Dear Patron of RSD,
Russellville Public Schools remain committed to providing a high-quality education for all students. Health, safety and security will always be our greatest priority for our students. However, as we approach the new school year, in a time no one could have imagined, we know that all students, staff, and families will have many questions and concerns for what the new school year will look like. While we do not have all of the answers, our hope is that this document will provide some answers to your questions. We will continue to update this document as new information arrives.
The information in this document has been created from the latest information and feedback from the Governor’s Office, Arkansas Department of Health, Division for Elementary and Secondary Education, educational leaders, health care professionals, and various other patrons.
The information within this document is subject to change. However, it is our desire to continue to receive feedback from our community of teachers, parents, students, and community members as we move closer to the start of school on August 24th.
Our kids need our teachers. Our teachers need to connect with our students. Teachers are a vital part of the growth of our students for their academic and social/emotional development. Sadly,
our concern is that we will see a rise in childhood abuse and trauma during this pandemic. We need our students in school to be able to support them in all the ways they need us.
The Journal of American Medical Association reports that children younger than 10 years account for only 1% of COVID-19 cases. While that may be comforting to some it does not reduce our commitment to protecting your child and our teachers. Furthermore, the social/emotional impact on students from this pandemic could be more damaging than the virus itself. Therefore, we need to remain vigilant and united to do the best we can to start school on August 24th.
My best to everyone in our RSD family!
Our mission is to educate, equip, and empower every student every day.
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As of July 20, 2020
What is the first day of school for students?
Who will be required to wear face coverings?
Will bus transportation be provided for our students?
What will the school day look like for our students?
What safety measures will be implemented in regard to cleaning and sanitizing our schools and classrooms?
How will our classrooms be sanitized throughout the school day?
Will my elementary student have recess?
Will physical or social distancing guidelines be observed?
What will happen if a teacher, staff member, or student tests positive for COVID-19?
Will teachers, students and staff be monitored daily?
What happens if students are running a fever?
Will I be able to eat lunch with my student? or bring lunch from a restaurant?
Test Exemption practice?
What will extracurricular activities look like in the fall (i.e. sports, band, choir, theatre, etc.)?
Where will my student eat lunch if physical distancing is to be followed?
If my student chooses Option B for their Blended Learning at home and they qualify for free or reduced lunch, will they be provided a meal?
Facilities Cleaning Procedures for 2020-2021 School Year
In order to comply with the latest sanitation/cleaning requirements, the following procedures will be in place before the start of this school year. We will adjust as guidance and circumstances change.
ROLE OF CUSTODIAL STAFF
ROLE OF NON-CUSTODIAL STAFF
THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES WILL BE IN PLACE FOR:
with the normal trash in the evening. Towels will be washed and restocked nightly by the custodial department.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Plan 2020-2021
Each building will incorporate explicit SEL instruction within the classroom. Specific lessons will be created on a campus-by-campus basis (see examples on the chart below) in a way that minimizes the workload on individual teachers for planning while maximizing building level flexibility. A heavy emphasis will be placed on relationship building with students throughout the district.
The first three weeks across the district will focus on SEL. Regular academic instruction will continue; however, lessons will emphasize SEL skills. This is to both provide additional support during this stressful transition and to rebuild academic stamina of students while teaching tools for emotional regulation, problem-solving, and relationship building.
Lessons will be differentiated based on student age, campus needs, and focus areas. An emphasis is being placed on supporting school individuality while providing support using the Mental Health Liaison to guide each building to resources to meet their unique needs.
Staff: Counselors, School Psychology Specialists, Mental Health Liaison, Curriculum Directors These individuals can provide support and guidance with the creation of SEL lessons, support with implementation, and coordination of services across grade levels.
Materials: CASEL, G.U.I.D.E. for Life, Zones of Regulation, Building developed lessons
Examples by building:
|RHS||Create weekly lessons for Monday Advisory period to cover SEL||Lessons for year developed in June, 2020||Teacher guided lessons (no prep needed)|
|Crawford||Teach Zones of Regulation Across Building; School Wide Book Study on SEL||Zones of Regulation began in 19/20. Additional planning in progress||Teachers, Counselor, School Psychology Specialist|
|Sequoyah||PD with Mental Health Liaison to prep for lessons in August, Focus on G.U.I.D.E. for Life lessons, Dedicated time for instruction weekly,||In progress, 4 of 5 grade levels started lesson planning for SEL||Teachers, Counselor|
|RIS||Teams using G.U.I.D.E. for Life to embed lessons into the curriculum and for explicit weekly lessons in advisory||In progress||Teachers|
Teacher Wellness Supports:
Building level PD has been planned to train teachers on SEL and provide teachers with plans/resources based on the building level plan. Building lessons are created as a team and shared across the building to minimize the toll of lesson planning for SEL.
