Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amador County Public Schools has shifted to distance learning for the begining of the 2020-2021 school year until further notice. It is important to note that school is not closed, we are just delivering it in a different way. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we navigate these unprecedented times.
Ideas for families to keep the learning going:
- All students should read a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
- After reading, students should write a short summary of what they read and talk about it with a family member.
- Students should spend time reviewing recent math learning. If they have their math textbook at home, they may review recent chapters studied.
- Students should spend 30 minutes outside doing physical activity.
Ccalifornia Department of Education (CDE)
Distance Learning Guidance and Resources
Google Classroom Live Q&A For Families
Using Zoom in Google Classroom
Common Distance Learning Connection Solutions
Connecting a District Chromebook to Wifi
To connect to the Internet, use a compatible Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Turn on Wi-Fi
At the bottom right, select the time.
Select Not Connected.
Note: If you see your Wi-Fi network name and signal strength, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.
Turn on Wi-Fi.
Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.
Step 2: Pick a network and connect
Connect to an open network
Select the Wi-Fi network.
Remember, your information might be visible to other people on this network.
Connect to a secure network
Select the secure Wi-Fi network.
Type the network password.
Video link (This link will take you to a new page that is not associated with Amador County Public Schools)
Sign Into Google Chrome
Accessing Google Classroom
AT&T’s Access Program offers internet to eligible families for $10.00 per month. To qualify for Access, customers must have at least one family member who participates in the SNAP program.
Visit the Access page to fill out an application and see if you qualify.
Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to new customers. Comcast Xfinity is also automatically increasing speeds for all Internet Essentials customers. Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone. Download the Xfinity wifi app to locate these hot spots.
Families with slow internet connections or limits on data usage are encouraged to reach out to your service provider. Many providers are waiving fees for data overages or offering upgrades at no charge during this unprecedented time.
Student Email Accounts
In order to implement our distance learning program, all students’ acusd.org email addresses have been activated. If you need assistance with your student’s username or password, please send an email to their teacher/s, the school’s administrative assistant, or the Principal.
For issues regarding the function of a district device, such as a loaned Chromebook, and/or a district device connection, please submit a tech request via this Google form. Tech requests must be submitted via the Google form and will be responded to in the order they are received.
In an effort to protect students from any inappropriate use of the email accounts, we have also set up an account for students to report any cyberbullying or inappropriate email account use. If a student is a victim of this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and an administrator will respond to handle the situation.
Student safety, including online safety, is always our number one priority. Thank you for helping us keep all students safe while online.
Mental Health and Wellness during COVID-19
“State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and the CDE are extremely concerned about the mental health and wellness of students whose lives have dramatically changed during the COVID-19 response, as well as the health of staff who are also coping with these changes.
To support students, schools, and communities during this challenging time, the CDE has gathered information regarding mental health resources, including links for students to get direct access to mental health professionals. The new “Help for Students in Crisis” web page includes crisis and warm line numbers, along with other COVID-19-related resources for providing virtual mental health services, and information for mental health providers, families, and youth: https://www.cde.ca.gov/
Social-Emotional Well Being Resources
We understand these are challenging times for students and families. The Youth Crisis Hotline is a free phone or online chat hotline developed to assist all students. Students can also reach out to their school counselors for support. The counselors for each school are as follows:
- Plymouth Elementary, Sutter Creek Elementary: Yvette Valle
- Pioneer Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary: Sophia Montes
- Jackson Elementary, Jackson Junior High School: Joselyne Gonzales
- Ione Elementary and Ione Junior High: Pamela DeWitt
- Foster Youth: Regina Helmer
- Amador High School:
- Argonaut High School:
- Independence, North Star, or Community School: Lori Martinez
In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.
The California Coalition (CCY) for Youth is dedicated to the youth, families, and youth allies that we serve. CCY, now more than ever, has found that the California Youth Crisis Line is an essential resource to California’s Youth and will remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic to help youth and families find resources in their area and to be a listening ear for youth and families experiencing a crisis.
We want to remind everyone that the mental health symptoms associated with COVID-19 are just as severe as the physical ones, and we’re here 24/7 if you need to talk.
Call or text us at (800) 843-5200 or chat with us at Calyouth.org/chat. (This will take you to another website that is not associated with Amador County Public Schools.)
Stress reduction is important, now more than ever. The California Youth Crisis Line is here for you if you need to talk, de-stress, or get access to resources and services. Call or text us 24/7 at (800) 843-5200 or chat with us online at Calyouth.org/chat. (This will take you to another website that is not associated with Amador County Public Schools.)
Here are a few ways that we can individually reduce stress (a lot of which are done in the comfort of our own homes)
- Get Enough Sleep
- Exercise Regularly
- Build a social support network
- Try Relaxation Methods
Click here to read about more resources. (This will take you to another website that is not associated with Amador County Public Schools.)