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School Closure Updates

May 22, 2020: 2020-21 School Year, Parent/Guardian Survey

During his daily updates, Governor Newsom has made a practice of talking to the public about concepts and ideas for reopening schools. As you know this is a fluid situation statewide, and news and guidance may change from one day to the next. Decisions to change school formats and schedules are not made in haste. These decisions are made with many local considerations such as teacher and parent/guardian input, student health and safety, staffing requirements, budget considerations, and state educational mandates. 

Health officials have reiterated that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and we are developing several models of learning that are adaptable and adhere to best health and safety practices. The different models include traditional full-time in-school instruction, hybrid instruction that includes a combination of in-school instruction and distance learning, and full-time distance learning from home. As more guidance is provided to districts across California, we are committed to providing specific information on what the reopening of schools will look like in August. 

We know how important your student’s education is to you. We are also aware of the impact their academic schedules may have on your family. Therefore, we are requesting your participation in a survey regarding your interest in the possible models of learning described above. This survey will provide our district with information to help us plan for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

Please complete the survey by clicking this link. Please be assured, we are steadfast in our commitment to student learning and our partnership with you, our parents/guardians. We would appreciate your feedback by Sunday, May 31, 2020. 

 


May 18, 2020: Summer Learning Program

Romoland School District offers a summer learning program annually. Our summer learning program is an opportunity for students to continue their learning beyond the school year. This year due to current school closure orders because of COVID-19, summer learning will be offered as a distance learning online program only. There will be NO on-campus check-in days. Enrollment is optional and is open to students in all current grades (2019-20 school year), TK through 7. The RISE program extended school year is available for all students currently in our RISE program per their IEP services. 

The summer learning program dates will be June 15-July 10, 2020 (19 days total, no school on July 3). The student work day will be approximately 1-2 hours of daily flexible time to complete online assignments. There will be an expectation for the student to do an online check-in with the teacher a minimum of twice per week during teacher office hours offered daily via Google Meet. There will be a focus on reading literacy tasks that are fun and engaging. Students in the RISE program extended school year (ESY) will focus on IEP goal engagement. Teachers will use District instructional technology tools and curriculum, such as: Google Classroom, Google Meet, iReady, NewsELA, BrainPop, Wonders/StudySync, and Unique (RISE).

If you are interested in registering your student in this optional summer learning program, please complete the online registration form linked here. You can also access this form link on our district and school websites. Complete one form per student. Please know that space is limited and spaces may fill up quickly, so please complete the online registration right away if you are interested in this opportunity for your student. The online registration form closes on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

 


May 8, 2020:

We first want to say that we miss our RSD families and hope you are all doing well!  

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life during the last few weeks. The purpose of this message is to share the plan to close out the current school year.

Each school has developed plans for the collection of student chromebooks, textbooks, library books, and instruments to begin at the end of May. At that time, students will be able to pick up their belongings that were left in classrooms and lockers. More details will be provided by your child’s school in the coming weeks.

With the end of the school year approaching, we will stop checking out Chromebooks to students after Monday, May 11 (all appointments made through May 8 will be honored). Families with a district-provided Chromebook can still obtain technical assistance by calling (951) 926-2891, Monday–Friday, between the hours of 8:00AM – 4:00PM. District support staff will work with families to resolve technology problems over the phone and make arrangements for repair if needed.

Yearbook distribution is also planned for the end of May. However, yearbooks may be delayed until summer, because yearbook companies have had their business operations put on hold due to COVID-19. Thus, yearbooks may possibly not arrive at school sites before the end of the school year. Your child’s school will keep you updated about yearbook distribution. 

Lastly, to honor our 5th and 8th grade students who will be promoting to new schools, we will be giving “Congratulations Class of 2020” yard signs to each 5th and 8th grade student. The signs will be ready for distribution mid-May, and information about sign distribution will be provided by schools to 5th and 8th grade families next week. Additionally, Ethan A. Chase Middle School will be providing information about a virtual promotion ceremony in honor of 8th grade students.

We remain extremely appreciative of our community for your positivity, flexibility, and resilience during these challenging times. We continue to strive to keep the lines of communication open with you as this school year comes to a close and we prepare for the 2020-21 school year. 

