Renaissance High School Remote Learning
Thank you for joining us on this Remote Learning Journey. While the Renaissance High School building and facilities are closed, school is not closed for the year. Teachers, counselors, support staff and administrators are still available. Coursework will be provided via the RHS web page, communication is open via email and telephone, and other resources are available to help students finish the school year successfully and effectively.
While this is a new experience for all of us, we are in this together and glad to be working with one another during this stressful time. We are here for you so don't hesitate to reach out!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Remote Learning?
Remote Learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally this usually involves correspondence courses through which the student corresponds with instructors and the school via mail. Today it involves computer-based online education.
How will I continue to stay informed about the most recent updates
RHS and WASD will continue to provide frequent updates via Email and social media. As of April 6th it was announced by the Idaho State Board of Education that schools will remain on "soft closure" for the remainder of the school year. If health officials do deem it safe, individual school districts would then need to make the decision to reopen schools themselves. Please refer to the WASD website for up-to-date information at www.westada.org/COVID-19.
What are the daily expectations with Remote Learning?
Students should access the RHS web page (www.westada.org/rhs) on a daily basis to check in on their classes, coursework and to keep up-to-date with teacher expectations.
What if I don't have a computer and/or internet access with which I can participate in Remote Learning?
Parents were recently asked to complete a survey to gauge the need for laptops and/or hotspots for student use. These devices were distributed to students beginning April 7th. If you feel your high school student needs a laptop or an internet hotspot, please contact Mr. Tustin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several internet providers in the U.S. are offering FREE internet/WiFi or special accommodations for 60 days. CLICK HERE to be directed to the complete list.
What if a student or parent needs technical support?
If you experience issues with connecting to the internet after Remote Learning has begun, you may contact the West Ada I.T. Department at 208-350-5300 for assistance. Technical support will be available from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm for laptop and/or hotspot support.
What other resources are available for Remote Learning?
A number of Parent Resources for Online Learning can be found by CLICKING HERE. This page has links to online educational resources for all grade levels and subject areas.
Your student can be successful during Remote Learning. To see some "Tips for Home Learning" CLICK HERE
How can I communicate with my child's teacher(s)?
Classroom teachers are available to students and families during "Office Hours" daily from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Teachers can be reached via Email for you and/or your student to ask questions.
When will grades be updated?
Grades are "frozen" as of March 13, 2020, meaning that student grades prior to school closure on March 16th are the current semester grades for students. Students may work with their teacher(s) to improve those grades by submitting missing/late work, make up tests or quizzes, etc., on an individual basis.
Will Remote Learning be graded?
Yes, students will receive feedback on work that is submitted as part of the Remote Learning process and grades will be entered in PowerSchool. End-of-Semester grades will be checked against the "frozen" grade to ensure that no student is penalized unfairly.
Students enrolled in Concurrent Credit courses will need to check with their instructors as the grading requirements for the colleges may be different from those for the high school classes.
What if I have missing/late work?
Students are strongly encouraged to submit missing/late work to their teacher(s). Now is the best time to complete any missing or late work.
Students MAY NOT turn in hard copies of work, but may take photos of completed work and submit them via Email or they may Email the completed work in document form to their teacher(s).
Is school attendance mandatory during Remote Learning?
Beginning on Monday, April 13th teachers will be connecting with students digitally. However, they will not record attendance. Absences/tardies will not be documented in PowerSchool or count toward a student's attendance record.
Will we have final exams?
There will be no final exams in high school classes for the 2019/2020 school year at the end of the second semester.
Students enrolled in Concurrent Credit classes will need to check with their instructors for information regarding final exams.
What is the status of Special Education services during Remote Learning?
Aligned with the expectation that we provide Remote Learning for students, we have the same expectation for students with disabilities. Accommodations for students with disabilities will continue in Remote Learning as appropriate. 504 meetings will take place via virtual conferencing. Please contact your student's counselor if you have questions.
Will State ISAT testing take place?
No, the Idaho State Board of Education waived the requirement in IDAPA 08.02.03.111 for the administration of the Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) and alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities in English Language Arts, Math and Science, in grades 3-8 and high school for the 2019/2020 school year.
Will SAT testing take place?
The state SAT testing will not take place for the 2019/2020 school year. The Idaho State Board of Education waived the graduation requirement in IDAPA 08.02.03.105.03 for the college entrance exam for seniors who would have taken it during the 2020 administration.
The Board will include in the 2021 rule-making an exemption for juniors in the 2019/2020 school year from the college entrance exam graduation requirement, as well.
Will school meals continue to be provided?
Yes, WASD will continue to provide free school meals for students. These will be available from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at a number of locations around the district. Any student under the age of 18 is entitled to a free meal, regardless of any previous classification as a free or reduced-price meal student. Parents may not pick up the meals on behalf of their students; students are required to be present. For more information on the free meals program, please CLICK HERE (www.westada.org/freemeals).
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