Distance Learning Enrichment Opportunities Q & A
What is distance learning? Distance learning means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Romoland School District is providing distance learning through flexible, learning enrichment options in support of the varying needs of students and families. This has multiple, flexible formats: online learning, offline learning, or a combination of both. All of our schools have taken steps to support student learning at home through the use of web-based educational tools and programs. In addition, the District has weekly grade level packets available online here (printed packets are available for pick up at the District Office on Mondays). There are also grade span resources for TK-2, 3-5, and 6-8 online here.
What can I expect from my child’s teacher(s)? Teachers have been asked to provide students with support and feedback throughout this time of school closure. Teachers may support student learning with the use of digital tools we currently have in our schools, such as Google Classroom or Class Dojo. Additionally, teachers have been asked to be responsive to email and inquiries from students and parents/guardians intermittently throughout the time of a regular school day.
What if I do not have a computer or Internet access? In order to support students with distance learning enrichment opportunities during the school closure, Romoland schools are offering to loan classroom Chromebooks to families in need. Middle school students already have take-home Chromebooks as part of our normal instructional program so this special circumstance only applies to families with elementary students who do not have an Internet-connected computer or device in the home already. Please click here for more information.
Will students be required to do schoolwork? No, participation in distance learning enrichment opportunities is optional. Some students may have family/child care or other responsibilities given the hardship caused by this pandemic and may be unable to participate in the education program.
How can I contact my child’s teacher? Stay in close contact with your child’s teacher(s) via email, Google, and/or ClassDojo. You can also email the school principal if you need additional assistance.
How will grades be determined for this trimester? At this time for all students in grade levels TK-8 current grades will be based on all school work completed through Trimester 2 and the first seven days of Trimester 3 through March 13, 2020. (School closures began on March 16, 2020.) All distance learning enrichment activities completed during school closures from now through the end of the school year will increase a student’s grade and will not reduce it. All students have the opportunity to raise their grades through receiving credit for work completed; there will be no evaluative grading of student work. Guidance from the State Superintendent includes holding students harmless, meaning that a student’s final grade cannot be less than it was when school closed even if the student does not participate in the education program offered during the closure.
Will my child receive a progress report or report card for Trimester 3? Yes, progress reports will be sent to parents/guardians via mail or Illuminate Parent Portal in late April and report cards in mid-June.
If all this work is optional, how does it impact my child’s grades? If a student participates in the distance learning enrichment options then a student has the opportunity to raise their grades through receiving credit for work completed. A student’s final grade cannot be less than it was when school closed even if the student does not participate in the education program offered during the closure.
If my child is failing a class or subject will they have an opportunity to increase their grade so that they may pass? Yes, if a student participates in the distance learning enrichment options then a student has the opportunity to raise their grades through receiving credit for work completed, and thus has the opportunity to receive a passing grade.
If my child is completing printed work packets, how do I return completed work to the teacher? For health and safety reasons, printed packets will not be collected and returned to the teacher. Rather, contact the teacher and inform the teacher that the student is completing the printed work packets. Other options include: showing the teacher the work through a Google Hangout meeting, taking a picture of some of the work and emailing it to the teacher (or placing it in a Google folder shared with the teacher), or scanning some of the work to the teacher.
Who do I contact if I have questions about grades? Please start with contacting your child’s teacher, and then contact the principal, if needed.
Will students be required to take any state tests this school year? No, Governor Newsom has canceled the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing for this school year.