RPA’s 2020-21 Re-Opening Plan
“Unique Times – Unique Learning – Unique You”
RPA Operational Blueprint for Reentry and plan for the 2020-21 school year
Update February 25, 2021
In accordance with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, RPA has developed an updated Operational Blueprint for the 2020-21 school year. This blueprint outlines all of the necessary steps that are required in order to reopen schools safely.
Update February 5, 2021
Additional Reopening Details and Plans
Dear RPA Staff, Students, and Families,
Our goal remains to keep you informed of the latest developments regarding our plans for offering an in-person, hybrid learning model for interested students and families. The latest weekly metrics report for Deschutes County included trends that indicated that cases are continuing to decline, and so we are still on track to begin the transition to hybrid, in-person learning for interested students and families on February 22. We know that the county metrics remain our best tool for determining when cases are low enough to return to in-person instruction, and we will continue to track the county metrics to ensure a safe reopening process for our students and staff.
We are in the process of finalizing student cohort information for students and families who identified our in-person, hybrid learning model as their preferred learning model choice. We plan to reach out to students and families through Alma with their cohort information by Friday, February 12. When planning and arranging student cohorts, four important factors influenced student cohort decisions: ensuring all students received their preferred learning model choice, ensuring students stayed with their current teachers, ensuring we follow all state mandated COVID-19 guidance, and ensuring that all students were placed in the same cohort groups as their middle school and high school siblings. Because of the complexity of the process and the numerous factors we had to take into consideration when placing students in cohorts, we are unable to accommodate any requested student cohort switches unless we have made an error concerning a student’s learning model or sibling cohort placement. We recognize this may cause an inconvenience for some families and students, but the student cohort assignments we have built will enable RPA to operate a consistent and safe in-person hybrid learning model.
As RPA’s Spring Break will take place from March 22 to March 26, we wanted to provide you with information regarding current Oregon State Travel Recommendations. The current recommendation is that individuals quarantine for 14 days post travelling out of the state. If you and your family are planning to travel outside of the state, we are strongly recommending that you quarantine for 14 days after your trip. In doing so, you will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as helping to ensure that RPA can continue to operate an in-person hybrid learning model. If your student does need to quarantine, they will still be able to attend their classes remotely.
Please note that we have included some updated information below about asynchronous learning opportunities that will happen as we prepare to transition to in-person, hybrid learning for interested students and families. Asynchronous learning means that teachers will post lessons and assignments in their Google Classroom but will not be hosting live Zoom sessions for students. All students are expected to engage with posted lessons and assignments. Asynchronous learning enables staff to receive safety and instructional training that will allow for a safe and productive return to hybrid, in-person learning. What follows is our current plan for transitioning to hybrid, in-person learning for interested students and families:
RPA HYBRID STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR COHORT PLACEMENT BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12. Students will continue to attend their current Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) classes through February 19, when all students will receive updated class schedules. All students will attend their new schedule of classes remotely during the week of February 22-26. Further information about reopening plans will be provided in Advisory classes and through family communications.
Week of February 8-12
COMPREHENSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING CONTINUES AND FAMILIES ARE NOTIFIED OF COHORT PLACEMENTS
- Middle School: On Friday, February 12, all 1:00pm classes at the middle school will be asynchronous.
- High School: On Friday, February 12, Advisory class will still take place at the high school but we will not be offering any other club or Proficiency Day activities.
Week of February 15-19
COMPREHENSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING CONTINUES
NO SCHOOL ON FEBRUARY 15 IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS DAY
- Middle School: On Friday, February 19, all 1:00pm classes at the middle school will be asynchronous.
- High School: On Friday, February 19 , the Advisory class will still take place at the high school but we will not be offering any other club or Proficiency Day activities.
