Redwood Area School District #2897 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

About the Response Plan
This plan for addressing any coronavirus incident is intended to serve the best interest of the students, employees and families. 
 

The District encourages students, staff members and volunteers to continue the following measures to avoid contracting the Coronavirus and avoiding the spread of it if they unknowingly have it:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for a minute each time

  • Covering their coughs by coughing into their arm—not hands

  • Staying home when sick

  • Avoiding touching their face with unwashed hands

  • Hand-shakes and touching of each other should be discouraged

  • Touching uncleaned objects (like door handles and faucet handles) with clean hands should become an issue of awareness

School Closure - Use of the Inside & Outside Facilities

Following an Executive Order issued by Governor Walz, the Distance Learning period will continue through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. All school buildings will be closed during this time.

All outdoor RASD facilities (playgrounds and playfields) will be closed until June 14. Beginning June 15, organizations will be able to use outdoor school facilities as long as they are in compliance with RASD procedure checklist. (See Athletics, Activities, Fine Arts & Clubs section below.

All indoor RASD facilities (school buildings) will be closed until June 30 to all programs not directly sponsored or hosted by RASD.  Beginning Monday, June 8, RASD will host its Alternative Learning Program (ALP) and Career Technical programs engaging previously enrolled students.  Effective June 30, new guidance is expected from MDE related to changes in this schedule.

Providing Education During School Closure

Governor Walz will determine what a return to school will look like by July 31, 2020.  The Minnesota Department of Education has indicated that the structure of school could be either a continuation of what we have been doing this spring or what they call a hybrid model. 

What will the fall session of school look like?  We will not know that final answer until the Governor decides in July.  He has promised to decide by July 31.  The Minnesota Department of Education has indicated that the structure of school could be either a continuation of what we have been doing this spring or what they call a hybrid model.  That hybrid model would have one day in school followed by a day in Distance Learning, or it could be two days in schools followed by a day of Distance Learning.

That cycle would then be repeated throughout the fall.  It could be modified based on the students’ ages and ability to function with Distance Learning.  We would need to accommodate students whose parents do not want them exposed to other students at school.  While in school, classes would be limited to nine students with a teacher, and there would be social distancing and other measures in place all of the time.  Students might need to eat lunch in their classrooms.  Extensive cleaning of surfaces would occur throughout the day.  Transportation of students would have to look very different in order to achieve the appropriate social distancing.  There needs to be more guidance on how we can do various sports and other activities.

We will be creating several options to these concepts in case the Governor allows more flexibility.  We will share those options with parents and students as we get toward the end of July.  We will continue to assure that all students have access to appropriate devices for learning remotely, as that model of learning will be present to some degree for several months.  We will notify parents of the plan as soon as we know what limitations we will have in meeting students’ needs.

 

The Redwood Area School District (RASD) is committed to providing distance learning to every single student enrolled in the RASD, regardless of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds.  No student or group of students will be left out.  If, for any reason, a parent, student or community member identifies that a student may not be able to participate in any part of our distance learning plan, please contact the respective school level principal, the Director of Teaching/Learning, the American Indian Coordinator or the Superintendent of Schools. Their contact information is shown below:

 

Our Pre-school classes have ended for the 2019-2020 School year.  If you wanting to register for the 2020-2021 School year- you may register here-https://redwood.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/0/program_id/23

  • We know that this is an already chaotic and unpredictable time of life in many households and do not want to add any further stress. Therefore, we are looking forward to helping you navigate this new normal and providing you and your child with opportunities to address their Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) priorities and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals/objectives.

  • You and your student will have the opportunity to participate in services throughout Distance Learning. Your child’s case manager and related service providers will be contacting you to discuss the services which will be provided during Distance Learning.  You can expect your case manager and/or related service providers to connect via video conferencing or phone calls to continue to provide coaching opportunities throughout your daily routines. There will not be any face-to-face services provided.

 

Distance Learning will begin on March 30. The elementary school principal and teachers will be in touch with parents and students to communicate expectations.

