Rosa Parks Charter High School Distance Learning Plan
Dear Rosa Parks Community,
These are crazy times. We are preparing for the 2020-2021 school year amid a global pandemic. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives. For six months, the virus has interfered with in-person learning and there are no signs that this will let up soon. While we would love to return to school as normal, Rosa Parks must adapt to these abnormal circumstances. Following directives from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we prepared three learning scenarios, full in-person learning, full distance learning, and a hybrid of the two. Additionally, we devised a system to facilitate a smooth transition from one learning plan to another should circumstances necessitate such a change.
On July 31, Governor Walz announced that our district could open using either distance learning or a hybrid of distance and in-person learning. We are opting for the latter scenario, believing a hybrid will better suit our student population. And so, on August 17, Rosa Parks will open, the school operating under a hybrid learning plan in which the students receive in-person instruction two days a week and distance learning three days a week. We will separate the students into two groups, A and B. Group A will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Thursdays, Group B on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be designated distance learning Google Hangout and online conference days. You can pore over the details of the Rosa Parks Hybrid Learning Plan here: https://rpchs.org/hybrid-learning/.
To develop our plan, we followed these research-based preventative steps, the measures proven to reduce the risk of infection:
Like you, we have safety concerns. To provide a secure school environment, we have been acting under the planning requirements issued by MDE, MDH, and the CDC. The school is currently undergoing some small but strategic renovations. Relying on advice from the scientific and medical communities, we will continue to enhance our operation. Monitoring the situation closely, we will relay news and updates to our community about the virus and how it spreads. We are committed to safeguarding the health of our students.
Ultimately, our ability to maintain a hybrid learning model hinges on the number of Covid-19 cases reported in our district. If Covid-19 metrics worsen, the state could suspend any in-person learning, at which point we will be required to implement full distance learning. You can examine the Rosa Parks Distance Learning Plan here: https://rpchs.org/distance-learning/.
Our plans were devised from myriad conferences with MDE, MDH, and the CDC. We relied on input from our school board, the students, and parent(s)/guardian(s), amassing the information from meetings, calls, and surveys. The staff met on July 13, 14, and 15, to discuss everything from holding students accountable for social distancing to strategizing options should a staff member become exposed. We then broke into workgroups to hammer out processes, like additional cleaning schedules, and policies, like screening students and restricting visitors. As with all our enterprises, we prioritized equity for all students and families and support for mental health and wellness. Finally, we utilized research, educating ourselves about the virus as well as state and national plans for returning to school. Our three scenarios and a list of resources can be found on our website under the label Covid-19.
You will all be contacted this week via email by your student’s homeroom advisors. They will specify whether your student is going to be on the A or B schedule. Advisors will also make themselves available to address any questions or concerns you may have. As always, we value your feedback.
It is our mission to meet the students where they are and to provide individualized assistance. No matter the scenario, we will be here for you.
The Rosa Parks Staff
Rosa Parks Charter High School
2450 Marion Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
For more information on each of the three scenarios, please click on the links below.