New Distance Learning Schedule to Be Followed Starting April 9

Mina Orlic

Starting Thursday, April 9, UC High teachers will begin following a new “Distance Learning” schedule which divides three weekdays into period time frames, focused on instruction and class content, and Flex times, which allow teachers time to prepare lessons and correspond with students and parents. 

    According to a schedule determined by UC High’s Instructional Counsel (IC) and published by Principal Jeff Olivero, depending on each teacher’s availability and preferred style of teaching and learning, online Zoom meetings or class discussion may be held on the following days and times: on Mondays, first period may meet from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and second period may meet from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; on Wednesdays, third period may meet from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and fourth period may meet from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and lastly, on Fridays, fifth period may meet from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and sixth period may meet from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

  Tuesdays and Thursdays — as well as Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — are designated Flex times, during which teachers can prepare lessons/assessments, hold virtual office hours, and grade assignments and provide feedback to their students. 

    Principal Jeff Olivero wrote in his School Closure Update Number 9 email, “The defined meeting periods are set up to designate a time period so that classes are less likely to meet at the same time. The schedule won’t be perfect, but it does provide an outline so that we have place holders for when a class can meet.”  

   According to the guidelines determined by the IC team, “Period time frames give teachers a dedicated time for providing synchronous learning. For teachers who opt not to provide synchronous learning on a particular day, they can post asynchronous options to online platforms prior to the dedicated time period.” 

   Additionally, small group instruction and conferencing with individual students may take place during either the dedicated time periods or flex times.  

   This schedule will allow most Community College classes to meet before UC High’s instructional time periods begin. “Not all, but most community college classes are slated to be held before 10:00 am,” according to Olivero. 

      It is expected that UC High will follow this schedule for the rest of the school year, or until it is safe for students and staff to return to campus according to the official UC High website (