Instruction will be delivered primarily through the use of iPads in grades K-1 and with chromebooks in grades 2-4. This does not mean students will be on technology for the entire amount of time, but they should have a balance of time using technology and working on the assignments given without technology. 

The classes will be a combination of synchronous contact and asynchronous study/work. Engagement by students will be with the posted work and live work. 

  • “Posted” (Asynchronous)-Allows students to access materials, ask questions and practice their skills at any time that works for the student. Asynchronous can allow for practice and deep learning. Class interactions happen via the LMS without real-time interactions. This would include recorded presentations, discussion boards, and collaborative documents in the cloud.
  • ​​​​​“Live” (Synchronous)- This is a situation where you would expect a student to be in attendance and is scheduled. With synchronous learning feedback to the student is immediate. Synchronous allows a teacher to maintain the relationships. Some examples include: Scheduled quizzes and tests, scheduled chat room time for students to share ideas, scheduled video conferences or group phone calls, live-streamed lectures or demonstrations.
    • All of the technology has been provided for students where technology is being used. For families needing paper copies, they are being provided to families in a variety of modes: using the lunch drop-off locations, allowing the family to pick up at school or delivering everything to the family.

    • In situations where families do not wish for their children to engage with technology, paper copies will be provided. The expectations will be that student and teachers will engage on a daily basis.

    • We are using the following platforms in the elementary: 

      • Seesaw K-1 Google Classroom 2-4. 
    • CLICK HERE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHEDULE

    • Many support staff members will be working to support families and students during this time of distance learning. This includes our counselors, social workers, and mental health professional. In addition, our nurses will be supporting our students who have health needs during this distance learning time period.

       

Distance Learning will begin on Monday, March 30. Instruction will be delivered primarily through the use of Chromebooks and our Schoology program. This does not mean that students will be on technology for the entire amount of time, but they should have a balance of time on Schoology and work on the assignments given without technology.  

The classes will be a combination of synchronous (Live) contact and asynchronous (Posted) study/work. Engagement by students will be with the posted work and live work. 

  • “Posted” (Asynchronous)-Allows students to access materials, ask questions and practice their skills at any time that works for the student. Asynchronous can allow for practice and deep learning. Class interactions happen via the LMS without real-time interactions. This would include recorded presentations, discussion boards, and collaborative documents in the cloud.

  • “Live” (Synchronous)- This is a situation where you would expect a student to be in attendance and is scheduled. With synchronous learning feedback to the student is immediate. Synchronous allows a teacher to maintain the relationships. Some examples include: Scheduled quizzes and tests, scheduled chat room time for students to share ideas, scheduled video conferences or group phone calls, live-streamed lectures or demonstrations.

    • All of the technology has been provided for students where technology is being used. For families needing paper copies, they are being provided to families in a variety of modes: using the lunch drop-off locations, allowing the family to pick up at school or delivering everything to the family.

    • In situations where families do not wish for their children to engage with technology, paper copies will be provided. The expectations will be that student and teachers will engage on a daily basis.

    • In grades 5-8, we will be using the Schoology platform.
    • ​​​​​​Many support staff members will be working to support families and students during this time of distance learning. This includes our counselors, social workers, and mental health professional. In addition, our nurses will be supporting our students who have health needs during distance learning.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 5TH & 6TH GRADE SCHEDULE
CLICK HERE FOR THE 7TH & 8TH GRADE SCHEDULE

Distance Learning will begin on Monday, March 30. Instruction will be delivered primarily through the use of the school website, Chromebooks and our Schoology program.  This does not mean that students will be on technology for the entire amount of time, but they should have a balance of time on Schoology and work on the assignments given without technology.  

The classes will be a combination of synchronous (Live) contact and asynchronous (Posted) study/work. Engagement by students will be with the posted work and live work. 

  • “Posted” (Asynchronous)-Allows students to access materials, ask questions and practice their skills at any time that works for the student. Asynchronous can allow for practice and deep learning. Class interactions happen via the LMS without real-time interactions. This would include recorded presentations, discussion boards, and collaborative documents in the cloud.

