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2021-2022 School Year Updates


March 14, 2022: Health and Safety Guidance Update Released by CDPH

On March 9, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated K-12 health and safety guidance. Here are the key points.

Masks

  • Beginning Monday, March 14, universal indoor masking in K-12 school settings will move from a requirement to a strong recommendation.
  • This means that the decision to wear a mask will be the personal preference of each person, and every family can make the decision about what’s best for them. It is critical that everyone is allowed to make their personal choice without comment or correction. Masks will continue to be made available for students and employees who would like to utilize them.
  • At this time, the Riverside County Department of Public Health is in alignment with the California Department of Public Health in regard to the wearing of masks.

Group Contact Tracing

Events and Activities

Because of these health and safety updates, RSD may conduct the following events and activities in person on school campuses:

  • Spring 2022 Open Houses 
  • Awards and honors assemblies during the instructional day (indoors or outdoors)
  • 8th-grade Promotion Ceremony
  • Parent/Guardian group meetings 
  • Performing arts events
  • End of year activities, such as 8th-grade dance
  • School assemblies during the school day

These events and meetings should take place in the same manner as your school site held them prior to COVID-19 restrictions, being mindful of mitigating practices such as masks if a person prefers and hand sanitization.

This is a new phase in a multi-phase approach to returning to practices prior to COVID-19. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your support and trust. We are looking forward to continuing to provide quality education for our extraordinary students.


March 10, 2022: School Volunteers

We are currently welcoming parent/guardian volunteers back to our schools! The process and expectations for volunteering at a school are as follows:

  1. attend an initial volunteer training session,
  2. do a Raptor sign-in each visit,
  3. submit negative tuberculosis (TB) test results, and
  4. show proof of COVID vaccination at each visit OR if there is no proof of vaccination, take a rapid COVID test (with negative test result) at the school weekly.

Masking is still required for all RSD students, staff members, and visitors while indoors on school grounds for the remainder of this school week. However, beginning on Monday, March 14, masks will be recommended, but not required while indoors on school campuses. 

Classroom volunteering is to be pre-scheduled with a teacher and approved by the school principal. Contact your student’s school for volunteer training opportunities.


March 7, 2022: New Student Registration 2022-2023

New student enrollment for the 2022-23 school year begins on April 1, 2022, for all grade levels; Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 8th grade. Romoland School District uses the Aeries Online Enrollment system for all new student registration. The Aeries Online Enrollment webpage can be located via the Parents tab on your school website or linked here, romoland.net, and allows you to quickly start the process of registering a new student for school. Upon completion, your student's information is electronically sent to the school for pre-enrollment processing. Paper-based registration forms are no longer utilized. 

Benefits of online registration:

  • Convenience—All registration forms can be filled out and uploaded electronically from home.  
  • Save time by uploading required documents—You can upload proof of residency and all required registration documents to your student’s profile as an attachment.
  • Ensure enrollment for next school year—As our school district grows and school sites reach capacity at different grade levels, you can ensure your student has priority registration by inputting your student’s information and uploading all required registration documents through our online registration process to help secure your student’s classroom schedule. 

What you need to Register:

  • If you are registering a new student for the district, you will need to set up an online account, utilizing a personal email address, through your school’s website by accessing the Aeries Online Enrollment link via the Parents tab or linked here: romoland.net
  • In addition to the completion and uploading of all online registration forms, current proof of residency within the Romoland School District is required for all new students. This task can be completed by uploading a proof of residency document to your student’s profile as an attachment (PDF, scan, or picture of the residency document).

Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Age Requirements

  • Transitional Kindergarten: Students must turn 5 years of age between September 2, 2022 -February 2, 2023.
  • Kindergarten: Students must turn 5 years of age on or before September 1.

Contact school staff for all inquiries related to New Student Registration

  • Boulder Ridge Elementary School: Juanita Reyes, Attendance Clerk, jreyes@romoland.net, (951) 728-8931
  • Mesa View Elementary School: Jennifer Morris, Attendance Clerk, jmorris@romoland.net,(951) 723-1284 
  • Romoland Elementary School: Lourdes Rivas, Attendance Clerk, lrivas@romoland.net, (951) 928-2910

March 2, 2022: Changes to Indoor Masking Mandate

Over the last school year, Romoland School District (RSD) has followed our state and local guidance and mandates to allow for full in-person instruction in the safest way possible.

On February 28, 2022, Governor Newsom announced that California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022, all three states will transition from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be updating their COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 schools to reflect the changes to the indoor masking mandate. After 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022, masks will be recommended, but not required for students while indoors. It is anticipated that CAL/OSHA will also transition from mask requirements to mask recommendations for staff members in our schools.

Please note that this transition does not take effect until after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022. Therefore, masking is still required by all RSD students and staff while indoors on school grounds until Monday, March 14, 2022. 

The Romoland School District will continue mitigation strategies such as monitoring for symptoms, voluntary COVID-19 testing, high-quality ventilation systems, etc. - with a great deal of focus on personal responsibility and respect. 

