ALL RCS Students are automatically “enrolled” in RVA beginning September 8, 2020. Families may elect to REMAIN in virtual learning for the entire school year, even if the district returns to in-person learning.
Returning to In-Person Learning
If the decision is made to return to in-person learning, all safety protocols will be followed per the RCS COVID-19 Readiness and Response Plan. Our superintendent and the RCS Board of Education will establish whether hybrid, learning centers, or 5 days per week will be utilized. For in-person learning in Phases 4 or 5, a limited number of students will be allowed in any school building at one time.
Google Classroom will be used as our learning management system. This is where students will meet with their classes, receive assignments, and take their assessments. We are using our district curriculum standards (Common Core Standards) to customize the Edgenuity platform that teachers will use as a resource as they: meet with students, create small groups, facilitate discussions, and administer the district's benchmark assessments to regularly determine student proficiency.
Packets versus Virtual Instruction:
ALL RCS Students will begin the school year with virtual instruction. Learning Packets will not be implemented, however, grade- or subject- specific materials may be needed for students. A School Supply list will be provided by your building principal for optimal learning in the virtual environment. Pre-Kindergarten (RECC) students will receive additional relevant materials as deemed necessary by building administration.
Classroom Assignments and Class Schedules are currently being finalized. You should hear from your child’s principal within the next week regarding their schedule, teachers, etc.
Course syllabus information will be provided at the beginning of the school year.
DAILY VIRTUAL SCHEDULES: a sample student schedule will be sent out from building principals.
A schedule of services (social work, speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, resource room, etc.) will be established for each individual student. Families can look forward to hearing from their student’s caseload manager in the coming weeks.
ALL STUDENTS will take the NWEA (Map) test to establish learning readiness, and to gauge learning levels as compared to results from Winter 2020.
- Kindergarten: the KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) has been postponed for the 2020/2021 School Year. This was a state-mandated assessment.
- Kindergarten: the MLPP (Michigan Literacy Progress Profile) measure students’ pre-reading skills such as letter and sound recognition, number recognition, quantities, colors, sight words, basic household items, and pattern recognition.
- 9th Grade: PSAT 8 will be taken in the fall. This is a paper/pencil test that students will need to come into the building for. All safety protocols will be enforced. A limited number of students will be in the building at once. Students will social distance in a greater way than would have been expected during the school year.
- 10th Grade: PSAT 9 will be taken in the fall. This is a paper/pencil test that students will need to come into the building for. All safety protocols will be enforced. A limited number of students will be in the building at once. Students will social distance in a greater way than would have been expected during the school year.
- 12th Grade: SAT will be taken in mid to late October. This is a paper/pencil test that students will need to come into the building for. All safety protocols will be enforced. A limited number of students will be in the building at once. Students will social distance in a greater way than would have been expected during the school year.
Foodservice will be provided during virtual learning. A pickup schedule will be established, as well as regular meal drop-offs along established transportation routes.
Transportation services will continue with in-person learning. For more information, please see the [LINK] COVID-19 Readiness and Response plan for Romulus Community Schools.
Devices: All Romulus Community Schools students will be loaned a device as needed. The distribution schedule is being finalized. You will hear from your building principal as to pick up times and procedures. Each student may check out a device; devices do not need to be shared between siblings. IF YOUR STUDENT ALREADY RECEIVED an RCS device, they will continue to use that one for this school year.
Internet: Low-cost internet options are being provided by school sponsors for families who need access to the internet. Students MUST have internet access for learning this year, whether in-person or virtual.