 


May 3, 2020:

Dear RSD Families,

You may have heard in Governor Newsom's press conference earlier this week that he wanted to explore the possibility of schools opening up in late July. As you know, California is a large state with regional differences related to the impact of COVID-19. At this point, any decision on the opening of schools beyond this academic year is a local decision. 

That being said, schools across the state and country are coming to the realization that there may be a new normal for how schools operate when we do resume. We do not have a lot of information on what the fall of 2020-21 may look like at this point due to the difficulty of projecting COVID-19's impact that far in advance in Riverside County.  

While we understand the desire for answers to some of the questions we all have, it is difficult to provide definitive answers in such a fluid situation. We appreciate everyone's patience as we work over the next several weeks to develop a "flexible" approach that can be adjusted should we receive updated guidance/orders that would necessitate a change. You can expect to receive information in the following prioritized order over the next several weeks: 

  1. Bringing the 2019-20 school year to a successful close
  1. Potential summer learning options
  1. Beginning of 2020-21 school year under the following potential scenarios

     * School closure orders are still in place

     * School opening with certain restrictions

     * School opening with no restrictions and we resume normal operations

 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation.

We hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves and family members.

 


April 29, 2020:

This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has presented challenges for all of us, and we recognize that supporting your children in their continued learning in the midst of this crisis has been no small feat. We are amazed by the resilience and resolve that all of you—the families of our 4,000+ students—have shown as we transitioned to distance learning. We are grateful for all that you are doing to support the success of your children as we finish the 2019-2020 school year. 

We are currently in week 6 of school closures, and we understand the difficulties many members of our community are facing during this uncertain time. We invite you to visit a directory of resources available in Riverside County on our District website here: romoland.net/CommunityResources. The Community Resources webpage includes information about: food access, mental health, child care, and more.

Resources on this webpage are updated regularly with information, including a Riverside County food access map, in which you can type in your address to find locations near you providing food and meals during this time of COVID-19.

For people who are experiencing high stress due to emotional challenges presented by the virus, Riverside County residents (age 16 and older) have free access to live support via text chat from peer support specialists and counselors through a new computer and smartphone app called TakeMyHand.co. The app uses a chat format to connect individuals with specialists who are trained to interact with people expressing concerns about difficult feelings and behaviors. A comprehensive list of Riverside County wellness and recovery resources is also available on the site, which is confidential and does not require a login, username, or password.

Childcare resources have also been added to the Community Resources webpage. There is information about childcare for essential workers. Also, Riverside County Office of Education has an online referral system for childcare.

Our Community Resources webpage also includes information and services that can be found with 2-1-1 Community Connect. Community Connect can assist families through the vast array of services available throughout Riverside County. Call 2-1-1 to be connected with a call specialist, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can help you obtain resources including housing assistance, utility assistance, transportation, veteran services, community service, professional development, and more.  

We hope this information proves useful to you and your family. We miss our RSD families and hope you are all staying healthy and safe. 

For more public health information, please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

 


April 20, 2020: 

As we enter week 5 of school closures, we’d like to thank you for your support throughout this ongoing health crisis. We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. 

The window for new student online registration and returning student annual verification for the 2020-21 school year is now open! All new and returning students must utilize the Home Connect Portal to register and/or update existing student information. Please make sure to upload supporting documents, including address verification, into the Portal. The Student Registration web page can be located via the Parents tab on your school website or linked here: romoland.net   

The Romoland Early Childhood Education Program is also currently enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more about available ECE programs and view online applications on our website here: romoland.net

Grade level student work packets for weeks 3-6 are available on our website here: romoland.net. Printed packets are available for pick up at the District Office on Mondays from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. 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. Additional learning enrichment resources, including Special Education resources, are available on our website here: romoland.net

Families with a district-provided Chromebook can obtain technical assistance by calling (951) 926-2891, Monday–Friday, between the hours of 8:00AM – 4:00PM. District support staff will work with families to resolve technology problems over the phone and make arrangements for repair if needed.

Our district is committed to supporting our students and families during school closures. Please visit our Community Resources webpage (linked here) to view a directory of local services in Riverside County that are available to all of our families. It includes Mental Health resources available for students and families. 


We will continue to provide updates to our community as information becomes available. We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please continue to follow the guidance from RUHS-Public Health, “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face.” For more public health information, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.

 


April 10, 2020: Student Grades During School Closures

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 (printed packets are available for pick up at the District Office on Mondays).

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.

