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Coronavirus Response Update - March 23rd

Posted by Jeremy Woody on OP5er @ 5:33 PM

Dear Ridgeview Families, 

Once again, what a difference a day makes. The governor today declared the all K-12 schools in Virginia to be closed for the rest of the school year. This does not come as a surprise to me at all. In fact, we had already begun preparing for that inevitability. Of course, this brings up many questions:

What does this mean for our Continued Learning Plan?

  • We will continue with our plan as it currently stands of continued learning from home. We believe this is the best thing for our students and families regardless of what other schools in our area do. All ACSI Christian schools in Virginia that I am aware of are doing similar things to what we are doing. We will continue to work to improve how we go about this. We believe that continuing the students learning even in a less than ideal way will be much more beneficial than suspending all learning. 

 

Will today’s Governor’s Order effect our Monday drop-off/pickup strategy?

  • The main is: we don’t know yet. We are working through the next few days to see. My hope is that we will continue to have physical materials exchanged through the cafeteria plan. 

 

How will this quarter’s grades be handled?

  • The bottom line: 4th Quarter grades will definitely be weighted differently than the first three quarters of the year. We are working through a few scenarios of how to accomplish that. We understand that this type of learning can greatly impact students grades. 
  • K5 - 8th grade: Whether a student is promoted to the next grade or not will not be based on 4th Quarter grades. 
  • 9th - 12th grade: Students will receive credit for 4th Quarter, even though how grades are considered will be weighted differently than the first three quarters.  

 


 

What else is happening?

  • New School News Page on Gradelink
    • We are about a day away from having a new School News page on Gradelink to be a hub of information about Continued Learning, suggested online tools, family resources and other School-wide announcements. Once we turn it on, it will be the first thing you see when you log onto Gradelink. This is helping us further achieve our goal of streaming our communication.   
 
  • Adding personal contact info to Gradelink for 7th - 12th grades
    • As mentioned in yesterday’s email, we have also heard from families of High School students asking if their students' email addresses and cell phone numbers could be added so that they can receive communication directly. If you would like your student added, please fill out this Student Personal Contact Information Form. This information from this form will only be used for Gradelink communications. 
 
  • Interactive Student Experiences 
    • We are working on more interactive experiences for the students. Beginning Thursday, March 26th we will use an app called Zoom for a Digital Study Hall. This will be an informal video conference for 7th - 12th grade students and staff. Our goal is to provide some interaction with students. We’ll see if we can answer some questions as well. Depending on how it goes, we will look to do this a few times each week at a consistent time. 
 
  • Interactive Parent Experiences
    • We are working on a couple of Digital Town Hall meetings. We will have one for K5 - 3rd grade, one for 4th - 6th grade, and at least one for 7th - 12th grade. We are working on which platform will be best to use between Facebook Live and YouTube Live. 
    • We are also brainstorming on how to accomplish a webinar version of our E3 Parent Night. 
 

We ​​​​​​​continue to monitor the situation closely. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, etc. please do not hesitate to contact me. You  feedback last week gave us invaluable insight to help us improve how we are going about so many things. 


love God, love others, start at home, 

Mr. Jeremy Woody
RCS   |   Principal

Coronavirus Response Update - March 22nd

Posted by Jeremy Woody on OP5er @ 5:32 PM

RCS Family, 

The school doors towards the cafeteria will be unlocked tomorrow from 7:00a - 9:00a and 3:00p - 5:00p. Most, if not all, elementary classes have things to be picked up. All HS information is on Gradelink. Mr. Thomas has also made his work available to be picked up but it isn't necessary. 

We have been hard at work clarifying our instruction on Gradelink Teacher Pages. Those improvements include:

  • Trying as much as possible to put everything on Teacher Pages and reducing the amount of emails you are receiving from teachers. 
  • Working to make the information on Teacher Pages more user-friendly. 
  • Posting all work on Monday for the week. 
  • Separating out work into daily portions.
    • We are posting 4 days worth of work each full week. 
    • Days will labeled by number rather than day name so that it fits your schedule.

We have also heard from families of High Schoo students asking of their students' email addresses and cell phone numbers could be added so that they can receive communication directly. If you would like your student added, please fill out this Student Personal Contact Information Form. This information from this form will only be used for Gradelink communications. 

You will find that more classes are using Loom videos to instruct and connect with students. If you have any problems with any links, please email your teacher. 

I have asked the teachers to have their pages live by 8:00a tomorrow, unless you hear from them specifically. Many of those pages are live now. We have spent the last 8 days working on the logistics of curriculum and instruction and we will continue to work to improve in these areas. Thank you for your patience with us as we have had to figure a lot of things out this past week. 


But now I am shifting gears to the part that I would like to think sets us apart as a school. The care for our students and their families. I can only imagine what effect the isolation and fears from this outbreak are already having on people. Moving into this week, we are working on ways to interact with our students and their families in more "face-to-face" ways while we practice social distancing. I will be back tomorrow by email with more announcements towards that goal. 


love God, love others, start at home, 

Mr. Jeremy Woody
Principal   |   RCS

 

Recent Coronavirus Updates sent by TextAlert

Posted by Jeremy Woody on OA10er @ 10:35 AM

3/16 @  3:23 pm
RCS: Staff has made significant progress today planning and preparing to continue learning from home for the next few weeks. More info will come shortly.