  • “Live” (Synchronous)-This is a situation where you would expect a student to be in attendance and is scheduled. With synchronous learning feedback to the student is immediate. Synchronous allows a teacher to maintain the relationships. Some examples include: Scheduled quizzes and tests, scheduled chat room time for students to share ideas, scheduled video conferences or group phone calls, live-streamed lectures or demonstrations.
    • All of the technology has been provided for students where technology is being used. For families needing paper copies, they are being provided to families in a variety of modes: Using the lunch drop-off locations, allowing the family to pick up at school, or delivering everything to the family.

    • In situations where families do not have the means for their children to engage with technology, paper copies will be provided. The expectations will be that student and teachers will engage on a daily basis.

    • In grades 9-12, we will be using the Schoology platform.

    • Many support staff members will be working to support families and students during this time of distance learning. This includes our counselors, social workers, and mental health professional. In addition, our nurses will be supporting our students who have health needs during distance learning.

    • The schedule for the High School is below:

Daily Schedule

P1:  8:20-9:40 (80 minutes)

P2:  9:​​​​​45-11:05 (80 minutes)

HR:  11:10-11:30:  Students do not need to report

Lunch:  11:30-12:00 (30 minutes)

P3:  12:00-12:45 (45 minutes)

P4:  12:50-1:35 (45 minutes)

P5:  1:40-2:25 (45 minutes)

P6:  2:30-3:15 (45 minutes)


Weekly Schedule

Day "Live Classes" Teachers of "Live Classes"
Monday Science, Health, PE Steve, Cilek, Stephenson, Lunde, Ferrier, Zeug
Tuesday Social, Art, Spanish, Dakota Language, SPED B Kaupang, Mertens, O’Connor, Hammerschmidt, Dixon, Coleman
Wednesday English, Speech/Video, FACS, SPED D Kaupang, W Hegg, Depuy, Felt, Heltemes, Uhlenkamp
Thursday Math, Industrial Tech, Ag, SPED Bergeson, LeClaire, Wilson, M Hegg, Orren, Lueck, Myers
Friday CAST All Teachers by Invitation

***Music (Band and Choir) will schedule individual days for “Live” lessons/individual sessions

***Note:  On “Live Days” students should be online during their scheduled class times.  

On “Posted Days” students need to complete the work, but may do so at various times during the day.  Assignment due dates still apply, so students should complete the assignments on the assigned date to avoid getting behind. 

ALP Summer Programming will run from June 8-June 26 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.).  

Student and staff safety will be a top priority, following guidance published by the Minnesota Department of Education (Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs, Updated 5/13/2020).  

There are fewer than 20 students in the class (2 teachers), and all are required to conduct a health screening prior to entering the building.  Students and staff will wear masks and practice appropriate hand washing and cleaning procedures during the day.  

Other procedures to keep students and staff safe include six foot social distancing, separate workspaces and materials for each student, and a maximum of 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio in each classroom.  

Field trips will not be a part of the program this year but the class will move outside as appropriate.  We are using a hybrid model, where some instruction is face-to-face in the classroom and we are also utilizing a distance approach with students completing a final project at home.  

Upon successful completion of the class, students will earn .5 credits in English.  

The Extended School Year (ESY) program will use distance learning this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  With recent changes in guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, Redwood Area School District has determined this is the model that will help keep children safest.

If you are in need of a chromebook so ESY services can be delivered more effectively, please inform your child’s case manager.

 

Student Support Services is working closely to review distance learning and the impact of this on the delivery of special education and related services. Additionally, our special educators are working closely with your child’s general education teachers to support your child’s learning within their general education coursework as well as to schedule direct instruction to address IEP service minutes. Your child’s case manager will be reaching out to you to discuss the services your child will receive during distance learning.

  • Please note, if a school closure causes educational services for all students to pause within a school or district, then the school/district is not required to provide services to students eligible for special education services during that same period of time.

