April 3 Letter to Parents

April 3 Letter to Parents
Posted on 04/03/2020
April 3rd Letter to ParentsPlease read the Letter to Parents from Dr. Fulton regarding the upcoming learning plans and grades due to the extension of the closure of school through April 30, 2020.  After reading the letter, if you have questions please call RJH at 458-0130 or email Dr. Fulton at mfulton@rolla31.org.   The letter is also below:

April 3, 2020


Dear RJH Parents, Grandparents, & Guardians:


This week has been very different at RJH without the teachers and students here, this building is so quiet without the voices of the students and teachers.  Please tell your children hello from all of us at RJH. I hope this letter finds all of you healthy and doing well. As you know, the school closure has been extended to April 30th. This letter is to address questions you may have regarding devices and grades.


At-Home Learning Plans

  • On Monday, April 6 at 8:00 AM, I will send out a message on school messenger that provides a link to the At-Home Learning Plan for students.  

  • Check the RJH Website: http://bit.ly/RJHnews for the latest At-Home Learning Plan.  The plan is very similar to last week.

  • If you need paper copies of any assignments they will be available on the cafeteria windows in the front of the building.  We are working on a plan to return paper copies to teachers and that will be communicated as soon as I have the materials to set out.


What happens if I need my student’s textbooks or to check out a device?  

  • If you need your child’s textbooks from their locker or to check out a Chromebook, please call the school at 573-458-0130 to set up an appointment to pick the items up.  

  • When calling to set up your appointment, please tell the secretary exactly what you need such as textbooks, paper, etc.  If you need a device, please specify that, and please note that RJH will check out one device per family.  

  • Appointments are available 4/3, 4/6, 4/7 & 4/8.   

    • Friday 4/3 - appointments are from 8:00 - 10:00 AM & 1:00 - 3:30 PM.

    • Monday 4/6 -  appointments are from 8:00 - 10:00 AM & 1:00 - 3:30 PM

    • Tuesday 4/7 - appointments begin at 8:00 AM &  end at 3:30 PM, 

    • Wednesday 4/8 -  appointments are from 8:00 - 10:00 AM & 1:00 - 3:30 PM


Student Grades:

  • Student Grades-Due to the unusual circumstance that we are in, we are operating with a “do no harm” mindset toward student second-semester grades. With that in mind, we will be using current student grades (as of 3/31/2020) to apply to student grade cards (should we not return before the end of the year). 

  • Students will be given the opportunity over the next few weeks (while school is closed) to improve their current grade. Work will be graded by teachers and applied to the current grade. Students that improve their grade will see the improved grade on their transcript. Students with missing work from the 4th quarter will be given the opportunity to “make-up” those missing assignments. If we return after April 30 the normal grading system will resume.

  • AR - At the current time we are stopping Accelerated Reader due to the temporary closure of the school.  Students are encouraged to read and will have reading assignments provided by the teachers. If we return to school in May, AR will resume and goals will be modified.   

 

While this is not the perfect solution we believe it will keep the learning moving forward while at the same time adjusting for the various dilemmas this pandemic has put us in. It has always been our belief, and I’m sure you agree, that learning is more than just a letter grade at the end of a course.  I hope this answers your questions about how your student should proceed beginning next week (April 6). 


Teachers will be reaching out to their students so please remind your students to check their student email accounts. You will receive a few calls from “Unknown Caller” (more than usual). Teachers will be reaching out to you from their personal cell phones since we aren’t at school (thus the unknown caller). I don’t like answering unknown numbers as much as the next person but it may be your student’s teacher calling. Something you might consider. 


Finally, please know that you've got this and we are here for you! Each of you has raised amazing young adults. You have taught them so many things over the years. Just take time to enjoy your kids, have fun with them, and love them. They will remember that for the rest of their lives. We will get through this. Again, if you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Sincerely,


Dr. Fulton

Principal