 

3/16 @ 7:59 pm
A message from Mr. Woody about how we are moving forward with continued learning: https://www.loom.com/share/6a2fc41a4054470597ee0d631ce11293

 

 

3/17 @ 1:26 pm
As we continue to prepare for continued learning to start tomorrow, would you mind helping us out? We need parents to complete this brief survey asap: COVID-19 Continued Learning Survey  |  Click here: https://form.jotform.com/200765099962062

 

3/17 @ 8:08 pm
RCS: Gradelink's email program is down. Please watch this video announcement for information about our Continued Learning Plan for the forseeable future: RCS Continued Learning Plan: https://www.loom.com/share/6b97c2d9442b42378bbd1ba8ee2301de

 

3/17 @ 8:21 pm
RCS: ELEMENTARY: Unless you came by today, there are items for you to pickup for your child tomorrow 7:00-9:00a or 3:00-5:00p. Please leave gray folders.

 

3/17 @ 8:22 pm
RCS: Grades 7-12: There is nothing for you to pickup from the school cafeteria tomorrow for your continued learning plan. Everything will be on Gradelink.

 

 

3/18 @ 10:00 am

Teacher Pages will be going live later this morning, likely around noon. We will send a TextAlert when it is live.

 

 

If you have not been receiving these TextAlerts, please email Mr. Woody at jwoody@ridgeviewchristian.com immediately. 

Coronavirus Response Update - March 10th

Posted by Jeremy Woody on OP3er @ 3:02 PM

Families, 

The obvious concern of the day is the spread of the Coronavirus around the world. Members of our leadership have been researching information about the Coronavirus, what are the recommendations from places like the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. We’ve also discussed as a Leadership Team how this could uniquely effect our school and what we should do to prepare for it. Please read through this entire document carefully. 

While not submitting to a mode of panic, we are concerned about our students, their families, our faculty, and the broader community.  We welcome any questions you may have and are grateful to those of you who have communicated with us so far.  Please join us in praying for our school and communities as we seek to love our neighbors through this challenging time.

 

Let’s cut to the chase. Will the school close down for a few weeks?

  • The short answer: YES
  • We are willing to shut down for a temporary quarantine should the need arise. There are a number of things that factor into that decision. This is a situation that we are constantly monitoring. Rather than fretting over if/when we would temporarily shutdown, we need to discuss being prepared for such an event. 

 

How long would the temporary shutdown last?

  • We are seeing that most schools that have a temporary shutdown are for 14 days. 

 

Will we continue education during the temporary shutdown?

  • The short answer: YES
  • In as many ways as possible, we are making plans to facilitate continued learning at home should we go on a temporary shutdown. While it will not be possible to continue everything exactly how it would have been done had we had school, teachers will provide work for students to do while they are home to keep their minds sharp and active towards their subjects. 
  • Teachers will be working on specific plans during InService this coming Monday.

 

How much notice would we have?

  • This is unknown, but we need to be prepared for a very short notice. Should we choose to temporarily shutdown, unless conditions prevent us, we would open up the school the next day for a few hours to allow families and staff to drop by to get their books and supplies. 

 

What can we do to be prepared for a temporary shutdown?

  • Plan ahead for childcare for your child should we have to shut down.
  • Make sure you have some general school supplies at home for continued learning.
  • Have a few books from the library ready.

 

Would a temporary shutdown change the end of the school year?

  • At this point, no. Our plan is to end as our Academic Calendar states on May 22nd. 
  • We will make every effort to keep to this plan. 

 

Are we canceling field trips/special events?

  • The short answer: NO
  • At this point, special trips including the 9th - 12th grade Sight & Sound field trip, the 3rd - 6th grade SeaQuest field trip, Math Olympics, and even the Senior Trip are not canceled. These are situations that we are monitoring and will make decisions on a case by case basis. If school is shut down for a quarantine, all trips and extra-curricular activities will be suspended as well.  

 

How can we stay updated on RCS info regarding the Coronavirus?

    • We have just setup a new Update Center on ridgeviewchristian.com. At the top navigation you will find the tab for the new Update Center. There you will find: 
      • A compilation of all communications sent out regarding the Coronavirus
      • Frequently Asked Questions
      • Quicklinks to more information about COVID-19

 

When should we notify the school?

    • Please notify the school when someone in your household:
      • Has been exposed to someone who has a presumptively confirmed case of COVID-19
      • Has been exposed to someone who has recent traveled to or through a “hot zone” area

 

What are some things we can do to prevent the spread?

    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when with a tissue or sleeve  (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash. 
    • We will continue to be vigilant about sending students home who have a fever or who have vomited. Students must not be returned to school until they are fever or vomit free without medicine for 24 hours. 
    • Out of an abundance of caution, students with a persistent cough will be asked to remain out of school until symptoms subside. This policy will be in effect for the remainder of this year.

 

 

Coronavirus - Gathering Information and Recommendations

Posted by Jeremy Woody on OP2er @ 2:29 PM

Dear Families,

As news of the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreads, many questions arise about what can and should be done. We are thankful to have ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) working on resources and recommendations for schools like ours in how to properly respond to this growing concern. RCS Administration will be participating in a webinar on Friday specifically on what we as a school can do to be appropriately prepared should the virus make it’s way to our area. As soon as we have a clearer picture of what we can do we will let you know.

Thoughts for now:

  • We should be washing our hands and making good hygiene choices anyways.
  • Our students are much more likely to experience panic and anxiety, than to contract the virus.
  • God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love love, and of a sound mind.

 

 

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