Distance Learning

Notice and Guidelines for Student Participation in Online Instruction

As the Gateway Unified School District (“District”) transitions to distance learning, teachers may utilize web conferencing communication platforms to engage students in the learning process. An online meeting may resemble actions that have already occurred in a teacher’s physical classroom, i.e. lessons, resource sharing, and discussion. The District believes there are several benefits to engaging students in online instruction, including the creation of a teaching presence, building camaraderie among students, reduction in student isolation, and real-time guidance for student questions on assignments. (Click here to view the Notice and Guidelines for Student Participation in Online Instruction)

Shasta County Office of Education - Online Resource

  • Meal information
  • Distance Learning Resources
  • Tutorials on Google Classroom, Google Meet and Zoom
  • Sample Schedules
  • Links to websites to support learning during school year and summer
  • Self-care and mental health links
  • Conscious Discipline resources
  • Fun ideas for virtual field trips, arts, physical education and so much more!
  • Click here to go to the resource page

Distance Learning Interaction Tips

This page serves as a common sense approach to interacting with students online. These are guidelines created for the safety of both teachers and students. While the district may not seek to mandate a teachers approach to delivering online content, this page serves to establish some tips as well as be informative of the potential risks involved.
Gateway USD will officially support the use of Google Docs, Classroom, and Google Meet as the primary tools for distance learning.

Quality Online Teaching

The National Standards for Quality Online Teaching provide a framework for schools, districts, state agencies, statewide online programs and other interested educational organizations to improve online teaching and learning. The instructional philosophies, approaches and models for online teaching are practically endless. The standards are intended to provide guidance while providing maximum flexibility for the users. Click here to go to the resource page

Google Docs, Classroom, and Meet

Chromebook Simulator

  • Google Meet Tutorial: View a short presentation on Google Meet
    • It is recommended that teachers create and share their Google Meet with students using the following guidelines to ensure teachers have improved control over the meeting:
      • The meeting was created using a short link like g.co/meet/nickname 
      • The meeting was created at meet.google.com by entering a meeting nickname in the "Join or start a meeting” field 
      • The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field 
      • It is recommended to wait until all students leave before the teacher end the session.
    • Google for Education: Explore Google learning resources to engage students through distance learning

Online Resources

Technical Support

Please continue to use the helpdesk as the primary way for technical support issues. You may also see the Technical Support page for common questions and issues relating to but not limited to Distance Learning.
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