TECHNOLOGY / LEARNING DEVICES / INTERNET
Technology / Learning Devices
At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, all Ritenour K-12 students will be given a tablet (grades K-1) or Chromebook (grades 2-12). The district also will make Wi-Fi available to students who need it so they can engage in their learning, complete assignments and tests, and communicate with our teachers, counselors and their own peers while they are working virtually or in the Virtual Academy.
Computers and other technology resources are an integral part of the district’s curriculum and students must meet specific skill requirements for each grade. All district computers have access to the Internet for research and instructional purposes only.
For help with Google accounts for all grades, as well as support for devices issued to students please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (314) 493-6085.
Optional Technology Insurance Plan
An optional insurance plan is available to Ritenour families through a company called One2One Risk Solutions. The annual (one year) cost of the optional insurance is $20 per device and is due when the Chromebook or Tablet is issued. All families must register with One2One Risk Solutions online and either accept and pay for insurance or decline coverage. Visit www.one2onerisk.com for more information.
The Internet is an important resource for the district’s academic program. Teaching students proper and safe usage of the Internet is also a basic and vital part of the district’s technology program. Parents are required to give written permission before their children are allowed access to the Internet. Students and their parents must also sign an acceptable use policy before the student is permitted to use the Internet. Students who violate the terms of this agreement may have their Internet privileges revoked and be subject to disciplinary action. The district operates filtering software to assist in providing appropriate content to students.
Telephones are important elements in the district’s safety and communication plans and are located in offices and in each classroom. These telephones are for school business and are generally not available for student use during the school day. In case of an emergency, parents who wish to get a message to their child may call the school office and the message is delivered to the student. Parents are encouraged to coordinate their child’s schedule and any after-school activities prior to the school day. Students are encouraged not to bring cell phones to school since their use is permitted only before and after school, unless specifically authorized by an administrator. If used otherwise, they will be taken from students and held for parents to pick up later. The school is not responsible for lost and/or stolen cellular phones or other electronic devices.
The Ritenour District administers a broad range of assessment tools to monitor student progress in addition to the state-mandated Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). Exams are administered as ongoing diagnostic and instructional tools to measure instruction and learning as well as for screening purposes. In addition to formal testing measures, students are assessed through innumerable informal daily exchanges between teacher and student, screening programs, curriculum unit tests, portfolios of student work and the assignment of numerical and letter grades for coursework, as well as by standards-based reporting that constitutes a cumulative academic record for each student.
Grade Level Assessments
Grade Level Assessments, developed by the state of Missouri, are mandated at grades 3-8 in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science (grades 5 and 8). The results indicate how well students have achieved according to levels established by the state rather than in comparison to other students nationwide.
At the high school level, end-of-course examinations in Algebra, English II, Biology, Government and Personal Finance are mandated by the state.
ACCESS for English Learners
The state required yearly language assessments for all students identified as English Learners is given on an annual basis to measure English language development in listening, speaking, reading and writing in content areas.
TEXTBOOKS / OTHER MATERIALS
Students are entitled to the free use of resource materials to support learning. Books and other non-consumable materials distributed to students must be returned in good condition at the end of the school year. Students are required to pay the replacement costs for lost books and other resource materials or for damage in excess of normal wear from use for the year.
VIRTUAL LEARNING / RITENOUR VIRTUAL ACADEMY
Ritenour offers a full-virtual learning option for a limited number of students in grades K-12. It is a comprehensive online program that provides the support, learning devices and services students need to succeed. All classes are taught by certified Ritenour educators. Students have the opportunity to bond and interact with peers to create a caring, supportive learning community. Spaces are limited and not every student who has applied will qualify for the virtual program. The window has closed for the 2021-2022 school year and won't reopen until the late spring or early summer of 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.
For more information visit www.ritenourschools.org/virtual.
Parents are welcome at school and are encouraged to visit. Upon entering the building, parents are required to report to the school office, sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge. The safety and security of all Ritenour students and staff members is the district’s top priority. During the school day all exterior doors, including main entrances, are locked. All Ritenour schools have a video intercom system at each main entrance.
To enter the school during the day, please push the button on the video intercom system. A member of the school’s office staff will greet you and ask you for your name and additional information. Visitors will then be “buzzed in” and the door will be unlocked. Visitors will report directly to the front desk near the main entrance and you will be asked to sign in and receive a temporary visitor’s badge. If necessary, you will be escorted by a member of the office staff to the classroom or other location in the building. Please do not be offended if a staff member asks to see your visitor badge.
As a courtesy to the teacher, parents are asked to contact their child’s teacher and/or building administrator before a classroom visit, especially to observe your child. At no point while observing your child is a parent permitted to observe, take notes, record the actions of, or discuss the behaviors of other children in the classroom. Such behavior by the parent could be deemed as violating the privacy rights of that student and may have actionable consequences by local law enforcement agents.
If a parent wishes to confer with a teacher, the parent is asked to schedule an appointment at a time that does not interfere with the teacher’s classroom instructional schedule. Many parents enjoy eating lunch with their child during a visit to school. Please check with the teacher or office for scheduled lunch periods.
Visits by school-age students, including relatives and friends of Ritenour students, are not permitted, except for those scheduled for educational purposes and approved by an administrator (such as new students enrolling and touring the building). Students are also not permitted to bring babies or young children to school during school hours.
At no time is the use of cell phones or other electronic devices allowed to capture images or voices of students or staff while visiting.
WITHDRAWALS FROM SCHOOLS / FORWARDING RECORDS
Families who plan to move out of the Ritenour District should notify a school secretary as soon as possible. Official student records are forwarded upon written request from the new school. If the child is under 17 and a request from the new school is not received within five to 10 business days, a call to Children’s Division may occur to report educational neglect.