Reopening Radnor FAQs

  • The below FAQs will be continually expanded as information is finalized and additional information becomes available. The FAQs were last updated on August 4, 2020. Questions or comments? Email radnor@rtsd.org

From the CDC

Business Operations

  • What are the budget impacts? Will state funding impact the budget?

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    There may be significant unbudgeted costs to prepare the district for Fall 2020, including masks/face shields, plexiglass, and additional cleaning products. While state funding has been addressed for 2020-21, subsequent funding could be impacted. Future budgets could also be impacted if a number of residents remove school-aged children from private schools and enroll them in district schools.  

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  • Could pay rates be frozen?

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    Due to the passage of the 2020-21 budget, the possibility of freezing pay rates does not appear to be an issue. Employees are covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements, which include salary increases for future years. Should there be a need to make changes to previously agreed-upon salary increases, these bargaining units would need to agree to reopen the contracts. 

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  • What are the anticipated funding losses? Is there potential revenue to offset loss of funding?

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    It is possible the most significant funding losses could be realized in corporate center businesses failing to rent properties within the township and permanently transitioning to tele-business. Reduction in collected real estate taxes and transfer tax reductions could also impact the budget. While minimal options exist to offset loss of funding, reductions in expenditures could be identified to offset loss of revenues. 

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  • How will the district handle issues regarding employee benefits?

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    Should employees have concerns regarding their benefits, they are welcome to contact the district’s Human Resources Office for assistance.

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  • How will the district use CARES funds?

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    Funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, will be used to offset Spring 2020 technology purchases necessary for pandemic online learning. 

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Communication

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Including Special Education and Social-Emotional Learning)

  • Could a child only go a few days a week in the classroom? (From 7/21 Board Meeting)

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    On July 28, 2020, the RTSD School Board approved a modified in-school schedule to start the 2020-21 school year, where students would not be attending a full week of school. A fully online educational option was also approved for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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  • What resources and professional learning does the district need to provide staff?

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    A plan has been created to address professional development (PD) needs for teachers. K-12 teachers completed a technology skills inventory on the last teacher day of the 2019-20 school year. This helped inform PD sessions over summer. Teachers will begin working on PD on July 20 and will have six weeks to complete five in-service days. The PD sessions will be targeted by level and area of need and is framed in three areas: Digital Tools, Instructional Design, and Online Course Development. The PD is differentiated according to teacher-learner needs based on a self-assessment, survey feedback, preparation for any instructional scenario, and next generation teaching and learning. Special education teachers and paraprofessionals will receive additional training on online platforms and programs, including possibly virtual progress monitoring.

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  • How is the district preparing to support the most at-risk, vulnerable students?

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    The summer professional development and student instruction on digital learning skills provide opportunities to learn strategies and tools for equitable access. Social workers, Special Education teachers, and counsellors will continue to monitor and support students in each school. The Special Education department will also continue to provide additional support in the areas of mental health and well-being, as well as outside referrals for “high” needs students. 

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  • How will remote learning apply when students physically return to the classrooms?

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    An important component for remote learning is infrastructure related. The district may need some technology upgrades/replacements to ensure capacity and reliability of the network and systems. Since the district will be live-streaming and/or recording classrooms at the secondary level, the district will work with the district’s solicitor to provide ample notification to our parents/students. Summer professional development aims at creating future ready classrooms, so that all skills and strategies are applicable in a brick-and-mortar and online learning environment. Students receiving Special Education services will continue to utilize both in-person and virtual methods. This concept ties into the “opt out” scenario, which allows teachers to continue virtual teaching while having “in person” instruction. More information will be forth coming. 

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  • What type of training is planned for staff, parents and students, so they feel prepared to return?

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    The district is investigating what the opening week of school might look like for employees prior to students arriving to ensure that trainings are provided on hygiene, building operations, etc. Parent informational sessions to assist with navigating Schoology may be created. The Technology Department is working with district’s Parent-Teacher Organizations in addition to preparing parent resources and guides, as well as revising on-demand family support services. Students will be given a tour of their virtual classroom at the start of the school year. A video recording of this tour can be made available to parents. K-5 teachers are using a common template for designing online courses and students will be offered instruction on digital learning skills. Videos for parents have and will continue to be provided in the area of special education and mental health, along with the new social skills instruction. 

