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Spring 2020 Distance Learning

When will school be back in session?

Unfortunately, as of May 6, we have decided to continue with distance learning through the rest of the academic year.

 

Will the school year be extended?

Since students are making good progress toward semester goals, we don't believe it will be necessary to extend the school year. The final day of classes is June 4th.

What if I don't do anything during distance learning?

Even though we are meeting digitally, all Pacifica rules and policies still apply.

If a student is late to attend the virtual meeting near the beginning of class, the teacher will mark that person tardy. If a student does not complete any of the work assigned for the period, the teacher will mark that person truant.

The same logic applies to any type of misbehavior. Teachers have been strongly advised to give points frequently, which will result in cumulative effects like Saturday School or suspension. All disciplinary consquences will come into effect retroactively when we return to on-campus instruction.


Is there any dress code for distance learning?

We ask that all students wear appropriately academic clothing to virtual class, although it can be more casual. Gentlemen must wear a shirt, and please do not attend class in pajamas. All clothing must be modest and support an academic atmosphere.

Additionally, students should find a professional place to do their work, like a family room table or a desk.


Can I come to campus?

Pacifica has institued a work- and study-from-home policy. With permission, some staff are on-campus from time to time. If a student needs to retrieve something from campus, s/he must ask permission ahead of time from Mr. Mulligan, our Director of Facilities (mmulligan@pacificachristian.org).


What if my internet goes out?

Google Meet-Specific Issues
If your internet is too slow for the video to work properly, turn off video and join just through audio.

If your internet is still too buggy even for that, call into class using your phone. Each class has a unique phone number and pin that can be found in Google Calendar. Simply select the name of the class and follow the "Join by Phone" directions in the bubble that pops up.

General Internet Issues
If your internet is not working at all, please contact your teacher or Mr. Soria (asoria@pacificachristian.org) immediately. You should still be able to complete many assignments by going through the Canvas app on your phone. That will use some mobile data, but it shouldn't be significant.


What should parents/guardians do during this time?

First of all, please pray for your children and for the health of our community.

If your student becomes sick and cannot attend our virtual sessions, please contact Carol Bock as you would normally for any other absence. We are using daily attendance as an indicator for who is participating actively so that we can best support our students remotely, which means it's very important that we have the most accurate information.

Please also take an even more active interest in your student's education. Distance learning requies a great deal of focus and discipline, and you the are the ones most directly equipped to help maintain a good learning environment at your home.

We held the first online parent forum March 18 at 9:00am. Over 100 parents were in virtual attendance, but if you missed it you can watch a full screen share with audio here on the Pacifica Vimeo page. 

March 18 Parent Forum


Where can I go for help?

If there is a question about a specific class or assignment, please contact your individual teachers.

If there are questions/conerns about technology or distance learning in general, please contact Andrew Soria (asoria@pacificachristian.org).

Our counselors, Wally Hirsch and Molly Jang, are also available and encourage students to make an online appointment with them.

For Ms. Jang (grades 10 & 11), please click here.
For Mr. Hirsch (grades 9 & 12), please click here.


How do I stay in touch?

Visual and audio contact is very important at this potentially isolating time.

Students are in direct contact with their teachers through Google Meet and Canvas. Teachers are also holding open office hours every day from 10:50-11:20am, as well as at various points throughout the day. Students can contact their teachers for a link.

We are also holding a weekly parent forum so that we can give updates and answer questions. Plans are in the works for online student forums and the hosting of virtual student life groups to keep the student body connected.

You can find video content on our Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/user95669949. Here, you can find recordings of parent forums, chapel messages, messages from ASG, videos from the athletics departments, and more!

Finally, on the staff and faculty side, Pacifica is holding bi-weekly virtual staff meetings and bi-weekly department meetings. The Pacifica executive team has formal daily meetings as well as bi-weekly meetings with the board. Of course, there are also many informal check-ins happening on a constant basis.


Distance learning is actually kind of fun - can we keep doing it?

Here are some links to video content during the Distance Learning period due to the Coronavirus. Most content also available on the Pacifica Vimeo Page here

Parent Forum #1, March 18

Parent Forum #2, March 19



Distance Learning, 2020/2021

While we are all eager to get back onto campus in-person, there are distance learning options being offered through Mr. Soria and Pacifica Online for the next academic year. If you are interested in AP Psychology, AP Art History, Intro to Psychology, or French, please contact your counselor to sign up!

There is an extra cost associated with these classes, but financial aid applications are available.

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