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 Materials to Support Remote Learning

 4/23/2020

April 23, 2020

Staff will provide Chromebooks for students in grades 3-12 who need them during Remote Learning. If you have completed the technology survey but have been unable to pick up a Chromebook, we’re hosting a final pickup event Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the Administration Building, 501 7th St. for drive-up distribution. A parent or guardian must sign for each device. 

School staff will call families directly before the end of the day on Wednesday, April 29, to confirm pickup details. 

For families who need a Chromebook and have not been in contact with your school's main office staff, please email your building principal by 3 p.m. Friday.


April 17, 2020

Chromebooks will be distributed on Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, to families who were unable to pick up Chromebooks at their school. Pick up times run between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A staff member from each school will contact families directly with a phone call to share specific pick-up details – including the time and location to meet the bus and receive a Chromebook. These phone calls will start on Monday.

Please remember that a parent or guardian must be present to sign for the Chromebook. If you're unable to pick up during your designated time, please notify your school's staff, and you'll be included in the next round of distribution. Thank you.



April 14, 2020

MATERIALS TO SUPPORT REMOTE LEARNING: RPS 205 parents/guardians and students, please follow the directions below to receive materials this week to support learning during the extended school closure:

Chromebooks for students in grades 3-12: Staff will distribute Chromebooks again this week for students in grades 3-12 who need devices. School staff worked to contact families about device pickup:
• Middle & high schools:  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, April 15
• Elementary schools:  8 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 16

If you're unable to attend during those times, contact your building principal.

Internet access: Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available from Comcast. Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi for a hotspot map. Comcast is also offering Internet through its Internet Essentials program. New customers who sign up by April 30 will receive 60 days of free Internet. Visit www.internetessentials.com

Paper packets & school supply pickup for all grades: Printed learning resources will be available Thursday, April 16, at several RPS 205 sites for grab-and-go pickup (see scheduleSpanishArabic). Buses will stop for about 20 minutes between 5 and 7 p.m. All locations will provide the same materials – grab-and-go packets in English and Spanish for Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 – so families can attend whichever site is most convenient. If families missed school supply kits last week, kits for K-12 students will be available Thursday, April 16.

These paper resources are not required. They are designed for families who don't have access to technology and want paper copies of learning materials; or families who are looking for additional support beyond what's provided on the Distance Learning website. Find a list of community locations for paper packet pickup.

Materials for Early Childhood: Backpacks with learning materials for Early Childhood students will be available on Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each RPS 205 Early Childhood Center (Beyer, Fairview, Nashold & Summerdale) and Roosevelt. Families who attend Circles of Learning should pick up materials at Nashold Early Childhood Center.

Meals: The RPS 205 Nutrition Services team will provide meals to students on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10:15 a.m. On Mondays, families will receive breakfast & lunch for 3 days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families will receive breakfast & lunch for 3 days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Meals are available at eight locations: Beyer Early Childhood Center; Conklin Elementary; East High School; Fairgrounds Valley; Flinn Middle School; Guilford High School; Kennedy Middle School; Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour. Learn more.

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April 7, 2020

RPS 205 parents/guardians and students, please follow the directions below to receive materials to support Distance Learning during the extended school closure:

CHROMEBOOKS FOR GRADES 3-12: Staff will distribute Chromebooks again this week for students in grades 3-12 who need devices to support Distance Learning. School staff worked to contact families about device pickup:

• Middle & high schools: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8
• Elementary schools: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9

If you're unable to attend during those times, contact your building principal. If you missed the survey about students' technology needs at home, or if you think you included an error in your response(s), please complete this survey to be added to the next round of distribution: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPSTechSurvey

INTERNET ACCESS: Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available from Comcast. Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi for a hotspot map. Comcast is also offering Internet through its Internet Essentials program. New customers who sign up by April 30 will receive 60 days of free Internet. Visit www.internetessentials.com

PAPER PACKET & SCHOOL SUPPLY PICKUP FOR ALL GRADES: Printed learning resources will be available Thursday, April 9, at several RPS 205 sites for grab-and-go pickup (see schedule, Spanish, Arabic). Buses will run regular activity stop routes and stop for about 20 minutes between 5 and 7 p.m. All locations will provide the same materials – grab-and-go packets in English and Spanish for Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 – so families can attend whichever site is most convenient. These paper resources are not required. They are designed for families who don't have access to technology and want paper copies of learning materials; or families who are looking for additional support beyond what's provided on the Distance Learning website.

