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  • READ MORE: Survey Results, Recap of First RRTF Meetings (7/10)

    Of the community members asked to provide their preference for school reopening, 81% indicated as their first (41%) or second (40%) choice that students physically return to school "with some precautionary measures, such as some amount of social distancing, intense cleaning, and temperature check protocols for students and staff." This result, and more, was discussed at the first meetings of the Reopening Radnor Task Force on July 7 and 9.

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  • CLICK HERE for Reopening Radnor Task Force Presentation (7/9)

    Presented to the RTSD Reopening Radnor Task Force (RRTF) at its second Zoom meeting, this PowerPoint provides information on the RTSD Guiding Principles; a review of survey data and principles; and reopening investigations and considerations.

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  • CLICK HERE for Reopening Radnor Task Force Presentation (7/7)

    Presented to the RTSD Reopening Radnor Task Force (RRTF) at its second Zoom meeting, this PowerPoint provides information on the Five Scenarios for Reopening Radnpr; task force timelines; staff and community surveys; opportunities for collaboration; how Radnor is trailing safe in-person instruction this summer; and continued considerations.

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  • CLICK HERE for Reopening Radnor Presentation (6/23)

    Presented to the RTSD School Board at its monthly meeting, this PowerPoint provides an update on the work of the Teaching and Learning and Scenarios and Structures task forces; reviews the various ways RTSD has collaborated with local agencies and reopening ideas "under construction;" and outlines considerations per the red, yellow, and green phases as established by the state. 

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  • CLICK HERE for Summer Athletics Health and Safety Plan (6/23)

    Approved by the RTSD School Board on at its June 23 monthly meeting, the RTSD Athletics Health and Safety Plan was created to serve as the guideline for the reopening of voluntary summer athletic workouts for sports at Radnor High School. The Board's approval stipulates the plan will be revisited prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year for possible updates/revisions depending on future health guidelines and developments.

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  • CLICK HERE for Summer Reopening Health and Safety Plan (6/23)

    Approved by the RTSD School Board on at its June 23 monthly meeting and required by the PA Department of Education, the RTSD Summer Phased Reopening and Safety Plan serves as a guideline for the in-person reopening the of summer offerings of RHS Summer School and Extended School Year only (see all offerings here).

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Progress/Timeline

  • July 28, 2020

    July 28, 2020

    Monthly business meeting of the School Board where reopening recommendation scheduled to be presented.

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  • July 16, 2020

    July 16, 2020

    Planned meeting of Reopening Radnor Task Force to finalize decisions, plans and protocols.

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  • July 14, 2020

    July 14, 2020

    Planned meeting of Reopening Radnor Task Force to finalize decisions, plans and protocols.

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  • July 9, 2020

    July 9, 2020

    The second RRTF meeting included a recap of the July 7 meeting; a review of how the parent and community survey results relate to the district's "Guiding Principles for Reopening Radnor;" how Summer School and ESY are helping pilot options for in-person instruction; and a break-out session where groups discussed reopening logistics with the RTSD Guiding Principles in mind.

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  • July 7, 2020

    July 7, 2020

    More than 50 volunteer parents, community members, and staff participated in the introductory meeting of the Reopening Radnor Task Force via Zoom. A presentation was given that reviewed the five scenarios for reopening; the task force timelines; results of the parent and staff surveys; current guidelines for athletics, Extended School Year (ESY) and summer school; and more.

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  • June 23, 2020

    June 23, 2020

    At the monthly business meeting of the School Board, a presentation on reopening planning was offered and the Board approved summer health and safety plans for summer voluntary athletic workouts and RHS Summer School and ESY.

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  • June 9, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to build consensus and option details.

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  • June 4, 2020

    June 4, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to build consensus and option details.

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  • June 2, 2020

    June 2, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to build consensus and option details.

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  • May 31, 2020

    May 31, 2020

    "Five Scenarios for Reopening Radnor" first discussed during Virtual Board Meeting.

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  • May 28, 2020

    May 28, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to investigate options.

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  • May 26, 2020

    May 26, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to investigate options.

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  • May 20, 2020

    May 20, 2020

    Meeting of the Teaching and Learning Task Force to investigate options.

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Reopening Task Forces

  • Reopening Radnor Task Force

    The purpose of the Reopening Radnor Task Force 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 at the Board's July 28 business meeting. The task force includes volunteer parents/community members and staff members from all grade levels (click here to view all members). In total, 270 parents and 37 staff members expressed interest in serving on the task force. Ultimately, 30 parents and staff members were selected based on various factors, including expertise in relevant fields, to ensure diverse representation.  

