Continuity of Learning 2020-21 has been created to provide information and resources for our RVSD community related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our school community. This page will be updated regularly as we receive updated information, data, and guidelines from Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), Marin County Health and Human Services Department (MCHHS), and the State (CA Department of Education and CA Department of Public Health. We use these updates to continually refine our planning for our distance and in-person instruction.
In this time of unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, the RVSD team is more committed than ever to create learning experiences for all students that are engaging, meaningful and address their academic and social/emotional needs.
Our key priority: student well-being during challenging times
All of us are mourning the loss of the “normal” life we have temporarily lost due to the pandemic. Many aspects of our social and familial interactions are severely limited. Instead of our children being able to learn and grow alongside their peers every day on our campuses, we have to deliver instruction and support via virtual means. This abrupt shift has impacted all of us in profound ways. As a district family, we are more committed than ever to helping our students feel connected to their learning and to each other despite our physical distance. The start of the school year will be centered around building community and relationships, as well as helping our students understand how they can access academic and social/emotional support.
Virtual Learning Schedule
All RVSD schools will begin school in the Virtual Learning Academy on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. We have developed virtual learning schedules to ensure daily live interaction between teachers and students as well as between students and their peers. Along with the mandated State guidelines for instructional minutes and student engagement, we designed our schedules to:
- Provide consistency across the district with site and teacher flexibility as to the exact timing of instructional activities
- Allow for developmentally appropriate and responsive instruction
- Comply with state instructional minutes requirements including daily live interaction
- Extend blocks to provide teachers with flexibility to organize time to meet individual student needs
- Provide time for regular teacher collaboration during the week, along with flexibility for different staff meetings/PD
Your school sites will be sharing the specifics of their virtual learning schedules with you as soon as they are finalized.
Hybrid Learning Schedule
The phased return to live instruction will bring about changes to your child’s daily learning schedule. Health guidelines indicate that we cannot return to live instruction until at least September 8 (likely later). RVSD has determined that the soonest we will begin in-person instructin will be October 5.
Because we must guarantee six feet of distance between students and teachers, classroom groups will be roughly half of their regular size. Our “VAABB” model means:
- All students attend virtual classes on Mondays
- Group A students attend class physically on Tuesday/Wednesday (Group B attends virtually)
- Group B students attend class physically on Thursday/Friday (Group A attends virtually)
The eventual (and hoped for) transition to in-person learning will require some adjustments to the distance learning schedule in order to comply with strict health and safety guidelines. As such, it is important to note that students will be dismissed from campus before the lunch break. Students will then attend classes virtually in the afternoon. This is to ensure that teachers have time to prepare for the next day’s lessons and that school staff can clean/sanitize all classroom spaces in accordance with health guidelines.
On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 98 (SB 98), which mandates daily student attendance and engagement for virtual and hybrid learning. SB 98 provides that schools must document daily participation of each student on each school day, in whole or in part, for which distance learning is provided. If the student does not participate in distance learning, then they must be marked absent. Participation includes, but is not limited to "evidence of participation in online activities, completion of regular assignments, completion of assessments" and contact with an employee of the LEA and the student or the parent/guardian of the student. Schools are also required to ensure that a "weekly engagement record" is completed for each student participating in distance learning.
Virtual Town Hall
A virtual town hall was held on July 23, 2020 to address parent questions around the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. Questions were received in advance of the event from emails to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as a parent survey that had gone out on July 13th. During the event questions continued to come in and were answered at the end of the the town hall.
If you have any additional questions or input, please email email@example.com.