Respecting Personal Choice

  • The state is providing personal choice for masking in schools with the expectation that individual choices are respected.
  • One should not make assumptions regarding someone’s beliefs or health status based upon their choice to wear or not wear a mask.
  • The schools will discuss the change with students in a developmentally appropriate manner, including how to respect everyone’s personal choice.

Responsibility 

  • Students and staff should continue to remain home when sick.
  • Students and staff may take a voluntary COVID-19 test if they exhibit symptoms and/or if they have known exposure to COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate and make adjustments as the state and local public health guidance is updated. 


February 15, 2022: Update on California School Mask Mandate

Yesterday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly provided a statewide update on the progress of combating COVID-19 and introduced the state’s pathway for relaxing school masking mandates. 

Although the more general statewide indoor masking mandate was lifted this week for vaccinated individuals, the current statewide mandate requiring masking in schools for students and educators will remain in place. At this time, there is no change to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) school masking requirement. Face masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, while inside school buildings. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will continue evaluating COVID-19 data and conditions before making a determination on the future of masks in schools over the next few weeks. The state is expected to announce possible changes to the statewide school masking requirement on February 28, 2022, as long as COVID-19 health metrics continue to improve. 

The Romoland School District will continue to follow CDPH mitigation strategies such as cleaning and disinfecting school spaces, frequent handwashing, increased ventilation, monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms, etc.

We will keep you informed of any changes to the mask mandate and other public health guidance related to our schools as they are released from CDPH.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

 


January 18, 2022: COVID-19 Update for K-12 Schools

Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated isolation and quarantine guidance for K-12 schools. 

Isolation For Confirmed Positive COVID-19

For everyone (students and staff) self-isolation due to a positive test result can end when all three conditions are met:  

  1. at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and 
  2. symptoms are not present or are resolving and no fever; and 
  3. a COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later is negative. 

If unable to test or choosing not to test, self-isolation can end after day 10 if no symptoms are present or symptoms are resolving. If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10. If a fever is present, self-isolation continues until the fever resolves. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings. 

 

Quarantine-Close Contacts

Scenario 1: Quarantine is NOT recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

  • Students without symptoms may remain in school and participate in all school activities.  
  • If symptoms develop, students should test and stay home; 

Scenario 2: Students who have NOT completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines NOR were previously infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. Students may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

  • Are asymptomatic and continue to appropriately mask, as required
  • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during quarantine; and
  • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting;

Scenario 3: Student close contacts who have NOT completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines NOR were previously infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days for exposures when student(s) were not wearing masks or the infected individual was not wearing a mask during the exposure should quarantine as follows:

  • Standard 10-day quarantine 

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to anyone 5 years of age or older. Please see the attached COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shot Recommendations for more information. 

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate these shifts in state guidance. 


January 14, 2022: COVID-19 Health and Safety Reminders 

We hope everyone enjoyed a great first week back to school after Winter Break! As we start the second half of the school year amid growing COVID-19 cases in the community due to the Omicron variant, please know that Romoland School District is committed to keeping students and staff safe while on campus. 

Families, students, and staff play a critical role in the health and safety of our school and home communities. As we work to maintain a healthy school environment and keep schools open for in-person instruction, please complete the following practices to ensure we keep our schools safe.

Screen your students for cold, flu, and/or COVID-19 symptoms before school each day, and DO NOT send your student to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • fever and chills
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

Please contact your school site Attendance Clerk to excuse your student’s absence.

All school sites have voluntary COVID-19 antigen test kits available for students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or for those who have had possible exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. Please click the link to register for testing: https://my.primary.health/l/romoland-sd 

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to anyone 5 years of age or older. While younger children diagnosed with COVID-19 generally have mild symptoms or remain asymptomatic, they can still transmit the virus to more vulnerable populations such as those with preexisting conditions. 

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students.


January 4, 2022: COVID-19 Return to School Update

The Romoland School District would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. As we approach our return on Monday, January 10, 2022, we want to assure everyone that we are prepared to safely welcome back our students and staff. We will continue to strictly follow all of our safety protocols and diligently track the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Riverside County Public Health has determined that school settings are safe for students and staff as the transmission rate within schools remains low. 

Voluntary COVID-19 testing for students and staff will be available at all Romoland School District schools tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, from 9 AM - 3 PM. To expedite the process, we encourage families and staff to register for testing beforehand on our website here: www.romoland.net/testing 

The California Department of Public Health has updated quarantine and isolation guidelines for COVID-19. The new guidelines reduce recommended quarantine times for people exposed to someone with COVID-19 to 5 days. Testing is recommended on day 5 or later. Quarantine can end after 5 days if symptoms are not present and the person tests negative for COVID-19. For those who do not test and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10. Quarantine is not required for individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine and booster, however, a test is required 5 days after exposure. Please note: This guidance is for all California residents. If we receive specific guidance for K-12 schools, we will communicate with families and staff as soon as possible. 

