will engage primarily with asynchronous learning. Elementary students will engage in activities assigned by their classroom teacher as well as receive instruction from art, music, or P.E. teachers and our Teachers on Special Assignment (Technology, Mathematics, and Literacy). OIS students will meet with their advisory teacher each Monday, engage in asynchronous instruction for their classes, and participate in P.E.