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  • How is the district handling summer programming and instruction?

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    The district passed its Summer Health and Safety Plan at the June 2020 School Board meeting. Special Education has been providing updates regularly on the Extended School Year pilot program, which started July 13.   

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  • How is the district engaging stakeholders in the reopening of schools?

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    The Reopening Radnor Task Force was created is to provide feedback and guidance to district administration, which will ultimately make a reopening recommendation based on the work of the task force to the School Board. The task force includes volunteer parents/community members and staff members from all grade levels (click here to view all members) and met three times in July 2020.   

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  • How is the district meeting the social, emotional and well-being needs of students and staff? 

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    The district’s social workers have continued to update a special mental health resource webpage on the district website with resources on outside agencies and information on telehealth. 

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Elementary

  • What is the Radnor K-5 Cyber Program? (8/4/20)

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    The Radnor K-5 Cyber program was designed for fully-remote online learning using the Schoology Learning Management System. The courses were written by Radnor teachers with support from instructional coaches, technology specialists, and curriculum directors. The courses were constructed over the summer to include English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies content taught during the first twelve weeks of the school year. Each grade-level course includes instructional features to guide students in accessing directions, materials, support, videos, assignments, and assessments. The courses include the content to be facilitated by the cyber teachers through recorded video and live format lessons. As the cyber program is implemented, teachers will continue to build onto the first twelve weeks of content within the structure and design of the program. The K-5 cyber program and content is based on the Radnor curriculum and programming and will be taught by Radnor Township teachers.

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  • Will in-person classroom students access the cyber program course? (8/4/20)

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    All K-5 teachers and students will utilize the same online platform and course content as the cyber program. The courses were built to support students through the standalone cyber program, in-class supplemental instruction, and for fully remote instruction if we are forced to restrict or close our buildings. All students will access the courses and be taught how to navigate the instructional features (directions, videos, materials, content, and assessments) to be prepared for any reality that we may face.

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  • How will the cyber program differ from in-person classroom instruction? (8/4/20)

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    The elementary cyber platform is built from the PA Common Core Standards and Radnor Township S.D. board-approved curriculum and programming. The curriculum and scope-and-sequence of the content is the same for those receiving in-person instruction. The programs were built to support the learning and growth of our students in two different formats, and one program will not cover more or less content and standards than another.

    K-5 Cyber Program: The cyber program sample schedule is based on a full-day program. Through a balance of asynchronous (self-paced) and synchronous (live) instructional sessions, a school day will span 9:00 to 3:30, but include several intermittent offline periods such as independent practice activities, lunch/recess breaks, and specials (art, music, library, physical education, and wellness).

    Phase 1 In-person Instruction: In-person instruction in Phase 1 will be very similar to the cyber program schedule. The Phase 1 schedule would follow a traditional full-day format that includes time for all subject areas as well as the typical intermittent periods (transitions, lunch, recess, specials, etc.)

    Phase 2 in-person Instruction: The Phase 2 (AM/PM Cohort) format would be scheduled in 2.5 hour sessions (AM: 9:00 to 11:30 am and PM: 1:10 to 3:40 pm). The AM/PM format will include a high concentration of English-Language Arts and Mathematics instruction during the in-person sessions. With small AM/PM class size cohorts, teachers should be able to differentiate, personalize, and support student learning at a very high level. During the second half of the day, students will engage in remote Science and Social Studies content on the Schoology LMS.

    Phase 3 fully-remote instruction: The Phase 3 format would mirror the cyber program schedule. All students in phase 1 or 2 (based on circumstances) would transition to the fully remote Schoology LMS course that they have become familiar with while in-person. Teachers would remain with their class sections and shift their instruction to fully online.

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  • How will students be placed in AM or PM cohorts? (8/4/20)

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    Students in the same family will be assigned to the same cohort (AM or PM). Student cohorts will be determined in the most efficient way to meet the needs of our students and families. The AM/PM cohorts help us to mitigate social interactions, support health and safety of all students and staff, and allow students to return to the classroom setting every day. We cannot guarantee parent requests for AM or PM.

