Teaching and Learning
The school calendar typically includes one or more staff-only days before students arrive at school. Acknowledging the challenges that our teachers and staff have faced this spring delivering emergency remote instruction under stressful circumstances, the District will focus these in-service days on providing support to staff in the areas of social emotional health and technology integration.
These days will also be utilized for student orientation. This time will allow small groups of students to meet with their new teacher and begin to establish the relationship necessary for a successful school year. This may be remotely or in-person, depending on DOH guidance and instructional levels.
As we enter the new school year, teachers will be encouraged to spend time building relationships, supporting students with the transition back to school, and teaching social distancing etiquette at developmentally appropriate levels.
When a remote or hybrid learning model is necessary, certain groups of students will be prioritized for in-person learning to the greatest extent possible. This includes, but is not limited to, special education students, English Language Learners, students who did not engage in remote learning during the spring of 2020, and students with technology or connectivity needs.
Assessing student learning gaps or areas of need will be critical. Formative assessment before a unit of instruction to assess student understanding of pre-requisite skills will be common practice.
Acknowledging that the typical content in each grade level or course may need to be adjusted, content will be prioritized to ensure that students receive instruction for the prioritized learning standards, key understandings, and skills necessary for students’ success in future study.
Grading practices will follow a standards-based framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content.
RCSD Pre-K programs have measures in place to ensure health and safety guidelines outlined in the NYSED guidance and required by the NYSDOH are followed. Pre-K programs have also developed an Instructional Plan that is aligned with the District’s instructional plan while seeking to meet the needs of preschoolers and their families. This plan ensures preschoolers are engaged in instruction and learning in either a hybrid or virtual model.
We recognize and honor our parents' and families' concerns about sending their child/children to school currently. In the event where in-person instruction is not feasible for your child, we would like to offer your child the opportunity of enrolling in our RCSD 100% Online Learning Platform. Please contact your child’s school as soon as possible if you require this instructional model.