The educational experience of students remains a top priority for Rockwood School District, even with schools closed in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time of uncertainty for members of the district community, Rockwood administrators and staff members are working to minimize the effect this episode has on students’ learning and social-emotional development.
If students have belongings at school that need to be retrieved, parents should contact their childrens’ individual schools to coordinate pick-up times. During the period of school closure, buildings will only be accessible for essential functions.
Next week marks the beginning of the Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) for remote learning. Through the ALP, the district aims to maintain relationships, keep students connected to school and their classmates and continue instruction and feedback toward progress of essential course outcomes.
Teachers and staff will undergo training early next week, and the first day of classes will be Thursday, March 26. For the first two days of classes, teachers will roll out their content slowly in order to get a feel for how the ALP will work for them and their students. During this introductory period, the emphasis will be more on communicating and checking in with students than grading and evaluation. After these two days of troubleshooting and shoring up processes, the plan is to start expanding educational offerings starting the week of Monday, March 30.
All students may not have reliable access to the internet or the hardware necessary to participate in remote learning. For those students, the district has set up Google Forms through which they can request WiFi online hotspots and through which elementary students can request devices they can use to complete their work and engage with teachers.
During this period, teachers will make every effort to be as flexible and accommodating as possible in keeping office hours during which they can communicate with parents and students, keeping in mind that they will set aside time for conferencing, answering questions and providing feedback. Over the next week, parents will be receiving emails from their building principals outlining further details about the ALP, and teachers will be reaching out to families providing contact information and the best times to reach them.
For more information, visit the ALP page on our district website. This page will be updated frequently in the coming days.
During this unprecedented situation, collaboration between staff, students and parents will be instrumental in making this a successful continuation of the exceptional whole-student experience offered in Rockwood schools.