Answering Your Questions

  • This page provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding how RTSD is continuing operations and providing online instruction during the closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Additional questions are welcomed by emailing radnor@rtsd.orgPlease check this page frequently for updates.

END-OF-YEAR EVENTS AND PROCEDURES

  • How do I prepare for my child(ren)'s Individual Ceremony?

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    All senior families should have received an envelope in the mail with a student sign inside. This sign should be prominently displayed on the passenger dashboard of the car. This will help us to identify our graduates as you arrive on campus. Each family is allowed to have only one vehicle for graduation. Party buses and limousines are prohibited. Graduates and their families are expected to have a mask on whenever they are within six feet of someone. Students are required to wear a mask as they process across the stage, but may remove their mask when they reach the bottom of the steps for a picture as well as for their family picture.

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  • What do I do when I arrive for my child(ren)'s Individual Ceremony? (June 9)

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    All families should use the Radnor-Chester Road entrance to the high school by the field house. The entrance from King of Prussia Road will serve as an exit only so that traffic is moving in one direction. It is important that seniors are not late, but please do not come more than ten minutes before your scheduled time. When you arrive on campus, you will be greeted by a staff member who will place a placard on the driver’s side of your windshield to help our staff direct you to the proper staging area. Click here to view the parent map.

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  • When will my senior receive his/her diploma? (June 9)

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    Diplomas will be distributed on Graduation Day by the academic wing of the high school that backs up to the tennis courts. The roundabout in this area will allow us to keep traffic moving and to distribute diplomas and senior awards using the same procedure as we did with caps and gowns. 

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  • How can I watch the Class of 2020 Individual Graduation Ceremonies? (June 9)

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    Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be lived streamed on the RTSD YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/rtsd-tv) for the duration of the event on Wednesday, June 10. Our hope is that extended family and friends will be able to watch and enjoy as our seniors become Radnor alumni. School Messenger will be utilized to communicate any delays or any unanticipated issues on graduation day. 

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  • How will I be notified if there is a delay/change to the schedule for June 10? (June 9)

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    To ensure safe and organized visits on campus for each student's individual graduation ceremony, we are using our SchoolMessenger alert system should we need to text families regarding delays or other circumstances that may affect the flow of the event. You must opt-in to receive these texts. For parents who have not yet opted-in, or if you are unsure if you have opted-in, text "Yes" or "Y" to the number 67587 and you will automatically be subscribed to receive text messages from RHS and the district. We will be conducting a test of our text system prior to Wednesday. 

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  • How is Radnor High School handling Class of 2020 Events? (Updated May 25)

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    As of May 13, we have established definitive plans for Baccalaureate, Senior Awards Night, Prom and Graduation, the latter two determined with input from RHS students, parents, and staff through a dedicated committee was formed to discuss event options.

    Summary of End-of-Year Events

     

    Senior iPad and Book Return: Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Virtual Baccalaureate: Sunday, June 7 at 6 p.m. (YouTube)

    Virtual Senior Recognition Night: Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. (YouTube)

    Virtual Graduation Speeches and Senior Video: Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. (YouTube)

    Individual Graduation Ceremonies for Class of 2020: Wednesday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Senior Prom (originally scheduled for May 30; now July 25)

    Senior Prom has been rescheduled to Sat., July 25 from 7-11 p.m. at the National Constitution Center. If future developments make us unable to hold Prom in July, we will have a Class of 2020 Celebration Dinner at a location TBD on Wed., Nov. 25, 2020 to provide a formal opportunity for our graduates to get together as well as see their teachers and administrators. If this November 2020 event must also be rescheuled, the Class of 2020 celebration will be moved to Sat., January 2, 2021.

    Baccalaureate (originally scheduled for June 7)

    Baccalaureate for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated as scheduled on June 7. A pre-recorded ceremony featuring the talents of our participating seniors will premiere on the RTSD YouTube Channel at 6 p.m. As in years past, students wishing to participate in Baccalaureate are asked to submit a form to teacher Mrs. Jenny O’Rourke informing her of their intent to take part as well as the composition of their act.