    Teaching & Learning Task Force

    Comprised of 25 K-12 teachers and administrators with a focus on evaluating RTSD online learning during the pandemic closure and identifying what school could look like should RTSD need to provide online instruction for some, intermittently, or all of the time.

    Scenarios & Structure Task Force

    Comprised of RTSD administration with a focus on developing potential scenarios and structures for the 2020-21 school year. 

Phase Considerations

  • GREEN PHASE

    • Schools are open on a regular schedule for all students
      • Social distancing where feasible and appropriate
      • Minimize student interaction
      • Minimize visitors to school
      • Minimize field trips
      • Considerations for facilitating Specials (Art, Music, etc.)
      • PPE implemented when appropriate
    • Remote learning option available

    YELLOW PHASE

    • Schools are open on a regular schedule for all students
    • Extensive mitigation practices in place:
      • Social distancing "to the maximum extent feasible and appropriate"
      • Minimize student transitions/large groups
      • No visitors to school
      • No field trips
      • Potential lunch modifications
      • Considerations for facilitating Specials (Art, Music, etc.)
      • PPE implemented when appropriate (masks, shields, plexiglass)
    • Remote learning option available

    RED PHASE

    • Fully remote platform: Schology
    • Modifications to current Continuity of Education Plan
      • Increase in synchronous instruction
      • Balanced approach between asynchrononous and synchronou8s instruction
      • Student participation will be required
      • Student daily schedule will be established and followed
      • More student collaboration in the instructional activities
      • Well-defined grading and assessment parameters

5 Scenarios for Reopening

  • Click here for a one-page PDF of the below scenarios.

    • Flexible: A differentiated model to meet the needs of students, families, and staff who may be of heightened risk.
    • Fully Remote: Schools remain closed and remote learning continues.
    • Hybrid: Schools open intermittently, transitioning between brick-and-mortar and remote learning.
    • Open with Social Distancing: Schools open with significant social distancing requirements, including phased/reduced schedules.
    • Fully Open: Schools open with minimal or no social distancing requirements.

Reopening Radnor Task Force Members

  • Radnor High School
    PT Kevgas: RHS principal
    Rob King: RHS Social Studies teacher
    Mike McBride: RHS Math teacher
    Janee Peterson: RHS English teacher
    Amy Miller: RHS parent
    Mariana Gilbert: RHS parent
    Carlos Guerrero: RHS parent
    Lucy Madden: RHS and RMS parent
    Betsy Robinson: RHS parent
    Megan Scheri: RHS parent
    Joe Spadaro: RHS parent
    Sheila Esgro: RHS Executive Director of Student Affairs
    Brendan Hung: RHS Senior Class President

    Radnor Middle School
    Dave Wiedlich: RMS principal
    Chrissy Dougherty: RMS Science teacher
    Nicole Kindred: RMS Math teacher
    Roger Morgan: RMS Music teacher
    MariBeth Doyle: RMS parent
    Dan Takefman: RMS and WES parent
    Deepti Thapar: RMS parent

    Ithan Elementary School
    Dr. Tronya Boylan: IES principal
    Elinor Ball: IES teacher
    Kevin O'Hayer: IES parent
    Jessica Stortini: IES teacher
    Naasha Talati: IES parent
    Michael Bonaskiewich: IES paraprofessional

    Radnor Elementary School
    Jen Hervada: RES Instructional coach
    Marie Bare: RES teacher
    Sue Eyerly: RES Art teacher
    Winnie Chi: RES parent
    Ali King: RES parent
    Alison Rubin: RES parent

    Wayne Elementary School
    Brett Thomas: WES assistant principal
    Sarah Steiner: WES English Language Development
    Winnie Murray: WES nurse
    Cathy Wieland: WES teacher

    Administration and Other Staff
    Ken Batchelor: Superintendent
    Dan Bechtold: Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning
    Michelle Diekow: Business Manager
    Russel Dilkes: Food Service
    Shawn Dutkiewicz: Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning
    Dave Ellis: Maintenance
    Dr. Scott Hand: Director of Technology
    John Hearn: Transportation
    Joanne Jamgochian: Secretary to the Department of Teaching and Learning
    Daisy Mann: Bus Driver
    Dr. Jim Kearney: Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
    Jenny LeSage: Director of Special Education
    George Reigle: Assistant Director of Special Education
    Duncan Smith: Custodial Supervisor

    School Board
    Andrew Babson
    Liz Duffy

Guiding Questions

  • Transportation 

    1. How will we handle safety concerns?
    2. How will we practice social distancing on the bus?
    3. Will more parents need to drop off their student(s) to ensure social distancing on the bus?
    4. How would we handle additional traffic?
    5. Will we need to create staggered start times?
    6. What safety measures will be needed to make employees feel more comfortable and return to work?
    7. Who will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to bus staff? Disinfecting wipes/hand sanitizer? Can we get enough PPE for bus staff by the start of 2020-21 school year?
    8. Will students be required to wear PPE on the school bus? Who supplies that PPE? If a child will not wear PPE on the bus, do we transport?
    9. Some special education students may have an issue with wearing a face mask. How do we handle that? 
    10. What if the parent doesn’t have a way to transport to school? Do we still transport or make the parent transport? 
    11. Disinfecting of school buses/vehicles? Parents may want something in writing as to how disinfection is being conducted and how often.
    12. How will we handle logistical concerns? Having one child per seat would increase the number of buses. We most likely would not have the vehicles or drivers to do this.
    13. Staggered school session times? May require more drivers. More buses?
    14. Will parents have to “opt in" for bus transportation? Even if busing is provided, will parents want to put their child on a bus?

    Operations/Facilities

    1. How will we handle safety concerns?
    2. Will all staff be required to have a temperature check daily and what will be the process?
    3. Will staff and guests be required to wear PPE? What will be the process?
    4. Will staff and guests have to social distance? What will be the process?
    5. Will we need protection barriers in strategic areas?
    6. Are there limitations for riding elevators and using bathrooms?
    7. Does staff have assigned vehicles? If they are shared, are they sanitized by individual?
    8. How will we handle logistical concerns? Will there be a limit on the entrances staff can use to enter the buildings? Are the hallways in offices, buildings, and schools going to be marked one way similar to grocery stores to limit exposure?
    9. How will we clean and sanitize effectively? What are our processes for cleaning building currently and in the future?
    10. How much time do we need to reimagine and utilize nontraditional classroom space if needed?
    11. What will be the protocol for cleaning at the end of each workday? Will employees need to wipe down their workstations with disinfecting wipes each day?
    12. We will be able to obtain sanitizing supplies close to normal pricing?
    13. Do we need to replace hand dryers with paper towels?
    14. Do we have enough disinfectant stations?

    Business Operations

    1. What are budget impacts? How will state funding impact the budget?
    2. What is the impact on workflow and electronic documents?
    3. What is the potential impact on salaries for the 2020-21 school year?
    4. Could pay rates be frozen? Will pay still be guaranteed after July 1, 2020 for employees who are not working or who are working a reduced schedule?
    5. What are the anticipated losses? Anticipated loss of funding? Potential revenue to offset loss of funding?
    6. How will we handle issues regarding employee benefits?
    7. How will we use CARES funds?

    Food Service

    1. How will we handle safety concerns?
    2. With the USDA waivers to be extended until August 31, 2020, summer service will be continued.
    3. What might be our challenges enforcing CDC business and workplace guidelines, i.e., six-feet distancing and wearing a mask, sanitizing hands upon entering the serving line, etc.?
    4. In a single food line or food stations, would we need to consider food service staff serving each student hot and cold food as well as sides, wrapped and unwrapped, silverware and condiments up to the cashier?
    5. Will all meals be served in closed hinge container versus opened tray? If opened tray, is a covering required over the tray as students walk through cafeteria or to classrooms? What type of napkin dispenser?
    6. Will we let the students get milk, drinks, snacks from merchandisers?
    7. Should we consider replacing the salad bar with pre-made salads? Should we replace our condiment bar?
    8. Would we have a plastic barrier in front of each cashier station, similar to grocery stores? How can we reduce money handling?
    9. How and when will we be disinfecting the serving lines? Pin pads?
    10. For staff members using faculty lounges and other employee meal areas, how will social distancing be addressed for lunch? Possibly work/lunch at desk? Spread of tables/employees?
    11. How will we handle logistical concerns? Will students still be eating in the cafeteria in smaller groups, therefore needing longer meal service times and sessions? If we observe the six-feet distancing between students, it would take longer for students to be served. 
    12. What communication issues might cafeteria staff face in understanding students who are required to wear face masks?
    13. Do we consider requiring eating in the classroom versus eating socially in the cafeteria? If we approve eating in the classroom, would students be permitted to come in a limited group to pick up their meals? What if students cannot come get their meals in the cafeteria?
    14. Will all staff be required to have a temperature check daily? Who would be responsible for taking and documenting their temperature?
    15. Will the state be providing additional funds to food service for the additional requirements, if any are implemented? 16. Would we need additional cleaning time, supplies, staff?

