Greetings, Rockwood Community Members:
Thank you for your participation in our recent community feedback survey. We had an overwhelming number of responses (nearly 12,000) and that is contributing to our planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Our desire is to open our schools this fall while providing a safe and healthy learning environment.
What did we learn?
- Our community has a strong desire for students to return to our schools and experience a sense of normalcy once again. However, there are still reservations and questions surrounding what a full opening would look like.
- The majority of respondents had some level of comfort with sending their students back in the fall.
- At the time of the survey more than 74% of families indicated they were planning on sending their children back in the fall.
- Nearly 23% were undecided with a desire to reevaluate in July.
- Nearly 3% indicated they would keep their children home at the time of the survey.
- Even if we could not fully open schools due to social distancing, 85% of families indicated they would rather have children in school for part of the week (reduced capacity) rather than Full Remote (online).
- 71% of respondents indicated they could provide transportation for their children to make for fewer students on our school buses.
- 29% indicate they will need to rely on Rockwood Transportation.
How are we responding?
Based upon the current environment and the feedback provided by parents, staff members, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, healthcare professionals throughout the St. Louis region, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rockwood administrators plan to provide two options for educational services this fall:
- In-person educational services in our schools five full days per week, or;
- Online educational services through Rockwood Online
In the event our building capacity is restricted by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health or other governmental agencies, Rockwood will be prepared to operate In-Person education on a reduced capacity basis. This may include student attendance on alternating days. This capacity restriction plan is not our primary option and will only be utilized if necessary or required.
More detailed information regarding our school re-entry plan—including transportation, lunch, recess, etc.—will be shared broadly on July 20. Our transition teams are creating a plan that is realistic, balanced and sustainable given the feedback from stakeholders and guidelines provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
For those that select the remote learning option, this process will look significantly different from the Alternative Learning Plan deployed in the Spring. Rockwood Online programming is intentionally designed for a remote learning environment and includes a focus on the following:
- Regular teacher interaction with each student including direct instruction, small group facilitation, individual conferencing, and intervention
- Activities that engage and support interaction with materials both online and offline in a flexible environment
- Clear, consistent course navigation and organization of learning materials that encourage student independence
- Assessment that encourages research and original thinking
- Grading practices that are consistent with those of the seated classroom
I continue to be thankful for your patience and flexibility. Until next time, be safe and be healthy. Thank you.
Mark T. Miles, Ph.D.
Rockwood School District
111 E. North Street
Eureka, MO 63025
Watch Dr. Miles' latest video message below. Rockwood Communications staff members practiced social-distancing during production of this video.