April 24 - Updates

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April 24 - Updates

April 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. If you are looking for some encouragement as we head into the weekend, please take time to watch this virtual rendition of the Rocky River High School Drama Club performing “I Just Might” from the spring musical “9 to 5”. The piece is extremely well done and shares messages of hope, inspiration, and joy as we continue to work together to get through this difficult time. 

Thank you to the cast, crew, orchestra, and drama club advisors for putting this wonderful piece together.

Here are today’s updates:

3rd Quarter Report Cards

  • 3rd quarter report cards are now available in ProgressBook.

Week in Review Video

  • Please click here to watch the Week in Review video, which includes highlights from virtual spirit week, a national award for RRHS, the Goldwood staff parade, and a salute to the Class of 2020.

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]).

Online Learning

  • Online learning will continue on Monday, April 27.
  • 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.

RRHS Earns National Award

  • Earlier this week, Rocky River High School was named one of the top high schools in Northeast Ohio, the state of Ohio, and the entire country by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
  • Congratulations to the RRHS administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents/guardians, and the entire community on this prestigious honor.

#RrSchoolsVirtualSpiritWeek (April 27-May 1)

  • The RRCSD will continue #RrSchoolsVirtualSpiritWeek next week.
  • To see the daily themes for next week, please click here.

Website and Resources

  • The district is maintaining a COVID-19 webpage that includes recent communications, information, and resources for parents/guardians and families.
  • Resources that have recently been added include:

o   COVID-19 Care Line (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services)

     There is a new "COVID Care Line" where trained staff will simply talk with you, help with emotional management, screening, or connect you to resources if needed. The Care Line will be open between 8:00am and 8:00pm, 7 days per week. It will roll over to a national hotline overnight. PLEASE CALL: 1-800-720-9616.

Behavioral specialist Amy Alison is sharing short video clips with tips on behavior topics. Here are links to recent videos:

FAQ’s

  • 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. Listed below are recent questions we have received.

Ohio Department of Education - Graduation and other end-of-year recognition ceremonies

Earlier this week, the Ohio Department of Education released this statement regarding in-person graduation and other year end recognition ceremonies. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Governor, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Education regarding in-person gatherings and the rescheduling of end-of-year events to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and the community.

Can you please tell me if there is a plan for senior commencement?

Plans are underway to host an online virtual graduation on Friday, June 5 at 7:00pm, to include elements of a traditional RRHS graduation ceremony.

My child needs a transcript sent for a possible scholarship, is there a staff member at the school who could send it?

To receive an unofficial transcript for your child, please contact their counselor at RRHS.

Will online learning continue through June 4 since that's the official last day of school? With the elimination of field trips, ceremonies, DC trip, etc. I was curious if the remaining lessons would be consolidated into fewer days, thereby shortening the official school year. Will the district opt to use some of their calamity days to shorten the year and reduce the burden on parents to act as tech support and assistant educators for online learning?

The RRCSD will continue providing online instruction through the end of the school year calendar on June 4, 2020.

When/how will my children be able to pick up the reminder of their belongings from their respective school buildings?

The RRCSD is working on plans for students to pick-up the remainder of their belongings from school buildings, as well as return all school materials. We want to ensure this can be done in a safe manner with proper social distancing. Plans will be shared when finalized.

Some classes have supply fees and the kids are not using those supplies because they are working from home. Will the supply fee be applied to next year’s school fees?

Student fees for the 2020-2021 are currently being discussed. Information will be shared in a future communication.

Will all day kindergarten be offered for the 2020-2021 school year?

At this time, we are planning to offer all day kindergarten. However, if schools do not open as planned in August of 2020, we will re-evaluate all day kindergarten.

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


Sincerely,

Dr. Michael G. Shoaf
Superintendent

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