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Learning

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The mission of the Rockwood School District is to do whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential. We are still mindful of that mission, even with the changes to our educational offerings necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, our goals remain focused on providing all students access to a broad range of high-quality educational opportunities and developing meaningful student learning experiences that encompass higher-level thinking, creativity and content mastery.​

Use the visual links to read more about our educational options.  You may also use the button below to follow along through each section.


 


 Frequently Asked Questions

All Rockwood teachers K-12 will be using the Canvas Learning Management System so that both parents and students have one location to access learning, complete assignments and interact with teachers and classmates. There are several tools within Canvas that teachers will use to support the types of interactions students would experience in the traditional classroom, such as discussions and small group projects. 

For more information, click here​.

Rockwood Online differs significantly from the Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) that was adopted in March 2020 as a result of emergency school closures.  More than 250 Rockwood teachers underwent training and worked over the summer to build quality, interactive, engaging online lessons. that focus on the following:

  • Regular teacher interaction with your child including direct instruction, small-group facilitation, individual conferencing and intervention support.
  • Teachers assigned to specific sections of students, just as in regular classrooms. They will be attentive to student needs, provide consistent student interaction and communicate with parents when students are not participating.
  • Activities that engage and support interaction with materials both on and offline in a flexible environment.
  • Clear, consistent course navigation and organization of learning materials that encourage student independence.
  • Student access to a virtual locker that was built to include a number of resources and digital tools including research databases, digital textbooks, supplemental learning software and software that supports the creation of original content to demonstrate learning.
  • Assessment that encourages research and original thinking. 
  • Grading practices that are consistent with those of the seated classroom.
  • Class sizes consistent with those of the seated classroom because the teacher expectations for student feedback and communication are equivalent.
  • Academic timelines aligned to those of seated courses for quarter start and end dates, grading and reporting and course completion.​

First Quarter (K-12): Oct. 23

Second Quarter (K-12): Jan. 14

Third Quarter (K-5): March 5 (6-12): March 19

Fourth Quarter (K-12): June 3
Rockwood is working with St. Louis County government and the St. Louis County Library to make sure students have internet access at home. Rockwood parents who need tablets or hotspots for their children can request them from the school district.

To fill out the hotspot request form, click here​.
In-person student attendance days will be determined by household, by the first letter of the last name of the primary guardian.  

Students will be divided in half alphabetically in all grade levels to maintain consistency for families. Each group will attend school in person two days per week: one half (A-L) on Tuesday and Thursday and the other half (M-Z) on Wednesday and Friday. All students will learn remotely on the other three days of the school week. School buildings will be closed on Mondays and students will have scheduled Zoom meetings with their teachers on that day.​

S​tudents will continue to receive gifted services. For more specific information regarding gifted services, please visit the gifted program website.​ ​

Yes, the start and end dates for online coursework will be aligned to those of seated coursework. ​

Like in-person students, at-home students will learn a semester's worth of material in a quarter. At-home secondary students will be on the same schedule as in-person students: hours 1, 3, 5 and 7 in the first quarter; hours 2, 4, 6 and 8 in the second quarter and repeating in the second semester.
We will be discussing this with our AP teachers and will offer AP review sessions for students prior to the test just as we have done in the past. 


Students will receive the full semester of curriculum condensed into one quarter. Secondary students can expect the workload to be the same that they had when they took seven classes at once. They will spend more time on each of four courses each quarter instead. 


Families will receive school supply information from their schools just as they have in the past.

At-home students will be provided with the same materials they would use for the in-person option including, but not limited to, math manipulatives and books. 
They are encouraged, but sessions will be recorded so students can access those interactions when they are able to do so. 


Rockwood teachers spent their summer developing creative solutions to continuing the learning in these content areas. While the lessons and processes may look different, students will be offered the opportunity to take these courses in both learning models.  

Band/choir/orchestra students will work on instrumental/vocal technique independently at home with the support of recordings and lessons from teachers. They will submit videos for feedback from the teacher and participate in small group Zoom coaching sessions. They will also have virtual assignments in music reading, composition and music critique.

Beginning third-grade violin students and beginning sixth-grade band students will start virtual coursework with pre-instrument lessons designed to build music literacy skills and overall musicianship. Depending on public health recommendations at the time, we hope to be able to fit these students for instruments at the beginning of second quarter.
Splitting students Tu/Th and W/F provides students with more consistent interaction with their teacher without long periods of time without seeing him/her. If students attended two days in a row (M/Tu and Th/F), the Th/F students would not have contact with a teacher for five days (including weekends). 


Families may change their enrollment at each quarter transition.​ 

If families experience a need to change their academic delivery mode before the end of the quarter, they are encouraged to reach out to their building administrator to discuss options.

If an in-person student tests positive for COVID-19 and is required to quarantine at home, teachers will work that student to ensure continuity of educational services virtually.


Much of the learning in the secondary plan will be asynchronous. Students will have daily video announcements from their teachers explaining what needs to be accomplished for the day. From that point, students will watch lessons and complete assignments. The teachers will be available during school hours to answer questions, provide feedback and meet with students virtually. 


Elementary students will receive daily interactions with their teacher in the form of Zoom lessons, small-group instruction through Zoom and individual student conferences through Zoom. In addition, the elementary teachers will be available to provide students with individualized support as needed. 

Each secondary course will have a dedicated Rockwood online teacher who is certified to teach the content. The teacher will be available to answer student questions, conduct individual instructional support and re-teach  via Zoom as students need it. Teachers will respond to student requests in a timely manner. 

Our goal is to attend school 5 days a week. As soon as that opportunity is available, students will attend five days and follow the schedule that is in place at that time. 

S​tudents will receive their schedules​​ prior to the start of school year just as they have in the past. Buildings will communicate when and how students will receive their schedules to their community. 

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Yes, with the possible exception of a few specialized elective courses, courses will be taught by Rockwood staff. 
Rockwood will continue to keep first-semester courses in the first semester. Students will take half of them in the first quarter and the other half in second quarter. That process will repeat in January for the second semester of their coursework.
Students will have scheduled Zoom lessons with their teachers on Monday. On the other two days that students are not in attendance, they will be provided with lessons and practice that are curriculum-based in a digital format.

​Yes, students will learn the same curriculum in both models and will keep the pace so that, if a change needs to occur at quarter from one option to the other, there will be a consistent transition in their learning. ​

​Middle school and high school students should expect to be engaged in school work a minimum of 4 hours a day. Students will be accessing lessons online, completing assignments, and interacting with their teacher and classmates. 

Elementary students who are enrolled in the full online option will spend approximately 3-4 hours a day on school work. The work time will be broken down into manageable chunks that are age-appropriate. That time will include some time spent on the computer, some time doing activities away from the screen and some time interacting with their teachers and classmates. 

This page was last updated on
7/24/2020