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RUSD At Home Learning Plan During Closure

03/31/2020

As you are aware, last Tuesday, Governor Evers issued the Safer at Home mandate. This new mandate means that our schools will remain closed indefinitely.

Over the last two weeks, I hope you have found the enrichment materials provided online and at our meal distribution sites helpful in supporting your child's learning at home. Our educators have been hard at work developing additional instruction to support your child beginning Monday, April 6.

Here's what you can expect in the coming days. 
Beginning tomorrow (April 1), your child's teacher(s) will contact you by phone to learn how you would like your child to receive learning materials. We'll be able to provide materials electronically via email or in paper form via U.S. Mail. If you need to update your contact information in Infinite Campus, please click here for step-by-step directions.

Grades K-8 

  • Next week our staff will ensure materials are prepared and mailed to all families who request paper copies and for those who request electronic communication, teachers will send materials via email.
  • Beginning Monday, April 6, students will begin remote learning.
  • This work will not be graded at this time.
  • Teachers will be in regular contact with students/families to ensure questions are answered and communication methods are established.

Grades 9-12

  • Beginning Wednesday, April 1, ACT prep packets will be available here and at the meal distribution sites.
  • These packets cover the four core areas (math, science, English and social studies) and are appropriate for grades 9-12.
  • High School teachers are also developing materials specific to the four core subject areas and health. These will be provided after spring break.
  • We are also developing a grading plan for high schools to address quarters 3 and 4. More information will be provided after spring break.
  • Teachers will be in regular contact with students/families to ensure questions are answered and communication methods are established.

Learning Expectations for Students/Families 
We know this new reality poses a big challenge for our families. You are now responsible for ensuring that your child participates in daily learning activities while juggling many other responsibilities. Knowing this, we are working to set reasonable expectations for the amount of daily work time expected and will provide activities that parents can easily support at home. 

Guidelines for the number of hours students should be expected to work on academics vary by grade band.

  • Grades K-2; 1 hour per day
  • Grades 3-5; 2 hours per day
  • Grades 6-12; 3 hours per day

Please note, that for younger students, especially elementary-aged students, play and recess are a part of the day. Physical activity is also important for all students, especially as travel and social activities are so restricted right now.

ESL/Sped students
Supporting staff (special education, ESL) will work with teacher teams to ensure our students have the most appropriate accommodations and modifications required in their individual plans. If you have specific questions, please contact your child's case manager. If you do not know who your child's case manager is, please contact your principal for assistance.

We know this is a challenging and uncertain time. We are here to support you in any way we can. Please know, our goal is not to overload students, but rather to ensure they continue learning while schools are not in session. Don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or building principal with questions.

As we embark on this new way of learning together while apart, we ask that you allow us some grace. Surely there will be some bumps and we will grow from them. Our focus will remain on supporting our students and families until we can welcome you back into our schools. 

Take care and be safe.

Sincerely,

Rosalie Daca
Chief Academic Officer