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Sean Snider
Assistant Superintendent
Educational Services
ssnider@acusd.org

Malinda Hemig
Administrative Assistant
mhemig1@acusd.org
209-257-5334

Distance Learning

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Newsom’s stay at home order, Amador County Public Schools will shift to distance learning effective Monday, March 23 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:

  1. All students should read a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
  2. After reading, students should write a short summary of what they read and talk about it with a family member.
  3. Students should spend time reviewing recent math learning.  If they have their math textbook at home, they may review recent chapters studied.
  4. Students should spend 30 minutes outside doing physical activity.

Parent Guide to Benchmark Universe for Elementary Students

Logging in Grades TK-6 

https://amadorcoe.benchmarkuniverse.com/

Username: student’s district email (first.last.acusd.org)

Password: pencil

How to access activities assigned to you in Benchmark Universe Grades TK-1 Video

How to access activities assigned to you in Benchmark Universe Grades 2-6 Video

Google Classroom Live Q&A For Families

Below is a recording of our live Q&A regarding Google Classroom for families held on Monday, April 20 at 4:30 pm.

Using Zoom in Google Classroom

Zoom for Google Classroom-PDF

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.
Select Connect. 

Video link (This link will take you to a new page that is not associated with Amador County Public Schools)

Sign Into Google Chrome

How to Sign Into Chrome – PDF

Accessing Google Classroom

How to Access Google Classroom – PDF

Internet Access for Families In Need

The below links are to third-party resource web sites that are solely responsible for their own content. The link resources are not affiliated with Amador County Public Schools.

We are pleased to announce that Xfinity Comcast and Volcano Communications have provided free wifi hotspots throughout Amador County. Please see the Xfinity link and the Volcano PDF below for locations. 

Wifi Xfinity locations

Volcano Communications Wifi Locations – PDF

It is with great appreciation and excitement that we announce Volcano Communications Group (VCG) will provide a limited time special program, allowing students internet access who would not normally have internet access due to cost issues, during this emergency. This applies to households within the Volcano service area that do not currently have any existing internet service. This will include service installation, all equipment needed, no limit on data, and telephone service if the household does not already have phone service. 

VCG Internet Access Qualifications English – PDF

VCG Opciones de Acceso a Internet Español – PDF

If you believe your household qualifies for this emergency program, please contact Volcano Communications Group toll-free at 1-888-886-5226, by email at info@volcanotel.com, or through their website at https://www.volcanocommunications.com/contactus.

AT&T: 

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:

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.

Cyberbullying Prevention

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 cyberabuse@acusd.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/ls/cg/mh/studentcrisishelp.asp.”

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:

Nexus Youth and Family Services will continue to provide support to our students during this time. For more information please visit their website and read the letter from Nexus, attached HERE – PDF.

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.)

Distance Learning Resources

The below links are to third-party resource web sites that are solely responsible for their own content. The link resources are not affiliated with Amador County Public Schools.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Exam News

Khan Academy

APP Fiveable

Math

Khan Academy, (All Grades)

Curricki, (High school)

Funbrain, (Grades K-8)

Prodigy, (Grades 1-8)

Math Playground, (Grades 1-6)

Splash Learn, (Grades K-5)

Math Game Time, (Preschool-7th)

Prodigy (TK-6)

BrainPop

Code.org

English Language Arts (Reading & Writing)

Benchmark Univers eBook Libraries

Book Creator (Grades 3-12)

Adapted Mind (Grades 1-6)

Classroom Secrets (Grades K-4)

Perfectly Pre-K Blog (Preschool)

Storyline Online (Grades K-4)

Get Epic (Ages 0-12)

Flamingo Rampant (Ages 0-5)

PBS PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings Collection

Scholastic

Dreamscape 

Vocabulary.com

Readworks.org

epic.com

Foreign Languages

Duolingo

Conjuguemos

Social Studies/History

PBS Learning Media (All Grades)

Khan Academy (High School)

Crash Course (High School)

Nat Geo Kids (Grades 3-7)

Google Earth (Grades 4-8)

Time for Kids (Grades K-6)

Science

Science Printables (Grades 6-8)

Toca Boca (Grades K-5)

Khan Academy (High School)

ED Heads (Grades 2-12)

Periodic Videos (High School)

NASA Kids Club (Grades K-4)

Scratch Coding (Grades 3-12)

How Stuff Works (Grades 6-12)

Mystery Science

FOSS Online

Arts and Culture

Mati & Dada, (Ages 3-9)

Google Arts & Culture (Grades 4-12)

Museums Virtual Tours (All Grades)

Advanced Placement

Khan Academy

APP Fiveable

 

 

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