    Senior Awards Night (originally scheduled for June 8)

    Senior Awards Night for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated as scheduled on June 8. A pre-recorded ceremony featuring photographs of senior award recipients will premiere on the RTSD YouTube Channel at 7 p.m. As in years past, seniors will receive a letter in the mail informing them that they are the recipient of an award. The student will not know the specific award won until the event airs on YouTube on June 8. We will use a student’s yearbook picture in place of taking the picture when the award is announced.

    Graduation (originally scheduled for June 10)

    "INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION CEREMONIES" ON JUNE 10 (RAIN DATE JUNE 12) (UPDATED MAY 25)

    To adhere to social distancing guidelines and to best maintain the health of students, families, and staff members while honoring the end of our seniors' time at Radnor High School, "individual graduation ceremonies" will take place outside of RHS on Wed., June 10, which is our original graduation date. 

    • INSTRUCTIONS ON SIGNING UP FOR YOUR JUNE 10 INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY
      • Each member of the Class of 2020 will sign up for his/her graduation ceremony timeslot via Sign Up Genius
      • The Sign Up Genius opened the morning of Mon., May 25 and will close at 5 p.m. Fri., May 29. Seniors and/or their families should have received the link in an email. If this email or link was not received, contact RHS principal PT Kevgas
      • Each time slot will be limited to 10 students
      • Students who do not sign up for a timeslot will be assigned one
      • The schedule of the individual graduation ceremonies will be posted to Schoology and emailed to parents/guardians on Wed., June 3.
          
    • INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR JUNE 10 INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY
      • Parents/guardians and their graduating senior(s) should drive to campus in their personal vehicle and arrive at the start of their timeslot
      • If a student does not have transportation to RHS, the student is asked to reach out to Principal PT KevgasAssistant Principal Keziah La Torreor his/her guidance counselor to make arrangements
      • All parents/guardians and seniors must be wearing masks to be permitted to participate in their individual ceremony
      • The senior should be seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle dressed in his/her cap and gown and wearing his/her mask. If a family has multiple seniors, the additional senior should sit in the rear passenger seat wearing a mask and gloves
      • Cars will be permitted to enter Radnor High School via Raider Road only
      • Cars should proceed through Raider Road to the RHS main entrance. There will be traffic monitors along the route to help direct traffic.
      • There will be two graduation stages set for graduation day. One stage will be located at the front of RHS (Group A) and the other located directly across in the faculty parking lot (Group B). Both stages will be decorated. Two stages allow for twenty time slots every fifteen minutes. Whatever Group a student selects in the SignUp Genius is the Group they will be assigned to for the graduation ceremony. There will be no changes after the SignUp Genius closes
      • Each family will receive a car sign with their child’s name and graduation time in the email after the SignUp Genius closes. Please make sure that you bring this with you on graduation day. This sign should be prominently displayed on the passenger side window. 
      • Travel on Raider Road will be one-way for the entire day. Vehicles must enter by Radnor-Chester Road and will exit onto King of Prussia Road.
      • Additional details about graduation day will be released on Friday, June 5. If there is inclement weather on June 10, our rain date will be Friday, June 12.

    POSSIBLE TRADITIONAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ON JULY 22
    Should we be able to host a traditional commencement ceremony, we have reserved Wed., July 22 at 4 p.m. for this event on Prevost Field at RHS, pending future state and health guidance/mandates. Our goal is to decide whether this traditional commencement will be possible and announce this decision by July 1, 2020.

     

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  • How is Radnor Middle School handling 8th Grade Recognition events? (Updated May 22)

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    A virtual version of the 8th-Grade Recognition Ceremony for the RMS Class of 2020 will premiere on the RTSD YouTube Channel on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Additional information on how to view the video, including a direct link, will be shared at a later date.