As you may be aware, case rates continue to rise in Riverside County. As of today in Riverside County, the 7-day average is 39 cases per 100,000. The 7-day positive rate is currently 10.7%. Additionally, health officials reported the first case of the Omicron variant in Riverside County on December 17, 2021. 

Considering these current circumstances, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information to help ensure a safe return for all. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all individuals age 5 and older receive a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Children aged 5 to 17 years old are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be effective against severe illness and can reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. 

To stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and keep our schools open, we need our families to health screen their students each morning before school. Students with any of the following symptoms should stay home from school until a negative COVID test

can be confirmed and/or the symptoms improve. 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of taste or smell that started in the last 10 days (Children may say that food
    “tastes bad” or “tastes funny”)
  • Feeling out of breath or having a hard time breathing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or body aches

Unlike the Delta variant, many patients with Omicron are not losing their taste or smell. Omicron patients describe a bit of a scratchy, sore throat as an early symptom. Always keep your student home from school if they are ill. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue to provide a safe learning environment for all. The success of our schools during the first half of this school year is due to your incredible partnership. Let's continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families. 

 


December 10, 2021: COVID-19 Testing Update


December 7, 2021: Affordable Internet Options For Families 

President Biden recently signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will help qualified households afford quality home internet connections they need for work, school, healthcare, and to gain new opportunities to thrive.

The short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program is being replaced in January 2022 by the long-term Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

If you are currently enrolled in the EBB program, your maximum $50 a month subsidy for home Internet will only last through February 2022, and then it will drop to a $30 maximum benefit. In most cases, EBB households will be automatically transferred to the new ACP program. It is essential that you let your internet provider know what service you want in January.

If you are not enrolled in EBB, it is important to sign up by December 31, 2021, to take advantage of the maximum $50 subsidy level before it drops to $30 by March 2022. If you wait until January 2022 to sign up, you will only be eligible for the $30 maximum benefit, and lose two months of discounts worth as much as $40.

You can have both Lifeline and EBB. Use Lifeline for your mobile phone and EBB for a robust home Internet service. You can enroll quickly if someone in the household participates in one of these programs: Cal-Fresh, Medi-cal, or has Lifeline or a Pell Grant.

For information on low-cost new and refurbished computers, go here: https://www.internetforallnow.org/devices

If you are not already enrolled in EBB, sign up before December 31, 2021, here: https://www.internetforallnow.org/applytoday If you would like help, call 1-866-696-9748 to speak with a California community-based organization.


November 17, 2021: Thanksgiving Break Reminder

Friendly reminder that all Romoland School District schools will be closed November 22-26, 2021, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The district office will be closed November 24-26.

All schools and offices will resume normal operations on Monday, November 29, 2021.


November 9, 2021: No School November 11th & 12th

Friendly reminder that all Romoland School District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in observance of Veterans Day, and Friday, November 12th is a non-student day.

Classes will resume on Monday, November 15, 2021.


October 13, 2021: No School October 15

Friendly reminder that this Friday, October 15, 2021, is a non-student day. There will be no school and meal services will not be available on Friday. Classes and meal services will resume on Monday, October 18, 2021.


October 8, 2021: City of Menifee Community Outreach Survey

The City of Menifee is seeking public input on the community’s most pressing needs, which will be used to develop a five-year plan for using federal funding for projects aimed at improving the lives of residents.

Menifee citizens are being asked to participate in a short, online survey about priorities and needs in nine areas: housing, community facilities, community/special needs programs, homeless services, business and infrastructure, social services, public transit, natural disaster vulnerability, and broadband internet equity.

The feedback will be used for creating the city’s 2022-2027 Consolidated Plan, which is underway and will serve as a strategic roadmap for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The plan helps states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.

The survey is open through October 31, 2021.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MenifeeConPlan

If you have questions or comments, or to request the survey in Spanish, please contact Edna Lebrón, Senior Management Analyst in the Community Development Department, at (951) 723-3713 or elebron@cityofmenifee.us.


October 6, 2021: Care Solace

Romoland School District fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, parents, guardians, and staff. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the district has partnered with Care Solace.

Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is an additional tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.

School district families and staff may access Care Solace services in two ways:

  • Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from your Concierge team. Representatives are standing by to take your call or email 24/7. 
  • Visit your custom district link: www.caresolace.com/rsd Answer ten easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare, and those that have no insurance. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special request.

Care Solace is available for use by district families and staff at no cost. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/rsd


October 5, 2021: FEV Online Tutoring

We are excited to announce that FEV online tutoring is back for the 2021-2022 school year for all students in grades 3-8. FEV is a 24/7 on-demand homework help service with a fast tutor response time. Students are able to log on to FEV tutoring through Clever. Parents/guardians can also contact FEV and schedule a tutoring session for a student by emailing ca@fevtutor.com or calling (855) 763-2607 and providing FEV with the following information: student name, school name, parent/guardian name, and contact information.

