2020-21 Back To School Information

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    Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year
    The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, filled with new experiences, eachers and learning. COVID-19 has certainly impacted what school will look like, but, rest assured, we will all stand “U-Knighted” and work together to educate our children.

    As a reminder, Reading School District will begin the 2020-21 school year with all students and teaching staff working at home through FULL REMOTE LEARNING during the entire 1st Quarter. Our teachers and staff have been busy this summer preparing engaging online learning programs and lessons for our incoming students. Even though we will not physically be together inside of our school and classrooms for now, you can still expect that your child will receive a high-quality education in a safe, supportive and successful environment. We believe that all students – without exception – can achieve at high levels, and we are committed to ensuring each student’s continuous growth.

    Find Your School: 
    www.readingsd.org/schools

    Important Date
    s:

    • Monday, August 31, 2020
      First Day of School

    • Monday, August 31, 2020 through Thursday, September 3
      Orientation Week for Families (more details below!)

    • Friday, September 4 and Monday, September 7
      Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

    • Tuesday, September 8, 2020
      School Reopens - First, full instructional day for students

    • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
      End of the 1st Marking Quarter 

     

Chromebook Distribution and Orientation Week – Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3

  • To welcome our new and returning families, schools will host a special Orientation Week from Monday, August 31, 2020 through Thursday, September 3.

    Specific details about time slots, school schedules and teacher names are included in your child’s Back-To-School letter. The letters were mailed and are also being posted on each school’s website as they are completed.

    Visit https://www.readingsd.org/schools to see a list of schools and school websites. Contact your school directly if you do not receive a letter by Friday, August 21. 

    Families will receive the following during their scheduled appointment:

    • Chromebook ((if you need one and did not receive one in the spring)

    • Teacher’s name

    • School Schedule

    • Bag of school supplies by appointment

    • School Information 

    • Information about Google Classroom and Class Dojo

    There will be no set school schedule during Orientation Week, however, teachers will host special online sessions throughout the week to meet students and families, as well as share some fun back-to-school activities. Following Orientation Week and the Labor Day holiday, we will begin our first full day of school with FULL REMOTE LEARNING instruction on Tuesday, September 8.
     

Internet Access for Families

  • UPDATE:
    When families visit their buildings for Orientation Week, they will be asked if they need Internet assistance. The building staff will keep track of that information and then contact those families when our RSD Internet Essentials codes are ready.


    The Administrative Team has been in discussions with Comcast to establish a Service Agreement for the Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP), which would provide Internet Essentials to qualified RSD families who do not have Internet.  Details are being finalized, and the school board will vote on the agreement on Wednesday, August 19. We will share an update following the board meeting.

Reading Virtual Academy

  • If you feel your family cannot follow the set FULL REMOTE LEARNING daytime school schedule (outlined on the right side of the page), we encourage you to enroll in our district cyber school – Reading Virtual Academy (RVA), which is expanding to grades K-12 for the 2020-21 school year.

    With RVA, families will have a more flexible learning schedule that allows students to watch on-demand virtual video lessons at any time and then complete their work assignments by a designated date. While students in RVA do not have a full-time RSD teacher, they would have access to RSD teachers who are available to assist with tutoring, as needed.

    To enroll in Reading Virtual Academy, you must complete a RVA application. The application is available online in English and Spanish at www.readingsd.org/virtualacademy or you can pick up a print copy at the ROCC Building, located at 800 Penn St.

    If you have any questions prior to the start of the school year, please contact the main office at your child’s school. Visit https://www.readingsd.org/schools to see a list of schools and school phone numbers.

Enrollment Information and Packets

  • To enroll your child (or children) in the Reading School District for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete our Online Student Enrollment Form and a school district clerk will contact you to make an appointment and start the enrollment process. Enrollment will include Pre-Kindergarten students, Kindergarten students and students new to the district. More info: www.readingsd.org/enrollment

FULL REMOTE LEARNING School Schedule - Begins on Tuesday, September 8

  • There will be no set school schedule during Orientation Week from August 31 to Sept. 3, however, teachers will host special online sessions throughout the week to meet students and families, as well as share some fun back-to-school activities. 

    Following Orientation Week and the Labor Day holiday, we will begin our first full day of school with FULL REMOTE LEARNING instruction on Tuesday, September 8.

    FULL REMOTE LEARNING means all students will work from home. the school day will be structured, and students will follow a set class schedule from [insert times]. For elementary and middle school students, the schedule will include a Morning Meeting with their teacher, on-demand video lessons and daily, small group live instruction with their teachers throughout the school day.

    Students will not be required to wear school uniforms during FULL REMOTE LEARNING.

    Daily attendance will be taken, and our teachers will use Google Classroom to share and collect school assignments. You will receive your child’s Google Classroom Code during Orientation Week. During the 1st Quarter, grades will return to the standard A-F grading system for Grades 2-12, and we will no longer use the Pass-Fail grading system. Younger grades will use the number scale grading system.

     

Sample Schedule - Elementary Schools

  • Here's a sample schedule for elementary school - you'll receive a more detailed schedule from your child’s teacher:

    8-9am - Independent work
    *Small group instruction, as necessary

    9-9:30am - Morning Meeting

    9:30-11:15am - Subject #1

    11:15-12pm - Subject #2

    12-12:30pm - Lunch

    12:30-1pm - Specials

    1-2:45pm - Afternoon Meeting and Subject #3

    *Subjects include videos, live instruction, small groups and independent work.

Sample Schedule - Middle Schools

  • Here's a sample schedule for middler school - you'll receive a more detailed schedule from your child’s teacher:

    8:30-9:30 am - Independent work 
    *Small group instruction, as necessary

    9:30-10am - Morning Meeting

    10am-noon: Class Block - subjects vary

    12-12:30pm - Lunch

    12:30-1pm - Specials

    1-1:30 a.m. - Afternoon Meeting

    1:30-3:30 p.m. Class Block - subjects vary 

    *Class Blocks include videos, live instruction, small groups and independent work.

PreK Information

  • The primary focus will be our pre-kindergarten teachers working with students and parents daily through whatever access the family may have, computer, phone, tablet.  These sessions will be approximately 30 minutes long.  

    Teachers will also be sending daily videos through our communication tool, Class Dojo, for students to watch.  These videos will include daily calendar routines to review colors, numbers, shapes, weather.  Teachers will also be sending read alouds as well. 

    The district will be providing a kit called Let’s Learn to families which teachers will work with parents and students on during the 30 minute sessions.  Monthly work packets will be mailed to homes for students to work on as well.

Parent Academy

  • Coming Soon: Parent Academy will include Instructional Videos to help families, as well as other resources and tools. The academy will go live during Orientation Week.
    www.readingsd.org/parentacademy