    The annual 8th-Grade Awards Ceremony will air on the district's YouTube channel just prior to the Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. As in years past, select 8th-grade students will be notified in advance that they are the recipient of an award. The students will not know the specific award they won until the event airs.

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  • How are elementary schools handling 5th Grade Moving On/Recognition Ceremonies? (Updated May 22)

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    Each RTSD elementary school is producing a virtual version of its end-of-year ceremony honoring 5th graders. Each video will premiere on the RTSD YouTube Channel the morning of Friday, June 5 (the last day of school). Each school also has specific plans during the afternoon of June 5, which will be provided in detail in the near future.

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  • When will RMS students be able to retrieve items from their lockers, etc.? (May 28)

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    Radnor Middle School students will be granted access to the building to clean out lockers, return books and other materials, and pick up classroom-based projects over the course of four days, June 8-11. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the students have been divided into groups based on the first few letters of their last name and will be allotted 30 minutes.

    Staff members will be positioned throughout the building to monitor and assist students. If you need to pick up medication from the Nurse's office, please reach out to Nurse Carolyn Seaton via email.

    It is imperative that all students adhere to the information below. We ask that you kindly reinforce these expectations, and social distancing guidelines with your child/children.

    • Students should only report during their designated times. This will help us to regulate the number of students in the building at any given time.

    • Students should bring masks with them. There are hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.

    • Only students should enter the building through the main office doors. Parents are kindly asked to wait in their cars for their children.

    • Students should make sure that they bring with them anything that needs to be returned to school.

    • Depending on the volume of belongings in the locker, students may wish to bring a bag from home. Otherwise, plastic bags will be available for those that need one.

    • Once in the building, students are asked to check in at the table in the main lobby and take a pencil and a stack of post-it notes. Students are to write their name and team on a post-it and place inside any book/novel etc. that they are returning.

    • If a student has an RTSD Chromebook, they can keep them at home over the summer months. However, if you would like to return the Chromebook, students can drop them off in the main lobby.

    • Instruments that were rented through RTSD should be returned. The drop off of instruments will be in the main lobby.

    • Once checked in, students can go to their locker and empty it completely. Trash should be thrown away in the large cans in the hallway. Any decorations – inside or outside, must also be removed. Students should also take their locks with them.

    • Students should return any textbooks to teacher classrooms. Teachers will track books to ensure that all materials are returned.

    • Library books should be returned to the Library.

    • Art projects can be picked up in the Art room.

    • Students should check and empty their gym lockers. Any athletic equipment stored in the team lockers should also be removed at this time.

    • Once finished, students should check-out with a teacher/administrator in the main lobby.

    • During check-out, 8th grade students that ordered Commemorative T-Shirts, and any student who signed up to participate in Mini-Thon and did not pick up their t-shirt and bags, can do so at this time. 8th grade certificates will also be available for pick up at that time.

    Locker Clean Out Assignments


    June 8: Students A-FIT

    AA-ATH: 8:00-8:30
    BA-BER: 9:00-9:30
    BEV-BRE: 10:00-10:30
    BRO-CAS: 11:00-11:30
    CHA-COL: 12:00-12:30
    CON-DAM: 1:00-1:30
    DAN-DIL: 2:00-2:30
    DOU-ENN: 3:00-3:30
    ERT-FID: 4:00-4:30

    June 9: Students FL-KIN

    FLA-FRE: 8:00-8:30
    FRE- GAS: 9:00-9:30
    GAU-GOO: 10:00-10:30
    GOR-HAL: 11:00-11:30
    HAN-HEY: 12:00-12:30
    HIC-HUF: 1:00-1:30
    HUR-JOR: 2:00-2:30
    JUB-KEL: 3:00-3:30
    KEN-KIM: 4:00-4:30
     
    June 10: students KL-RE

    KL-KUZ: 8:00-8:30
    LAK-LIO: 9:00-9:30
    LOF-MAG: 10:00-10:30
    MAN-MCK: 11:00-11:30
    MEL-MOOD: 12:00-12:30
    MOON-NAE: 1:00-1:30
    NAZ-OSW: 2:00-2:30
    OUE-PUR: 3:00-3:30
    QUI-REG: 4:00-4:30
     
