Reopening Decision - October 28, 2020

  • REOPENING DECISION | 10.28.20
    Reading School District will continue with all students and teaching staff working at home through FULL REMOTE LEARNING until further notice.

    The school board voted 8-1 during its Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 28 in support of this learning option.

    We will send a phone call with this information to families on Thursday, October 29.

Reopening Decision - August 5, 2020

  • Reading School District will begin the 2020-21 school year with all students and teaching staff working off site through FULL REMOTE LEARNING during the entire 1st Quarter. The school board voted 8-1 during a special meeting on Wednesday, August 5 in support of this learning option. 


    REOPENING DECISION | 8.5.20
    Reading School District will begin the 2020-21 school year with all students and teaching staff working off site through FULL REMOTE LEARNING during the entire 1st8 Quarter. The school board voted 8-1 during a special meeting on Wednesday, August 5 in support of this learning option.

    School will begin on August 31, and the 1st Quarter ends on November 4. The school board and district leaders will continue to assess learning options and health/safety conditions throughout September and October. The district intends to implement a scaffolded model as soon as we are able to do so in a safe manner.

    Here’s what FULL REMOTE LEARNING means for our Red Knight families:

    • All students will work from home.
    • The district will launch a 1-to-1 Chromebook Program for K-12 students who did not receive a chromebook in the spring and who do not have access to their own computer at home. Siblings will no longer be encouraged to share a district-issued chromebook.
    • Mandatory, graded assignments will submitted through Google Classroom.
    • 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.
    • Daily attendance will be taken.
    • The school day will be structured, and students will follow a set class schedule. 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. High school students will follow a modified block schedule based on their course load, with attendance taken during Bell 5.
    • Grab-and-Go meals will continue at our designated meal distribution locations.
    • All extra-curricular activities, including sports, will be suspended. At this time, we do not know how remote learning will impact our Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology students, as the RMCTC plan is still being developed.

    For RSD families that feel they cannot follow the set FULL REMOTE LEARNING daytime school schedule, we encourage you to enroll in our cyber school – Reading Virtual Academy.

    Reading Virtual Academy is expanding to grades K-12 this school year (2020-21), and it provides access to student supports and RSD activities that are not offered at other cyber schools.

    With RVA, students receive on-demand virtual video lessons and work assignments that they must complete by a designated date. While students would not have a full-time RSD teacher, they would have access to RSD teachers who are available to assist with tutoring, as needed. More information about RVA and how to enroll is available at www.readingsd.org/virtualacademy. If you have a specific question, contact RVA Director Mary Agnew at agnewm@readingsd.org.

    We thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the pandemic. The district will continue to share information and FAQs on our district Facebook page, our district mobile app and our district website at www.readingsd.org/reopening. You can also view our FAQs page at https://www.readingsd.org/domain/3931.Visit www.readingsd.org/backtoschool for information about the 2020-21 school year.

Reopening Scenarios

  • Scenario #1 
    Face-to-Face Learning
    Traditional, in-person instruction with a modified student schedule. Full implementation of safety and health measures, as outlined in the draft Health and Safety Plan

    • Traditional, in-person school day and instruction
    • Follow designated health and safety measures
    • Modified student schedule

    Scenario #2
    Remote Scaffolded Learning
    In this scenario, most students would work online at home and all teaching staff would work on site. Students would participate in a structured school day and receive mandatory, graded assignments; on-demand video lessons; and live, virtual instruction with RSD teachers throughout the day. 

    “Scaffolding” refers to extra instructional supports that are offered to students who are academically vulnerable. This means some of our most academically vulnerable students, as identified by the district, would be invited on-site for face-to-face instruction. 

    • Structured school day and student schedule
    • Daily attendance taken
    • Mandatory, graded assignments submitted through Google Classroom
    • On-demand video lessons recorded by one teacher, as designated by the district, for a subject and/or grade level. Other teachers then push out the video lessons to students.
    • Daily, small group virtual instruction with RSD teachers throughout the school day
    • Specials conducted virtually
    • Grab-and-go lunch distribution available for remote learners
    • Chromebooks available for students who do not have access to a computer/laptop (no longer 1 chromebook per family)
    • 1-2 week Orientation at beginning of school year, with families attending orientation by appointment only

    Scenario #3
    A: Full Remote Learning
    Conduct blended learning using asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning with all teaching staff on site and all students off site.

    B: Full Remote Learning
    Conduct blended learning using asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning with all teaching staff and all students off site.

    Both include:

    • Structured school day and student schedule
    • Daily attendance taken
    • Mandatory, graded assignments submitted through Google Classroom
    • On-demand video lessons recorded by one teacher, as designated by the district, for a subject and/or grade level. Other teachers then push out the videos to students.
    • Daily, small group live instruction with RSD teachers from their classrooms throughout the school day
    • Specials conducted virtually
    • Grab-and-go lunch distribution available for remote learners
    • Chromebooks available for students who do not have access to a computer/laptop (no longer 1 chromebook per family)


Timeline

  • October 2020 
    During their Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, school board members will decide if the school district will remain in FULL REMOTE LEARNING or transition to a different learning option.

    Dr. Mumin and his administrative team’s recommendation is for the school district to continue with FULL REMOTE LEARNING (teaching staff and students at home). However, the board will make the final decision. 

    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube Channel at www.YouTube.com/RedKnightTV.

    Following the meeting, the decision will be posted in a pop-up alert at www.readingsd.org and on our RSD Reopening Website at www.readingsd.org/reopening. On Thursday, October 29, we will also send a phone call/text message to share the decision with families via our mass notification system.


    August 2020
    Dr. Mumin will present three reopening scenarios to the Reading School Board.

    School board members will review the scenarios, as well as the overall Health and Safety Plan, and make a final decision during a special meeting on Wednesday, August 5.