Hello Elementary School Families, Report cards for students in TK through Grade 5 will be mailed to families on Friday, November 20th. This year, the elementary schools in Rim of the World Unified have transitioned to standards-based report cards. The new report cards are aligned to the California State Standards and report student progress on specific standards using 1-4 ratings as opposed to the traditional approach of assigning overall A-F grades in subject areas. Please see the attached documents for more information.
On Thursday, November 12th the San Bernardino County Schools Office recognized Rim for their Care and Support of Families throughout the COVID Pandemic at a countywide celebration. Cindy Parker, our district PBIS coordinator, presented information about ways Rim has supported families. Connection with students and families is essential to having kids show up to learn whether it takes place remotely or in a brick and mortar building. As we transitioned to remote learning during the mandated campus closure we as educators, school staff and partners used this time to support our families by connecting with our community. Our hearts are full of hope of seeing the true, genuine acts of kindness and compassion spreading across our communities. One of the first concerns was getting food to our most needy families. A Facebook group, titled, “Mountain Food Pantry - A Community Led Drive-Thru” was established and organized volunteers and delivery locations. This was publicized on the district website and all the various school social media outlets. They established protocols for safety and they served 82,472 meals to families on our mountain with delivery at each of our elementary school sites. If your family is in need of support for feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, depression, or other mental health needs please visit our website and click on the Care Solace tab for support.
In an effort to support our community, Rim of the World Unified School District is happy to announce that Covid-19 testing will now be provided locally at no-cost during the 3rd week of every month (weather permitting), beginning November 19th, 10 am-3 pm. Please see the attached flyer for details. This service will also be available to community members and school district employees in order for us to meet a minimum number of testing appointments. Please call the number listed on the flyer to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
Parents and Guardians, District leaders and teachers met today to analyze COVID-19 data for San Bernardino County and within our district boundaries. When we applied for our elementary waiver, our part of the mountain was in orange but since that time our colored tiers have moved up to red and is currently purple. Confirmed cases have increased not only in our boundaries but in our county and in our state. Please monitor the county website for the most current data regarding COVID19 at https://sbcovid19.com/ . Because of this data, the teams agreed to extend the date of returning to in-person instruction, through a hybrid model. On January 19, 2021, grades TK-2 will return, while grades 3-5 will start on January 25, 2021. This takes into consideration the 2 major breaks for Thanksgiving and Winter allowing for 14 days of suggested quarantine after gatherings as we know many will take advantage of this family time. We have announced in the past that dates are tentative as we must respond to guidelines and changes from our government. Secondary reopening continues to be dependent on the state tiered system and one of the first requirements is being in red as a county for 14 days. We do believe we are prepared for school reopening with our purchases of PPE- masks and face shields, air purification machines, hand sanitizer, temperature checking stations, desk shields, and various cleaning supplies. Elementary principals have been working on handbooks for both staff and parents that will be shared as we move closer to reopening. We continue to long for the days when we can all be together again, and school is “normal”. The district and our teachers are working to balance survey results, educational needs, county data, and to continually improve distance learning. This decision was not taken lightly by anyone. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.
LAE and our USA TROOPS need your help! LAE is holding our 6th Annual Support Our Troops drive! We are collecting donated items to create care packages to send to men and women in our armed forces during this holiday time. Between November 16th and December 11th we will have a box in front of our school underneath this banner for donations to be placed. Our Rim High School Grads serving in the military receive these care packages that are packed and shipped by the Blue Star Moms. LAE thanks you for your support!
Derek Swem - Director of Special Education On Monday, November 2 ROWUSD had two Elementary Special Day classes return. At Charles Hoffman Elementary, we had eight students return to Mrs. Swedo's classroom. Their morning started off with breakfast outside, with all students social distancing while they ate. They did such a good job doing so, like very conscientious students. When they returned to their classroom they completed the 100 warmup video that gave them an opportunity to "stretch" and prepare for class. Students were socially spaced, and each had their own divider while wearing their masks. They were so happy to have returned to school. At Lake Arrowhead Elementary, we had eight students return to Mrs. Morris 's classroom . These students are divided into two cohorts, as with their peers in Mrs. Bronson's and Mrs. Moore's classes. The younger students, morning session, were working on their alphabet and engaged completely. One student stated how happy she was returning to school to see Mrs. Morris and to learn in the classroom again.
MPH Everyday Counts: Attend Today! Achieve Tomorrow! - On Friday, October 30th, MPH recognized 213 MPH students for meeting the following criterion for quarter 1 (08/12/20 - 10/09/20) with a certificate and MPH decal. Criterion: Positive Grades A-Cs No Ds, Fs, Ns, or Us 95% attendance Verified technology concerns will not remove a student from eligibility Positive Behavior No assertive or regular discipline. Within each grade level, the top 5 students in their grade level were provided an additional surprise incentive and a personal phone call or voice message from the Principal. In these challenging times, your MPH family wanted to continue to recognize the exceptional efforts of our students for
their dedication and perseverance. We are so proud of you!