    Technology

    1. How will we handle safety concerns?
    2. How to process kindergarten registration and new enrollments if social distancing continues all summer and/or into the fall?
    3. How to handle ongoing repair operations if social distancing?
    4. What are our considerations for remote learning opportunities for students whose parents don’t feel safe returning them to school?
    5. How will we handle logistical concerns?
    6. Are there any Student Information System (SIS) implications with staggered schedules?
    7. What operations and processes do we need to develop to retrieve technology after it has been distributed?
    8. Have we kept detailed documentation of on-the-fly accommodations we have made to our systems?
    9. How will we procure and stage new or replacement machines?
    10. How will we address cybersecurity?
    11. Have we modified Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plans?
    12. How does remote use effect our client security strategy?
    13. Should we change our web content filter strategy to accommodate more remote use? Now that we are utilizing cloud-based systems more than ever, has our approach to data loss prevention changed?
    14. What are the budget impacts? What new types of software or hardware will we need to purchase to supplement continued remote operations?
    15. Will we continue to provide Internet access for families after July 1, 2020?
    16. Will the digitization we have put in place have a lasting effect?

    Human Resources

    1. How will we handle safety concerns?
    2. How do we bring staff back to best ensure their safety? Who, when? Phase-in? Alternate schedules? Flexible scheduling? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? Temperature checks?
    3. What is the impact of employment status and staffing? Might we need to offer more part-time options or job sharing if there is still an impact to childcare offerings?
    4. What will be done about high-risk staff who work with students who may be compromised as well?
    5. Will assignments be altered to allow for transfers? How to determine whose transfer is approved and whose is not?
    6. How will social distancing be handled, if necessary, in offices that are made up of workstations?
    7. Would normal work hours resume or would there be a staggered approach to limit the number of staff in at the same time?
    8. How to address staff who may not wish to return to the office?
    9. If an employee starts feeling ill, what will the procedure be? Due to the potential illness, will the person’s workstation be cleaned by custodial?
    10. How will recruiting, on-boarding and training be handled?
    11. How will we recruit new employees?
    12. Do our criteria or processes need to change?
    13. How will on-boarding be affected by potential required social distancing measures?
    14. What are best practices for virtual on-boarding without electronic record keeping systems?
    15. Will mandated trainings need to be delivered differently?
    16. How will Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Workers Compensation/ Unemployment Compensation be handled?
    17. What issues might arise regarding Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) sick days?
    18. FFCRA will be in effect until December 31, 2020; Will it be extended or amended, particularly with a possible resurgence in the fall?
    19. How will worker’s compensation be impacted if employees get sick at work and claim they got sick at work?
    20. What happens if an employee exhausts FFCRA/EFMLA and then tests positive for Covid-19 in the fall or childcare issues continue?
    21. What is the protocol if a staff member and/or student tests positive for Covid-19?
    22. How to address employees who were not working due to the closure but whose increases are tied to evaluations for the previous year?
    23. How will collective bargaining agreements be impacted?
    24. What is the impact of reduction of staff?
    25. How will we address employee wellness? What will need to be provided to support employees' mental and physical health? Could the environment be adjusted to support employees' mental and physical health?
    26. Are new policies and procedures required to address issues?
    27. Any thought to suspend the vacation accrual limit?
    28. Will there be a suspension in allowing employees to take time off?
    29. Will there be any early retirement offered for any or all staff members?
    30. Will there be any consideration or accommodation for those employees whose children would normally be at school, but that option is not available?

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

    1. What changes might need to made to prepare for learning loss and possible future closings and reopening of schools?
    2. How to prepare for loss of instructional time and learning that students have experienced? How to plan for closing the gap and accelerating achievement for all learners?
    3. Plan to change instructional groupings or instructional practices as a result of possible learning gaps?
    4. How will we assess students to determine their current knowledge and level of performance for the 2020-21 school year?
    5. What resources and professional learning do we need?
    6. How are we preparing for the possible increased need of support, due to school closures, of the most at-risk, vulnerable students?
    7. How do we think remote learning will apply when we physically return to the classrooms? What will be needed to do this successfully for all students and staff?
    8. What plans can be made for offering professional learning to staff and education to parents and students, so they feel prepared to return to school?
    9. What are our plans to evaluate teachers delivering online instruction?
    10. Once the state lifts the current restrictions and the school year ends, how will we handle summer programming and instruction?
    11. What are we doing for kindergarten registration for 2020-21?
    12. What information are we still waiting for from the PA Department of Education regarding the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years?
    13. How do we plan to engage stakeholders in the reopening of schools?
    14. With a possible increased need for mental health services, how are we planning to provide social and emotional support to staff and students?
    15. How do we plan to coordinate and engage with outside organizations to meet the social, emotional and well-being needs of students and staff?

