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Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is distance learning?
• Distance Learning is defined as when a student and instructor are in different locations. During this time of Covid 19, JFK teachers are working from home preparing and delivering lessons. It is the expectation of the teaching staff that every student will communicate with his/her teacher on a regular basis.
How do teachers at JFK use distance learning?
• JFK teachers are very resourceful and provide instruction using various methods. Noted below are only some of the ways that JFK teachers provide instruction.
• Distance Learning methods could include:
o Online instruction
o Printed Instructional Materials
o Phone Calls
o E-mails
o Text reminder applications
o Video Conferencing and other means of communication
o The use of live video is encouraged, but shall not be mandatory
o Teachers’ Office Hours
How do I communicate with my teachers?
• JFK Teachers have designed a schedule that takes into consideration student need and available resources. Communication with teachers and staff is done either by sending messages through Schoology or you can e-mail Staff from our web site jfkcougars.org.
• Once you are at the Staff Page click on the e-mail and complete the information. Don’t forget to press send when you are done.
• Our teachers have worked hard to avoid scheduling conflicts. However, in some cases the schedule might overlap. Therefore, teachers have created and follow a regular weekly schedule of instruction, student support, and 3 Office Hours/week. To find the teacher schedule and office hours, visit the jfkcougars.org web site staff section.The schedule and office hours are readable in that part of the website. Teachers are also providing support and clarification via phone calls, email, and/or other virtual platforms.
How do I communicate with my counselor?
• You can send your counselor a message either through Schoology or through the jfkcougars.org web site.
• Using the jfkcougars.org web site, click on programs then click on the counseling services link. You will see a picture of our counselors and other support staff. The email link as well as access their page with information and office hours.
• Click on the Email and complete the information. Don’t forget to press send when you are done.
How do I keep track of distance learning assignments?
• JFK teachers post assignments on Schoology. If you cannot find the information that you need to complete an assignment, please reach out to your teacher using Schoology or e-mail. Please do not wait until the end of the school year to complete assignments. However, if you are having difficulty, please reach out to any JFK staff member for assistance.
• If you need assistance in activating your Schoology account, please contact Mr. Trebor Jacquez, Assistant Principal.
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Los Angeles Area Food Banks

NOLP/ North Hollywood: 7336 Bellaire Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605 (213) 201-1600 Thursday from 10:30am-5:30pm

Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND): 10641 North San Fernando Rd., Pacoima, CA 91331 (818) 896-0246 Food Distribution Tuesday and Friday 9am-11am Open to the public, Drive thru only.

Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: 24133 Railroad Ave, Newhall, CA 91321 (661) 255-9078 Monday: 11am-2pm Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-2pm, Wednesday: 2pm-5pm Saturday: 9am-12pm Must provide proof of income, address, and photo ID. (2 clients at a time only)

St. Charles Holy Family Service Center: 10825 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602 (818) 985-7365 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9am-12pm Must bring photo ID

Catholic Charities of LA, Guadalupe Community Center: 21600 Hart St, Canoga Park, CA 91303 (213) 251-3549 Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9am-12pm. Once all food is gone they will be closed until further notice.

West Valley Food Pantry: 5700 Rudnick Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 346-5554 Every Monday-Thursday from 10am-3pm & Friday from 10am-12pm. Must provide ID
Loaves & Fishes Glendale: 4322 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204 (213) 318-5707 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-1:30pm. Must provide proof of Income, address, and photo ID for every member in the family

SOVA/Metro: 16439 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818) 988-7682 Monday-Thursday 10am -1:30pm and Sunday 9am-12pm. Must be a local resident, must provide proof of address and picture ID. Closed on Wednesday April 15,2020. Reopen Sunday, April 19, 2020

North Valley Caring Services: 13453 Raven Street, North Hills, CA 91343 (818) 891-0481 Distribution Thursday and Friday 9am until supplies last. Must provide picture ID

