Thank you to parents and stakeholders who have shared their questions and concerns regarding the hybrid learning plan that will begin November 9. After reviewing the questions, we want to provide added details to our elementary plans.
We have added additional live teacher instruction to the weekly schedule which allows students to stay with their current classrooms if they are not able to attend in-person instruction. This will provide an equitable opportunity for all students to stay connected to their classroom, whether they are in remote learning at home or attending school in-person.
These added instructional lessons allow teachers to meet with their entire class virtually five days per week while one cohort of students attend in-person in the classroom on alternating days Monday through Thursday. Because of this, families who are not choosing to have their students attend for in-person learning can stay in their current classroom with their current teacher and classmates, and there is no need for these families to request to be rescheduled into the Virtual Academy.
The options are as follows:
Hybrid: Students will attend in person on their scheduled cohort days (M/W or T/TH) and attend remotely during their at home days including Friday mornings. Students stay with their current teacher.
Remote Only: Students will join their class 5 days a week remotely with their current class, similar to the current schedule. Students stay with their current teacher.
Virtual Academy: Students are rescheduled into the VA through the end of the semester.
With these added details, we have offered a seamless program that allows all learners and instructors to stay connected to their current classroom community. This is important going forward as people in our community may need to make arrangements for their family based on health and safety.
This schedule is based on the following goals to:
- Safely keep our students in our school buildings with their classroom teachers; removes the need for parents to make the decision to leave their current classroom teacher and classmates;
- Provide synchronous learning on days when students are not in person;
- Flexibly adapt with students who may have to quarantine due to illness;
- Provide new lessons and learning all five days of the week;
- Keep a teacher as the instructional leader of the room if they become quarantined and if they are well enough to provide instruction from home. A substitute would be provided for the classroom;
- Provide an equitable opportunity for all students to stay connected to their classroom, whether they are at home or in person.
October 16, 2020 you will receive a communication from your elementary administrator asking that you confirm the option you are selecting for your child(ren). We ask that you complete that survey by next Friday, October 23.
If you have already registered for the Virtual Academy, you now have the option to instead remain in your current classroom with the expanded remote plan.
UPDATED: October 14, 2020
ROMS Families ~
I’ve made the determination to extend the deadline for families to decide on whether or not to enroll in the ROMS Virtual Academy. The adjusted deadline is now next Monday, October 19, at 11:59pm. This extension gives both families the weekend and ROMS PTA members the opportunity to ask questions after Monday evening’s PTA meeting to inform their decisions. My ROMS administrative team will be present to provide answers to assist ROMS families.
Again, ROMS families have two choices: 1) Hybrid taught by ROMS teachers (in-person and remote learning combined) and 2) ROMS Virtual Academy taught by ROMS teachers (similar student experience as the 1st marking period with a few schedule tweaks. Additionally, the VA choice involves a commitment to stay in the VA for the entire 2nd marking period.). The schedules for the two choices are here: https://bit.ly/3ltDSMq.
Please remember that the deadline to register your children for the ROMS Virtual Academy has been extended to Monday (October 19, 2020) at 11:59pm. If you wish to remain in the remote-only school environment, submit the following form: https://forms.gle/XwWgoj5u4ezLjtt56. This deadline will not be extended, and there will be no exceptions made to convert to the Virtual Academy option after that.
Before I meet with ROMS PTA members on Monday evening, let me know if you need clarification on the logistics of our plan. Please do not rely on social media for the information you need. As it turns out, social media may lead to more confusion than clarity.
October 9, 2020
This evening, our Royal Oak Schools Board of Education reaffirmed their support for the district’s Return to School plan. This board-approved plan moves Royal Oak Middle School to in-person learning on November 9, 2020.
The ROMS Learning Plan was designed to convert from a remote environment to an in-person hybrid format (and back to a remote format should that ever become necessary). Our plan remains focused on best practices for teaching and learning in order to maximize opportunities for personalized instruction for our students. I will communicate more specific details over the coming weeks, but below I have included some general information to help you organize your plans around this shift:
Instructional hybrid model:
- Cohort A: Student with last names A-K will attend in person on Mondays and Wednesdays
- Cohort B: Student with last names L-Z will attend in person Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Cohort A: Asynchronous remote learning will be facilitated on Tuesday and Thursday mornings
- Cohort B: Asynchronous remote learning will be facilitated on Monday and Wednesday mornings
Both Cohorts A & B: Synchronous remote learning support will be available Monday-Thursday afternoons
Both Cohorts A & B: Synchronous remote live instruction will be delivered on Friday mornings
ROMS hybrid and Virtual Academy schedule: https://bit.ly/3ltDSMq.
For the past five weeks, ROMS families have experienced our approach to remote learning. If this experience has been satisfactory for your family, you have the option to continue in this fashion by submitting this form by 11:59pm on October 15, 2020, to inform us of your wish to remain in the remote school environment: https://forms.gle/XwWgoj5u4ezLjtt56. This deadline is final, and there will be no exceptions made to convert to the Virtual Academy option in the future.
If you plan to send your children to school beginning the week of November 9, 2020, you do not need to take any action at this time.
We are looking forward to welcoming students back into the building.
Royal Oak Schools Response to CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Questions
The following are answers to recent questions to assure implementation of practices in our schools regarding children with special needs.:
- All students will continue to be supported by the accommodations and specialized instruction identified in their IEP or 504 plan. Students who struggle with change will be supported in acclimating to and learning the new schedule and routines utilizing visual supports as required.
- All protocols regarding social distancing will be followed, including in situations where a student requires additional supports. If a distance of fewer than 6 feet is required for a paraprofessional to support a student, additional PPE will be utilized and the amount of exposure time will be limited.