    Online Instruction

    1. How will we provide access to rigorous high-quality instructional materials for all students?
    2. How do we manage providing a reasonable workload for students?
    3. Are there vendor programs we should be considering?
    4. How do we train instructional designers?
    5. What standards do we hold our educators to in terms of expectations and course development?
    6. What are we doing to ensure equity for students with diverse needs?
    7. How are we meeting the educational goals for IEP and GIEP students?
    8. What online learning resources are we using for quality instruction?
    9. How are we supporting parents and families?
    10. How will we support and evaluate staff?
    11. What vendors are available to support our teachers?
    12. What additional trainings will be necessary over the summer in preparation for possible opening the 2020-21 school year online?
    13. What training have we had for which we can provide ongoing support?
    14. How do we observe and evaluate teachers in terms of online instruction?
    15. How do we restructure schedules to provide teachers adequate time to prepare to post lessons one to three weeks out?
    16. Once Pennsylvania moves to yellow and the 2019-20 school year ends, are we planning any home services to students receiving special education services? Should we consider holding IEP meetings or presenting any other notifications as students transition back to school?
    17. How will we handle instructional issues?
    18. Should we consider planning to change instructional groupings or instructional practices? Community-based instruction and transition plans and developing procedures for reentering school?
    19. What are some best practices for student-teacher online interactions?
    20. What do we do with students who do not “log in” or engage with online instruction?

    Healthcare and Safety

    1. How will we handle safety issues?
    2. Health department guidance regarding protocols for distance and PPE?
    3. Management of classroom space for social distancing?
    4. Will we need additional nursing support services?
    5. How to manage a student who tests positive for Covid-19 while in school?
    6. What health screening measures and PPE provisions are we planning for our students and staff?
    7. What health provisions/cautions will we have to make for students with underlying health problems?
    8. What alternate ideas can be shared for students with personal care assistance (PCAs) to practice social distancing?
    9. What plans can we make for offering training and education to staff, parents, and students so they feel safe returning to school?
    10. What should be our visitation policies?
    11. What are the mandated reporter concerns?
    12. What privacy issues exist?
    13. What will be the protocols for screening students and staff?
    14. How will we handle logistical issues?
    15. What protocols can be put into place to ensure students and staff have access to handwashing and universal health precautions are observed?

    Scenarios/Structure

    1. How will create possible scenarios for the fall?
    2. What will be the process to share scenarios?
    3. What options are we considering if class sizes are limited relative to the delivery of instruction?
    4. How will we manage student movement in halls and to/from large gathering spaces?
    5. How will we manage AM and PM transportation logistics, including student drivers?
    6. Developing communication protocols with parents and students.
    7. How will district technology that was distributed be collected and redeployed?
    8. How will lunches be scheduled?
    9. How will we handle a hybrid schedule? AM/PM
    10. How will we support students when the teacher is engaged with students and others are online?

    Communication

    1. How are we communicating back-to-school information to parents, students, staff? When will we begin communicating back-to-school plans to parents, students, staff? What plans and preparations are we sharing with parents, students, staff?
    2. Will we update our Covid-19 closing plan for the 2020-21 school year or follow our existing plan?
    3. Are we planning on surveying parents, students and staff regarding the Spring 2020 closure? What worked well? What were the challenges? How could we improve?
    4. What are we hearing from parents/staff regarding summer camps, childcare, etc. when we move to the "yellow phase"?
    5. What did we learn from communications since the extended closure began? What communication strategies worked well? What would we like do differently?
    6. Will we develop a closure communication plan for 2020-21?
    7. How are we keeping staff, students and the community engaged?

    Extracurriculars

    1. What are the safety concerns?
    2. If fall practices and extracurricular activities begin ahead of the 2020-21 school year, what CDC or other precautions will be developed prior to students participating?
    3. What are the logistical concerns? How will we handle transportation with social distancing protocols in place?
    4. If PIAA supports fall sports, what limitations might be in place for travel? How would away competitions be handled differently than at home? What are the plans for starting fall practices and what precautions will be put in place?
    5. How will we enforce/manage audience participation at sporting and other events?
    6. Will we run middle school sports in the same way as high school?
    7. How will we plan for summer weight room usage and workouts and other out-of-season camps or activities?
    8. How and when do we intend to communicate with students and families?