To: Rim of the World Unified School District Community Date: November 2020 RE: Snow Days during Distance Learning or the Hybrid Model As we move into the winter months, the possibility of more snow becomes greater. Snow Days for this school year are listed on our district school calendar for 2020-2021: March 31-April 2, May 20-21, and May 28. Due to state guidelines for attendance, those days will remain on the calendar and will be used if needed by the school district. Currently, the state of California does not permit districts to use distance learning specifically for inclement (“snow”) days as they would not count it towards ADA – Average Daily Attendance. We do know that this is allowed in states that receive months of snow because their state guidelines are different than ours. Here is an outline of our standard process. The decision to close Rim of the World Unified School District is usually made in the middle of the night as the district’s transportation and maintenance/operations departments’ personnel travels the district checking on the inadvisability of opening school buildings and road conditions between Crestline and Green Valley for our buses. So, for example, should Running Springs have hazardous snow conditions a “snow day” would be called for the entire district and parents will be notified. We do not call a “snow day” for just one school site. The district monitors the weather very closely and if we feel the situation is deteriorating then a decision may be made to release middle school students in specific towns to go home at the elementary release time. This is a rare occurrence . Again, parents would be notified. We thought you might also like to know that our buses are equipped with a “mountain package” and our drivers have specific training for these conditions. Travel on main roads is the determining factor for calling a snow day as these roads are maintained by the county. The decision as to whether the district will be open is made on a day to day basis and communicated to staff and parents/caregivers using the following methods: our websites, Parent Square (school telephone and communication system), and Social Media. Households will be notified using our automated calling system, so it is important that phone numbers for parents/caregivers are up to date at each school site and in the Aeries Parent Portal. We have decided that few childhood acts remain unchanged due to COVID-19 and we will maintain the hope of children by calling actual snow days due to inclement weather . Snow days are chances for the on-site learners and virtual learners to just be kids by playing in the snow, baking cookies, reading books, and watching a good movie. These are times for making memories and we believe these types of opportunities should remain intact.
To: Rim of the World Unified School District Community From: ROWUSD Date: November 2020 Re: Statewide COVID19 Tier System from the Blueprint for a Safer Economy In order to understand reopening for both elementary and secondary schools, we must learn how to interpret the tiered system in our state. On August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom presented an updated framework for the reopening of schools and the economy described as the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The Blueprint replaced the previous county monitoring system and present a 4-tiered system with each tier designated by a different color and level of “county risk level:” • Purple Tier: “Widespread” • Red Tier: “Substantial” • Orange Tier: “Moderate” • Yellow Tier: “Minimal” When our county receives the category as being in the “red tier” for 14 days our secondary schools (MPH, RHS, and MHS) can begin to transition to in-person education. As a county, we remain in purple but as a district, we are often in orange or red. An elementary waiver can be approved in any of the tiered categories as long as school districts meet the 12 safety standards. For Rim of the World, our waiver was approved due to the fact that we have these 12 safety protocols in place. To see a copy of our waiver please go to our website: https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2394 Criteria of Designation of Tiers and In-Person Instruction The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) uses 2 main indicators to determine county risk levels: number of daily new cases per 100,000 and percentage of positive tests. The county must also maintain an average number of people testing each week. County Risk Levels Daily New Cases (per 100K) Positive Tests Widespread (Purple) More than 7 More than 8% Substantial (Red) 4-7 5-8% Moderate (Orange) 1-3.9 2-4.9% Limited (Yellow) Less than 1 Less than 2 percent Data is reviewed weekly, and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. You can follow our data as a Rim community and as a county on the following website: https://sbcovid19.com/ As stated previously, we are in the process of creating these 1-page documents so that we can educate our staff and community on a variety of topics that relate to COVID19 and our schools.
The Child Nutrition Department will continue to distribute free meals on Wednesdays. ALL children in a household 18 and under, regardless of being enrolled in Rim School District will receive free breakfast & lunch meals for five days no matter what their lunch status may be at this time. Just like ROWUSD did in the Spring of this year when we first closed campuses. The USDA has provided a waiver to continue to operate the Seamless Summer Option through the last day of school. This waiver is expected to support access to meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19. This operation speeds up the service of meals, therefore, reducing contact and potential exposure to COVID-19. If your child is in need of this service, please pick up meals at the elementary location closest to your home between 11:00 am and 12:30 PM on Wednesdays. Thank you.