Pre-K-6 Full Distance Learning and RCSD Online Remote Learning

  • It is not developmentally appropriate for young students in Pre-K – 4 and or 5 – 6 to spend multiple hours each day engaged in remote learning. Therefore, students will not follow their daily school schedule. Instruction will be provided using a modified schedule for remote learning, including both synchronous (large group and small group) and asynchronous learning opportunities throughout the week. Synchronous time will be focused on a direct instruction in English Language Arts and mathematics and social emotional development. The distance learning day will start with a synchronous experience that includes a community building time, attendance, and setting expectations for learning (Learning Targets). Synchronous instruction may be provided using a combination of whole group, small group, and one-to-one instruction based on students’ needs and determined by the teacher. Additionally, synchronous learning opportunities for students can be recorded for families to access at a later time if their schedule prevents students from participating during the scheduled time. Synchronous learning experiences will be supplemented by asynchronous opportunities as well as independent practice of skills at home. Every effort will be taken to be as flexible as possible, while maintaining the equity of access to the instructional program. Elementary teachers will communicate the schedule (synchronous vs. asynchronous sessions) to students and families prior to the start of each week.

    In addition to receiving instruction in ELA and math, social studies and science will be imbedded into the daily schedule. Students will also receive the electives (Essentials) during the distance learning. The ‘Essentials’ curriculum will feature thematic units in grade-bands (K-2, 3-4, 5-6) for art, music, dance, theatre, PE, health, and library. Each unit will feature 5-7 lessons containing embedded videos of teachers giving instruction in their content areas through asynchronous learning.

    Related services and social emotional supports will be provided either synchronously or asynchronously. For related services and supports for students with disabilities, refer to the section on Students with Disabilities.

7-12 Grades Full Distance Learning and RCSD Online Remote Learning

  • Students in grades 7-12 will follow their typical class schedule in a remote learning environment. Doing so will ensure consistency and continuity of instruction, eliminate conflicts, and build natural breaks (lunch) into the day for students. This also retains planning time for teachers. Class periods will be adjusted to allow for a “screen time break” and transition time between classes. A combination of synchronous large group instruction, synchronous small group instruction, and asynchronous learning will be provided to students each week. Related services and social emotional supports will be provided either synchronously or asynchronously. For related services and supports for students with disabilities, refer to the section on Students with Disabilities.

    Each class will start with a synchronous experience that includes a community building time, attendance, and setting expectations for learning (Learning Targets). Synchronous instruction may be provided using a combination of whole group, small group, and one-to-one instruction based on students’ needs and determined by the teacher. Additionally, synchronous learning opportunities for students can be recorded for families to access at a later time if their schedule prevents students from participating during the scheduled time. Synchronous learning experiences will be supplemented by asynchronous opportunities as well as independent practice of skills at home. Every effort will be taken to be as flexible as possible, while maintaining the equity of access to the instructional program.

Contact Tracing and Reporting

  • District staff will not try to determine who is to be excluded from school or work based on contact without guidance and direction from the Monroe County Department of Health.

    • When possible, staff and students will be notified by the District of possible contact with a symptomatic or COVID-19 positive staff member or student. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and State laws and regulations. The Monroe County Department of Health is responsible for community contact tracing, including staff and students.
      • The CDC defines close contact as being within six feet for at least 15 minutes.
    • If a staff member, student, or visitor test positive for COVID-19, the District will immediately notify State and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts. The Monroe County Department of Health will be notified of all individuals who entered the site dating back 48 hours before the person tested positive or started experiencing symptoms, whichever is earlier.
      • The District will assist the Monroe County Department of Health in all tracing efforts by supplying student and staff attendance and location information, student schedules, and visitor logs.
      • The Student Health Services Department, the Environmental Health and Safety Department, and/or the office of the Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for notifying the Monroe County Department of Health if an employee reports that they have tested positive.
      • Monroe County Department of Health Contact Information

    PHONE: (585) 753-5555
    EMAILCOVID19@monroecounty.gov 

    • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the Student Health Services Department, the Environmental Health and Safety Department, and/or the office of the Chief Operating Officer will use Crisis-Go to notify critical District staff.
      • The Student Health Services Department, the Environmental Health and Safety Department, and/or the office of the Chief Operating Officer will work with supervisors and facilities staff to identify locations requiring cleaning and disinfection.
    • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, other staff (staff that did not have close contact) may be contacted through email or by a supervisor or other District staff. These employees should self-monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If they develop symptoms, they should notify their supervisor nd the Benefits Department and stay home.
    • Confidentiality of any staff or student who tests positive or has been exposed will be maintained.