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  • How will class sizes be determined for the cyber sections and for AM/PM cohorts? (8/4/20)

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    The district class size guidelines are 21 students per class section for K-3 and 25 students per class section for 4-5.

    In-person: Based on cyber registrations, we anticipate that class sizes in the AM and PM cohorts will be 12 or less per session.
    Cyber: Based on cyber registration, the district plans to maintain the class size guidelines to the greatest degree possible.

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  • How will teachers be organized for in-person and cyber instruction? (8/4/20)

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    Q: Who will teach the Radnor cyber program?

    A: The cyber program will be taught by current Radnor Township teachers. The district issued an interest survey to K-5 teachers and will work through a selection process to assign teachers based on cyber program needs.

    Q: Will cyber teachers be from the student's home school?

    A: Based on registrations and teacher interest in the cyber program, the district may or may not be able to assign school-specific personnel to students from the same school.

    Q: What staffing implications are expected as a result of the Phase plans?

    A: Facilitating a standalone cyber program will require additional staff. The district has interest from current teachers to instruct the cyber program and will select and assign them based on needs. The district will need to hire in-person teachers to replace those that teach online.

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  • Will the cyber class(es) be grouped by home elementary schools? (8/4/20)

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    Cyber class sections will be based on the total number of registrations. It is likely that class sections may include students from more than one elementary building. For example, if first grade cyber registrations reflect 8 students from IES, 6 students from RES, and 7 students from WES, the district would group the students into a single first grade section at 21 total students. If cyber registrations include higher percentages of students by school, the district will organize students by school to the greatest degree possible. The district cannot honor parent placement requests.

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  • What are the time differences between cyber and in-person instruction? (8/4/20)

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    Although the time between fully in-person, partial in-person/partial-remote, and fully remote vary, the scope of content and expectations will be the same.

    >Phase 1 (In-person full-day program): 9:07 am – 3:40 pm (traditional schedule)
    >Phase 2 (AM / PM program):
    >>AM Cohort: 9:07 – 11:37 AM in-person; 1:10 – 3:40 PM remote (Sci/SS/Specials)
    >>PM Cohort: 9:07 – 11:37 AM remote (Sci/SS/Specials); 1:10 – 3:40 PM in-person
    >>Remote time will include offline self-paced activities/enrichment continuing and extending the in-person instruction
    >Phase 3 (Fully-remote): 9:07 am – 3:40 pm

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  • Can a parent change between cyber and in-person during the school year? (8/4/20)

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    The district has requested that parents make a commitment of at least one trimester for students to be in-person or fully online through the K-5 cyber program. This request is to support student program consistency, possible staffing implications, and social-distancing parameters. A parent can request a change for their child to transition to a cyber or in-person program at any time, but the district requires 1-2 weeks to adequately prepare for the transition.

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  • Will there be before/after/extended day care through Right at School? (8/4/20)

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    The Radnor before/after/extended day provider, Right at School will be offering childcare and communication will be sent from them to register your child.

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  • Will students have an opportunity eat during the in-person AM/PM sessions? (8/4/20)

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    Lunch will not be served at school during Phase 1 or 2 of the reopening plan. Families in need of food assistance will be provided with support. Students will be permitted to bring a snack to eat but sharing or trading snacks will not be permitted.

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Extracurriculars

Food Service

  • How will the district handle safety concerns?

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    Safety concerns specific to Food Service are being identified and vetted prior to the start of school. Safety concerns that may arise ocn school begins will be conveyed to the building principal, pandemic coordinators, and business manager. 

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  • How is the district enforcing CDC business and workplace guidelines?

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    The implementation of additional measures are in progress as the district ensures adherence to CDC guidelines in the fall. Additional plexiglass dividers will be added to the serving lines and cashier stations. All food on the serving lines will be prepackaged and served by “grab-and-go.” The salad bar and self-serve items will be discontinued until CDC guidelines allow. Students will have access to hand-sanitizing stations prior to entering serving lines. All food service staff will be required to wear a mask and gloves and tables will be sanitized after breakfast and between lunch periods.

