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Update - 3/23/20

Good afternoon,

This is an update from Ronan School District No. 30 on information from last week and what to expect for this week.

I would like to start out with the fact that we are having great success getting meals to our students. For the week, we fed 1,105 breakfasts and 3,519 lunches to anyone 18 years old and younger. This has happened because of the partnership between food service and transportation getting the meals out to over 10 different locations in Pablo and Ronan and also having curbside service for Ronan Middle School and Pablo Elementary.

Last week, our elementary teachers called all of their students and the middle and high school teachers called students from their 3rd period class. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, please contact the school as soon as possible and we will update your contact information. Teachers were busy creating lessons to share with their students. They are available on the District’s website homepage (www.ronank12.edu) on the right hand margin. We have also had lots of people request packets of their student’s assignments. They have been picked up at the school and also delivered to the students by bus at the designated bus meal locations. The feedback we have got back so far is positive and most understand we are learning as we go.

One question that has come up is 3rd quarter grades. With the end of the quarter being this Friday, we are encouraging students to get any makeup work in. Also, I was told that the grades will not be stored right away and makeup work can be handed in after the official end of the quarter if necessary. This is not as big of a deal in the elementary and middle schools because their grades start over each quarter. The high school semester grades are an average of 3rd and 4th quarter, so getting makeup work is important. All teachers can be reached through e-mail using their first name . last name @ ronank12.edu. Teachers also have “internet office” hours from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and 1:00 to 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

This week, we again will be contacting every parent to survey their current household technology needs. We are asking question like, do you have devices that would work for online lessons, do you have internet, and how many students share the devices you currently have. We are also inventorying all of our devices and will make them available for check out soon. We are starting right away with our current seniors who have a need.

Next, I would like to encourage every household with students to get the internet. This can be done through a couple of different ways. Spectrum Communication is providing free internet for all students. Unfortunately, they do not cover much within our District’s boundaries.  We have been working with Access Montana, and they have two different methods to get internet into your house. The first is if you meet the income guidelines, there is a program where they will provide your residence with free internet. If you don’t meet the income guideline, Access Montana will give you a $25 credit for internet. The District will pay the other $25 from Title I funds to ensure all student houses have internet access. Get on the list as soon as possible.

Lastly, the Governor has requested all schools come up with an educational plan if this closure continues, have it approved by our school board and submit it to his office by this Friday. The administration team is currently working on this plan. We will be having a virtual special board meeting this Thursday at 7PM that will be broadcast live on the school district’s Facebook page. Also, please feel free to e-mail me with any question you may have at mark.johnston@ronank12.edu.

We were just informed that the Governor extended the closure through April 10th. I will keep you informed as I find out information.

Stay safe,

Mark J. Johnston
Superintendent
Ronan School District 30

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