Marlynn Humphries, Principal, Charles Hoffman Elementary School CHARLES HOFFMAN ELEMENTARY WELCOMES SDC Monday, March 1 was an exciting day for Ms. Swedo and Miss Lucinda's class when Rocky Raccoon and the principal greeted them on the front steps of the school for their first day back! While teachers have been diligently zooming and google "classrooming" with their students, the classified staff has been working to prepare the school in multiple ways, including all safety protocols, such as classrooms configured for students to be 6 feet apart, desk shields, lines down the center of the hallways, signage for waiting in a socially distanced manner, PPE supplies, and sanitizer and soap galore! The outside of the school was painted last summer. This school year, much of the inside, as well as activities on the playground, have a fresh clean coat. We are excited to welcome TK-2 on March 22 and 3-5 on March 29. Rocky will pop by your classrooms to give you a wave and remind you that when you follow Rocky's Rules, you make it a happy Hoffman day for yourself, and all around you!
Good morning, As we prepare for students to return to in-person learning on campuses, we wanted to share important information regarding transportation. All students who wish to ride the bus must reserve a seat by obtaining a bus pass before the first day of school to assist the District with following Covid-19 safety guidelines. To limit possible exposure, students will only be allowed one designated bus stop. Please note that no single-ride tickets will be available at the school sites. There will be no charge for bus passes this school year due to the current situation we find ourselves in with distance learning and closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bus Pass Applications can be found on the district website at https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/Page/147 or by picking one up at the District Office in Blue Jay. Please return your completed Bus Pass Application by either emailing to Bus_pass@rimsd.k12.ca.us, by mailing to ROWUSD, Bus Pass Office, PO Box 4146, Blue Jay, CA 92317, or you may use the drop box located at door 3 at the District Office. Once your application has been processed, your student’s bus pass will be mailed to the address on the application. You may request to pick it up at the District Office or request to have it sent to your student's school. Please be aware that the Bus Pass Office is open by appointment only this year to allow for social distancing. For questions, please call the Bus Pass Office at (909) 336-4147. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Jenny Haberlin - Chief Business Official, Rim of the World USD The District is adding members to its Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (7-11 Committee). Applications can be found at https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/Page/100 . The purpose and composition and guidelines of the committee are outlined at https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/Page/100 . Completed applications must be received in the District Office of the Rim of the World Unified School District, located at 27400 Highway 18, Lake Arrowhead, California 92352. You may drop off completed applications through the mail slot in door 1, mail to PO Box 430, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352, or via email Sue_Reed@rimsd.k12.ca.us. Applications must be received by March 26, 2021. Appointed members will be notified via email. Meetings are currently being held by Zoom and the next meeting is scheduled for April 27 th at 3pm. It is the policy of the Rim of the World Unified School District not to unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, marital status, age or mental or physical disability in the educational programs or activities which it operates.
To: Rim of the World Unified School District Employees and Families
Re: Elementary Return to In-Person Instruction
Date: February 2021
During the Rim of the World Unified School District’s Board Meeting on February 18, 2021, many
comments were shared on the topic of returning students to in-person instruction. This was
consistent with our most recent parent survey, in which 70% of parents stated they would like their
student(s) to return to in-person instruction. This is a priority for the district as well. In Governor
Newsom’s elementary school reopening plan, a county needed to maintain a COVID case rate of
less than 14 per 100,000 people for five consecutive days. As of February 17, 2021, San Bernardino
County met that goal.
The second requirement by the state is for school districts to have an updated safety plan approved
by the County Department of Public Health. The District has updated the safety plan to include the
availability of weekly COVID testing for staff and students. Unless changed by state legislators,
testing is optional. The District has also partnered with Mountains Community Hospital to make
vaccines available to District employees. However, San Bernardino County is only able to supply
a limited number of vaccines. Many employees are getting vaccinated at various locations. Like
COVID testing, vaccination is not required.