  • However, with this, we want to assure you that we are actively planning our outreach and lesson delivery for our students and plan to maintain, to the best of our ability, your child’s services and supports.
  • If at any time you have questions about your child’s plans and programming as we go forward, please reach out to your case manager or your building principal.

Our special education leadership team will continue working closely with all staff to meet your child’s needs. We will continue to monitor guidance from our leaders at the state level, as well as our US Department of Education and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. As a leadership team, we will continue to update parents and staff with any new information.

Your school's 504 coordinator (your school level principal) will be available via email for any questions throughout the COVID-19 school closure. They have asked staff to be mindful of each student’s 504 plans, noting that many of these program supports are more relevant for in-person, real-time teaching. We will continue to support your child's 504 plans to the best extent possible.

The District will work with you and monitor the impact on the delivery of Section 504 program changes throughout this school closure period. In addition, the 504 coordinators will continue to work with all general education teachers that support your child’s learning.

  • Please note, in a school closure situation, as we are in, schools/districts are not required to provide services to students eligible for special education and/or section 504 services during that period of time.

  • However, with this, we want to assure you that the District is actively planning for all students and plans to maintain, to the best of our ability, each child’s 504 program supports.

  • If at any time you have questions about your child’s plan and programming as we go forward, please reach out to your building 504 coordinator, your child’s teacher(s) or your principal.

The District will continue working closely with all staff to best meet your child’s needs and monitor guidance from our leaders at the state level, the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

504 Building Coordinators:

High School Principal—Rick Jorgenson     Rjorgenson@redwoodareaschools.com

Middle School Principal—Robert Elwell   Relwell@redwoodareaschools.com

Elementary School Principal—Paul van der Hagen     Pvanderhagen@redwoodareaschools.com

Following an announcement from Governor WalzMDE has confirmed the following with regards to standardized assessments. 

  • State Assessments (MCA and MTAS) Testing-cancelled for this year

  • ACT/ASVAB/ACCUPLACER Tests (for juniors)-cancelled for this year

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College Board has made some adjustments to the 2020 AP Exam schedule and implemented new processes in order to support students at this time.  The College Board will move to an online administration of the AP exams scheduled for May 2020. Students will take a 45-minute online exam at home using any device they have access to. The College Board will continue to update AP Coordinators with the details of how we will move forward.  As updates occur, we will pass those on to students registered for AP exams via email. In order to stay informed, please check your email accounts regularly.

District Services During School Closure

Registration for Cardinal Express grades 9-12 can be found here https://redwood.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/0/program_id/26

The following is our plan for all summer activities

Attachements to the following

RV June COVID

Waiver

Checklist

 
  • RASD staff members are available by email or office phone during Distance Learning. We are committed to regular communications with parents and the community during these events. 

  • The District has a Web page dedicated to Coronavirus information and procedures on the Web site.  Please visit the website at www.redwoodareaschools.com

  • The District will provide timely information at that website, as well as any updates via email, text and phone as needed through our SKYWARD or Skylert Emergency communication systems.

  • Parents are encouraged to contact the District with educational questions. Email addresses of district or school personnel CLICK HERE.

    Parents who are concerned about the virus itself should contact the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920. 

  • Community Education programs will be cancelled during school closure.  Look for our Fall Catalog in Late August-Early September.

  • Bus services transporting students will be discontinued during school closure.

We have created a “Technology Helpdesk” which parents/students may contact if they have any technology questions. You may contact the helpdesk at:

  helpdesk@redwoodareaschools.com,      or by calling             507-644-8385.

Be prepared to leave a detailed message with your email or telephone number.  Your incident will be recorded, and a technician will promptly return your call in the order it was received.

Redwood Area School Daycare options for Summer 2020 available are:

Cardinal Kids Club- Programing for kids 3 years old and older who are registered for pre-school classes at Redwood Area Schools.  There is space available for Summer.

School Age Child Care- Programing for K-4th grade students.  There is limited space available.  

For more information contact Andy OuradaRASD Community Education Director at 507-644-8063 (office) or by email at aourada@redwoodareaschools.com.  
 