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  • How will the district serve meals to students, including distribution of silverware and condiments?

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    The district will be serving a variety of cold and hot prepacked meals as “grab and go” during the first few weeks of school. Condiments for sandwiches will be included with the meal. All food items will be in a closed container. Silverware will also be wrapped and include a napkin. Breakfast will also be available.

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  • Will the district allow students to get milk, drinks and snacks from merchandisers?

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    The district will offer milk and drinks in accordance with the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Snacks will not be offered initially, but are planned for availability after the first few weeks of school. 

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  • Will the district replace the salad bar with pre-made salads?

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    Cold options will include a variety of homemade salads. Condiments will be prepacked and distributed by a server wearing a face mask and gloves. There will be no open serving containers in the cafeteria in the fall.

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  • Will there be barriers in front of cashier stations? How will the district reduce money handling?

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    The district will install plexiglass or plastic shields at high traffic areas throughout each building, including cashier stations in cafeterias. Reduction of money handling is important. At many levels, students enter their ID number on a keypad to purchase lunch. The district is currently examining an iPad option or a scannable ID card to reduce the need for students to touch shared surfaces as well as an ordering app at Radnor High School. 

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  • How will cafeteria staff understand students who are required to wear face masks?

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    Cafeteria staff work closely with building administration, guidance counselor, nurses and staff to ensure they understand and are responsive to student needs.

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  • Will the district require students to eat meals in the classroom instead of the cafeteria?

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    At the secondary level, teachers may be able to monitor students as they eat in the classroom. However, since teachers are entitled to a duty-free lunch, monitoring lunch would constitute a duty for a teacher, thus eliminating the ability for a teacher to manage a study hall, help out at the Math Center, etc. Additional obstacles at the secondary level would prevent students from eating in classrooms without significant changes to the bell schedule. While this might be a possibility at the elementary level, supervision would still need to be considered and arranged as elementary teachers are also entitled to a duty-free lunch. 

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  • Will all staff be required to have a temperature check daily?

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    Staff will be asked to take their temperature at home prior to coming to work each day. Any staff member who shows specified symptoms will be directed to stay home.

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Healthcare and Safety

Human Resources

Online Instruction

  • Would it be useful for parents able to keep students home to do so? (From 7/21 Board Meeting)

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    The decision on whether to physically send a child to school or enroll in online-only learning is completely up to the parent. The district is prepared to accommodate whichever choice each parent makes depending on their family’s needs and circumstances.

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  • If fully online, can students attend live classes and engage w/ teachers? (From 7/21 Board Meeting)

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    Yes, RTSD is planning to support and provide for more synchronous (live) learning opportunities for students who elect the fully online educational option. 

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  • How does the district manage providing a reasonable workload for students?

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    Parent and student surveys conducted during Summer 2020 helped to provide valuable feedback and input will continue to be solicited from those learning online. Special education teachers will continue to provide communication and seek feedback regularly regarding pacing and provision of services, and adjust the workload for students as needed with input from IEP teams. 

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  • Is the district considering vendor programs?

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    Depending on how Fall 2020 progresses, RMS and RHS could begin to explore developing a cyber school program. Teachers used many online resources that were free during the closure but typically have associated fees. Based on teacher recommendations, an analysis is being done to determine which tools will should be considered for licensing during the 2020-21 school year. Special education has already expanded the use of virtual programs and will continue to do so. 

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  • How does the district train instructional designers?

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    The Instructional Technology arm of the technology department will be developed to lead and support best practices in blended and distance learning as well as advance our vision for next generation teaching and learning at Radnor. An instructional design mindset is necessary as teachers design blended, online, and flexible learning opportunities. As part of the summer professional development, teachers will begin to strengthen their instructional design skills by examining their previous virtual classrooms through the eyes of a student. They will also be provided opportunities to partner with colleagues in critical conversations about instructional design. 

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  • What standards does the district have in terms of educator expectations and course development?

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    Teachers are expected to help students master the objectives for each course, aligned with Pennsylvania Core Standards and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, identified in district curriculum documents. Courses also have common assessments and required texts that teachers are expected to use under normal circumstances. During remote learning, if common assessment cannot be administered because of test security concerns, alternative assessment materials should be used.