Learn more about FEV online tutoring on our website here: www.romoland.net/fev


October 5, 2021: Student Data Confirmation

To ensure that we have accurate, up-to-date health and emergency contact information for all students, families with students currently attending Romoland School District schools are required to verify their student’s information annually. Families that have not updated their information in the Aeries Portal were required to do so by October 1, 2021.

Parents and guardians designated as primary parent 1 in Aeries, who still need to fulfill this requirement will see a yellow banner in the Aeries portal notifying them that they have the ability to complete an information update in the Aeries Portal. Parents can also access Data Confirmation from the Student Info tab dropdown.

All documents must be uploaded into Aeries (no copies, text messages, or emails will be accepted) prior to approval. On October 14, 2021, parents/guardians that have not updated their information in the Aeries Portal will only have the ability to complete Data Confirmation and will no longer have access to view student grades, attendance, behavior, or gradebook assignments. Once Data Confirmation in the Aeris Portal is completed, access will be re-activated.

Contact school staff for all inquiries related to Student Data Confirmation:

  • Boulder Ridge Elementary School: Juanita Reyes, Attendance Clerk, jreyes@romoland.net, (951) 728-8931 
  • Harvest Valley Elementary School: Citlali Hernandez, Attendance Clerk, chernandez@romoland.net, (951) 928-2915
  • Mesa View Elementary School: Jennifer Morris, Attendance Clerk, jmorris@romoland.net,(951) 723-1284 
  • Romoland Elementary School: Lourdes Rivas, Attendance Clerk, lrivas@romoland.net, (951) 928-2910
  • Ethan A. Chase Middle School: Thelma Barrios, Attendance Clerk, tbarrios@romoland.net, (951) 566-4404

September 29, 2021: TikTok Challenges

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Recently, a Tik Tok challenge called "Devious Licks" has encouraged school-aged children to “lick” (steal) items from school or vandalize restrooms while filming the incident to post on social media. We want to make you aware that this trend may be part of a series of monthly TikTok challenges that encourage students to participate in negative behaviors on school campuses.

The challenge identified for October, “Slap a Teacher”, urges students to film and post videos of a student slapping a teacher or staff member. If a student engages in this behavior, the District may:

  • Take the appropriate disciplinary action.
  • File legal charges per California penal code.
  • Remove the student’s privileges for the remainder of the school year, including participation in athletics or other extracurricular activities, attending athletic events, dances, and promotion activities.

While we hope that our RSD students would not engage in this type of unacceptable behavior, we ask that you please talk with your student(s) about why engaging in these social media challenges is wrong, and discuss the possible consequences of participating in them. As a community, we want our students to understand that participation in these dangerous, destructive, and illegal TikTok “challenges” could result in suspension, expulsion, police involvement, and/or monetary fines for resulting damage. We also encourage you to talk with your student about the importance of treating everyone at school with respect and encouraging their peers to do the same.  

We strive to provide a safe environment at all our school sites, and this type of disrespectful and disruptive behavior has no place in the Romoland School District.

We thank you for your attention to this important matter. 


September 27, 2021: Student Data Confirmation 

To ensure that we have accurate, up-to-date health and emergency contact information for all students, families with students currently attending Romoland School District schools are required to verify their student’s information annually. Families that have not updated their information in the Aeries Portal will be required to do so by October 1, 2021. 

Parents and guardians who still need to fulfill this requirement will see a yellow banner in the Aeries portal notifying them that they have the ability to complete an information update in the Aeries Portal. All documents must be uploaded into Aeries (no copies, text messages, or emails will be accepted) prior to approval. The verification update option link in Aeries is available here .  Please reach out to your school site  attendance clerk for support.

Contact school staff for all inquiries related to Student Data Confirmation:

  • Boulder Ridge Elementary School: Juanita Reyes, Attendance Clerk, jreyes@romoland.net, (951) 728-8931
  • Mesa View Elementary School: Jennifer Morris, Attendance Clerk, jmorris@romoland.net,(951) 723-1284 
  • Romoland Elementary School: Lourdes Rivas, Attendance Clerk, lrivas@romoland.net, (951) 928-2910

 


September 22, 2021: COVID-19 Health and Safety Reminders for Families

Thank you for all that you are doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. The multiple layers of mitigation strategies we have implemented have proven to be effective at limiting the spread on our campuses. At this time, the risk of transmission at our schools remains low.

Families, students, and staff play a critical role in the health and safety of our school and home communities. As we work to maintain a healthy school environment, please complete the following practices to ensure we keep our schools safe.

Screen Your Student(s) for Symptoms

Screen your students for COVID-19 symptoms before school each day and DO NOT send your student to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • fever and chills
  • a cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

Wear Masks

Masks remain a simple yet powerful tool to protect against COVID-19, especially for children too young to get the vaccine. COVID-19 can spread when people breathe, talk, cough, or sneeze. Masks reduce the chance of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  All students and staff must wear masks while inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status.. Masks should be worn correctly and consistently for the best protection. 

