Distance Learning: A New Frontier

Teaching Our Students to Adapt

As the new school year starts, all students will begin our fall semester via distance learning. While we miss seeing our students in-person, this provides an opportunity for us to model to our students how to adapt and overcome challenges. The Downey Unified community is tight-knight, forward-thinking, and always looking to strive for the best… because our kids deserve the best! Find out how we have prepared and adjusted our technology to start this year off strong.

Student in class through distance learning

Increased Wi-Fi Options

1000 hotspots in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year


Access to connected devices

14,000 cellular-enabled iPads to further support connectivity


1:1 Take-Home Model

iPads will be distributed to TK-8th graders. High schools will receive other devices


ISTE Training for teachers

DUSD partnered with International Society for Technology in Education to build a professional skill-set.

working on a tablet

Meeting Our Students’ Needs Virtually

Our goal for this fall is to continue moving students forward, keeping them on track for graduation and post-secondary-opportunities. We know distance learning might change the way our students learn, but we refuse to let it change the quality of what they learn. And it’s vital that our students feel connected with their peers and teachers no matter the distance.

To accomplish this, our teachers and administrators are going through professional development courses with the International Society for Technology in Education. To ensure we are ready to meet our students’ needs, DUSD is:

  • Creating communities in online classrooms
  • Assessing learning in online environments
  • Ensuring equity and inclusion in online learning
  • Designing exciting online learning experiences
  • Improving online communication between teachers and parents/students

Enroll From a Distance

Like our classrooms this fall, enrollment is now available online for your convenience.

Transitioned to paperless online registration TK-12


Phone Compatible

Now able to accept electronic payments

Designated stations at each school site for parents

Ready to join the Downey Unified family?