Continuity of Learning Banner 2020-21

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • The FAQs have been developed to provide one location where input and questions and answers are maintained related to the District’s planning for our Virtual Learning Academy and our Hybrid (mix of in-person and distance learning once we are able to provide in-person instruction) models. 

    There are multiple ways to continue to be engaged and provide your input to support our on-going planning. 

    • Send your thoughts to: communications@rossvalleyschools.org.  Emails sent to this address will be addressed in the FAQs as well as during virtual Town Hall meetings.  As these are scheduled, information about how to access will be emailed to parents/guardians.
    • Prior to a Board meeting, send your thoughts to items on and not on the agenda to publiccomments@rossvalleyschools.org.  Public comments received by 3pm on the day of a Board meeting will be uploaded to the Public Comments section on the Board Agenda.  Any emails received after 3pm, will be posted to the following meeting’s agenda.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, Board meetings will be held remotely and will be live streamed.  Board meeting agendas and links are sent via email to all District parents/guardians at least 72 hours before the Board mtg, and recordings are posted to the Board meeting page on our District website within 72 hours following a meeting. 
    • Continue to participate in surveys sent by the District or a school site. 
    • Continue to communicate with your school’s principal.
  • Please know that all emails and survey responses are read and utilized as we continue to develop and refine our planning. We have developed this FAQ from your input and questions, and we will continue to update the FAQs as we receive further input/questions from you. 

    *To easily search for a topic in this list click the "expand all" link below and to the right, then on your keyboard hit CTRL + F (CMD + F on a Mac) and search for keywords.  For instance if I wanted to search for information on the hybrid learning model, I'd type hybrid in the search field.*

  • Q. Once open, what if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and will schools close?

  • Q. What plans are being made for California schools to reopen?

  • Q: What are schools supposed to offer parents and children in 2020-21?

  • Q: What should I tell my child about the virus?

  • Q: What are the symptoms of the coronavirus and what should parents or guardians do if their child develops them?

  • Q: Have any California schoolchildren or teachers been diagnosed with the coronavirus?

  • Q: If school is closed, can parents still arrange play dates for their children, or have groups of children together to do homework?

  • Q: Will students still be required to take the state’s standardized Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts in grades 3-8 and 11 in spring 2021?

  • Q: Are teachers taking attendance in 2020-21?

  • Q. What is a TK-6th grade waiver?

  • Q. Which schools in Marin have applied for a TK-6 Waiver for in-person instruction while Marin remains in Tier 1 (Purple)?

  • Q: Are elementary teachers doing intake conferences with parents?

  • Q: Can I change from Distance Learning to Hybrid, or vice versa during the year based on the latest information about the virus?

  • Q: When will I know my child’s class placement?

  • Q: Will RVSD pursue a TK-6 waiver to be able to return to in-person instruction even if Marin County remains on the State “watch-list?”

  • Q: What is the plan for how RVSD will support students with Special Education, 504 or other designated support services?

  • Q: How is RVSD supporting teachers in implementing successful virtual learning teaching practices?

  • Q: What if my child needs a loaner Chromebook or iPad from the District?

  • Q: What can I do now as a parent to prepare for the new school year?

  • Q: Can you let us know when we will be able to move to in-person instruction and the schedule for a phased transition?

  • Q: How and when will the district transition to hybrid or in-person learning?

  • Q: Why is White Hill having all 7th graders take Math 7 instead of creating separate classes for Math 7 and Pre-Algebra?

  • Q: How many hours per day will my student be online?

  • Q: How many hours per day will students have live instruction for distance learning.

  • Q: What are "synchronous" class meetings?

  • Q: Will students have school on Mondays?

  • Q: How will student accountability for material delivered during Distance Learning be measured?

  • Q: Will there be a 0 period option for White Hill students distance learning?

  • Q: Is independent study available?

  • Q: How will you address the social needs of students in the distance learning program?

  • Q: Will there be opportunities for students to receive emotional support with Counselors?

  • Q: Will there be opportunities for distance learning students to gather in-person as a part of their school-related activities?

  • Q: Where can I find the academic standards for each grade level?

  • Q: Will school lunches still be available?

  • Q: What if my child is unable to attend a live lesson?

  • Q: To what extent are there plans for how Ross Valley can support other districts in our county with less resources and that are being hit harder by the virus and its economic fall out?

  • Q: Will RVSD be back onsite? (how many days after lifting the watchlist)

  • Q: Could we have the distance learning platforms go live ASAP and prior to the school year so there is an open way for parents in each grade level to connect?