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  • How is the district meeting the educational goals for IEP and GIEP students?

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    A flow chart is being created to assist IEP and GIEP teams in programming for students upon our return, as well to determine restoration services. The summer professional development and student instruction on digital learning skills provide opportunities for to learn strategies and tools for equitable access. 

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  • What online learning resources is the district using for instruction?

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    The district is committed to using Schoology and Zoom as well as leveraging OneNote and Nearpod to enhance content delivery and instruction. Quality online content is also being developed by teachers during professional development and on an ongoing basis during the year, utilizing content providers such as Discovery Education.  

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  • What vendors are available to support teachers?

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    The district will be utilizing the instructional design team within the reorganized technology department to develop and support teachers. The district is also able to leverage its partnership with Microsoft should additional supports related to devices and Office tools be needed for teachers. Online resource have been curated to be available on demand for teachers within professional development modules to be released in July. 

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  • What training and ongoing support for teaching staff will be provided?

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    The professional development plan that was created (“Ready, Set, Go”) will help build capacity in district teaching staff related to device use, Schoology efficacy, best practices for teaching online, software how-to’s, and more. On-demand teacher coaches will also be available during professional development in Summer 2020 as well as throughout the school year. 

    How is the district providing ongoing support 

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  • Will the district restructure schedules to provide teachers adequate time to prepare/post lessons?

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    Teachers may need additional preparation time at the secondary level to simultaneously engage students both in-person and online. 

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  • How is the district handling services for special education students, including ESY & IEP meetings?

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    The district is hosting the Extended School Year program for eligible students, in which some sessions are held virtually and others in-person. The district continues to follow the COVID Emergency Plans for Special Education students. Upon reopening, students’ previously agreed upon IEP will be implemented immediately. IEP teams will be meeting in Fall 2020 to plan and adjust as needed. 

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  • How will the district handle instructional issues?

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    Any issues with instruction will be relayed to the building principal, who will notify the Teaching and Learning Department. Depending on the issue, the Teaching and Learning Department will involve other administrators to help address the issue. 

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  • Should the district consider community-based instruction and transition plans?

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    The Special Education Department is currently trialing an in-district transition service opportunity for students and will determine further availability in Fall 2020 based on needs. The district believes students receiving Special Education services should be provided the maximum amount of in-person instruction possible in order to best meet each IEP.

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  • What are some best practices for student-teacher online interactions?

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    The district’s professional development and instructional design model is based upon best practices in blended learning. This unique framework centers on four areas: structure, engagement, interaction, and differentiation. Within “interaction,” the district is focused on areas of student-teacher interaction, student-student interaction, student-content interaction, and teacher-family interaction based on the work of Moore (2013). Regarding student-teacher interaction specifically, best practices include: dynamic discourse, feedback (timely and high quality), questioning and reflection, personal communications, performance monitoring, awareness of desire for autonomy, and instructor presence (routines/regularity, engagement). Regular student-teacher interaction helps reduce ‘transactional distance’ (Moore, 1980; Keegan,1993; Moore & Kearsley, 2012), which is the psychological distance perceived and potential learner misunderstandings in remote learning versus face-to-face. 

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Operations/Facilities

Scenarios and Structure

Technology

  • How will the district handle safety concerns?

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    Safety concerns will be addressed as they typically would, with Director of Technology Dr. Scott Hand addressing specific concerns that cannot be resolved by other Technology staff members. The Technology Department will work directly with the Facilities and Teaching and Learning departments as necessary for concerns that may extend beyond Technology. A grade-appropriate set of guidelines will also be developed regarding handling and cleaning of devices.  

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  • How will the district handle ongoing repair operations while social distancing?

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    The technology department staff will continue to handle all repairs for student and staff devices. Service stations will maintain social distancing and remote learners will have opportunities for device repair and/or exchange. Technicians will handle devices with safety measures in place such as gloves and disinfectant. 

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  • What online learning opportunities are available for students?

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    The following remote learning opportunities will be available for students whose parents are not comfortable returning them to school:

    • In grades K-5, students will take part in a “Virtual Learning Academy” where they will be placed in an online section and be assigned a teacher to teach the class remotely. There will be no mixing of students attending in-person classes and those attending online at the elementary level.  