June 8th-August 14thRASD Summer Food Service Program—Free to all Children aged 1-18

Redwood Area School District will begin the Summer Food Service Program Tuesday, June 9th through Friday, August 14th. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday with the exception of Friday, July 3rd and Monday, July 6th (no meals provided on those days).  

Meals will be provided by offering a curbside pickup program to all children, ages 1 to 18 years of age. The meals are provided free of charge. This program is offered on a “First Come, First Serve” basis.  Meals (including lunch and breakfast the next day) will be provided at the following location and time:

LocationReede Gray Elementary School--curbside pickup at Early Childhood 
Entrance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the days identified above.

Note: If you plan to pick up more than 10 meals at a time, please call the number shown below before 9:00 a.m. on the day you plan to pick up the meals to arrange a pick-up time.  

If you are picking up more than 20 meals at a time, please call the number shown below at least 24 hours in advance to arrange a pick-up time.  

Call 507-644-7013 to make arrangements for either of the above situations.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be NO discrimination in the course of the meal service.  

For more information, contact Food Service Director, Laurie Milbrandt at 507-644-7013


Questions and Answers

We have a list of students/families experiencing homelessness. 
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The following staff members at each site are responsible for maintaining communication with homeless students: 
  • Jackie Ourada, elementary social worker
    ​​​​​Heather Vranicar, high school counselor
    Jenn Otto, middle school social worker 

These people have methods in place to maintain communication with the students. 

The staff identified above will ensure families have access to the necessary supports to allow the students to be successful during Distance Learning. 

We continue to wrap the services for these families and ensure the families are accessing the available resources in the community. The staff identified above will continually communicate with the other service/government agencies in our community so families have what they need to engage in Distance Learning.
  • The English Language Learner (ELL) instructor will contact each family to determine what supports the students/families will need during Distance Learning.
  • The ELL instructor will communicate with the mainstream teachers of the ELL students to ensure any appropriate accommodations are implemented.
  • We will use an interpreter when necessary to communicate Distance Learning plans to families.
  • Our school nurses will be available daily to answer any questions families may have. To ensure there the nurses are available there will be a help line available.

  • We have developed partnerships with many community organizations and associations that we can reach out to as needed. This includes our local ministerial association. We are committed to helping all of our students and families navigate barriers or frustrations. Please reach out if you, or someone you know, needs some kind of help. 

Supporting the delivery of mental health services to our students in need is important. In this regard, the following is available during Distance Learning:

  • RASD mental health team (social workers, school counselors, mental health providers) have developed an interactive/informational powerpoint located on the RASD website. 

This powerpoint reaches out to students to engage them, to offer activities promoting their social engagement, and provides information encouraging their engagement with the distance learning plan and beyond. The link is on the school website is:

 Distance Learning: Student Support Plan 

  • RASD Superintendent Ellingworth has reached out to our private mental health providers who collectively meet on site with more than 110 students weekly.  These three private providers are:
    • Western Human Development Center

    • Choices Behavioral Health Services

    • Greater Minnesota 

All three of these private mental health providers have tele-therapy capacity so mental health services can be continued during the time we are in Distance Learning. The Mental Health Providers have assured us they will stay in communication with the respective students and families they serve throughout our time of Distance Learning.

  • The RVMS and RVHS mental health teams will be sending out a weekly survey to check in with students to inventory needs. The staff will follow up with any child indicating they have a need.
  • RASD mental health team will continue to stay in contact with individual students they had been meeting with prior to March 18.
  • RASD mental health team members will continue to work with students to plan for registration, and career and college readiness in preparation for the next year.
  • RASD mental health team will remain on call to address any immediate needs that may arise anywhere in the school district.  
  • RASD mental health team assisted in the identification of students/families who do not have internet access at home.  They are facilitating the provision of these services so students may participate in distance learning without barriers.
  • RASD mental health team is prepared to assist any students or families needing community or MA resources if needed or necessary. 
  • Communication with families will be regular and will be feedback driven. District staff members will be available throughout the day and have also scheduled a flexible time you may contact them before or after the daily schedule begins. You are encouraged to contact staff if you have the need.

