Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I find 2020-21 Back To School information?
Q. When will chromebooks be distributed?
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
Q. What does a sample schedule look like?
Visit https://www.readingsd.org/backtoschool to review a sample schedule. Please note, you'll receive a more detailed schedule from your child’s teacher.
Q. Will you still offer PreK?
Yes. 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.
Q. Will you have instructional videos to help parents?
Yes. We are in the process of creating a Parent Academy, which will include instructional videos to help families, as well as other resources and tools. The academy will go live during Orientation Week at www.readingsd.org/parentacademy
Q. What can I do if I do not have internet access?
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. The district would cover the monthly fee during remote learning and also solicit contributions from local companies and foundations to help subsize the costs. 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.
Q. What important dates should I be aware of?
- 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
Q. Which tech tools should I be aware of?
- Class Dojo
- Google Classroom
- Home Access Center (Grades)
- Website at www.readingsd.org
- Download the RSD Mobile App
Q. Which reopening scenario did the Reading School Board select?
Reading School District will begin the 2020-21 school year with all students and teaching staff working off site through FULL REMOTE LEARNING (B) 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.
Q. When will a final decision be made regarding the 2020-21 School Year?
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.
Q. Where can I find the Health and Safety Plan Draft?
Click here to view the Health and Safety Plan draft. Please keep in mind that the plan is a draft and can change as more guidelines and regulations are passed/issued by state government and health organizations.
Q. When is the first day of school?
Monday, August 31, 2020
Q. When does the 1st Quarter end?
The 1st Quarter ends on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. 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.
Q. Will chromebooks be available?
Yes. 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.
Q. Will attendance be mandatory?
Yes. Daily attendance will be taken.
Q. Will assignments be mandatory?
Yes. 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.
Q. Will meals be available for remote learners?
Yes. Grab-and-Go meals will continue at our designated meal distribution locations.
Q. What will the school day be like?
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. We will post a sample schedule shortly.
Q. Does Reading have a cyber school?
Yes. Reading Virtual Academy, which is expanding to grades K-12 this school year (2020-21).
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. The program 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What will happen with Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology students?
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. We will provide updates as we receive them.
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- Chromebook ((if you need one and did not receive one in the spring)
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If you have read the current list of Frequently Asked Questions and still need information, please e-mail:
Kristin Boyd Edwards