April 21 - Updates


April 21 - Updates

April 21, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians:

On Monday, April 20, Governor DeWine announced that all K-12 schools in Ohio will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While I understand this is disappointing news for everyone, we join Governor DeWine in wanting to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and community members.

As we continue with online learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, your child(s) teachers will remain in contact with you regarding assignments and classwork. We look forward to the day we can welcome back students and staff to our schools, but until that time, our teachers and administrative team remain dedicated to providing engaged learning opportunities and other resources for children and families.

While we are saddened by the fact that we will not be finishing the remainder of the school year in-person, we are all in this together and will overcome the obstacles that lie ahead during this unprecedented time.

We will continue to provide email updates on Tuesdays and Fridays unless there is news to share at another time. In addition, you can find information on our website, social media platforms and the Extended Closure website.

Here are updates on several items:

Third Quarter Report Cards

  • Third quarter report cards will be available to view in ProgressBook on Friday, April 24, at 6:00am.

Light Up River!

  • As essential workers - health care workers, first responders, grocery store clerks, and many others - continue to shine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rocky River community would like to recognize them for their efforts.
  • On Thursday, April 23, all residents are encouraged to turn on your porch light at 8:00pm as a visible way to show support for these essential workers and the services they continue to provide.

Online Learning

  • As noted above, online learning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • For grades K-5, assignments will continue to be posted to each teacher’s Google Classroom. This is noted on the Goldwood Primary School and Kensington Intermediate School websites.
  • For grades 6-12, each teacher’s assignments will continue to appear in the location where they normally post. A master list of these locations can be found on the Rocky River Middle School and Rocky River High School websites.
  • Please make sure students are checking each teacher’s locations daily for assignments.

Lunches for Next Week (April 27-May 1)

  • The Nutrition Services team will offer boxed lunches for students in grades K-12 next week (April 27-May 1). If you are interested in ordering lunches for your child(ren), please fill out this form. The form will need to be filled out more than once if you are requesting lunches for more than one child.
  • All orders must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday, April 26.
  • Drive through pick-up will be on Monday, April 27, between 11:30am-12:30pm at Rocky River Middle School.
  • As a reminder, parents/guardians may fill out an application for free or reduced lunch (RRHS/RRMS) and free milk (GPS/KIS) at any time. For immediate processing, please use the secure lunchapp.com web site. Applications will be processed during the extended school closure and the benefits will carry through the end of the year. These benefits will also cover meals we are serving during the extended school closure. If you have any questions about this, please email Nutrition Services Supervisor Tina Wasserbauer ([email protected]).

End of Year Celebrations

  • We will continue to create alternative celebrations for events, including graduation and award ceremonies.
  • RRHS principal Rob Winton has been working on contingency plans for prom and graduation. We will share those plans and alternative dates with you in the coming days and weeks.

Class of 2020 Honored

  • On Monday, April 20, the Rocky River City School District joined schools from around the state to honor the Class of 2020.
  • The stadium lights were turned on at 8:20pm (20:20 military time) and remained on for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to show respect for all the Class of 2020 has given up during this crisis.
  • Rocky River High School was featured on Channel 19 news last night as part of Ohio stadiums lighting up to support the Class of 2020. You can watch the clip here.
  • Thank you to everyone who joined in by turning on your porch lights during this time to help recognize members of the Class of 2020.

Miss You Monday: Messages from Teachers

  • Over spring break, teachers from around the district sent in video and picture messages to let students and families know they miss them and offer words of encouragement.
  • You can watch the entire video here.

Goldwood Staff Parade

  • Goldwood staff members paraded around the community on Sunday afternoon to say hello to students and families
  • Photos from the parade were posted on cleveland.com and can be found here.

April Board of Education Meeting

  • The Board of Education meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2020, will take place online at 5:00pm.
  • A Zoom link to register to attend the online meeting is available at RRCS.org.
  • Attendees will be able to post a question to the Board to be addressed during the time of the meeting.

COVID-19 Information Website and FAQs

  • The district is maintaining a COVID-19 webpage that includes recent communications, information, and resources for parents and families.
  • Resources that have been recently added include:
  • Please click here to visit our FAQ website. If you have a question regarding the extended school closure and COVID-19, please click here to submit it.

Thank you for your continued support of the Rocky River City School District.


Dr. Michael G. Shoaf

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