Since the two primary requirements have been met, ROWUSD has announced that elementary
schools (grades TK-5) will reopen in a hybrid model on Monday, April 12, 2021. Parents can choose
to have their children return to school, or remain in distance learning/home choice. The District and
labor partners are collaborating on measures to ensure that students and staff are safe upon student
return. Parents can begin picking up personal protective equipment (PPE) on Wednesday, March
31 at their children’s elementary school.
In anticipation of reopening schools, the District has been implementing staggered opportunities
for students to return to in-person instruction. Preschool returned to campus in February, and
specific special education classes will begin in-person instruction on March 1, 2021. Elementary
schools will have specialized cohorts return in mid-March. Additionally, certain high school sports
have been allowed to participate in athletic conditioning per California Interscholastic Federation
(CIF) guidelines. CIF also permitted specific sports to compete. Rim High School’s Cross Country
team was the first team to do so. Further, secondary cohorts such as advanced placement science
and ceramics were able to come to school to complete projects they are unable to do at home.
Finally, Rim of the World High School seniors are able to participate in end-of-the-year activities
thanks to Amanda Markovich, Stephanie Phillips, and Kristil Cobb.
We also encourage parents, staff, and the community to reach out to their local state legislators to
advocate for our students. School districts are still operating under a proposed plan that has yet to
be passed at the state level. The near-weekly changes have made it difficult for school districts to
meet their requirements. Even as we wait for a final plan, Rim of the World Unified School District
will continue to provide the best education possible for our students.
Links for additional information include:
ROWUSD COVID Safety Plan: https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/domain/924
CDPH Reopening School Guideline Summary with additional links:
Our last Press Release https://www.rimsd.k12.ca.us/domain/893
February Survey Results from Employees and Parents:
Veronica McGilvery, Principal, Lake Arrowhead Elementary School Lake Arrowhead Elementary, along with the other schools in the Rim District, participated in The Great Kindness Challenge during the week of January 25-29th. Along with a Kindness Challenge Checklist of activities, students were encouraged to perform Random Acts of Kindness and send the photo or information to Principal McGilvery for LAE’s Virtual Bulletin Board. Many photos came in of students taking meals or flowers to elderly neighbors, dug out fire hydrants from the snow, and helped clean. As a Leader in Me school, LAE students also participated in classroom activities that focused on Habit #6: Seek First to Understand, then to be understood. A connection was made between this important habit and kindness. Mrs. Wilson’s 5th-grade class participated in a “Wrinkle Heart” project. A wrinkle in a heart comes from unkind words or actions from others. Wrinkles can be difficult for a person to overcome. The message from this project is...if you come across someone that is hurt--sad or angry-- or doesn't want to participate, try to understand where they are coming from, where they have been, and if they have been hurt before. Then be kind to them…
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 on February 25th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Please see the attached flyer for details. WALK-IN, NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.
Heather Dominguez, Director of Educational Services Hip Hip Hooray, The Rim Activity PE Packs for elementary students have been assembled and delivered to our kids. A big thank you to the elementary PE Team, Julie Perkins, and Mike Tillman for making this happen. The packs include jump ropes, bean bags, sidewalk chalk, foam frisbees, and more. The items will be used for PE videos and Zoom in PE sessions with kids each week. If your student, in grades 1st-5th, did not receive their PE activity pack please contact your child's school to find out how to get one. Let’s get our kids up and active.
Good afternoon, This is a reminder that the ROWUSD School Board Meeting will be held tomorrow via this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe2QvaFm-pTHtFeDTE7atWg There are two sessions, a 4:00 pm and a 5:30 pm. If members of the public would like to publicly address the Board at a Board meeting, please e-mail the Superintendent’s Secretary at email@example.com by February 18th at noon. Written comments will be read aloud and subject to the Board’s usual time limits on public comment. -ROWUSD
Derek Swem, Director, Special Services On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the two cohorts of preschool special day classes returned to in-person instruction. The students, parents, and instructional staff were excited to be back in class. Staff and students are following recent guidelines for COVID-19 safety. The students will attend classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is an asynchronous day for disinfecting the classroom and any areas occupied by the students within the school. On March 1, we will also welcome the return of three more classes, one class at each: LAE, MPH, and CHE.