March 26 RMS Covid 19 Update

 

 

March 26 RMS Covid-19 Update 

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Dear RMS Students and Parents,

 

The March 25th CSD update on the instructional expectations of teachers, students and parents moving forward, can be found here. It’s important that all parents and students read this March 25th update.

The purpose of this eblast is to give you more Renfroe-specific details related to the March 25th update and what parents and students can look forward to. 

Beginning Monday, March 30, RMS teachers will begin posting mandatory, new learning for students. Teachers will post the week’s work no later than 8:00 AM every Monday morning. The following schedule is when students should work on their assignments and when the teachers have office hours:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

ELA

I&S

Spanish|French

Connections:

Chorus

Art- Kanne, Nathaniel, Boswell

Drama- Magnuson

PE/Health- Jones, McClellan, Philippi, Nowacki

Math

Science

Connections:

Band

Design/Tech- Madhere, McAdoo, Johnson, McCullough, Tibbetts

AdQuest.- Chalberg

Yoga- Coleman

 

Study Skills Gifted, REP Intervention

ELA

I&S

Spanish|French

Connections:

Chorus

Art- Kanne, Nathaniel, Boswell

Drama- Magnuson

PE/Health- Jones, McClellen, Philippi, Nowacki

Math

Science

Connections:

Band

Design/Tech- Madhere, McAdoo, Johnson, McCullough, Tibbetts

AdQuest.- Chalberg

Yoga- Coleman

 

Study Skills Gifted, REP Intervention

Work Day / Flex Day

 

As you can see, each teacher will prepare two days worth of lessons/activities per week. Friday is reserved for students to work, finalize assignments, and connect with teachers and one another about assignments. 

 

Please click here for the RMS Master List of teacher office hours. Save this link for future use.

 

For now, RMS teachers will NOT be providing real-time, synchronous lessons. This type of teaching and learning may occur in the near future. Our priority for the next two weeks is to provide accessible and meaningful work for students to engage in, while we ensure all students are safe, healthy, connected, and have all the materials and equipment they need. For now, assignments will be checked formatively, while summative assessments will occur later.

 

All assignments will be communicated via Google Classroom, a shared Google Doc, or via Gmail. Students: CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL EVERYDAY.  

 

Chromebooks

Renfroe sent home over two-hundred Chromebooks with students. If your family is in need of a device to engage with distance learning, please contact your student's homeroom teacher or grade-level counselor. We will make every attempt to hook you up.

 

For families that do have a CSD Chromebook, we understand that technical issues may arise. Please consult this document for basic "getting used to a Chromebook and general troubleshooting" advice. If your Chromebook difficulty persists, please ask your student's teacher to "submit a ticket." A member of the CSD Information Services staff will contact you directly to try to resolve the issue.

 

Internet Access

We’re aware that some families do not have reliable internet access at home. We do not currently have hotspots to loan to students to support at-home connectivity. However, families have several options from area telecoms. Note that most of the time-limited offerings have a start date of March 13, an end date (subject to extension) of May 13.

  • AT&T [more info on their response]
    • offers Access from AT&T, an inexpensive internet access plan.
    • temporarily eliminated most data limits for their internet service customers.
  • Comcast [more info on their response]
    • made public "xfinitiwifi" public hotspots freely available
    • announced that their Internet Essentials service is free for new users for 60 days.
    • temporarily eliminated data camps on home internet service
  • Sprint [more info on their response]
    • eliminated mobile data caps for 60 days
    • added 20GB of hotspot data for mobile users at no cost for 60 days (coming soon -- applies to customers who currently have mobile hotspot on their plan and customers who do not currently pay for mobile hotspot).
  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile [more info on their response]
    • eliminated mobile data caps for 60 days. 
    • added 20GB of hotspot data for mobile users at no cost for 60 days.
  • Additionally, AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, and T-Mobile signed the “Keep Americans Connected” pledge not to terminate any home internet service for failure to pay bills within the next 60 days, and to make Wi-Fi hotspot service available to customers. 
  • Using a cell service provider other than the ones listed above? Most cell phone providers enable options for phones to serve as hotspots to provide data connections to other devices, and several service representatives have notified us that cell service providers will ease barriers and costs to enabling this feature. Availability varies by cell provider and phone, so contact your cell service provider for additional information.

More Tech Help

For some tech advice from the RMS Technology Ambassadors, go here:

https://sites.google.com/csdecatur.net/rmstech

 

Support from Renfroe Counseling

Please click here to see their presentation.