Week of February 22-26
SCHEDULE CHANGES TO PROVIDE ALL STUDENTS WITH THEIR CHOICE OF LEARNING MODEL
In order to make a hybrid schedule work for our students and staff, we will need to make schedule changes at both the middle and high school campuses. This includes an earlier class start time at the middle school and changing the current Proficiency Day at the high school from Friday to Wednesday to coincide with surrounding districts’ hybrid plans. At the high school Monday/Wednesday classes will move to Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Thursday classes will move to Tuesday/Friday. During this week, updated course times and days will go into effect, and students will still attend their newly scheduled courses remotely. These updated course times will be communicated to all students during week one of the reopening plan, as well as updated in Alma.
- Middle School: On Wednesday, February 24, all classes at the middle school will be asynchronous except for Advisory class at 1:00.
- High School: On Wednesday, February 24, Advisory class will still take place at the high school but we will not be offering any other club or Proficiency Day activities.
Week of March 1-5
ON-SITE TRAINING WEEK FOR RPA HYBRID STUDENTS
All students who have chosen the RPA Hybrid option will be assigned ONE DAY this week in order to come to school and complete their health and safety training. Some classes may be offered asynchronously throughout the week to allow staff to provide safety training to RPA Hybrid students.
Week of March 8-12
RPA HYBRID MODEL STARTS ON-SITE INSTRUCTION
The RPA Hybrid model is officially in place for RPA Hybrid students. All RPA students will continue with their updated course schedules.
Please review this current plan document for additional details and information.
You can expect our next update on Friday, February 12 in which we will reach out with student cohort information through Alma for students and families who identified our in-person, hybrid learning model as their preferred learning model choice. We remain committed to providing you with the best information we have when we have it. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support. Please regularly check your email and RPA’s website for the most up-to-date information. Our commitment remains on providing a proficiency based education in a personalized learning environment that is safe, positive, and enriching.
Important RPA Reopening Video Message from Executive Director Jon Bullock
Update January 8, 2021
Dear RPA Families,
We’d like to invite you to watch this important RPA Reopening Video Message from RPA Executive Director, Jon Bullock. This video message includes information about RPA’s reopening plans. As of now, February 1 is RPA’s target date to begin the transition to a hybrid in-person learning opportunity for interested students and families. Please watch the video to learn more details about RPA’s plans to offer an in-person hybrid option to interested students and families. We have also included the transcript to this reopening video message.
RPA Operational Blueprint and plan for the 2020-21 school year
Update November 18, 2020
RPA Operational Blueprint and plan for the 2020-21 school year
In accordance with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, RPA has developed an Operational Blueprint for the 2020-21 school year. This blueprint outlines all of the necessary steps that are required in order to reopen schools safely. Linked below you will see RPA’s updated Operational Blueprint for Reentry for the 2020-21 school year. RPA has complied with all ODE guidelines regarding the reopening of our schools.
RPA Operational Blueprint for Reentry 2020-21 (Comprehensive Distance Learning Plan)
RPA Operational Blueprint for Reentry 2020-21 (Hybrid Learning Plan)
Based on the metrics released on July 29 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, RPA began the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning.
On October 30, 2020 Oregon Governor Kate Brown released new updated metrics for reopening schools. Based on these metrics, RPA will continue in the Comprehensive Distance Learning model. We will continually re-evaluate metrics for Deschutes County and will regularly communicate our status for reopening with students and families.
July 31, 2020
12:00 p.m. Update
RPA Fall Return Update and Comprehensive Distance Learning Start
Earlier this week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced new metrics that determine how and when school districts in Oregon will reopen. These metrics are based on the number of COVID-19 cases and the COVID-19 positivity rate per capita––both on a county and statewide level.
In order for both RPA and the Redmond School District to be able to open for in-person instruction for all grades, the following standards must be met in Deschutes County for three weeks in a row:
- 10 or fewer COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and 5% or less positive tests per week
- In addition, the state must also have a 5% or less positive test rate
To help you understand our current metrics, Deschutes County’s weekly case count for the past 3 weeks has been 54.6, 43, and 24.3 per 100,000 residents. And Oregon’s test positivity rate for the past 7 days has been 5.1%. Overall, there has been a 77% increase in new cases over the last seven days in Deschutes County.