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. In the event a student was not passing a class as of March 13, 2020, every opportunity to earn a passing grade will be provided. 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. If a student does participate in the education program a student can improve their grade.

Progress reports will be sent to parents/guardians via mail or Illuminate Parent Portal in late April and report cards in mid-June. 

For answers to commonly asked questions about distance learning enrichment opportunities and grading, please visit our website here: romoland.net

 


April 2, 2020: Message from the Superintendent

Romoland School District Community,

On the evening of April 1, 2020 Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Kaiser, extended the school closure order to June 19, 2020 for all Riverside County schools. This news saddens me for our students, families, staff...our community. Yet, as we know, the health of our community is the priority at this time. 

I have no doubt we are prepared to “meet the moment” and will persevere until this health crisis subsides. While we always knew we had great people serving in our district and residing in our school community, the last few weeks have highlighted that the strength of the Romoland School District community is its people. We have been working hard to support each other, our students, and families during the school closures and will continue to do so. 

Households should have received updated information on our grab and go meals. Our outstanding Nutrition Services staff will be offering our free grab and go meals over spring break, which begins on Monday, April 6, 2020. This effort ensures that every child 18 years old or younger in our community will not go hungry over the previously scheduled break. In addition, we have altered our times so that we can now serve both breakfast and lunch at the same time from 10:30AM-12:30PM, which minimizes the trips necessary to receive both meals.

Our district and site staff will continue our commitment to provide meaningful, learning enrichment opportunities through the end of our regularly scheduled school year, which is June 4, 2020.  We have provided grade level work packets, checked out Chromebooks, and provided internet hotspots to those in need. All of this was accomplished within the first three days of school closures thanks to the exceptional efforts of our Educational Services and Instructional Technology Departments. Our school site educators will continue to do an outstanding job of offering online learning opportunities and support for students as we navigate these unprecedented challenges. Please continue to check our website as the educational, social emotional, and community resources are plentiful and will continue to expand over the next several weeks.

Now that we know students will not return before the last official day of school on June 4, 2020, we will be working in the coming weeks to communicate details related to finishing out the 2019-20 school year and preparing for the start up of the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime, we encourage you to take care of your families, stay engaged in the learning opportunities provided, and follow all guidance related to public health measures that are in place.

 

Sincerely,

 

Trevor J. Painton, Superintendent

Romoland School District


April 1, 2020:

Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Kaiser, has amended his original school closure order so that all Riverside County schools remain closed through June 19, 2020 in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Please check our website, romoland.net, regularly for updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools.


If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.


April 1, 2020:

In an effort to limit contact between members of our school community, beginning Monday, April 6, 2020 Romoland School District Nutrition Services will be changing the times of grab and go meal service. Free breakfast and lunch meals will now be served together between the hours of 10:30AM and 12:30PM at Romoland Elementary School and Ethan A. Chase Middle School. 

While our schools are closed, we will continue to provide learning enrichment opportunities that meet the needs of our students and staff. Please view all available learning materials on our website here: romoland.net. We have added resources specific to grade spans: TK-2, 3-5, 6-8. Also, PBS and KVCR have partnered to provide televised lessons available online here: empirenetwork.org/education/.

Work packets will continue to be available for students in all grades, TK-8. The work packets are linked on our website here: romoland.net. We have distributed printed packets for Weeks 1-3 and will continue to have Weeks 1-3 available next Monday during our previously scheduled Spring Break. Week 4 printed packets will not be available until after Spring Break on Monday, April 13, 8:00AM-4:00PM. Per the recommendation of Riverside County Public Health, we ask that you please have face covering when coming to pick up packets, as well as practice social distancing.

For additional community resources available in Riverside County, please visit our Community Resources webpage here: romoland.net

We are so thankful to our community for your continued patience and support during this uncertain time. We care about all of our students, staff, and families very much and hope you are all safe.


March 31, 2020:

We have received notification regarding the possible extension of school closures beyond April 30th from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. 

The notification states that “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.” 

We have not yet received an official order from our County Health Partners to extend our school closure date, but will update our community as soon as we receive updated communication.

During this time, Romoland School District remains committed to doing our part to help flatten the curve and maintain the safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to provide learning enrichment opportunities that meet the needs of our students and staff throughout the possible extended school closure. 