  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Place the mask securely over your mouth and nose and stretch it from ear to ear. It should fit snugly along the sides of the face without any gaps. 
  • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to touch/adjust your mask often, it may not fit properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.

Encourage Proper Hygiene

Please encourage students to wash hands often – this includes before and after eating, and after using the restroom. Also remind students to keep unwashed hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth, and to cover coughs with a tissue, or cough into a sleeve or elbow. Avoid sharing cups (including water bottles) and utensils with other individuals.


August 25, 2021: COVID-19 Communications

Throughout this school year, Romoland School District has sent COVID-19 Notification letters to families. We understand that the frequency of these messages may cause some concerns.

Our goal is to ensure that we have effective two-way communication with our school district community. When there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at a school site, families are notified via the District’s mass communication system. These messages are sent to the entire school community in order to keep our families informed to the best of our ability while maintaining confidentiality. The community notification serves to inform families of a known case if the individual was present in school while potentially infectious so that families are kept informed of COVID-19 occurrences on specific campuses.

Parents/guardians will be notified directly by a site administrator or administrative designee if their student has had close contact and/or potential exposure with a confirmed case of COVID-19. A close contact is defined as more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors. If you do not receive an additional notification from a site administrator with further instructions, your student is not considered a close contact.

The multiple layers of mitigation strategies we have implemented have proven to be effective at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and the number of individuals considered close contacts on our campuses. At this time, the majority of COVID-19 cases are coming in from outside the school environment and the risk of transmission at our schools remains very low. We appreciate our families continuing to follow safety protocols and keep students at home if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, we have been able to keep one another safe and continue with in-person learning.

In addition to the community notifications of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, the District maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard on our website. The dashboard is updated regularly in order to keep our school community informed and up to date. Cases indicated on the dashboard represent individuals who were on a school campus and/or at RSD facilities while they were positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. “Current Cases” on the dashboard reflect individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19 who were on campus within 14-days from the onset of their infectious period. Cases are no longer considered “current” after the 14-day period. The Dashboard also includes the cumulative total of known cases at each school site since July 1, 2021. All personal identifying information of COVID-19 cases or symptoms is kept confidential as required by law.

As always, thank you for your support as we work to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community members.


August 12, 2021: Getting Started with ParentSquare

Thank you to those who have already started exploring our new district communication tool, ParentSquare! We understand that some families are not yet connected to their ParentSquare account to begin receiving notifications from the district and their school(s). Please read the following information carefully if you are experiencing issues logging in to your ParentSquare account or receiving notifications. 

Please be aware that ParentSquare syncs information directly from your Aeries Portal account. Updates made in the Aeries Portal may take up to a week to be reflected in your ParentSquare account.  

Families can access their ParentSquare account through the ParentSquare app on their mobile device, by clicking on the “Communications” tab within Aeries, or by visiting www.ParentSquare.com 

  • Enter your email or phone number to log in. The email address and/or phone number should match the contact information in your Aeries Portal account. Note: If your email or phone number is not recognized by ParentSquare, you can 'Request Access' or call your school office and ask them to update your contact information.
  • When you log in for the first time, you will receive a registration code via email or text. Enter your registration code and click 'Verify'. This will take you to your ParentSquare home feed!

If you can sign in to ParentSquare but are not receiving notifications, please follow these steps:

  1. Check your email and phone number in ParentSquare. Click on your name in the top right and click My Account. If corrections need to be made, please update your contact information in Aeries or contact your school for assistance. 
  2. Check your Notification Preferences on My Account page. Are your notification preferences on in both Aeries and ParentSquare?
  3. Check your spam folder for emails from donotreply@parentsquare.com.
  4. Add the domain ParentSquare.com or the email address donotreply@parentsquare.com to the safe senders list in your email client (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.) If using Gmail:
    • Go to Settings.
    • At the bottom of the pane, click Mail.
    • In the left pane, select Mail > Accounts > Block or allow.
    • Under Blocked Senders, select the address or domain you want to unblock, and then select.
  5. Text the word START to 66458. This will resume text messaging to your phone.

Users should be able to see all of their children and schools in one ParentSquare account. If you are missing a student/school, it may be because:

  • You have more than one ParentSquare account with different contact information
  • Your contact information is inconsistent across the schools' student information systems.

Review your contact information in Aeries to verify that each of your students has the same email address, mobile phone number, and address listed for you. Please note: Corrections may take up to a week to be reflected on the account.

1. From Home, click your name and select My Account. 

2. Choose from one of the two options:

  • Click Confirm Contact InfoNote: If "Confirm Contact Info" is not visible, then your contacts were previously confirmed and you should choose the next option
  • Below your name, click Edit.

3. Next to Email or Cell Phone, click Edit.

4. Enter Correct Phone (or Email) and click Next. Please note: Parents/guardians cannot share an email or phone number with another person listed as a contact for their student in Aeries. 