    June 11: RI-Z

    RIA-RYA: 8:00-8:30
    SAD-SER: 9:00-9:30
    SET-SPEC: 10:00-10:30
    SPEI-SUR: 11:00-11:30
    SWA- TOO: 12:00-12:30
    TOR- VEG: 1:00-1:30
    VEI- WEST: 2:00-2:30
    WETZ-XU: 3:00-3:30
    YAN-Z-4:00-4:30 

     
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DISTRICT OPERATIONS

  • Are school campuses/fields closed to the public like school buildings?

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    School equipment, basketball and other courts, and fields for any group or team activity are closed. The district asks that community members respect the closure of facilities for the health and safety of of everyone.

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  • When is the last day of school for students and teachers?

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    The last day for students is Friday, June 12. The last day for teachers is Monday, June 15.

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  • How is RTSD handling instruction of students during the closure?

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    Teachers were given time to plan and create online lessons for classes to continue new instruction beginning Thursday, March 19. The district will be in session (online) with students from Thursday, March 19 through the duration of the extended closure. All students will have access to a grade level “Extended Closure Instructional Resources” course in Schoology, the district's Learning Management System. Information about how to log on can be found on the "Schoology and Big Blue Button" webpage here. Students can access materials through their own personal accounts or through the parent's account. Parents should plan for children to complete about five days of assignments throughout the week. Please be assured that while the resources are available in Schoology, teachers were careful to provide many activities that can be completed offline for elementary students. The district wants to ensure that students continue to be supported.

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THE ONLINE SCHOOL DAY

  • Has RTSD moved to online instruction as a result of the closure?

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    Yes. The transition to an all-online instructional delivery program through Schoology began March 19, 2020 and will continue during the closure. 

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  • What are attendance/absence procedures during the closure?

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    As the district moved into the first full week of online instruction on March 23, schools formalized this effort by beginning to take attendance of students. This was not done to create another burden on students and families, but rather to demonstrate to the state that instruction continued online. All students will have until 3  p.m. to complete their attendance for a given day. Note that school's will not be taking attendance on Collaboration and Catch Up Days.
     
    Procedure at Radnor High School 
     
    Each day, RHS students should access their “Class of…” page on Schoology and sign in using the below directions. 
     
    1. Log into Schoology 
    2. Click on the “Class of…” page (i.e., Class of 2020, 2021, etc.) 
    3. Click on the form link at the top of the page 
    4. Mark yourself “present” for the day before 3 p.m. 

    A student will be marked absent for a day if not marked “present” by 3 p.m. 
     
    Procedure at Radnor Middle School 
     
    Each day, RMS students should access their “Class of…” page on Schoology and sign in using the below directions. 
     
    1. Log into Schoology  
    2. Click on the “Class of…” page (i.e., Class of 2024 (8th grade), 2025 or 2026)  
    3. Students will see an assignment/quiz titled “Attendance for...” 
    4. Student should click that assignment/quiz and answer the “Attendance Question” and follow the prompts to submit  
    5. Mark yourself “present” for the day before 3 p.m.


    A student will be marked absent for a day if not marked “present” by 3 p.m. 
     
    Procedure at Elementary Schools 
     

    1. Log in to Schoology using the student’s account.
    2. Go to the Extended Closure course.
    3. Click the attendance clipboard at the top of your course. On an iPad, the clipboard is not visible. Click on the statement, “Click here to check in every day.”
    4. Enter your child's last name and first name as registered in the district.
    5. Click on your grade, your child's teacher, and “Here”.
    6. Click “Submit”
    7. If you need to enter another child's attendance, click the link int he closing message to open a new form. Otherwise, close the tab to exit the form.

    A student will be marked absent for a day if not marked “here” by 3 p.m.
     
    General Absence Procedures 
     
    If a student is ill and unable to participate in school, an absence note/email is required for each day of the absence. Absence notes/emails may be submitted with the following guidelines. 
     
