Those families who did not respond with a selection or were undecided will remain remote and continue to receive four days of virtual learning. Wednesdays will continue to be an asynchronous/independent day of learning.
Phase 2 for grades Pre-K - 6 will begin on Monday, February 8, 2021 for our general and special education students who chose hybrid/in-person learning. These students will receive four days of instruction: two consecutive days will be hybrid/in-person and two days will be fully remote. Wednesdays will be completely asynchronous/independent learning. In most circumstances, students will keep their existing teachers.
While our hybrid students attend class in-person, remote students will join using zoom for a part of the school day. Teachers will teach remote and in-person students at the same time using Seesaw and Google classrooms as our primary learning platforms. Hybrid/in-person learning will also include asynchronous/independent learning opportunities for all students. Teachers will utilize a variety of methods to ensure that our students are engaged and have access to high-quality experiences every day.
Phase 3: All of our students in grades 7-12 will remain completely virtual. While primary instruction will be delivered in a remote setting, students will have the opportunity to have in-person support in learning pods. Learning pods will include instructional and social emotional support, including resources needed for graduating seniors.
In January, families of students in Pre-K - 6 will receive a letter with their child’s school, teacher’s name, and information about the return to school for hybrid/in-person learning, as well as transportation. Families will also receive the back-to-school guide that can be found online at www.rcsdk12.org/familyguide as well as a consent form allowing the District to test children for COVID-19.
Health and Safety for Hybrid/In-Person Learning
In order to continue having our students attend school for hybrid/in-person instruction, schools will need to test a percentage of students and staff every month for COVID-19.
If we are unable to meet this New York State requirement, the school will have to close and students will return to fully remote instruction. The District is keeping a close eye on COVID-19 in our community and the latest guidance from New York State, and we know circumstances can change at a moment’s notice. There is a wealth of information provided in the back-to-school guide.
I appreciate the flexibility, resiliency, and understanding everyone in our RCSD community has shown as we prepare to return to in-person learning, keeping everyone healthy and safe.
Superintendent of Schools