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2020-21 School Year

Message from Dr. Moody

Greetings to RSS Parents,

On July 14, 2020, the NC Governor Cooper announced that districts across the state will follow Plan B guidance for the return to school.  Additionally, the Governor is requiring face coverings for all students in grades K-12 and for staff, with some medical exemptions.  More detailed information on the mask requirement will follow later.

For RSS students and families, the following Plan B will be enacted: 

RE-ENTRY PLAN B: A DAY-B DAY MODEL

Students are divided into two groups (Group A & Group B).  Students attend school face to face two days per week and learn remotely three days per week.  Wednesdays are used for universal cleaning.  The district is examining splitting students by last name for Group A and Group B.  Accommodations will be made for families with children in different grade spans, students with special needs, or issues related to work schedules. We anticipate sharing these groupings next week. 

A Day-B Day Model Schedule:
  • Monday-Tuesday: Group A (Face to Face); Group B (Remote) 
  • Wednesday: Group A & B (Remote Learning)
  • Thursday-Friday: Group A (Remote Learning); Group B (Face to Face)
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Group A

In Person

In Person

Remote

Remote

Remote

Group B

Remote

Remote

Remote

In Person

In Person

 

In light of the Governor’s announcement of Plan B, we understand that each family has a unique set of circumstances and beliefs. We know parents need to make individual decisions for each child’s best interest.  

 

K-8 Virtual School

For this reason, the Rowan-Salisbury School Board of Education approved a new K-8 Virtual School that allows children to still receive an education in a remote setting as an additional choice for families.  If you are interested in this option instead of the Plan B arrangement, see below.

To apply, please visit the following link: https://form.jotform.com/201824977519062

Para solicitar, visite el siguiente enlace: https://form.jotform.com/201824977519062

The deadline to apply to the K-8 virtual school is July 17th at 5 pm.

 

High School Virtual Option

Rowan-Salisbury schools will be offering a virtual learning option for all high school students for the upcoming school year.  This option will be based at the student’s home school. Each school will work with individual students to make schedule adjustments as needed.  Please note that this will require a commitment of at least one semester. If you are interested in this option, see below.

Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/rsshighschoolvirtual

Registración Link:  https://tinyurl.com/rsshighschoolvirtualSPA

Please note that we will only be able to guarantee entry into this opportunity if you register by Friday July 17th

 

It is our duty to follow any Executive Order by the Governor of NC and any laws enacted by the NC General Assembly.  In addition, we also consult with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC State Board of Education, and our local health department for guidance and safety.  We will do our best to keep families informed as we make plans to implement laws, policies and plans for the upcoming year.

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you on your child’s education. We know that this will be a learning process for all of us – students, teachers, families, school administrators and our communities. We will continue to work hard to ensure every child receives an extraordinary education, whether it is virtual or face-to-face. 

Thank you!

Lynn Moody, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Back to School Planning

StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)

The state recently released the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit for all K-12 schools.

With the health and safety of our children being vital to planning, this toolkit lays out a detailed set of baseline requirements that all public schools should follow to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 to our students, staff and families. The toolkit also recommends practices that schools should follow to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The plan includes guidance received from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

State Guidance

RSS staff  are currently aligning our work with the most recent guidance from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  The specific guidance from the Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) can be found below as well as the guidance from NCDHHS. 

Under the guidance from the Governor and NCDHHS, districts must create plans to operate schools under three possible options that are listed below - Plan A, Plan B, or Plan C.  The Governor is expected to announce which plan will be followed across the state on July 1. 

Plan A - Minimal Social Distancing 

Plan B - Moderate Social Distancing (50% students in schools at a time)

Plan C - Remote Learning 

Working Groups

Rowan-Salisbury created five working group teams to thoroughly review information and develop our back to school plans based upon the state’s guidance.  

These working group teams are diving deep into developing the details for each of the three above possible state options - Plan A, Plan B or Plan C.  Information from these working group teams is reviewed on a continual basis by the superintendent and her cabinet until a clear plan is created around each plan.  The board of education is updated on the progress each Monday in June at 5:00 pm. 

Contingency Planning and Communication & Timeline 

We want to keep you informed throughout the planning process as we plan to welcome our children back on August 17. Below you will see our timeline for planning and completion of our district’s plans for our Fall school schedule. To view the School Board agendas and attachments click here. 

School Board Update Contingency Planning June 8
School Board Update 2020-2021 Calendar Recommendation June 15
School Board Update

Working Groups Reports on Plans for 2020-2021 School Year

June 22
School Board Update Final Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year June 29
Governor's Announcement State Plan Released July 1
Contingency Plan Enacted RSS Plan Released July 2

 

CALENDAR

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education approved the adjusted calendars for 2020-2021 for the upcoming school year with students beginning on August 17. You may view both the RSS District and the RC Early College calendars on our district’s website by clicking here. These calendars contain many of the desirable elements found in our previous calendars while still conforming to the new state requirements. Additionally, the August 17th start date gives maximum planning time and alignment with districts across the state, while staying focused on safety for students and staff.

SURVEY

Parents are a vital part of this process and we want and need your input. A survey was sent to determine how you feel about your child(ren) returning to school in August -  in light of the state’s guidelines.  This survey is intended for staff planning purposes only and does not lock parents into making any decisions at this time. 

ATHLETICS

The board also approved to begin training for fall, winter and spring sports, in addition to band and ROTC.  It is important to note that state guidelines for the health and safety of our students and staff will be followed and monitored daily. Be sure to contact your child’s school for more information.

Fall sports, band, and ROTC begin June 17. Spring/Winter sports begin July 6

 

Immunizations

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Instructor: Mary Meyer

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all day
Virtual Summer Camp

Four days of fun filled hands-on

activities to do at home! Learn about

wildlife tracks, how to journal, and so

much more! Ms. Dixon will be doing

daily check-ins to share what campers

have completed that day and give How

to Be a Naturalist mini-lessons daily on

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crafts and unrav the mysteries of

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activities to do at home! Learn about

wildlife tracks, how to journal, and so

much more! Ms. Dixon will be doing

daily check-ins to share what campers

have completed that day and give How

to Be a Naturalist mini-lessons daily on

Zoom

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News

Rowan-Salisbury Schools Pilots State Renewal Program

The State of North Carolina passed HB 986 enabling qualifying school districts to become a renewal district. Currently only Rowan-Salisbury Schools district qualifies. On June 28th the RSS Board of Education elected to participate in this program. Click for details.