October 2, 2020
Note to Students and Parents:
There will be no Y Block on Thursday, October 8, due to
WASC accreditation meetings.
Dear RHP, Renaissance, and REACH Families,

As you know, our decisions since last spring have always been made with the health of our campus community at the forefront. I wanted to touch base on the continued progress we are making towards having our entire student body return to campus. As we have seen, all schools in LA County are awaiting approval from the LA County Department of Public Health to increase capacity for in-person learning. 

In addition to LA County, our decisions are informed by a variety of sources, including our Task Force, the CDC, California Association of Independent Schools, and the Governor’s office. The campus adaptations, PPE’s supplied, and new protocols and procedures have been ready for our students and faculty and staff to return to in-person learning as soon as we are permitted. In the past two weeks, the LA County Department of Public Health visited our campus twice to thoroughly inspect all these measures to ensure compliance with county guidelines. They looked at our screening measures, our student and adult arrival and departure process, our classroom setups, our HVAC upgrades, our cleaning protocols, and more, in addition to looking at our small cohort interactions among students and teachers in classrooms. We passed the inspection with an enthusiastic approval from the health officials, with zero recommendations for improvement.

Again, we are actively working to bring all our students back to campus. Since March, we have served as a model for what is possible with distance learning, but we acknowledge without reservation the need to get our community back to campus when the risks involved can be mitigated and managed. In the meantime, we are adhering to the restrictions given to us by the State and County, and we will continue with a phased approach which allows as many students as possible to return to campus.
 
As a reminder, the conditions that we must meet, as established by the LA County Department of Public Health, include:
 
  • Schools may offer "in-person support for at-risk and high-need students."
  • Schools may prioritize students "at higher risk of further learning loss or (who are) not participating in distance learning."
  • The number of students on campus at any time may not exceed 10% of the school's total student body.
  • The number of students in any cohort must not exceed 12.
 
Although waivers have been made available in Los Angeles County, they are restricted to grades K-2 and will not currently help us increase the on-campus student population at this time.
 
As always, we will be communicating often in the weeks ahead as we work through this continued uncertainty, and if there are questions or concerns along the way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for your continued patience and partnership,


David

Pictured Above: The next speakers in the R&R Speaker Series, hosted by Renaissance and REACH, are Lev Gottlieb, PhD, and Taylor Kuhn, PhD, presenting the topic "Technology & The Brain," on October 21 at 4:00 PM. This talk highlights brain health and wellness in an era of technology, including potential uses of technology and effects on the brain. Novel tools are introduced that allow for scientifically-informed assessment of cognitive style to help people thrive in every area.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 20 and you will receive a Zoom invitation via e-mail.
2020 Arts Invitational - October 2 & 3
Morning Meeting Link - Monday, October 5
We will be meeting as an entire school via Zoom on Monday, October 5 at 8:00 AM. A link to the Zoom meeting can be accessed below and a reminder e-mail will be sent that morning to all students. Please note, these meetings will use a different Zoom link each week.
Things To Know - Read This Section Every Week!
Virtual Poker Night With The Orlands - Saturday, October 3: Join the Orlands, for their 3rd Annual Poker Night. There is still time to sign up, but the clock is ticking! Tournament play begins tomorrow at 7:30pm. Click the "Virtual Poker Night Information" or "Announcements and Events Details" buttons below for more details and registration information. Once you're signed up, all you need to do is put on your lucky poker shirt, get yourself a big stack, and enjoy a fun night in!
School Directory - Update your Privacy Settings on Blackbaud by October 9: We are preparing to launch our new digital directory via Blackbaud and we need all families to update their privacy settings prior to publication by October 9. Please note, if you do not opt-out or change your privacy settings, it is likely that your information will be included in the online directory. Click the "Announcements and Events Details" button below for more information.

2020 Invitational - Visual and Performing Arts: Our fall performance is a Visual and Performing Arts Invitational representing some of the biggest talent on campus. The mix of live and recorded performances will be presented via webinar on October 2 at 7:00 pm, and October 3 at 2:00 pm. There is limited “seating,” so reservations are required. A registration button was provided under David Maher's letter, however, you may also visit our "Announcements and Events" page by clicking the button below to access the link as well.

Selective College Night - Princeton: On Thursday, October 8, Princeton University has partnered with our college counseling department to provide a virtual conversation regarding the college application process. Please register by October 7 to receive the Zoom link. The registration link can be found lower on this letter or by clicking the "Announcements and Event Details" button below.
Selective College Night - October 8 | 6:30 PM
Parent Resources for Student Wellness
Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools proudly partner with South Bay Families Connected, an organization dedicated to providing meaningful social-emotional wellness resources for parents and students. Additionally, our schools have a dedicated Families Connected page for our communities that can be accessed by clicking the button below.
Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance School | RollingHillsPrep.org | RenaissanceSAS.org