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Message to Ritenour Families from Dr. Kilbride - Sept. 4, 2020

September 4, 2020

 

Dear Ritenour Families,

Our first week of virtual learning went well, but we know that we also have many areas for growth and improvement. We thank you for your patience and grace as we navigated our first week virtually.  

We have received many questions from our families about when we will return to in-person learning. Each day we monitor the conditions across the region and throughout the state. Our goal is to return to in-person learning as soon as possible for families that choose that option.  But, we also want to make sure that conditions are safe for our students and staff.  

We are currently in Phase 3 of our Return to Learning Plan. Conditions are monitored to allow for consideration of a return to Phase 2, which consists of the choice of full virtual instruction for students through the Ritenour Virtual Academy at K-8 and full virtual instruction at Ritenour High School for grades 9-12.  

Families who opt for in-person instruction in Phase 2 will have the option of the hybrid model, which consists of a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group, with Friday being fully virtual for all students. The students will be divided among the two groups alphabetically by last name (while maintaining family connections), which will allow us to reduce class sizes to ensure safe social distancing in the classrooms and buildings. 

Our Phase 2 committee will begin reviewing the Return to Learning plan in the next two weeks.  Our committee is made up of teachers, support staff, parents and administrators.  

There is no timeline for the transition to Phase 2 at this time. By monitoring the latest data, our Phase 2 committee will help guide us in the decision of when it is safe to bring our students back to our buildings. When a timeline is developed, parents will again be asked to choose whether they want their children to remain in a full-virtual environment or the hybrid option so the district can plan classes accordingly. The timeline also will give parents the opportunity to plan. 

We thank you for your patience during these trying times.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and we look forward to connecting with our students again virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Chris Kilbride
Superintendent