As your superintendent, my focus remains on the academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being of our students. As we continue with the 2020-21 school year, I want to acknowledge the anxiety that many, if not all, of us are experiencing right now. Every family has concerns about what is the best educational option for their children. I know our families have a variety of unique needs, and that is why Rockwood initiated a gradual phase-in plan to welcome our students back to school.
Our Rapid Response Teams
continue to make great progress, and I’d like to share some exciting information. Beginning Sept. 30, Rockwood students in preschool through second grade will have an opportunity to return to classrooms in their schools. I know you have questions. Please take a moment to review some answers below. What grade levels will begin the gradual phase-in back to the classroom?
We will begin with our youngest students as they transition to the choice of in-person learning five days a week for a full-time school schedule. This would include our students in preschool and kindergarten, as well as those early elementary years in grades one and two, when it can be difficult to manage online learning tools. When will these grade levels have the option to return to the classroom?
Wednesday, Sept. 30, begins the first phase of reopening Rockwood schools. While we will start with our youngest learners, a timeline for grades 3-5 will follow after this successful transition. Will Rockwood families continue to have the option of online learning at home?
Rockwood will continue to offer online learning for students who wish to continue learning from home. Please note that online learning will not be available for Early Childhood Education after Sept. 29. Where will I find more information?
Our Rockwood Rapid Response Teams continue to finalize and outline the many details of our transition plan. On Friday, Sept. 18, we will share the results of this work on our Rockwood website
. Out of care and concern, our top priority for students, families, and staff will always be health and safety. You’ll find information about the extensive safety protocols and mitigation efforts in our classrooms, cafeterias, buses, and schools. We will provide families with useful information to help them make the best decision - whether it be learning at home or learning at school. When will families indicate the educational preference for their children?
On Friday, Sept. 18, Rockwood will send an email to parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2. In this message, kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 families need to indicate which plan they have chosen.
I can assure you that we are thinking more creatively than ever before, stretching every last resource, and always keeping our learners front and center. We will keep you informed along the way.
While there is still work to do, I wanted to share this important update as soon as possible to give our students, parents, staff, and community members time to prepare. I look forward to beginning the process of welcoming our students safely back into our classrooms.
Be safe and be healthy,
Dr. Mark Miles