Make it Happen Inc.: 11120 Ora Vista Ave., Sunland, CA 91040 (818) 398-6232 Food pantry on Saturdays 2pm. Healthy, fresh, and frozen food for individuals and families. Open to the public. No one leaves empty-handed. No requirements. Free Hot Meals on Sundays 4pm
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Grad Nite 2020 Canceled

Disneyland: “While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of the unprecedented COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and cast members remain the top priority of the Disneyland Resort. In light of recommendations by school and government officials to limit gatherings for the remainder of the academic year, we are making the difficult decision to cancel Disneyland Resort Grad Nite 2020.”
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Superintendent Beutner’s April 13 LAUSD Covid-19 Update

School facilities will remain CLOSED through the Summer of 2020. Summer School will operate remotely with learning opportunities for all. State and local health authorities will need to provide guidance when it is safe and appropriate to reopen school facilities.
Grades will be provided with two caveats: 1) students can work to improve their grade, but will not be penalized by the current circumstances; 2) No failing grades will be given. Student input will be solicited on graduation and recognition ceremonies.
Community town hall meetings will begin this week. Family technology help desk is available: (213) 443-1300. Informational videos for families will begin next week.
LAUSD continues to provide 2 free meals per child daily, Monday through Friday 8am-11am. 7 Million meals have been served to date. Mental Health Hotline is open (213) 241-3840.
Headphones will be provided to all high school students. 51% of teachers have completed additional online learning training.
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AP Exams 2020 Schedule, Length, Structure, and Format

• The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. We know that some students have lost more class time than others, and we want to be fair to all students.
• Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.
• Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
• For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
• Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to-computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
• Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. We'll provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
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Mental Health Support for Students and Families

The transition to distance learning has been challenging for students and families. Students have been required to stay home for the past 3 weeks without being able to interact with their peers. This can be very isolating. Over Spring Break, the District has set up a Mental Health Hotline that will begin Monday, April 6 from 6am to 6pm to support the mental health of both families and students Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (213) 241-3840. Support is available in both English and Spanish.
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How to Support Your Teenager During the Coronavirus Crisis

Home confinement for teenagers is always a challenging task but given the Corona virus pandemic, it has become a mandatory order known as the Safer at Home by LA Mayor Garcetti & Governor Gavin Newsom. We realize that monitoring a teenager 24/7 brings some additional challenges. The following are some tips that we have gathered to help support you during this time.
Emphasize social distancing
From a developmental perspective we understand that teenagers tend to feel invincible. They may feel that this rule of social distancing is not as important or that it may even not apply to them since the media keeps reporting that it is an older adult problem. However, we each play a part in spreading the disease. As parents it is important that you let your teen know that they can be asymptomatic carriers and by exposing themselves to others, they are indeed spreading the illness. Or they can be contracting the illness from a peer who is also asymptomatic. By going out and being social, they could potentially bring back the disease into their home which can then affect another loved one at home.
Understand their frustration over not seeing friends
Bonding with peers is one of the essential developmental tasks of adolescents. Therefore, your teen's friends are hugely important. Not being able to spend time with them can be challenging to teens. Start to have conversations with your teen about their feelings and ways in which you can support them. Acknowledge that you know it’s frustrating for them to be cut off from friends. Listen to what they’re feeling, validate those feelings and then be direct about how you can work together to make this situation bearable.
Support online learning
Parents may be feeling pressured and confused about how to help their child with online learning. It's important to create a realistic schedule. As Carol Miller writes; "getting work done in defined periods, building in breaks and times for socializing, exercising and entertainment. The key principle: do a session of work first, then reward yourself with something relaxing." There will be challenges along the way and so it is important to know that you can reach out to the school for more support. As teachers become more familiar with the online learning process so will students and remote learning will be slightly easier. Remember that students will still be expected to do the work and continue to turn in assignments for their grades.
Validate their disappointment
For many the most painful part of the Coronavirus crisis will be losing important experiences: high school sports seasons, proms, theater productions, high school graduations. And even though there haven't been any concrete decisions made, these are thoughts that continue to cross their minds. Give them room to share their feelings and listen without judgment (or without reassuring them that everything will be fine). It is important for them to have the room to share their own feelings and especially the stress that we are all feeling at this time.
Although we may not know what the future will bring, we can reassure them that we have confidence in their ability to succeed.
Encourage healthy habits
Teenagers will do better during this stressful time if they get adequate sleep, eat healthy meals and exercise regularly. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule, with predictable times to wake up and go to bed, is especially important to maintaining a positive mood and their ability to fulfill academic expectations. Losing the routines that we once had can also be stressful. Some teenagers rely on being in school as a way to distract them and create distance from family members who may cause stress and tension. Thus, having to share close quarters with these people over a long period of time can increase the tension and stress. It is important therefore for parents to attempt to diffuse these tensions amongst siblings and parents.
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Covid-19 Resources for Families

