Families of Ronan School District 30,
I would like to start out by saying that this is a difficult situation for all of us, and I feel like we are trying to build a plane while flying it. Please keep in mind that we are doing our best to balance the educational needs and well-being of our students, staff and the community.
I have been in direct contact with many getting input on how to proceed. First, I want to let you know that we have teachers and support staff who truly care about what they do and will continue to be there during this difficult time. We also have an admin team made up of professional educators who bring a wealth of knowledge to the table and have been working diligently helping to create a plan.
As we know, we live an area where many students and families depend on the school to make sure their children’s nutritional needs are being met. We will be having our food service and transportation employees doing curbside grab-n-go feeding over the next two weeks for anyone 0-18 years old. Breakfast and lunch will be served at RMS and Pablo Elementary, like the Summer Feeding Program. In addition, starting Tuesday, we will be using our buses to feed at over 10 other locations. The buses and feeding areas will be accessible from 8:00 to 9:00 am for breakfast and 11:30 to 12:30 pm for lunch.
- Pablo Elementary parking lot
- Sparrow Lane/North Burnt Pine (half hour at each location)
- Joe Dog Drive
- SKC Bookstore
- West entrance of RMS
- Pache – In a center area
- Clarice Paul/Woodcock (half hour at each location)
- Pewlosap Lane
- White’s Meats (Terrace Lake Road)
- Job Corp
- North Crow Clubhouse
The administration has also been working with their teaching staff to find creative ways to ensure our students are given access to instructional material. We decided that we would have two levels; K-4 and 5-12. The following was taken from information given in a letter to the teachers at each level:
For K-4 Staff:
Certified Staff, at this time the following is expected from grade level teams:
- 3 reading lessons
- 3 math lessons
- 3 science lessons
- 3 social studies lessons
Our expectation is that each grade level will have 12 lessons sent to their building administrator by Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am. We are encouraging the practice of social distancing, this means that teachers are welcome to come into your classrooms to prepare, but limit your interactions with others.
Certified staff will have “internet office hours” from 10-11 a.m. and from 1-2 p.m. each day. During office hours you will be available to answer emails and phone calls from parents/guardians and administrators. Office hours can be conducted from home.
For 5-12 Staff:
Work Expectations- Internet office hours will be from 10-11 a.m. and from 1-2 p.m. where teachers will be expected to be available by internet to answer emails from students and guardians.
Each teacher is responsible for three (supplemental) lessons per different course and that it be posted in Google Classroom/or online and also made available in paper form for this week and next. Please remember that not all students will have access to the internet or even the paper lessons. These lessons should cover materials that have been previously taught. Many parents wish to keep students working and this is also an opportunity for students to make up homework still pending or late.
Three lessons per different course you teach are due by Wednesday March 18th and another three lessons by Monday, March 23rd by 9:00 a.m. (for example: advanced math, math, and math concepts). Teachers please email your lessons to your building administrators as well as post them on Google Classroom. Administrators will make paper copies for students and/or their families that request it. For questions please email your building administration. They will be in the building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special Education Staff:
Scheduled meetings - IEP meetings will be rescheduled.
Parent contact - Continue to log ALL contact you make during this closure.
How to Access Assignments (Students/Parents):
I will be meeting with the principals and our IT director tomorrow at 8 a.m. to discuss how we are going to get your child the assignments. We understand some might not have technology, internet access, printers, or other challenges but we will do what is necessary to get you the work. Please look for updates tomorrow on the District’s website: www.ronank12.edu
District Contact Information:
The building secretaries, administration and the District Office will be in their buildings from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. during this closure to answer any questions you may have. Please call instead of coming to the building so we can maintain the social distance expectation we have been asked to follow.
All buildings can be dialed direct:
Pablo: 676-3390 Ext 7700
KWH: 676-3390 Ext 7300
RMS: 676-3390 Ext 7400
RHS: 676-3390 Ext 7501
SPED 676-3390 Ext 7450
All teachers and administration can be reached using the first name and last name followed by @ronank12.edu.
Again, we are working hard to make the best of a difficult situation. If you have any questions or concerns, I would rather you call or e-mail one of us. Although we will continue to use social media as one of the avenues please refrain from making negative comments as sometimes there is more to the situation. We will also use our District website for updates, www.ronank12.edu.
Thanks for your support and understanding,
Mark J. Johnston
Ronan School District 30