- The District will follow all applicable emergency orders and guidance from local health departments regarding mask wearing. At this time, all children over 5 years old are required to wear a mask while at school unless they meet the exemptions in the order. The order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services governing mask wearing can be reviewed here.
For more on the Royal Oak Schools return to school plan, click here.
Young Oaks Latchkey
We will be doing a lottery, based on availability, at each site. Young Oaks Latchkey Programing will not start until November 16, 2020 for anyone that makes the lottery. We will not offer care the week of November 9.
How will this work?
You will receive the cohort your child will attend from your elementary school, anticipated to be shared October 28. Questions about cohort groups can be answered by the elementary schools. We anticipate sending the Young Oaks lottery sign up to all parents on October 29. The lottery will close on Monday, November 2, at 2:00 pm.
- Space is limited based on COVID safety protocols and staffing.
- Students will be required to wear masks.
- A zero balance is required in order to be accepted into the program.
- In the event that we have a positive student or staff case of COVID in a Young Oaks Program, there would be a 14-day quarantine for all students and staff in that program.
- Please note students will be mixed from all classrooms. We do not have separate cohorts for each class.
- Registration for the program is $50 per family. This is non-refundable.
- Payment for November dates will be due with the registration fee. This information will be shared when you receive the registration packet.
In the event that we return for full, in-person learning we will need to do a new lottery for Young Oaks. This means that all families will need to apply for the new lottery at that time. Why? We can accommodate more families in the Hybrid Model and are unable to social distance larger numbers of students when we return to more days of instruction per week. If your family does not make it in the second lottery, your registration will be prorated and you will receive a credit.
Addams ECC will send out a lottery form to each building.
- Building-specific Lottery Forms are anticipated to be available on October 29.
- Fill out the lottery form one time. Duplicates may impact your lottery submission.
- Siblings who attend the same school should be entered together on the same lottery submission. There is a space to enter multiple students. If siblings are not entered together, there is no guarantee that siblings will make it into the lottery.
- Students will only be able to attend before and after care on the days of their Hybrid Model (A or B) only.
- Be sure you are registering for the correct Hybrid Model (A or B) and desired Young Oaks schedule (AM, PM, or AM/PM). If you choose the wrong days/times, you may be placed on the waitlist if the other Cohort is full.
The first Lottery will be held after 2:00 pm on November 2. Any names added after that point will be moved to the waitlist, depending on the number of available spots.
We anticipate notifying you of your status November 5. Families who we are able to enroll will be sent instructions on how to complete registration along with the information required for registration. Paperwork is available online, but we will not be accepting paperwork until the week of November 5th and only for families of students that we are able to accept.
All forms and payments are due by Monday, November 9, by 6:00 PM. Any payments or forms that are incomplete will negate your registration, and we will move to the waitlist in an effort to accommodate families. If you have been moved from the waitlist after November 9, all paperwork and payment must be received by the ECC Office prior to your student attending the Young Oaks program. This is required by licensing.
Royal Oak Schools presents their extended COVID-19 learning plan for returning to school on November 9, 2020.
Click here to read the plan.
Below are links to the Return To School plan in various languages:
To view the presentation made at the October 8, 2020 board meeting, click here.
Through our enhanced cleaning protocols we are positioned to prevent the spread of pathogens using a certified disinfection process and training program. (March 2020)
Royal Oak Schools Response to QUESTIONS ABOUT Food Service
The following measures are being implemented in our schools:
- Breakfast and lunch for all under 18 and those with disabilities till 26 throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Participation is voluntary, and no forms are needed.
- Meals will continue to be distributed at Royal Oak High School and Royal Oak Middle School Monday through Friday 11 am - 12:30 pm for non-attendance days.
- Breakfast will be served in the classroom for all K-5 students; the students will be socially distanced. Information will be available next week regarding delivering breakfast to grades 6-8.
- Plexiglass has been installed in each building in front of the servery areas and in front of each cashier station.
- Lunch will be served in large spaces in each building. The Principal will determine the rooms. Each building is unique, and one size does not fit all. Students will be socially distanced and sit in the area with their cohort.
- The number of lunch periods in the K-5 schools has been increased to ensure that students will be socially distanced while they eat. The time between each group of students has increased to allow the custodians to clean the room between groups properly.
- Lunch recess for K-5 will be by class. Each class will have a designated area on the playground to keep the students with their cohorts.
- Students will be monitored by lunch monitors, as always. In some cases, those lunch monitors are also building staff (teachers, paras, etc.). Those staff will be paid during their non-duty lunch to monitor students. These are not additional duties for the staff, and lunch duty is voluntary.
Additional Resources for Families
From food sources, to tutoring to mental and emotional support, we've got those resources listed for you here in one document.
Get Your Library Card!
The mission of the Royal Oak Public Library is to be an informational, intellectual, cultural and recreational resource for all people. They are here to help students, parents and teachers access library resources, teacher and student library cards, readers’ advisory, and to fulfill requests for resources for projects, reports and more. Adults (including ROPS teachers!) can register for a library card online, along with Royal Oak student card applications. There are a number of routes to reach the digital collections and other resources for students, parents and teachers. Two top resources for students, teachers and parents is Tutor.com, a fully online tutoring service, and Lynda.com, another invaluable resource. Lynda.com also offers Canvas training and tutorials. Find these databases alphabetically under Research > Databases.
Click here for ways that the Royal Oak Public Library can help.
Mental Health Liaisons Per School
KaiLi McGrath, Royal Oak High School
Ajai Tice, Royal Oak Middle School
Rob Dietiker, Churchill
Teresa Bruno, Northwood Elementary
Sean Meisel, Oakland Elementary
Dina Bansen, Early Childhood Center