Teachers will ensure parents and students understand how to use the technology used during Distance Learning and understand the expectation during Distance Learning.

Students have provided us feedback regarding their home internet access.  We are actively communicating with these families identified as having home internet insufficient for Distance Learning.  Area providers, including Arvig, Nuvera, and Mediacom, are providing discounted options and/or also short-term connectivity to families in need of access, and our offices are assisting families with reaching out to area providers for connectivity.  If you do not presently have home high-speed internet and have not heard yet from our office staff regarding available options, please contact your building’s office and inform the secretary of your situation.

We have created a “Technology Helpdesk” which parents/students may contact if they have any technology questions. You may contact the helpdesk at:

  helpdesk@redwoodareaschools.com,      or by calling             507-644-8385.

Be prepared to leave a detailed message with your email or telephone number.  Your incident will be recorded, and a technician will promptly return your call in the order it was received.

The COVID-19 School Closure has left families concerned about the availability of a variety of resources during the school shutdown. To address this concern, Redwood Area School District (RASD) will be preparing and delivering school meals to a variety of “delivery sites” daily (Monday through Friday).

RASD will provide a breakfast/lunch program during the time of the school shutdown (Wednesday, March 18-Friday March 27). The breakfast and lunch will be delivered together, in one box or bag, according to the schedule and to locations shown below. The program will work as follows: 

  • A lunch for the day and a breakfast for the next morning will be provided together in each box/bag lunch. All meals will be prepared at the RV High School daily. There will be NO COST for the meals for ANY students.

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and continuing through May 4, 2020, the meals will be delivered by Thielen School Buses to the sites identified below. 

  • The Thielen delivery bus will be available at each site from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily (Not on Saturday or Sunday). To clarify, there will be food delivered to the distribution sites on April 9th and April 13th. No meals delivered on April 10th
  • On Mondays a cold-bagged lunch will be served. On Tuesdays - Fridays, meals will be served in packages that can be warmed.
  • Meals will be disbursed out of the Thielen School Buses to students or families who will pick the meals up at the designated sites. There will be no meals consumed inside the buildings at the pick-up sites. The idea is the meals are boxed and made to go. 

    ​​​​​​The designated sites are listed below.
    • Morton City Hall in Morton 

    •  Reede Gray Elementary School –Early Childhood Entrance at Reede Gray 

    • Redwood Valley MS/HS –Parking lot at Orrin Estebo Tech Center Entrance

    • Redwood Falls Fire Station in Redwood Falls 

    • Redwood Public Library parking lot in Redwood Falls 

    • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church parking lot in Redwood Falls 

    • Westfalls Apartments entrance in Redwood Falls 

    • Johnson Park Place (Now the Eagles Healing Nest) parking lot-Redwood Falls 

    • Lower Sioux Government Center parking lot 

    • Duffy’s Restaurant Parking lot in North Redwood 

    • Belview Community Center in Belview 

  • Delivery of meals—If for some reason you are unable to pick the meals up at one of the delivery sites, please contact Thielen Bus Lines at 507-637-3600 immediately to make arrangements to have the meals delivered to a specific address. 

As directed by Governor Walz, we began offering Childcare for children age three (3) through age twelve (12) for the family of all “Essential workers”. 

Wednesday March 18th, Redwood Area Schools began providing childcare to any “essential worker” FREE OF CHARGE during our normal operating hours, 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Daycare will not be provided on April 10th, but will be provided on Thursday, April 9th and Monday, April 13th

Children who are preschool age will be attending our Cardinal Kids Club program and children who are school-age will be attending our School Age Child Care program.  

All of these services and programs are provided at Reede Gray Elementary School. We ask that you enter the building through the Early Childhood doors located on the North East Corner of Reede Gray Elementary School.  

