Home Learning Update April 8

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     April 8, 2020

    Dear Ritenour Families,

    As we continue moving forward with at-home learning and alternate methods of instruction, we wanted to share with you some decisions regarding students’ grades and teachers’ office hours during these challenging times. 

    During the closure, we will not be negatively impacting students' grades based on learning packets or online learning assignments. We are committed to providing ongoing learning opportunities and ongoing feedback. Students in grades K-12 will only have the ability to improve their grades during the school closure time. Your children’s teachers will be able to share specifics on how that can be accomplished.

    The decision about students’ grades was made to alleviate stress associated with distance learning. We also know that educating our students online and through paper packets is not the norm. We understand the many challenges associated with learning at home during the pandemic -- parents/guardians who are also working from home, technology issues, as well as the many stresses that are linked with job loss, stay-at-home orders, illness and so much more. Please know our teachers and counselors want to support you as much as they can.

    Office hours have been established to help teachers, students and parents know when they can expect to interact with teachers via Google Hangout Meet (http://meet.google.com/).  Those office hours are:

    • Elementary - 9 - 10 a.m. and 1 - 2 p.m. 
    • Middle School  - 8 - 9 a.m. and Noon - 1 p.m.
    • High School - 10 - 11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.  

    Teachers may also connect with students and parents/guardians outside these hours, as needed. Please always feel free to reach out to them via email. 

    We appreciate the continued partnership with you as we move forward in these uncertain times. We are all forging a new temporary path to reach and teach Every Student, Every Day. What is certain is that we miss your children; we care about them and can’t wait until we are together again in our school buildings! 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Mike LaChance,
    Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction