Online Learning (Spring 2020)
Whether in-person or online, a goal of RTSD is to provide an outstanding academic experience for students.
Significant steps have been taken to ensure a seamless transition from traditional schooling to online learning since Pennsylvania schools were closed by order of Gov. Wolf beginning March 16, 2020.
CLICK HERE for the Full RTSD Continuity of Education Plan, published May 15, 2020.
Faculty & Staff
Teachers provide remote instruction for each student day their class would normally meet.
Teachers can provide instruction to students synchronously and asynchronously and will check assignments and provide feedback to students. All students will receive instruction/materials by classroom teachers, special-area teachers, Special Education teachers, pupil services staff members, and school counselors (as appropriate). Teachers will be accessible on regular workdays. Planned instruction will follow current RTSD course curriculum and expectations.
Students are expected to establish a routine to support learning.
Students should identify a quiet space to work effectively and check online communication daily. Assignments should be completed with integrity that demonstrates learning. Regular communication with teachers is imperative, as is taking breaks, going outside, and being active. Students should read, spend time with their families, and keep a journal to document this historical time. As always, students should reach out to an adult if they need help or support.
Remember that any direct instruction may involve a camera broadcasting home audio/video.
Lessons should not be recorded and the confidentiality of other students should be maintained. A parent/guardian can email a teacher after the lesson is complete with any questions or concerns and is asked not to interrupt the activity with questions to allow the educator to focus on the activity. As RTSD proceeds and circumstances evolve, the district will remind parents/guardians of these guidelines and any potential new guidelines.
Students in grades K-4 will utilize personal devices or a district iPad or Chromebook (if requested). Each student in grades 5-8 has been issued a district Chromebook. Each student in grades 9-12 has been issued a Surface Go or iPad. Families in need of a device were offered opportunities to receive an iPad or Chromebook from each elementary school. Families without Internet access were provided resources to receive free/reduced access and/or a virtual hotspot.
Gifted, English Learning & Special Education
Gifted Education teachers are working with both identified gifted learners as well as students who require acceleration and enrichment. Each week, Gifted teachers provide enrichment activities directly to parents working closely with the regular education teachers to align work that is provided. Gifted education teachers work closely with the regular education teachers to enrich the material accordingly and following the supports within the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) to the best of their ability. Accelerated material is also provided to students, according to GIEPs, or each core content area via Schoology.
English Language Development (ELD)
English Language Development (ELD) teachers work in conjunction with the content education teachers to accommodate and/or modify content curriculum material and assignments. ELD teachers designed ELD course work that addresses the forms and functions of academic language being taught in the content area courses at that grade level. This course work is included in the student's grade level course on Schoology. ELD teachers regularly communicate with EL students and families. RTSD is also working on a plan to use BBB with individual or small groups of EL students to provide additional support from ELD teachers or paraeducators.
The Special Education Department, with input from various stakeholders, has created and is implementing "COVID-19 Interim Individualized Emergency Plans (C-19IIEP)" for every special education student, K-12. Each student’s present levels of academic and functional performance drove the creation of the individualized plans, which were created to help enable Special Education students access the online academic instruction currently underway. Special Education teachers are providing students with levelappropriate materials and synchronous and asynchronous lessons which focus on the area(s) of need determined in their interim plans
Four Phases of Online Learning
1. Preparation and Implementation
- Teacher professional development (PD)
- Creation of K-5 online content
- Supply of district technology to families most in need
- Release of K-12 extended closure online content
- Order placed for new devices for K-4 students
- Order placed for new devices for K-8 teachers
- Attendance protocol planning
- Chromebooks for grades 5-8 planning
2. Expansion & Development
- Daily online attendance collection began
- Deployment of Chromebooks for grades 5-8
- Investigation and Planning: Synchronous and asynchronous instruction; internal communication protocols/best practices; "Collaboration and Catch-Up Day" details; 339 Plan information collection; Teacher Action Research, Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and observation options; options for Career and Technology Center (CTC) students; testing for Advanced Placement (AP) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW); additional supports for students; online assessment options for teachers
3. Enhancement & Adaptation
- Additional extended closure planning in the event PA schools do not return the 2019-2020 school year
- Continued teacher and administrative online learning professional development through Schoology
- "Collaboration and Catch-Up Day" plan put in place
- Live streaming synchronous and asynchronous instructional models and options for teachers and students instituted
- Exploration of K-12 software/online curricular enhancements • K-4 student and K-8 teacher device deployment planning
- Completion of PDE-required Continuity of Education Plan
- Technology Plan for Paraeducator Supports
- Refinement of K-12 instruction/content delivery via Schoology
- K-4 student and K-8 teacher devices deployed • Online professional development for students and teachers on how to use and care for new devices
- Targeted teacher and administrative online learning professional development based on emergent needs
- Continued communication with local municipalities, health officials, and the Radnor community
- Resume work on School Board goals and priority projects, such as Homework, PE for Athletes and Student Wellness Study