    • In grades 6-12, students who participate in online learning at home will livestream classes or view recorded sessions if live streaming is not possible.

    • Students receiving special education services whose families plan to opt out of in-person instruction will be provided an “Interim COVID-19 Plan” on a case-by-case basis. A procedure is in place through the Special Education department.  

    • For students who provide a medical note, homebound and online instruction in the home will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.   

    • Professional development for teachers will take into account online, blended, and flexible learning environments. 

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  • How will the district handle logistical concerns?

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    Logistical issues will be relayed to the district’s Director of Technology, who will keep the Teaching and Learning Department apprised. Currently, RHS Summer School is being used as a trial environment for flexible learning to determine camera placement, audio concerns, and sharing of materials. 

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  • What operations/processes need to be developed to retrieve technology that has been distributed?

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    Distribution and collection of technology in a socially distanced fashion is a significant undertaking that requires thorough planning and clear, concise communication. The district will use the Spring 2020 technology distribution and collection as a baseline for ways to streamline and enhance this process. The district is working to ensure device orders are placed, received, and prepared for student distribution to enable a smooth start in September 2020. 

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  • Has the district documented the on-the-fly accommodations made to its systems?

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    The Technology Department has a list of all system adjustments and accommodations where implementations can be readjusted once returning to fully in-person schooling. 

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  • How will the district procure and stage new or replacement machines?

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    K-8 devices have already been obtained and have been prepared for student usage and distribution. Ninth-grade devices are on order and will be ready to distribute at Freshman FUNdamentals on August 13. If the Freshman FUNdamentals program occurs virtually, the RHS team and technology department will distribute devices either during the first days of school or in a curbside pick similar to the Spring 2020 technology distribution. 

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  • How will the district address cybersecurity?

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    Cybersecurity will continue to be monitored as in the past. With an existing one-to-one (1:1) take-home program at RHS, all student systems have appropriate protections in place. The Technology Department is also currently reviewing our Cyber Security Insurance Policy to ensure appropriate coverage in the event of a cyber incident. 

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  • Has the district modified Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plans?

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    Continuity of services and disaster recovery is built into the district’s existing infrastructure and designed independent of on-campus or remote learning. Both on-campus and off-campus backups, hosted by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, are in place and able to be restored within hours. Cloud-hosted vendor partners all have similar disaster recovery and redundancy with Service Level Agreements for maximum uptime. 

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  • How does remote use effect the district's client security strategy?

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    All technological security measures were previously designed for both on campus and remote usage. 

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  • Should the district change its strategy to accommodate more remote use?

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    The district’s current system is based in the cloud and does not impact campus resources. It is designed for both on-campus and off-campus usage and has a proven use case, with content filtering in place prior to and during the Spring 2020 closure. 

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  • What are the budget impacts? What software/hardware is needed to supplement remote operations?

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    The district will be transitioning from Big Blue Button (BBB) video recording and streaming to Zoom, which will result in a 50% increase in cost. Both a software assessment of needed providers and an assessment of additional technology to improve infrastructure and facilitate live streaming has begun. The RHS Summer School program is providing an opportunity to test out plans. Teachers used many free online resources during the Spring 2020 closure but typically have associated fees. Based on teacher recommendations, an analysis is being done to determine which tools will be considered for licensing during the 2020-21 school year. The Technology Department also has a detailed plan for upgrades and monitoring that supports both remote learning during Fall 2020 and ensures the district is ready upon full return.  

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  • Will the district continue to provide Internet access for families after July 1, 2020?

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    The district is determining how many mobile hotspots were distributed that require collection once students return to school in Fall 2020. These can then be redistributed as needed. 

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  • Will the digitization the district put in place have a lasting effect?

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    Our teachers using the district’s learning management system, Schoology, to deliver a majority of content for both in-person as well as remote learners. Beginning the 20109-20 school year. our registration and back-to-school forms have been digitized to be completed online. Summer professional development aims to create future-ready classrooms to ensure all skills and strategies are applicable in an blended in-person and online learning environment. 

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Transportation