School supply kits for students in grades 1-12 will be available Thursday at the same bus sites (see scheduleSpanishArabic). Next week, supply kits specifically designed for kindergarten students, plus additional K-5 materials will be available. We're working with several community partners to ensure students have access to supplies to support Distance Learning.

MATERIALS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: Backpacks with learning materials for Early Childhood students will be available on Wednesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each RPS 205 Early Childhood Center (Beyer, Fairview, Nashold & Summerdale) and Roosevelt. Families who attend Circles of Learning should pick up materials at Nashold Early Childhood Center.

PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All RPS 205 playgrounds and basketball courts are closed during the governor's stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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April 1, 2020

RPS 205 families,

Thank you for your patience today while we distribute Chromebook to students who need electronic devices. I want to reassure you that we have enough devices for every student who needs one in grades 3-12. We will not run out. We will continue our distribution plans on Friday at our elementary schools.

Our online survey window will close every Thursday at noon, and it will reopen every Friday for the next round. If you complete this survey before noon tomorrow (Thursday, April 2), you will be eligible to receive a device next week: https://bit.ly/344iBl5

Save the Date for Chromebook distribution: Round 2

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at all RPS 205 middle and high schools
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at all RPS 205 elementary schools

Distance Learning: Our Distance Learning website will launch tomorrow, Thursday, April 2. You’ll see a purple button on rps205.com, and that will take our families to a Google Site to choose their school and teacher and connect to Distance Learning plans. There’s no password required, just click on the button.

Our teachers and staff are looking forward to connecting again with their students. Even though we’re not together, we’re going to make sure that our staff and teachers meet students and families where they are to continue learning. We will find a way to connect.

Paper packet pick up: Printed at-home learning resources will be available on Thursday and Friday at several RPS 205 sites for grab-and-go pickup. These paper copy resources are designed for families who:

  • don’t have technology at home and would like paper copies of learning materials, or
  • are looking for additional support beyond what teachers provide through our Distance Learning website.

Find a paper packet pick up schedule here. Buses will run regular activity stop routes and be at each school for about 20 minutes between 5 and 7 p.m. That will give parents/guardians time to drive up and collect materials from staff on the bus.

All locations will provide the same materials, so families can attend whichever site is the most convenient. We’ll have materials available for Early Childhood, K-5 and 6-8 at each location.

These activities should be easy-to-do and empowering for families. The rigor will increase in the coming weeks and include reading and math resources. Each week’s activities will reinforce a specific learning standard or target.

If you’re unable to attend Thursday or Friday, we’re working with several community partners to help us distribute resources. We’ll share updates when we have them.

This unprecedented time away from our schools is a challenge for all of us. Thank you again for your patience. I am confident in our teachers and the lesson plans they have developed to reconnect with students starting Thursday. We’re looking forward to continuing some sense of normalcy in the coming days. 

Sincerely, 

Ehren Jarrett
Superintendent

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March 30, 2020

​RPS 205 parents/guardians and students,

Staff will distribute Chromebooks this week to students in grades 3-12 who need them to support their work during Distance Learning. If you missed the survey about students' technology needs at home, or if you think you included an error in your response(s), you can complete the survey here.

Each school will host a drive-up to pick up Chromebooks – similar to the car line during drop-off and pick-up times before and after school. Pick-up times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 1: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Flinn, Kennedy, Lincoln, Marshall Middle, RESA, West
  • Friday, April 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: All RPS 205 elementary schools, including Montessori and Barbour

Devices will be assigned to students before they're picked up. Each Chromebook will have a sticker with a student's name and school ID number. Each Chromebook will include a sign-out form that must be signed by a parent or guardian. Instructions about how to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and how to charge the Chromebook will be included. Each student will receive:

  • 1 Chromebook
  • 1 charger
  • an information packet that includes a sign-out agreement

If you're unable to attend your school's scheduled time, please contact your school's main office staff. We plan to deploy an estimated 5,600 Chromebooks during this first phase of distribution. If we missed you or your student, there will be other opportunities to pick up a Chromebook. 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented closure and provide resources to our students to continue meaningful teaching and learning.

Sincerely, 

Ehren Jarrett
Superintendent

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Karen

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