LAUSD Family Resources: 213-443-1300 6a-6p M-Sa. LAUSD is working with community partners to help families access essential services during this public health crisis, such as food, shelter, physical/mental health support & more. http://achieve.lausd.net/resources or http://achieve.lausd.net/shhs
Food:
Everytable
11601 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
(323) 458-6487
Monday-Friday (8 AM-3 PM)
Physical Health Support:
North Hills Wellness Center
9119 Haskell Ave., North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 763-8836
Monday (8 AM- 8 PM)
Tuesday-Friday (8 AM-5 PM)
Saturday (8 AM-3 PM)
CHAMP Hotline
(866) 742-2273
Mental Health Support:
LA County Department of Mental Health
800-854-7771
7 Days per Week, 24 Hours per Day
Housing/Emergency Shelter
The Village
6801 Coldwater Canyon, No. Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 755-8786
Monday-Friday (9:30 AM-3:30 PM)
LA Family Housing:
7817 Lankershim Blvd., No. Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-4091
Monday-Friday (8 AM-4 PM)
Unemployment Insurance:
Employment Development Department
Visit edd.ca.gov/claims.htm to file for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits if you lose your job or have your hours reduced
Comprehensive Family Services:
New Economics for Women
(818) 887-3872
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Family Technology Resources During At Home Learning

Technology Resouces for Families: Explore various options for providing affordable home connectivity through the District and its partners.
• Charter Spectrum is providing free internet service to families of K-12 students. No income or other eligibility required. call 844-488-8395 to learn more.
• Comcast is offering similar services to households as an expansion of its Internet Essentials program. Learn more by calling 855-846-8376.
• The non-profit human-I-T helps connect families and community-based organizations with internet connectivity and a_ordable computing devices. Learn more at hitconnect.org or send a text message to (562) 372-6925.
• The City of Los Angeles is partnering with the California Emerging Technology Fund and EveryoneOn to help residents and options for low-cost internet services, access to computers, and digital literacy services. Call (877) 947-4321 to learn more.
• AT&T is offering two months free for new customers and lifting data caps on existing customers. Call 844-886-4258.
• LAUSD continues to work with partners to explore additional options. Families can call 213-443-1300 to learn about additional possibilities.
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How to Be a Successful Student

You must keep a daily routine and structure in your day. A predictable routine can start with meal times, study times in a distraction free (no phone) zone, and continuing healthy sleep habits. Just like when we are attending school, you should complete your homework in a quiet and consistent place. Make sure to take your lunch break to eat and refuel for your afternoon session of learning. Get some sun and go outside for a walk while maintaining appropriate social distancing (6 feet apart). Also, remember to maintain a consistent sleeping schedule during the week. Don’t forget to include some entertainment time like playing a game, watching a movie, or keeping in touch with family and friends. You can always e-mail or Schoology Message your teachers, counselors, and social workers (Ms. Nina and Ms. Stacy). They are still working from home from 8am-3pm on regular school days. Don’t forget grades are due Wednesday, April 1 and Spring Break is Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 12. We only have 6 more school days of at home learning until Spring Break. Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.
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