5. A verification code will be sent to your phone number (or email) that you corrected. Enter verification code into ParentSquare to confirm. Your school will receive the suggested correction. 

Additional ParentSquare Support information can be found here: https://parentsquare.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/203058006-Parents

 


August 12, 2021: California Department of Public Health Update

Here in Romoland School District, we are committed to keeping our community informed about updates we receive from our local public health agencies, including the California Department of Public Health.

As you may be aware, yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will require public and private schools serving students in grades TK-12 to verify that employees are fully vaccinated or tested weekly or COVID-19. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 tests.

The order by Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, California’s Public Health Officer, is part of the state’s efforts to protect Californians from the Delta variant of COVID-19 that is circulating in our community. Vaccination status can impact if and how long employees are required to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.


August 6, 2021: COVID-19 Safety 

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our school community remains our top priority as we welcome students back to full-time, in-person learning. We have implemented updated COVID-19 safety protocols in alignment with CDPH mitigation strategies to keep our students and staff safe while on campus. 

It is our hope that through proactive safety measures and clear communication we can keep our schools open and students participating in in-person instruction for the remainder of the year. It will take a collaborative effort between home and school to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campuses and ensure a successful school year. 

Help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community by screening your student(s) before school each day. Do not send your student to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • (Persistent) cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, congestions, itchy or red eyes, or chills

Do not send your student to school if they have been identified as a close contact or have had possible exposure to a COVID-19 case and are awaiting COVID-19 test results. 

Please contact your school site Attendance Clerk to excuse your student’s absence.

All school sites have voluntary COVID-19 PCR test kits available for students and staff exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or for those who have had possible exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. 

COVID-19 testing is available for family members at multiple locations throughout Riverside County. Please visit the Riverside University Health System website for more information and to find the testing facility closest to you to schedule a test: https://gettested.ruhealth.org/ 

Free walk-up testing is also available locally through Curative. Find a nearby testing facility online at https://curative.com/ 

If you do not have internet access to schedule your COVID-19 Test online, please call 1-888-634-1123.

As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to anyone 12 years of age or older. While younger children diagnosed with COVID-19 generally have mild symptoms or remain asymptomatic, they can still transmit the virus to more vulnerable populations such as those with preexisting conditions. 

We encourage families to watch our updated COVID-19 Safety for 2021-2022 videos below.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students.


August 2, 2021: Welcome to ParentSquare! 

We are excited to announce that this year we will be using a new form of school-to-home communication called ParentSquare! This new communication platform allows parents and guardians in Romoland School District to receive all of their communications from the district and their student’s schools and teachers in one place, with options to specify how and when they are notified. 

ParentSquare provides a safe way for families to: 

  • Receive messages from the school via email, phone call, text, or app notification 
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once with a daily digest 
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage with your school community
  • Direct message teachers and staff
  • And much more…all in one centralized place!

Getting Started:

Please watch this quick video to get started using ParentSquare today: Getting Started Video 

The video and optional training modules from ParentSquare are designed to help families tour ParentSquare and set their communication preferences. 

Activate your Account:

ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified. You will soon receive an invitation email or text to join ParentSquare. When you receive the invitation, please click the link to activate your account. It takes less than a minute. You can use ParentSquare on any device. You can download the free mobile app for Android or iPhone and you can also use it from a computer at: www.parentsquare.com

Have questions? Click the question mark in the top right corner of the desktop version of ParentSquare or the Help tab on the app (tap the triple bar icon at the top left) to find answers to most of your questions. 


July 30, 2021: Nutrition Services and School Safety Updates

While the upcoming school year will see a return of full in-person learning, it is important to clarify there will still be safety protocols in place on all Romoland School District campuses in order to keep all students and staff safe. Please read the following updates carefully. 

Ventilation

We maximize the quantity of outside air for our school buildings with mechanical or natural ventilation systems by: 

  • Central air filtration for HVAC systems is maximized by using filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 13.
  • Opening doors and windows, weather and context permitting.
  • Fresh air circulates through our HVAC systems even when the air conditioning or heat are not engaged.

Nutrition Services Update

All students and staff will maximize physical distance as much as possible while eating (especially indoors). Schools will arrange for eating outdoors as much as possible. 

Surfaces that come in contact with food will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meal services for students. Given the very low risk of transmission from surfaces and shared objects, there is no need to limit food service approaches to single-use items and packaged meals. 

Meals for the 2021-2022 school year will be free for all students, however, we will require alternate income applications/forms to be filled out by every household. Please visit our Nutrition Services webpage to view and complete the form here: romoland.net

Face coverings must be worn when entering all school buildings, including cafeterias.