As we work to flatten the curve, we would like to update our community that our Riverside County Public Health officials have issued new public health guidance recommending residents to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential services, including doctor appointments, grocery shopping, or pharmacy visits. The recommendation specifies that face coverings do not have to be hospital grade, but do need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again. 

Please remember to continue following best public health practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and staying home. If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

We appreciate our community’s continued patience and support during this uncertain time.

 


March 27, 2020:

As we complete our second week of school closures, we hope you are all well and adjusting to new ways of teaching and learning. We’ve been so impressed with what we’ve seen and heard from students, teachers, and families this past week, and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing public health crisis.

Our district is committed to supporting our students and families during school closures. Please visit our updated Community Resources webpage (linked here) to view a directory of local services in Riverside County that are available to all of our families. It includes resources for both crisis and non-crisis situations. 

Week 3 student work packets for all grade levels will be available on our website beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. If you are unable to print a packet, you can pick up a printed work packet from the Romoland School District office located at 25900 Leon Road, Homeland, on Mondays from 8:00AM–4:00PM. 

These optional Learning Enrichment packets are a curated selection of standards-based resources aligned to our instructional program. Your child's teacher may supplement these materials with additional resources based on your child's needs.

In addition to weekly work packets and teacher provided support, new resources will be added to our Learning Enrichment Opportunities webpage this week. Resources will include online and offline options for students and families. There will be resources for core content areas, social-emotional learning, virtual field trips, and more. 

We encourage everybody to continue practicing social distancing and stay close to home. If we all work together, we can keep our community healthy and safe. 

Please visit our website romoland.net, regularly for updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools. 

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

 


March 22, 2020: 

As of right now our schools remain closed until April 30, 2020 per the orders of our Riverside County Public Health Officials. 

We received clarification that district “essential functions” are exempt from Governor Newsom’s stay at home order. Essential District functions will remain in place so we can continue to support our community appropriately. The District Office will have reduced staffing and modified hours, but will remain responsive to phone calls and emails, Monday through Friday. The district office will be open for essential needs on Mondays, 7:00AM-4:00PM.

In an effort to support our students and community, we will EXTEND our free “grab & go” meal service throughout the previously scheduled Spring Break and the duration of this unprecedented situation. Nutrition Services will continue to offer FREE grab & go breakfast and lunch meals at Romoland Elementary School and Ethan A. Chase Middle School, Monday through Friday until April 30, 2020. Meals are for any child 18 years or younger (child must be present to receive meal).

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, families with a district-provided Chromebook can obtain technical assistance by calling (951) 926-2891, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00AM-4:00PM. District support staff will work with you to resolve technology problems over the phone and make arrangements for repair if needed.

Throughout the extended school closure, we will continue to offer resources for students to remain engaged in their learning. Your child can receive learning enrichment opportunities through regular communication with your child’s teacher(s), and you can view weekly grade level work packets on our website here: romoland.net. If you are unable to print at home, you can pick up grade level work packets from our District Office on Mondays only from 8:00AM-4:00PM.

At this time, both the state and the federal government have suspended state testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

We are grateful to our community for your patience and understanding as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to make decisions based on the best health practices determined by our state and county health partners. Please visit our website romoland.net, regularly for updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools. 

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

 


March 19, 2020: 

We are aware of Governor Newsom’s announcement this evening issuing a statewide stay-at-home order across the State of California. 

We would like to reassure our community that we will continue to provide FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL students 18-years-old and younger for the remainder of the school closure. The statewide order allows essential services like food distribution centers to remain open. 

Following the guidance of our state and county health partners, our District Office and all school site offices will be closed until April 30, 2020. Romoland Elementary School and Ethan A. Chase Middle School will ONLY be open for grab & go meal service.  

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. 


Facts and information are changing daily, if not hourly so we encourage you to check our website romoland.net regularly, and our social media pages to stay up to date with current information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools.

  

March 17, 2020: Extended School Closure

Following guidance from our Riverside County Health Partners, all Romoland School District Schools will remain closed until April 30, 2020. This includes all preschool and afterschool programs. 

This decision was made by our Riverside County Health Officer to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Our free community meals program will remain intact throughout the extended school closure. Romoland Elementary School and Ethan A. Chase Middle School will continue to offer free grab & go breakfast and lunch meals to ALL students 18-years-old and younger until April 30th. 

We are grateful to our community for your patience and understanding as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Facts and information can change quickly, so we encourage you to check our website romoland.net regularly, and our social media pages to stay up to date with current information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools. 


