The Child Nutrition Department will be distributing free meals every Wednesday. ALL students will receive free breakfast & lunch no matter what their lunch status may be at this time. Just like they 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 possibly through the month of December 2020. 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 the service, please pick up meals at the elementary location closest to your home between 11:00 am and 12:30 PM. Thank you.
To: Rim of the World Employees and Families, From: Michelle Murphy, Superintendent, and Todd Beal, Associate Superintendent Date: 9/18/2020 Re: COVID Task Force Update The COVID Task Force had its first meeting this week to discuss guidelines from various agencies in California including the elementary waiver process. The Task Force is composed of individuals representing both secondary and elementary parents, secondary and elementary administrations, students, the district nurse, transportation, teachers, district management, and classified staff members. The District sought to include representatives from the various groups who make up our educational community. The District is already making incremental progress in returning certain groups to campus that do not require a waiver, as permitted by the governor’s orders. Our special needs preschool program will reopen on September 28, and we are working towards the reopening of other special needs classes. This cohort process is similar to Bear Valley’s waiver approval, in which they are bringing back one grade level at a time. Bringing back small cohorts does not take the place of distance learning but it does support those students with specific needs during this time. Rim of the World Unified School District has completed the elementary waiver application and is requesting an opening date for grades TK-5 of November 2 to implement a hybrid model with 50% of the students on campus on any given day, similar to Lucerne Valley’s model. District representatives visited Lucerne Valley on September 3rd to see their elementary school in action. The county health department has 14 days to review our application and get back to us regarding changes that need to be made or with an approval. The process of reopening for small groups and elementary students over time will allow the district to monitor the safety of our students and staff in an organized manner. Changing protocols as needed based on feedback from our three elementary school sites. Desk shields have arrived for every student along with a fan and hand sanitizer for every classroom. Hallways have traffic patterns delineated. Masks will be required and are available for every employee and student. Water bottle filling stations have been installed since drinking fountains must be turned off. Cleaning and disinfecting backpacks and machines have arrived for every school site. Rim of the World Unified School District is taking the necessary steps to prepare for reopening safely. The survey results from this month are attached to this letter so that you can see the results. You can also find information about reopening guidelines, small cohorts, and the waiver process on the California Department of Public Health website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx The next meeting of the COVID Task Force will take place at the end of this month. Please check your email or visit https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2394 to view survey results and our waiver.
Marlynn Humphries - Principal, Charles Hoffman Elementary School Charles Hoffman Elementary started out this new school year with a fresh exterior coat of paint in tones of grey and terra cotta. The latter was chosen to tie in with the window mullions already in place. The look is modern and clean and makes for a fun, welcoming feel to the site. If only hundreds of children were coming through our doors! With Distance Learning due to COVID 19, there is basically only staff at CHE, although the office assists some parents and children in utilizing the Hotspot Room, supporting Chrome Book issues and returns, textbook and food distribution, and enrolling new students. With students on Zoom or Google Meets, they are making a virtual connection with their teacher and class, rather than in person with the entire school. This challenging situation led to our school theme being stated as a class theme. We want to inspire our students with our support and while the experience is unique and potentially frustrating, it can also be an enjoyable time to work together on learning with friends. Students have various strengths and areas of need and as they respectfully learn from the teacher and each other, the result can be like a beautiful piece of music. Students, parents, and teachers have had many new programs to learn and not all are comfortable with technology. However, as we all practice, we've developed new skills and proficiencies, exemplifying a growth mindset. Often when we are frustrated we may say such things as "I'm either good ar it or I'm not." "When I don't get it, I give up." "Feedback and criticism are personal." I just stick to what I know." "I'm afraid I will fail, so it's better not to try." On the other hand, a growth mindset employs these sayings. "I can learn to do anything I want if I keep on trying." "Feedback is constructive." "I can be inspired by the success of others." "I like to try new things." "Challenges help me to grow." As Eleanor Roosevelt stated, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” (You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life) Respectfully submitted, -- Marlynn Humphries