The following plans will be in place on our campuses for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  

Elementary Schools

  • Lunch
    • This includes milk, fruit, and salads
    • Meals will be served in the cafeteria 
    • All meal items will be given to the students as they come up to the foodservice window
    • Staff will monitor students to assist with the flow of distribution 
    • Students will eat their meals outside (as much as possible)
  • Snack, Supper & next day Breakfast
    • Supper meals will include frozen items that can be warmed up at home or cold sandwiches
    • Breakfast items will be frozen/cold so they can be given the next day at home prior to arriving to school
    • Snack, supper & breakfast will be delivered daily by food service workers to the kindergarten classrooms and students with allergies
    • Food Services Workers will station themselves at the dismissal gate to offer packaged meals to students in grades 1-5 as they exit campus
    • All students attending after-school programs will receive a hot/cold supper and a snack during their time at the afterschool program
      • Breakfast will be offered to students to take home

Middle School

  • Breakfast for RISE Program Students 
    • Staff will distribute meals to students
    • Meals will be eaten outside
    • Mask must be worn inside school buildings
  • Nutrition Breaks 
    • Food Service Workers will be posted at assigned locations through the campus for nutrition breaks
    • Students will line up to receive their meals at the foodservice window
    • Student ID will be needed for scanning or PIN for a keypad for tracking purposes
  • Lunch
    • Meals will be served in two areas of campus
    • Students will line up to receive their meals at the foodservice window
    • The salad bar will have prepackaged salad bags along with fruit, vegetables, and milk
    • Staff will monitor students to assist with the flow of distribution 
    • Students will eat their meals outside (as much as possible)
  • Snack, Supper & next day Breakfast
    • All students attending the After-school program will receive their Snack & Supper meals at school 
      • Breakfast is served during nutrition break

Please note: The Nutrition Services plans above are subject to change.

If you have any questions about our Nutritions Services updates or available services for the upcoming school year, please contact our Nutrition Services department via email at jvalencia@romoland.net or by phone at (951) 926-9244 ext. 1262.  


July 29, 2021: Independent Study Program

For the 2021-22 school year, school districts are to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. We are offering the Virtual Program as our independent study option. 

The Romoland School District Virtual Program is for families seeking an engaging, teacher-led virtual learning environment for their students for the 2021-22 school year as an alternative to traditional in-person instruction. 

Enrolling, Disenrolling & Re-Enrolling

If you would like to pursue the Virtual Program for your student, you can begin the enrollment process by visiting the District website here: romoland.net 

Note: The District has been advertising this program throughout spring and summer, so for families who previously chose Virtual Program and registered their students, there is no need to re-register students at this time.

If your student is enrolled in the Virtual Program and would like to return to in-person instruction, please contact your school site regarding disenrollment. Once disenrolled, should your student need to return to the Virtual Program, please contact your school site. 

Requesting a Conference

It is your right to request a conference prior to enrolling your student in the Virtual Program in order to inform your decision and ensure that it is appropriate for your student. That conference can be offered via phone, videoconference, or in-person. Please contact your school if you would like to request a conference with a site administrator to learn more about the Virtual Program.

Instructional Time 

The goal of our Virtual Program is to provide an alternative to in-person instruction to students whose health may be put at risk by attending class face-to-face.  As such, the Virtual Program is an educational program that provides instruction based on the state-adopted content standards taught by certificated teachers. There are specific requirements for instructional time that include both synchronous and asynchronous work. These expectations will also be outlined in the students’ written Learning Agreement, which must be signed prior to enrollment. 

 

Instructional Time

Description

Length & Frequency

Synchronous Instructional Time

Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered virtually (computer) and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student. Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher(s) of record for that student. 

Daily: approximately 4-5 hours per day

Asynchronous Instructional Time 

Forms of instruction that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of virtual learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons, game-based learning tasks, or assignments that students complete on their own—that are not being delivered in-person or in real time. Asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.

Daily: approximately 1-2 hours per day

 

Parents or guardians may select an instructional program that best suits their student’s needs. If you have any questions beyond the details listed above, please contact the Pupil Services Department at (951) 926-9244 ext. 1253.

 


July 28, 2021: California Department of Public Health Updates

We hope you are enjoying your summer break before the new school year starts on August 5, 2021! We are excited to welcome students back to school in person this fall and want to provide you with the latest information on what to expect for the upcoming school year. 

As you may have seen, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its guidelines for schools on July 12, 2021, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released additional updates yesterday, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. These updates prioritize our district’s goal to safely return to full in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. 

California schools will align with CDPH by implementing multiple safety measures, including:  

  • Everyone entering the campus must self-screen prior to coming to school. 
    • Parents/guardians of students are required to screen their students daily before bringing students to school. 
    • Student COVID-19 symptom screening questions can be found on our website here: romoland.net
  • Continued masking guidance: Districts in California, including Romoland School District, will continue to require that masks be worn indoors in school settings.
    • Currently, the state is requiring both students and staff to wear face coverings when inside school buildings, regardless of vaccination status for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. 
    • Masks best promote both safety and in-person learning by reducing the need for physical distancing.
  • Robust testing program: Romoland School District will continue its COVID-19 testing options for schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

The quarantine recommendations are more complex this year and will vary based on the individual's vaccination status and the circumstance of potential exposure. Please read the following information regarding quarantine carefully.

