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Distance Learning

Distance Learning 

Due to the increase in cases in Alameda County, the 2020-21 school year will begin online and transition to in-person instruction when it’s safe to do so. During Governor Newsom’s Friday, July 17 press conference, he issued an order that all schools in counties currently on the COVID-19 watch list, may not resume in-person classes until that specific county is off the watch list for 14 consecutive days.  Alameda County has been on the watch list since July 12 as cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise.  It is difficult to predict how Alameda County’s community spread will evolve in the coming days but in light of the governor’s statewide mandate, and recognizing the timing issues inherent in pivoting from distance learning to hybrid and in-person instruction, KEY Academy will begin the 2020-2021 academic year on Wednesday, August 12, in distance learning mode. Schools can open for in-person instruction when its county has been off the State Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Schools must not open for in-person instruction until that condition has been met. Once in-person instruction is allowed, KEY Academy will use a phased-in approach until it is safe to open 100% in-person instruction.


  • Phase 1- All Distance Learning 
  • Phase 2- Hybrid model (some cohorts on-site for in-person learning and distance learning)
  • Phase 3- All in-person instruction


We also understand that some students may prefer a distance learning environment, and families who wish to choose a distance/online learning environment may continue to have that option for the 2020-2021 school year.


Teachers will provide three hours of synchronous learning during the day and small group support. The small group support time is dedicated to work in smaller student groups based on their instructional level. Elective classes will continue during distance learning. Intervention and ELD classes for students will be scheduled individually.


Teachers will also have two hours a week of Office Hours. During Office Hours, students or parents can connect with teachers via Zoom to ask for additional help or ask questions. 


Sample Student Schedule

All student computers should have Zoom on their computers. If you need to download Zoom, please feel free to check out the tutorial videos under Parent Resources or call the school offices for additional help.