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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RBUSD

Question: What is the difference between the two learning models in RBUSD; Option 1: Hybrid/Distance Learning or Option 2: 100% Online

Question: How can I learn more about Option 2: 100% Online Learning Model/SchoolsPLP?

 

Screencastify Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_X7pKqJp-Y0V6jx6j8gHtRsiH_4UtaMk/view?usp=sharing

 

Question: How has RBUSD been making decisions around Distance Learning? What are the goals for our program?

Answer: Student safety and social-emotional wellbeing is our number one priority.  It is important to acknowledge that our students and families are in very different circumstances at this time; some safe at home, while others are reeling from economic distress and illnesses of loved ones. High levels of worry, anxiety, isolation and stress impact learning, and therefore distance learning must allow for flexibility, equity, and balance. One structure will not fit all of our students’ needs.

 

Our first goal was to transition all students and teachers into a new Distance Learning platform.  Once students and teachers transitioned, the next goal was to provide students continuity of instruction focused around the essential learnings necessary for advancement to the next grade/course. As students are separated from teachers and peers by new distances, providing them with meaningful feedback in their work is pivotal to continue to advance learning.

 

 

Question: Why isn’t our school district going to all-day “live” teaching?

 

Answer: Each student and teacher’s home situation is different. We have close to 10,000 students and over 500 teachers in RBUSD. During this pandemic, we have had some families communicating the work load is overwhelming and too much, especially since they are still working. Simultaneously, we have had some families stating there is not enough academic rigor. In addition, students and teachers all have diverse proficiency levels around technology.  This complex process requires everybody to have a growth mindset on the new Distance Learning Program as each day presents new challenges. Brain-based research has shown that chunking information into smaller increments is more effective and beneficial for a student’s mastery of learning.  We are committed to providing our educational community flexibility, as it is based on pedagogical research as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

 
Our model combines asynchronous instructional videos along with daily connections through teacher office hours to best meet the developmental needs of our students. Teachers are varying live instruction with digital resources, such as Flipgrid, Screencastify, and Google Classroom. Equity, access, appropriate screen time, and balance remain as top priorities. If you find that your child is not responding well to asynchronous learning AND the teacher is offering live sessions, have your student consider participating in a live session.
 
FAQ Synchronous_Aynchronous

 

Question: Will students be moving onto the next grade level? How will we know if each student is ready for the next level?

Answer: Yes, students will be moving onto the next grade level. Given the current circumstances, teachers will use ongoing assessments to inform teaching and instructional practices. Students will not be penalized for failing to participate during our Distance Learning Program. We are working on possible summer school options for supporting our struggling students and ESY students with an IEP. When we return to schools, teachers will take time to assess all students’ current levels to identify any areas of deficit that may exist and work to remediate and provide intervention as needed. 

  

 

Question: Are there additional resources available to parents regarding how to cope during this unprecedented time?

Answer: Yes. We are continuously sharing resources on our district website. Our RBUSD counseling team has been supporting students and families daily.  As some students are dealing with anxiety, disappointment, and possibly some depression. They have mobilized to provide remote tele-therapy services to all K-12 students. Individual counseling services are being provided through remote counseling support. Please reach out to your school principals and or counselors.