Bruce Hamilton - VOE Principal Things are continuing to roll along here at VOE. We are Zooming, meeting in our “Breakout” rooms, and working with our families to help our Hawks grow. Our Kinders are showing off their amazing dance moves and if you don’t have your A, B, C hat yet you should get together with your favorite 5 or 6-year-old and make one. Wednesday was another materials distribution, it was nice to see so many of our families, albeit socially distanced. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks for the waves, the smiles, and the shout-outs, it reminded us of why we do what we do. Next Thursday is our virtual Back to School Night, the flyer is on the next page. The teachers will be sending out meeting invites. In the coming weeks look for the return of some Outdoor Education, interesting math from the “new guy” and some books making it your way. In addition, the staff has been working diligently to get everything ready for the students to return, hopefully, sooner rather than later. Our garden has been brought back to life, Mr. Warhol is caring for our feathered friends and we are working on a few other projects… they are a secret…. for now. -Mr. Hamilton
Jenny Haberlin - Chief Business Official Business has submitted our final financial report for fiscal year 19/20 and presented various documents at the September 10th board meeting. Thank you, business staff, for all your hard work over the past couple of months! The financial report, current financial snapshot, and PowerPoint presentation is posted on our website for your review. Please use the link below to review the documents. https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/Page/1625 We appreciate how hard everyone is working during these difficult times and business is here to serve our Rim students and staff. -Jenny Haberlin, CBO
Now that Distance Learning is mandated and several new guidelines have come out, we would like to know your opinion on several topics in relation to COVID, reopening, and students. Please take a moment to complete our 7 question survey here: https://forms.gle/sZ8tFCsC1MJT1NLv6
Heather Dominguez - Director of Educational Services This week we began our annual initial ELPAC assessment. Our English learner support team tested our new students who speak a language other than English in their homes to determine language proficiency. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) is administered to our English learners each year to determine language progress. We also held EL parent support workshops to assist parents in learning about effective tools for distance learning which included: Google Classroom, Aeries, parent portal access, on-line learning resources, translation tools, and more. We will be offering these workshops again at the school sites in September. If you are interested in attending please contact Veronica Pelayo at Veronica_Pelayo@rimsd.k12.ca.us . or 900-336-4123 for dates and times. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and stay safe.
Veronica McGilvery - LAE Principal LAE would like to recognize the positive efforts both teachers and staff have made to create learning experiences for all of our students during our Distant Learning Platform and in maintaining a safe and clean campus. In addition to the learning assignments maintained through our Google Classroom learning management system, teachers are holding “live” synchronous instruction. Parents have shared their appreciation and gratitude towards our teachers for engaging students--whether through direct instruction, facilitating collaborative tasks, or chanting and moving with the students, as Mrs. Soto(TK teacher) demonstrates. Our custodians and other classified staff work daily to provide a clean and safe facility in preparation for the day our students return to on-campus instruction. LAE thanks everyone--as “We are all in this Together.”
To: ROWUSD Staff and Families From: Michelle Murphy, Superintendent Date: 9/4/2020 Hello Rim Employees and Families, On Friday, August 28, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new 4-tier tracking system identified as the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”, which is designed to replace the County Monitoring list. San Bernardino County is currently in Tier 1 or purple, https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ Under the new tracking system, counties are identified as falling into one of four tiers, with Tier 1 being the strictest. Schools in Tier 1 are barred from reopening for in-person instruction unless they have an approved elementary waiver. Decisions regarding movement from one Tier to another will be made weekly starting on September 8, 2020. Once counties have been in a particular Tier for three weeks and fall below the levels that apply to the next Tier for 14 days, they move to the next lowest Tier. The new guidance also states that schools may reopen for in-person instruction only if their county has been in Tier 2 status for at least two weeks. The new guidance does not change the existing elementary school waiver process, though such waivers are subject to local county health orders. Nor does the guidance change the rules that apply after a school has opened for in-person instruction. The new guidance also does not affect the separate CDPA guidance issued on August 25, 2020, which authorized limited in-person instruction. These guidelines state that small cohorts of children can be served with procedures in place and plans submitted to our local department of public health. At this time, Rim of the World Unified School will be collecting data from our parents and employees via an additional survey about reopening and distance learning. The ROWUSD COVID Task Force will be meeting several times in September to look at the latest survey data, new guidelines, and the waiver process. The Task Force consists of teachers, classified employees, parents, administrators, a nurse, an elementary and secondary principal, and a high school student. The Task Force will submit recommendations to our school board and union leaders. Michelle Murphy, Superintendent