Through technology, innovative teaching and collaboration with families, Richland School District’s new At-Home Learning program will help students meet their goals and push their education forward while schools are closed in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
At-Home Learning will launch Monday, March 30 with teachers and other school staff reaching out to students and families to share learning plans, schedules for online lessons and assess student access to technology and other needs.
“While it is necessary to keep our schools closed to protect the health of our community, we are continuing to provide learning opportunities during this pandemic,” says Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte. “It is critical that we engage students now so they can be successful when they return to our schools.”
Three commitments will guide the program while students are learning from home:
- Regular contact between students and their teachers
- Continued instruction paired with enrichment opportunities
- Support for each student’s needs
At-Home Learning builds on the district’s plan to offer a robust learning experience in student homes after schools were closed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month. Elementary schools distributed Chromebooks for students in grades 2-5 to take home and use during the closure. Many teachers immediately began providing instruction and feedback remotely to their students. District leaders have developed and refined supports, resources and other measures to ensure all students have access to learning during this unprecedented time.
Families can learn more about At-Home Learning at https://www.rsd.edu/programs/at-home-learning.Families also are asked to ensure their contact information for phone and email is updated in PowerSchool for each of their students. Log into the PowerSchool system to review your student’s demographic information and notify your students school to update any incorrect information: https://bit.ly/33QSH46. Middle and high school students should log into their district-provided email accounts to check for messages from their teachers.
If a student or family has not been contacted by their teachers by the end of the day on April 1, they should reach out to their school’s principal.