 

  • Quarantine for vaccinated close contacts: 

 

      • Students and staff who are vaccinated will not be required to quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic according to updates provided by CDPH.
    • Quarantine for unvaccinated close contacts: 
      • Are asymptomatic; 
      • Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
      • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
      • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. 
      • When both parties are wearing a mask in the indoor school setting, unvaccinated students who are close contacts with a confirmed COVID-19 case (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

 

  • Quarantine for unvaccinated close contacts, not wearing a mask: Unvaccinated staff or student in which there was close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case but either or both parties were NOT wearing a mask as required in K-12 indoor settings, quarantine as follows:
    • For those contacts who remain asymptomatic, they may discontinue self-quarantine under the following conditions:
      • Quarantine can end after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing; OR
      • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure AND tests negative.
    • To discontinue quarantine before 14 days following last known exposure, asymptomatic close contacts must:
      • Continue daily self-monitoring for symptoms through Day 14 from last known exposure, AND
      • Follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (wearing a mask, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
    • If any symptoms develop during a 14-day period, the exposed person must immediately isolate, get tested (recommended), and contact their healthcare provider with any questions regarding their care.

 

We are committed to ensuring that Romoland School District schools are safely opened for in-person instruction this school year. COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protecting our students and staff. In the coming days, we will provide communications related to Nutrition Services, ventilation, and Independent Study options for the upcoming school year.

We will continue to monitor updates from CDPH and revise our protocols as needed. Thank you for your continued partnership, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school soon! 


May 31, 2021: Annual Returning Student Data Confirmation 2021-2022

Returning student annual verification for the 2021-22 school year begins on May 31, 2021, for all grade levels, Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 8th grade. Romoland School District uses the Aeries Online Enrollment system for all annual student updates. The Aeries annual student data update form can be accessed via the Parents tab on your school website or linked here: romoland.net and allows you to quickly start the process of updating and verifying returning student data. Parents/Guardians will receive an email notification stating that a "Student Data Confirmation" form has been sent to their Portal account for their currently enrolled students. Upon completion, your student's information is electronically sent to the school for processing and approval. Paper-based registration forms are no longer utilized. 

Benefits to online registration:

  • Convenience—All forms can be filled out and uploaded electronically from home.  
  • Save time by uploading required documents—You can upload proof of residency and all required registration documents to your student’s profile as an attachment.
  • Ensure enrollment for next school year—As our school district grows and school sites reach capacity at different grade levels, you can ensure your student has priority registration by inputting your student’s information and uploading all required registration documents through our online registration process to help secure your student’s classroom schedule. 

 What you need to Register:

  • Returning students: Many families already have access to Aeries due to last year’s registration or to view student’s grades throughout the school year. Parents/guardians of returning students will receive an email notification that forms have been sent to their Aeries Portal account for their currently enrolled students. 
  • In addition to completing and uploading all online registration forms, a current proof of residency within the Romoland School District is required for all students each year. This task can be completed by uploading a proof of residency document to your student’s profile as an attachment (PDF, scan, or picture of the residency document).

Contact school staff for all inquiries related to New Student Registration

  • Boulder Ridge Elementary School: Juanita Reyes, Attendance Clerk, jreyes@romoland.net, (951) 728-8931
  • Harvest Valley Elementary School: Citlali Hernandez, Attendance Clerk, chernandez@romoland.net, (951) 928-2915
  • Mesa View Elementary School: Jennifer Morris, Attendance Clerk, jmorris@romoland.net,(951) 723-1284 
  • Romoland Elementary School: Lourdes Rivas, Attendance Clerk, lrivas@romoland.net, (951) 928-2910
  • Ethan A. Chase Middle School: Thelma Barrios, Attendance Clerk, tbarrios@romoland.net, (951) 566-4400

May 28, 2021: Return to Full-Time In-Person Instruction for 2021-2022 School Year

With less than a week left of what has been an extraordinary school year, we thank all of our partners in education for your continued support. The past year has been one of continuous planning, pivoting, and persevering for our students and community.

We are anticipating updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Riverside University Health Systems Public Health (RUHS-PH), and CAL/OSHA. It appears a return to our traditional learning schedule for the 2021-2022 school year is well within reach. At this time, we plan for students to return to full-time, in-person instruction, 5 days per week, for the 2021-2022 school year beginning on Thursday, August 5, 2021.  

As we plan for the return to a traditional classroom environment, school may still include some preventive health and safety protocols next year. We will notify parents/guardians of the specific health and safety guidelines during the summer and prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The safety of our students, staff, and community continues to be of the utmost importance in our decision-making processes.

Students whose parents/guardians registered them in the TK-8 Virtual Learning Program will be assigned to the virtual learning environment for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Though our end-of-the-year celebrations may be modified to adhere to health and safety guidelines, we cannot wait to recognize the achievements of our students promoting to new schools and experiences. Romoland is a remarkable community and together we can take pride in what we accomplished together this year. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support of our students and staff.