With these new requirements from the Governor, the ever-changing state of the virus, and yesterday’s news that the Redmond School District will begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, it is evident that RPA will not be allowed to open with students for in-person instruction. This is not the news we had hoped to share with you for the 2020-2021 school year. We miss our students and had hoped to provide in-person instruction to as many students as possible for as much time as possible. However, since we rely on the Redmond School District for both our transportation and nutrition services and we also partner with them on emergency matters, it is impossible for us to open for in-person instruction until they do. We understand that the unpredictable nature of this pandemic has caused frustration, uncertainty, and confusion for families, students, educators and our entire community.
RPA Students will Begin the 2020-2021 School Year Engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning
Based on these factors all RPA students will begin the 2020-2021 school year engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning. We still plan to welcome all students back for a remote start on September 1st. All students will then begin their Comprehensive Distance Learning classes on September 14th. We originally planned to offer three preferred learning models, however, given this new information, all students will now be engaging in Comprehensive Distance Learning.
We learned a lot about how to best serve our students during last school year’s COVID-19 closure, and we are taking steps to ensure Comprehensive Distance Learning will provide students with a meaningful, engaging, and enriching educational experience. As we open the school year, we will continue to provide multiple methods for students to connect and engage with learning materials and, most importantly, with their teachers. RPA wants to continue to provide instruction and resources to give our students opportunities to read, write, think, create, and communicate from home. For the upcoming school year, we plan to continue to embrace our concept of Unique Times – Unique Learning – Unique You. We remain committed to ensuring our students receive a unique, high quality, and personalized education and our Comprehensive Distance Learning plans will encompass these important RPA principles. Here’s what you can expect in RPA’s Comprehensive Distance Learning model:
- RPA will provide multiple methods for students to access learning materials, assignments and resources through Google Classrooms, Zoom, and teacher-created videos.
- RPA teachers will offer daily instruction (live or recorded) that will strive to keep students strongly connected to teachers and classmates.
- RPA will provide clarity around schedules, attendance, and participation to all families.
- RPA staff will provide meaningful and timely feedback for student work and tasks completed.
- All students will have an advisor assigned to them that checks in with them on a weekly basis to ensure they are making progress and achieving academic growth.
- RPA will continue to adopt a Unique Times – Unique Learning – Unique You approach for all students and families.
Families can still choose RPA Online Powered by Edgenuity as their preferred Comprehensive Distance Learning model. Families and students who choose to participate in RPA Online Powered by Edgenuity will continue learning online regardless of state metrics and the status of in-person instruction. During our registration process, which will start on August 12th, we will be asking all families to indicate if they want to sign up for RPA Online Powered by Edgenuity as their preferred Comprehensive Distance Learning model.
RPA will also continue to work with the Redmond School District to provide services for students on IEPs and those with 504 plans. These individualized supports will be integrated into RPA’s Comprehensive Distance Learning model. The Oregon Department of Education will release guidance for Special Education on August 11th, with specific information regarding students on IEPs. Special Education teachers and staff members will reach out to families as we get closer to the beginning of school to provide individualized support.
We will continue to monitor Deschutes County’s metrics and will announce on October 16th whether or not we can return to on-site learning for families that wish to engage in the RPA Hybrid Model. If we can return, students could return to in-person or hybrid learning on Monday, November 2nd. We will continually re-evaluate metrics and will regularly communicate our status for reopening with students and families.
Our students’ return to the classroom will depend on our community’s ability to reduce the spread of coronavirus by following recommended health and safety practices. We must all be in this, together.
In the weeks ahead you can expect regular updates from RPA regarding technology and distribution of student devices (chromebooks, hotspots), class schedules, student meal distribution, and other important information. Please regularly check your email and RPA’s website for the most relevant information.
Although this announcement is not what any of us wanted to hear, I hope that it can provide clarity and a plan for students, parents, and staff moving forward. We continue to appreciate your support, patience, and understanding as we navigate this challenging time together. Our commitment remains on providing a proficiency based education in a personalized learning environment that is safe, positive, and enriching.