Distance Learning

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

All students must have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) for required online learning. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. Families are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement to any district laptop. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis. Please contact the school office directly for information regarding school laptops at (619) 479-3662.

Distance Learning Details

School starts at 8:50 am via distance learning. No classes will take place on Allen’s physical campus as all schools remain closed to the public until further notice.

Accessing Distance Learning 

In order for your child to access distance learning, please follow the steps:

User Names:  Your child’s username is <student ID #>@live.cvesd.org  

Passwords, Transitional Kindergarten through First Grade: Lowercase first initial + lowercase second initial + student ID + equal sign(=) .  For example, my name is John Greenwell so my password would be jg12345= 

Passwords, Second through Sixth Grade: Capitalized first initial + lowercase second initial + birthday.  For example, my name is John Greenwell and I was born on October 4th, 2010 then my password would be Jg10042010 

Distance Learning Schedule:

Please note that all students finish synchronous learning on Fridays at 11:25 am.

Please contact the school office if you are not getting the School Messenger emails and phone calls. We also recommend you “Follow Our Blog” by entering in your email in the field to the right of this information. This way, you will receive automatic updates as they are released.

Parent Helpline and Tech Support

Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message. Your patience and flexibility are appreciated.

If your child is using a non-district supported program, such as Zoom or Google Classroom, please note that district technicians might not be able to assist you with those programs.

CVESD School Meal Distribution Schedule – Effective April 12, 2021

The school meal distribution program is designed to provide breakfast and lunch for students eligible to receive free and reduced-price school meals. Allen’s day for meal distribution is now on Mondays. Meals will only be distributed one day a week and will include food for five days.

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday (starting on April 12th) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year! Find the forms and information at the district link hereWe encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.