If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

 


March 17, 2020: School Closure Update

We are aware of the Press Enterprise article stating that Riverside County schools will be closed until April 30, 2020.

We have not yet received an official order from our County Health Partners to extend our school closure date, but will update our community as soon as we do.

As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to make decisions following the best health practices determined by our State and County Health Partners. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

 


March 16, 2020: Chromebook Checkout Information

During the school closure, Romoland School District will offer learning enrichment opportunities for your child. Teachers will be providing students with optional online activities using the same web-based programs we use in school, and optional offline packets are available as well.

Romoland School District elementary schools will have student Chromebooks available for checkout on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 during normal school hours only for those in need. If you already have a computer or device in the home with Internet access we strongly encourage that you use that. Many schools in Southern California have closed as a preventative measure to delay the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to practice social distancing, which only works if students and the public avoid gathering places like our schools. You should come to the school to borrow a Chromebook only if you have no in-home technology available to support your child's educational needs.

If you are in need of Internet service, Spectrum is offering 60 days of free service to households without a current subscription to support students during school closures. Please visit this website for details and to enroll call (844) 488-8395.

For information about checking out a Chromebook, accessing online educational programs, or offline student packets, please visit your school's website.


March 15, 2020: Learning Enrichment Opportunities

We are providing learning enrichment opportunities for students in an attempt to maintain the skills and standards they have learned throughout this school year. 

There are multiple options for students and families:

Grade Level Work Packets

Grade level work packets (linked here) have been prepared and are posted on our district website romoland.net. You can download and print packets of work for your child. We will also have hard copies available for pick up if you cannot print from home. Pick-up will be available this week at the Romoland School District office at 25900 Leon Road, Homeland, 7:00AM-4:00PM beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Online Learning 

Online learning opportunities are also an option for students.  We will be distributing Chromebooks and hotspots to students who have a need. We will issue those items this coming week and will soon have more information about pick up dates and locations. 

Teachers have been asked to be responsive to email and inquiries from students and parents/guardians intermittently throughout the times of a regular school day schedule

Teachers may support student learning with use of the digital tools (linked here) we currently have in our schools.

Teachers have been asked to provide students with feedback about their learning throughout this time, but there will be no grading practices that penalize students who cannot or do not participate in these optional learning opportunities.

We understand that not all students and families can or will engage in this optional learning support, and there is not an expectation of participation or penalty for non-participation. However, we encourage your child’s participation in these optional learning opportunities.

This plan may evolve as we receive updated guidance from our Riverside County education and health partners.

If you need more information or guidance, please contact your child’s teacher via email.

 


March 13, 2020: School Closures

The public health crisis created by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we are navigating uncertain circumstances as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. We have been following the guidance of our state and county health partners on how we can keep our community safe in the midst of this growing health crisis. 

After long and careful deliberation, we have decided to close all schools in the Romoland School District beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of the regularly scheduled spring break (which ends Friday, April 10). This includes preschool and afterschool programs. We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to keep our school community safe. 

School site offices will be open during regular school hours on Monday, March 16, 2020, to allow for families to pick up medication and other student belongings as appropriate.

While our school facilities will be closed, plans are in place for students to continue to learn. Support will be provided to assist students as they transition to a different way of learning and teachers to a different way of teaching. We will be sharing more detailed information as soon as possible about how families can support student learning during school closures. 

We will also be setting up ways to continue to provide meals for our students who rely on them. 

As parents/guardians and caregivers, you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 may be overwhelming, especially to younger children. Parents/guardians and caregivers can help children understand the situation better by discussing children’s questions and concerns. 

We are grateful to our community for your patience and understanding as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.  Facts and information can change quickly, so we encourage you to check our website romoland.net regularly, and our social media pages to stay up to date with current information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools. 

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.


March 12, 2020: Preparing for the Possibility of Distance Learning

Romoland School District is preparing for the possibility of offering educational opportunities for students at home in the unlikely event that one or more schools must temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read the information below and take this short survey. You will need to login with your student’s Romoland Google account to complete the survey.