Buildings are discussing ways to support teacher health and wellness. One building piloted teaching stress management strategies monthly as a part of the building PD.
Roll out mental health services for staff including details about the referral process and assurances of confidentiality for individuals seeking support.
Offer wellness trainings, stress management classes to teach specific techniques, and provide small-group support meetings, as needed. These supports will be provided by the Mental Health Liaison or Connections Behavioral Health, as appropriate.
RSD is committed to providing families, employees, and our community with timely and accurate information.
There will continue to be regular district-wide updates through school messenger when needed. RSD’s district website and its social media accounts; Facebook and Twitter will stay up to date to deliver information in a timely manner. Follow us at www.rsdk12.net. Important information and updates will be available on individual school websites and social media accounts as well. Building leaders may utilize School Messenger to deliver information to parents and staff as needed.
To receive information from RSD and your student’s school through text or voice message please give your preferred contact information to your student’s school during e-school registration.
Contact Rachel Jones, District Communications Coordinator, email@example.com, or at 479.968.1306 for more information.
Local media outlets that have partnered with RSD:
River Valley Now https://www.rivervalleynow.com/
River Valley Radiohttp://www.rivercountrykcjc.com/
The Courier https://www.couriernews.com
RSD Nursing staff will continue coordinating with local, state, and federal government agencies including ADH.
School nurses will serve as the primary point of contact for their building COVID-19 related questions. They will contact Mrs. Annie Schanink, our district Point of Contact.
District Primary Point of Contact:Annie SchaninkNurse Coordinator
District Secondary Point of Contact:Vicky Mistler, School NurseDwight Elementary
Description: RSD enrolled students may attend on-site or off-site throughout the semester; however, at any time, a student may be required to stay at home due to RSD’s ongoing needs assessment of COVID-19. Learning continues through our learning management systems, with the assigned RSD teacher and support.
Blended learning focuses on the essential learning at each grade level.
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Learning Management Systems:
See-Saw (K-1), Google Classroom (2-12), iLearn/Google Classroom (RHS)
Parents: You will choose whether your children will start the year at school, or at home; new learning will occur at each location.
At this time, we do not know what the “in school” environment will look like, in regards to safety/health for COVID19. We will wait until we get further guidance from the AR Dept of Health before we can release those expectations.
We want families to make the decision that is best for your family. All students will automatically be enrolled in Option A. Please click here only if you want to register your children for Option B by August 6, 2020.
Option A: On-Site with RSD Curriculum and teachers
Option B: Off-Site with RSD Curriculum and teachers
Parents: Please make a 9-week commitment to either option. We realize that extenuating circumstances may occur. Please contact your individual schools if the need arises.
Anytime students are choosing to be at home to learn, they may still come to the school for certain extracurricular activities or as needed. If students are required to be at home for COVID19 reasons, they may not come up to the school.
However, if neither of these options works for your family, we now have Option C available.
Option C: Virtual Learner with Cyclone Virtual Academy. This will be a 100% online curriculum using Lincoln Learning for K-8 students and Virtual Arkansas for 9-12. Your child will be assigned an RSD teacher to provide support and feedback for all their instructional needs for all k-8 students. Grades 9-12 will be assigned a teacher through Virtual Arkansas.
Please contact Bryan Swymn, RSD Digital Learning Supervisor, at Bryan.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For any further questions, you may contact your child’s building principal or our Directors of Teaching and Learning below:
Barbara McShane for Sequoyah Elementary at 479-968-2134 or email@example.com
Krista Malin for London Elementary at 479-293-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheri Shirley for Oakland Heights Elementary at 479-968-2084 or email@example.com
Laura Binz for Dwight Elementary at 479-968-3967 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tami Chandler for Center Valley Elementary at 479-968-4540 or email@example.com
Shavon Jackson for Crawford Elementary at 479-968-4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Koch for RIS at 479-968-2650 or email@example.com
Sarah Monfee for RMS at 479-968-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Kordsmeier for RJHS at 479-968-1599 or email@example.com
Al Harpenau for RHS at 479-968-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karie Turney for K-4th curriculum at 479-968-5216 or email@example.com
Judy Pennington for 5-12th curriculum at 479-967-6051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Swymn for Digital Learning Supervisor at 479-219-5355 or email@example.com[BACK TO TOP]