Coronavirus Preparedness Communications

RRCSD Closed Through End of 2019-2020 School Year
The Rocky River City School District will be closed through the end of the school year.
During this time, there will be no school or school-sponsored athletics, activities, or meetings.
Student instruction will continue online through the end of the school year calendar on June 4, 2020.
 
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Coronavirus Preparedness Communications

Coronavirus Preparedness Communications

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MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION
 

June 2, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Over the last two months, the introductions to these weekly communications have focused on the extended school closure, award announcements, and highlights from around the district.

Today’s email focuses on a different topic.

The Rocky River City School District’s (RRCSD) Board of Education, administration, and staff join other leaders from around the country in condemning the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd and social injustice.

Any act of discrimination or violence goes against the mission and beliefs of the RRCSD. We are committed to providing an education that teaches all students the significant importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for all. As educators, we are in the unique position to plant the seeds of change that we want to see as we strive for a more just and inclusive world. Now, more than ever, we must come together as a school community, and focus on what we can do to make the necessary changes to combat social injustice.

In RRCSD, we partner with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio (DCNEO) to strengthen our commitment to provide an inclusive educational environment that is welcoming for all students, staff, and visitors, and to ensure that everyone is connected, respected and valued. Since 2013, the RRCSD has worked closely with the DCNEO providing workshops and professional development opportunities to eliminate bias, bigotry and racism. Training and education on these topics are given regularly to students, staff, teachers, administration and Board members--across the district community--because they are central to our mission.  We must accept each other regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, ability, or socioeconomic status.

The DCNEO has resources available on its website for you to begin having dialogue with your children. RRCSD joins the DCNEO in recommending the LARA (Listen, Affirm, Respond, Ask) Dialogue Tool and Kitchen Table Conversation Guides available here.

Additionally, below are other resources recommended by the DCNEO:

These conversations will not be easy and we do not have all the answers. As a school community, we need to support each other and continue to show the compassion, empathy and humanity that everyone deserves. Our school district is just one part of the community and we will continue to do our part in building an environment that embraces and welcomes everyone.Thank you for your continued support of the Rocky River City School District.

Sincerely,


Dr. Michael G. Shoaf

Superintendent

Rocky River City School District

 

Rev. Dr. Jon M. Fancher

President

Rocky River City School District Board of Education

 

Peggy Zone Fisher

President and CEO

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

 

Here are today’s updates.

 

Online Learning

  • Thursday, June 4, is the final day of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • This week is being used for the completion of instruction, online meetings with students to provide additional academic support, completion of assignments, and to allow teachers a chance to plan fun virtual activities for their classes.

Materials Drop-off and Pick-up Information

  • We will be providing students and families an opportunity to pick up items from their respective schools and also drop off any district-owned materials at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The district administrative team has worked closely with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on these plans to implement measures and make this process safe and efficient for students, staff, and families.
  • To view the complete schedule for drop-off and pick-up at each school, please click here.
  • A reminder that Grades 2, 5, 7, and 11 will have their drop-off and pick-up date on Friday, June 5.
  • If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the building principal.

RRHS Commencement and Community Parade on Friday, June 5

  • RRHS will host its virtual Commencement with a video on the district website on Friday, June 5, at 5:00pm. I had an opportunity to preview the video on Monday and am excited for students, parents/guardians, and the community to see it on Friday.
  • The video will be archived on the district website.
  • Following virtual Commencement, the Class of 2020 will take part in a parade around the community led by the Rocky River Police Department beginning at 7:00pm.
  • The parade route can be viewed here.

Special Education Services

  • Special education services for students will continue through the last day of school.
  • Online service delivery aligned with each students' identified needs continues and will continue through the last day of school.
  • Related services and therapies are also being provided via distance learning.
  • If you have questions regarding assignments or workload please contact your child's case manager.

Kensington Staff Salute to the Class of 2020

  • The Kensington Intermediate School staff put together a video as a Salute to the Class of 2020 using their own senior year photos.
  • Have fun as you try to guess the KIS staff member in the video that can be viewed here.

 

Thank you Goldwood Teachers Video

  • The Goldwood PTA, students and families put together a video to thank teachers and staff for their efforts during the extended school closure.
  • You can view the thank you video here.

RRHS Drama Department Virtually Performs “Change It” for Class of 2020

  • The RRHS Drama Department virtually performed “Change It” from its spring musical production of “9 to 5”.
  • The video was created for the Class of 2020 as they prepare to take the next step in their lives and help change the world.
  • You can view the virtual performance here.

Last Day of School Signs

  • In advance of the last day of school on Thursday, June 4, the district has created Last Day of School signs for students in preschool through Grade 12.
  • We encourage you to print out the sign and share your last day of school photos using the hashtag #RrSchoolsLastDay.
  • To print out your Last Day of School sign, please click here.

RRHS and McKeon Counseling Summer Hours

  • The Rocky River High School Counseling Department will once again offer summer hours this year for students in grades 9-12.
  • In addition, the McKeon Education Group will offer summer hours for students in Grades K-12.
  • For more information, dates of availability, and how to schedule appointments, please click here.
 

AP Updates

The College Board has released an update on AP testing for this spring. Please review this website for full details and specifics. Click here to see the AP Classes and Review YouTube Live schedule.
 
Information regarding this year's AP exam dates is linked here.  If you are in an AP class, you need to read through this information. Please note that all AP exams will be taken online at home. Your AP teachers will be communicating with you regarding this information as well. As the date nears, RRHS will provide you with more information. 
 
On April 16, there was a live webinar for parents/students regarding AP Exams that will be administered next month.  A link to the recording of the webinar is located HERE. 

COVID-19 Care Line

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 over-night. PLEASE CALL: 1-800-720-9616. If you would like to find mental health resources in your Cuyahoga County, please click here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Ohio Department of Education

Please click here for information and resources from the Ohio Department of Education regarding the extended school closure.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health number for those with COVID-19 questions is 1-833-427-5634, or you can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for more information.

Parent Resources

“Know! To Reassure and Support Children During the COVID-19 Crisis” (Prevention Action Alliance)
PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS Kids)
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
Managing Anxiety (CBS News Report with Dr. Laura Damour)
Everyday Prevention (Prevention Action Alliance)
Parenting During Coronavirus: You are Enough! (PBS)
Find Support (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
CDC Resources on Stress & Coping (Centers for Disease Control)
Mental Health Resources for Adolescents and Young Adults (Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine)
Talking to Kids - COVID-19 Checklist (Ohio Department of Health)
RRHS Counseling Department (RRHS)
RRMS Counseling Department (RRMS)
KIS Counseling Office (KIS)
GPS Counseling Office (GPS)
Tolerating Worry (Presentation by Kayla Salomone, McKeon Education Group) 

Prevention Tips

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).
  • Stay home when you can. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional

Student Materials Pick-Up and Drop-Off Schedule

To view the complete schedule for drop-off and pick-up at each school, please click here. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the building principal.

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