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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.