Pandemic Response: Student, Staff and School Supports

  • RTSD prioritizes the safety and health of students -- academically, mentally, physically and emotionally. In resonse to the pandemic, a range of services already in place prior to Covid-19 were utilized to provide assistance to our schools and staff, and to support our students. Student supports and services were also added and enhanced in repsonse to the pandemic. Below is a list these various supports and services. Stay tuned for more information detailing the supports that were addded and/or enhanced in response to the pandemic. (as of Oct. 1, 2021)

Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning Supports

  • Student Assistance Programs (SAP)

  • Counselors

  • Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • 504 Coordinators

  • Crisis Teams

  • Risk Assessment Teams

  • Safety Care Team

  • Social/Emotional Social Skills Curriculum

  • Elementary and Secondary SEL Coaching

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy Trainings

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports Training

  • Board-Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Caron Foundation Supports

  • Lakeside Supports

Elementary Supports

    • Each elementary school has an Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) Team that works to identify and address student academic and social-emotional challenges 
    • Each school has a full-time dedicated counselor focused on social-emotional health and responsive classroom practices
    • Each school has a full-time dedicated MTSS Facilitator and Instructional Coach focused on supporting academic needs and instructional interventions in the classroom setting
    • Each school has a full-time Reading Specialist to support students who are achieving below grade level expectations
    • All students have Wellness Teachers as one of their five special-area classrooms; there is a focus on student well-being and healthy habits of mind and body
    • All elementary schedules have a defined MTSS block (both in-person and cyber) for students to access special services and support​​
    • RTSD Social Worker check-ins with parents
    • Caron Foundation support
    • Lakeside Counseling support
    • In Process: ESSER funds to support longer-term professional development and training for teachers and staff through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Middle School Supports

    • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Data Team Meetings
    • Students rostered for MTSS courses
    • Remediation and enrichment built into daily schedule
    • Increased communication with parents/guardians
    • School Counselor meetings with struggling students
    • Relaxed due dates and extensions provided
    • Team/Counselor/Administration meetings with parents/guardians
    • Parent/Guardian access to Home Access Center
    • Professional reflection on grading/assessment practices
    • After school tutoring program established
    • Daily personalized attendance calls for unaccounted class/school day absences
    • School Attendance Improvement Plans (SAIPs) initiated for students with attendance challenges
    • Drop-in elective area centers established
    • Student and parent/guardian focus groups
    • Emphasis on student self-care and social-emotional well-being​​
    • RTSD Social Worker check-ins with parents
    • Caron Foundation support
    • Lakeside Counseling support

High School Supports

    • Troy Brindle student presentation on stress and anxiety to grades 9-11
    • Senior Seminar Speaker Series
    • COVID-19 Student Group
    • Parent webinar on strategies to support children suffering from stress and anxiety
    • Teacher webinar on coping skills and stress/anxiety management
    • Lakeside mental health counseling for students
    • Virtual Math and Writing Centers
    • Free after school tutoring for all students
    • Special Education teacher added to after school tutoring program
    • Extension of Incomplete “I” deadline for marking period grades
    • Asynchronous days with dedicated drop-in teacher office hours
    • Elimination of mid-terms and final exams
    • Weekly Home Access Center (HAC) updates pushed out to all parents
    • Bi-weekly email reminders to parents to check HAC for updated student grades
    • Mid-quarter progress reports and first semester report cards mailed home
    • Letter sent home to parents/guardians if a student is failing one or more course
    • Teacher communication to parents if a student’s grade drops below 60% for the quarter
    • Peer Mentorship Program
    • Academic Success Center
    • Academic Success Center with Executive Functioning Strategies
    • Essentials Classes
    • Student Intervention Meetings
    • Student Assistance Program Meetings
    • Teaching and Learning Hubs
    • Ongoing Professional Development