In addition, the Redwood Area Food Service provider (Taher Inc.) will be providing a breakfast and lunch for all children attending these programs. There are no charges for these meals.  If you prefer, you may send meals with your child(ren).

If you are planning to utilize this service, it is very important register your child(ren) by contacting Andy Ourada, RASD Community Education Director at 507-644-8063 (office) or by email at aourada@redwoodareaschools.com.  

A link identifying a list of “Critical Workers” 

School-age Care for Children of Critical Workers - State List

  • Teachers will continue to assess students to measure students’ mastery of the standards and benchmarks.
  • ​​​​​​Students will be assessed in a variety of ways using both formative assessment and summative assessments. There will be a variety of tools used for the assessments. Some examples of assessments include learning logs, video conferencing with students, phone conversations, discussion boards, quizzes, writing assignments and presentations.
  • Students’ progress will continue to be reported through Skyward, the current platform we use for reporting student learning. Students will continue to receive scores and grades throughout the time we are Distance Learning. Fourth quarter report cards will be completed for all K-12 students.
 
  • Attendance will be taken for all Distance Learning classes on a daily basis.

  • Attendance will be taken based on student engagement with their teacher with a deadline of 8:00 am the following day. This may include: submitting a daily assignment, participating in “Live” instruction, content-based communication via email, phone, or chat features.  

  •  If a student does not check in daily and does not have an excused absence, school personnel will contact the parent/student to determine why the student was not in attendance and support the student/family in attendance. School personnel will also discuss the attendance expectations during distance learning with the family. The teachers and site level office will document any contact with the parent/student in this case. 

  • In the event of a student absence, current site level policy will be followed. Families should call into the site level secretary to notify the secretary of the child’s absence. Extended absences will involve a consultation between the students, student’s family, teachers, and principal.

Distance Learning is currently scheduled during the month of April. It may snow during Distance Learning, but we will be able to carry on with Distance Learning classes during this period.
The days of school scheduled on the School Board approved 2019-2020 calendar will be followed throughout the time Distance Learning is provided. Should the internet, for some reason, not be available or accessible, the district reserves rights to adjust the calendar to meet minimum state requirements for instructional time.

Our facilities will not be available for outside programming or rentals until further notice.  

Redwood Area Schools has a strong relationship with the Lower Sioux Tribal Council. The Tribal Council and Redwood Area School board meet as needed, throughout the year to discuss school programs and ways to collaborate.

A Tribal Consult is held periodically to ensure communication with the Tribal Council.  Regarding Distance Learning plans, the Tribal Council was initially consulted via conference call on March 19.  The plan, which remains a work in progress, is intended to continue to address the educational, social and emotional needs of all American Indian students as well as every other student enrolled in Redwood Area Schools. The Distance Learning plan was shared with Tribal leaderships as directed by the Commissioner of Education.

District Expectations for Teachers: To effectively deliver Distance Learning, each teacher should be able to:

  • ​​​​​​Deliver the class from home and from the school building
  • Effectively utilize the appropriate platform.
  • Control and deliver an effective lesson
  • Administer assessments to students
  • Give feedback to students
These expectations were demonstrated to the leadership team by March 27

District Expectations for Students: To effectively learn during Distance Learning, students should:

  • Treat Distance Learning as an extension of the classroom
  • Demonstrate respectful behavior consistent to the classroom expectations
  • Join live sessions from a public location in your home (not in your bedroom or bathroom)
  • Mute your microphone at the beginning of any “live” session
  • Utilize built-in chat features to ask questions or request to be unmuted

District Expectations for Parents: To effectively support Distance Learning, parents should be aware:

  • Teachers may offer “live” instruction through various platforms
  • There will be opportunity to connect with teachers and classmates
  • ​​​​All “live” sessions will be recorded and posted
  • All assignments and resources will be accessible outside the school day
  • Students can choose to hide their image during sessions

Student Support Resources

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100 George Ramseth Drive 
Redwood Falls, MN 56283 

Phone: (507) 644-3531
Fax: (507) 644-3057
 
District Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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