  • In the event of a school closure the best option would be for students to use home computers or devices.
  • School devices may be available for students to use at home, if needed.
  • School provided internet hotspots may be available for students to use at home, if needed (limited supply).
  • Our schools offer many online resources that students can access at home: Google Classroom, BrainPOP, Newsela, i-Ready, and more.
  • Grade level specific work packets would be available on our website that parents/guardians can print at home.
  • For those who do not have printing availability at home, we would share details for pick-up of printed material.
  • We have developed a plan to provide meals for students who receive free or reduced lunch. The details for providing meals would be communicated, per guidance from Riverside County Public Health partners.

Please know that in the event of a school closure, before and after school programs at our schools would also be closed. Thus, we encourage all parents/guardians to consider preparations for daycare in the event of school closure. 


March 12, 2020: 

Based on new information and guidance from Governor Newsom to avoid large public gatherings, we will be canceling all field trips and staff conferences until further notice. We made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the safety of students and staff. While we value the educational experience that field trips provide, these destinations have the potential for students and staff to come into contact with members of the public with indeterminate health status. 

We appreciate your understanding and help to maintain the health and safety of our school community. We are continuing to coordinate with our Riverside County Health Partners to provide you with the most current information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to our schools.

 


March 11, 2020: 

We would like to reassure you Romoland School District is continuing to work with Riverside County Department of Public Health for information and guidance regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

We have been advised by our Riverside County Health partners to follow best health practices to avoid mass gatherings and large scale events in which many members of the public with indeterminate health status are on school campuses and in confined spaces.

At this time, Romoland School District is cancelling all upcoming Open House events and large scale gatherings, including assemblies and family engagement events at all schools in the district. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to limit possible community transmission of COVID-19. 

Riverside County Health partners have also advised that field trips may remain scheduled as planned, but may be cancelled on a case by case basis. Field trips in areas with identified community spread of COVID-19 will be cancelled. We will be reviewing all field trips as new information becomes available on COVID-19 community spread and/or guidance from our Riverside County Health partners. For the field trips that do occur, hand cleaning protocols will be put in place to ensure best health and safety practices for students and staff. Please remember, as a parent/guardian you have the choice to send or not send your student on a field trip. 

We encourage you to prevent the spread of germs by following the health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Here is a three-minute video from the CDC about proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Do not send your child to school if they have a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students. We will continue to provide you with new information as it becomes available. 

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus, please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.


March 8, 2020:

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns continue to increase in California, we want to provide you with new information when appropriate. Emergency plans have been reviewed and strategic actions identified for immediate implementation: 

  • Custodial staff are deep cleaning and disinfecting each school as a precautionary measure. There is also a plan for maintaining an ongoing schedule of deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Hand washing signs are posted in all classrooms, bathrooms, and health offices.
  • District Nurse is providing guidance to promote healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Extra stock hand washing supplies (soap and paper towels), as well as tissue, are being provided to sites.
  • Hand sanitizer is being provided to sites.
  • Increased supply of surface disinfectant is being provided to sites.
  • Independent study master copy packets for students are being prepared for grades TK-8 should there be a need for school closure.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and we take this responsibility seriously. As a school community, there are some things we all can do. It is still flu season, and we are following healthy practices in schools. You should also follow best practices at home, such as: 

  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water
  • Keeping surfaces clean
  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your elbow
  • Most importantly, keeping your child home when they are sick with flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100-degrees Fahrenheit or 38-degrees Celsius or higher, shortness of breath, and coughing
  • Call your school if your child is staying home sick

If you have specific questions regarding novel coronavirus, please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO.


February 28, 2020:

This week’s national news coverage concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sparked conversations and questions regarding the health and safety of our students and staff. Watching the news reports may be unsettling, and we understand your concerns. We would like to reassure you that our district, in partnership with all districts in Riverside County, have been working with Riverside University Health System-Public Health (County). They are our lead agency and are putting information out to the public county-wide. We follow the guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies.

Currently, the health risk of COVID-19 to the general public in our region remains low. Regardless, we encourage you to prevent the spread of germs by following the health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Here is a three-minute video from the CDC about proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm. 
  • Do not send your child to school if they have a temperature of 100°F or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication (i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)

For more information, visit the Riverside County University Health System- Public Health’s Coronavirus webpage at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. You can also visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for up to date information on the coronavirus.

As of today, Romoland School District has not experienced any increases in reported illnesses or student absences. 

We plan to keep you updated by posting the latest information on this topic, as it is related to our schools. Thank you for your partnership in helping to ensure that our students remain healthy and continue to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.