    If a parent/guardian is using email, the parent/guardian should use the below email address for their child(ren)’s school and send a message with the following information: student; student grade level; the date(s) of the absence; the reason for the absence; and parent/guardian signature.

    • Radnor High School: RHS_absence@rtsd.org 
    • Radnor Middle School: RMS_absence@rtsd.org 
    • Ithan Elementary School: IES_absence@rtsd.org 
    • Radnor Elementary School: RES_absence@rtsd.org 
    • Wayne Elementary School: WES_absence@rtsd.org 

    If a parent/guardian needs to mail an absence note, the parent/guardian should address a letter to their student’s school(s) that includes the following information: student; student grade level; the date(s) of the absence; the reason for the absence; and parent/guardian signature. 

    Each school will address students who accumulate multiple absences following similar procedures as when school is in session.

    If you have any questions, please contact schoologyhelp@rtsd.org or your school's principal. We appreciate your patience as we implement this new procedure. Growing pains are expected!

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  • Could online work assigned by teachers count toward a student’s grade in the class?

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    As with all work completed in and out of a traditional classroom, teachers may choose to grade certain assignments, projects, activities, but not others. Similarly, online work assigned may be graded. Teachers are expected to communicate expectations for work, as well as whether an activity, project or assignment will count towards a student’s marking period grade. Parents or students who have a question about grading for a particular assignment should reach out to their teacher directly. 

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  • What is the plan at RHS for the fourth quarter and final exams?

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    Click here for RHS' plan for the fourth quarter and final exams.

     

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  • What are "Collaboration and Catch Up" Days?

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    A "Collaboration and Catch Up Day" was implemented at all schools each week beginning the week of March 30. This "Collaboration and Catch Up Day" takes place every Wednesday during the closure starting April 1. Note that school's will not be taking attendance on Collaboration and Catch Up Days.

    Approved by the School Board on March 24 as recommended by administration and supported by faculty, the day presents an opportunity for students to follow up on previous assignments, reading, or other activities; get help from their teachers; and take a well-deserved breather. The day also provides our teachers the opportunity to further their learning about online instruction and other subjects; grade papers; plan lessons; and most importantly build in dedicated time in the morning and in afternoon to directly assist students.

     

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  • What are "netiquette" expectations for students?

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    Below are best practices for students at each school level on proper and responsible behavior when interacting and learning online.

    RADNOR HIGH SCHOOL

    • Remember, behind every name is person
    • Respect the privacy of your classmates and what is shared in class
    • Avoid sweeping generalizations
    • Understand that we may disagree
    • Ask classmates for clarification if you find post offensive or difficult to understand
    • Be respectful of your classmates and their opinions
    • ALL CAPS indicates shouting
    • Be careful with humor and sarcasm; both can be easily misunderstood
    • Don't overuse acronyms or emojis
    • Keep in mind everything your write and everything you click is recorded on a server
    • On the Internet there are no "take backs"
    • Maintain boundaries with what you share
    • Your classroom is now your home; if at all possible, do not work in your bedroom
    • Work in a space where you can concentrate away from distractions
    • Consider how you dress
    • The same rules that apply in school apply online
    • No recording!
    • No bullying!

    RADNOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    • Behind every screen name is a person; be kind with your words and actions
    • Communicate tactfully and appropriately
    • Be mindful of how you are speaking and what you are typing
    • Please proofread and spell check
    • Respect others' point of view, thoughts and opinions
    • Respect the privacy of your classmates and instructor
    • No recordings; no screenshots; don't share others' information
    • Humor and sarcasm can be misinterpreted online
    • Be mindful of your audience
    • If you have to think about the appropriateness of the comment, don't type it
    • Expectations for learning and behavior are the same if is inside RMS
    • Establis routines and a sense of normalcy: create a workspace, take breaks, be active!

    ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

    • Establish a daily routine to support your learning
    • Identify a comfortable, quiet space so can can work effectively and successfully
    • Check online communication daily
    • Complete assignment with integrity and academic honesty that demonstrates your learning
    • Communicate with your teachers regularly
    • Take breaks, go outside, and be active
    • Read a book and spend time with your family
    • Keep a journal if you can: you are living history you will share with you children and grandkids!
    • Speak with adults at home or from school if need support or help

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  • How does my child return books borrowed from an elementary school library?

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    If your student is still enjoying the books currently checked out of the school library, feel free to keep reading them at home. If you are finished with them, families may drop them at school at the designated times.

    IES: Families may deposit books into drop boxes located outside of the IES office onTuesdays and Thursdays between 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

    RES: Families may deposit books into the drop boxes located outside of the RES office on Wednesdays between 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 

    WES: Families may deposit books into the drop boxes located outside of the WES office on Wednesdays between 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 


    Students can check what materials are checked out in Destiny. For details on how to login, visit the Library Resources page.

    Questions? Contact your school's librarian: Melissa McCloy (IES), Amy Piechotta (RES) or Sue Dahlstrom (WES).

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TECHNOLOGY

  • Has RTSD arranged for devices for students?

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    As of March 22, RTSD developed plans to provide additional technology to K-8 students (RHS students each already have a Surface Go device). During the week of March 23, Chromebooks were distributed to all of RTSD 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Technology meeds in grades K-4 were and will be addressed individually. Please note, families do not have to use district-issued technology/computers if the technology they have at home is sufficient. Again, families do not have to pick up a district device if they have sufficient technology at home. The district is making additional devices available in recognition that many families could use added technology with multiple children at home at once.

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  • How was device distribution handled at RMS?

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    The district moved forward with plans to acquire additional technology to ensure all RTSD students have access to a device during the closure. The device roll out started with RMS students the week of March 23. Each student received a Chromebook that he/she is able to bring home and use to complete activities and assignments as prepared and posted by his/her teachers on Schoology.

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  • How was device distribution handled for 5th-graders?

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    Devices for students in 5th grade werre available for pick-up at each elementary school on Wed., March 25. 5th-Grade families received an email from their school's principals with more detailed directions on March 24. Devices were distributed outside of the school building and the district received assurance from Radnor Police Department Superintendent Christopher Flanagan that distributing technology is essential and not a violation of Governor Tom Wolf’s order.

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  • How do I request a district device for a K-4th grade student?

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    During the week of March 23, the district deployed Chromebook devices to 5th-8th grade students through a curbside pick-up process at RMS, IES, RES, and WES. We have additional Chromebook devices for 3rd-4th grade students and iPad devices for K-2 students to access Schoology, our Learning Management System, for online instruction. If your family is in need of a device for your child, please reach out to your child's school through the appropriate email shared below. You will receive a confirmation email and information on a time to pick up a device for your child.

    IES - Dr. Tronya Boylan at tronya.boylan@rtsd.org
    RES - Mrs. Nancy Holshue at nancy.holshue@rtsd.org
    WES - Mr. Chuck Ragusa at charles.ragusa@rtsd.org

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  • How can parents and students receive technical support for district-issued devices?

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    Students and parents experiencing technical issues with a district-issued device can complete this online form here. The form will be routed to the school building's technology personnel, who can offer suggestions on how to fix the issue or consult with the teacher or other tech team member to resolve the issue. The building techs have the ability to provide both phone support and remotely access a district-issued device for support if needed. District technology personnel are not authorized to remotely access or provide support for a student/parent personal device.

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COMMUNICATION

  • When can parents expect responses to emails sent to teachers and staff?

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    Emails to teachers and other staff will be responded to under the same expectations as if "physical" school was in session: all efforts will be made to respond within 24-48 hours.

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  • How will parent phone calls to staff/schools be handled?

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    General phone calls that come to our school buildings will be handled as they normally are. Callers will be able to leave a voicemail message that the building secretary will be able to retrieve and share with the appropriate person needing to receive the voice message.

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MEAL DISTRIBUTION