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Roane County School District

COVID-19 Information

PLEASE NOTE - Remote learning options at each school may differ from one to the next; however, the following details will be consistent across the district.
 
Students will utilize remote learning via electronic platform for the 1st 9 weeks (with the possibility of additional weeks added) with a plan to re-integrate to classroom instruction as soon as feasible.
 
Grading, assessments, and expectations will mimic in-person classroom practices.
 
Remote, technology-driven education requires self-motivated, organized students, and parents to manage student learning. If at any time, a student is not successfully performing in the virtual setting, a meeting will be scheduled to determine the next steps for the student.
 
Content will be provided by a Roane County Schools educator certified in the student’s grade level or subject area and will be delivered using technology tools for those with internet access; Google Classroom or Canvas will be the platform students will utilize to access and receive instruction, complete assignments, and communicate with teachers and peers.
Those without internet access will have available options of paper packets or digital content that can be downloaded and accessed at a later time when internet is not available.
 
Instruction may be delivered in a synchronous (live) or asynchronous (recorded) method, depending on the needs of the student (access to internet at times throughout the day, device availability,etc.).  
 
Students (or parents for the students) will be expected to communicate daily with the teacher through the online platform or other means if internet is not available.
 
Attendance will be determined based on the students completion of assigned work and daily communication with the teacher. Full-time learning is expected every day.
 
Special Education students will have access to their special education teacher through remote learning and required services at the school.  Additional plans will be shared with special education students as to what will work best for each student and family.
 
Roane County Schools will provide a device if needed for each student; internet access should be considered and cannot be provided for each household. Families may access Wi-Fi at various locations throughout the community. The school principal can provide additional information.
 
Per state guidelines for remote learning, students in Kindergarten are to participate in 4.5 hours of instructional opportunities; students in grades 1-12 are to participate in 7 hours of instructional opportunities.
 
Please note that “instructional opportunities” may look different for each grade level, school, and individual students as well.  Instructional time will include delivery of instruction (live or recorded), completion of assignments, and hands-on activities; students are not expected to sit in front of a computer screen for 4.5 or 7 hours per day.
 
Suggested schedules for remote learning are provided. Students will have access to at-home learning materials including textbooks, devices, manipulatives, workbooks, etc.
 
A Recommended Kindergarten Day
Literacy Instruction 1.5 hours
Math Instruction 1 hour
Science/Social Studies Instruction 30 minutes
PE/Music/Art 30 minutes
Intervention/Enrichment 30 minutes
Lunch 30 minutes

A Recommended Elementary School (1st - 5th) Day
Literacy Instruction 1.5 hours
Math Instruction 1.5 hour
Science/Social Studies Instruction 1.5 minutes
Specials (Music, Art, Technology) 30 minutes
Physical Education 30 minutes
Intervention/Enrichment 30 minutes
Brain Breaks for Physical Activity 30 minutes
Lunch 30 minutes

A Recommended Middle School (6th - 8th) Day
Reading/Language Arts 1.5 hours
Mathematics 1.5 hours
Science 45 minutes
Social Studies 45 minutes
Intervention/Enrichment 30 minutes
Physical Education 30 minutes
Specials (Art, Music, Band, Technology) 30 minutes
Brain Breaks for Physical Activity 30 minutes
Lunch 30 minutes

A Recommended High School (9th - 12th) Day
Block 1 1.5 hours
Block 2 1.5 hours
Block 3 1.5 hours
Block 4 1.5 hours
Skinny Block (Enrichment/Intervention) 30 minutes
Lunch 30 minutes
Brain Breaks As needed
How does the CDC define a COVID-19 "close contact" as referred to in the health matrix?
- any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes; understanding this definition along with guidelines in place will help our district trace any student or staff member who may or may not be exposed to COVID-19
 
If one school experiences a COVID-19 case, will the other schools close?
Every effort should be made to make school-level decisions that allow schools that are not impacted by active cases to  conduct in-person instruction at some level.
 
If my student is learning remotely at home, will he/she be able to attend band class during the day?
Unless otherwise stated by your school or child's band teacher, students who will be learning remotely from home will not be allowed to attend band class during the day but may attend after school practices.  Allowing students to enter at various times throughout the day will make it more difficult to monitor symptoms and temperatures.
 
How will high school semester test exemptions be handled?
The principals have discussed alternative measures for semester test exemptions, but the school board would need to review the policy and vote on any changes.
 
How will my child receive their device for remote learning?
Each school will be responsible for distributing remote learning materials; please wait for additional details from your child's school.
 
How will my child receive instruction at home through remote learning?
Roane County Schools teachers will provide instruction for students who will be learning remotely at home through a variety of methods, both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded).  Not all teachers will be serving students learning remotely; some schools may choose to have one teacher for all remote learning students.  Individual schools and teachers will be sharing that information with parents as soon as the choice form results are reviewed.  Students will not be required to sit in front of a computer screen for 4.5 or 7 hours a day; doing so would not be an acceptable form of instruction or learning.
 
Will my child who is learning remotely continue to receive special education services?
Yes!  Any child receiving special education services through our school district will continue to do so while learning remotely.  Special education teachers and service providers will contact families to discuss how their child will receive services and have access to resources.
 
If my child is learning remotely, will he or she be able to co-op like students who are attending in-person?
Waiting for an answer to be provided by administrators
Please complete the following form for each Roane County Schools student in your home.
 
Please use the following link to submit your questions regarding our Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  We appreciate your questions and will do our best to provide an answer.
 
Online Registration for Roane County Schools is now open.  Please use the link below to register the following students:
Head Start
Pre-K
Kindergarten
New Students
 
Family Resource Referral Line

Roane County Schools understands that this can be a difficult time for students and families. In an effort to address the needs across our district, our RCS Student Support department encourages the use of the Family Resource Referral Line.  This resource for families and students in need will be open Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. All calls or text messages for assistance should be made to 865-323-6228. Please leave a message with your request, and the Student Support staff will get back with you. Any email requests can go to nchrisman@roaneachools.com.
Clever Login Support
Students may access their learning resources through our district Single Sign On tool Clever.  https://clever.com/in/roaneschools
Google Classroom Assistance
Some of our teachers are utilizing Google Classroom to share instructional opportunities with students who have technology devices at home. If you are not familiar with Google Classroom, please watch the 6 minute video taking you through the login process through Clever, what Google Classroom looks like for students, and how to complete and turn in assignments.

Speech and Hearing Resources

If you have any questions about your child’s speech goals or how to help your child at home, please contact your child’s speech-language pathologist, and she will be happy to help you in any way.


DSES, OSMS, OSHS

Aimee Mason-  amason@roaneschools.com


MES, MMS, MHS

Amanda Mershon- ammershon@roaneschools.com


KES, CMS

Emily Robinson- eprobinson@roaneschools.com


MTES, MEC, RCHS

Elizabeth Robinson- erobinson@roaneschools.com


RVES, RMS, RHS

Janet Stanely- jstanley@roaneschools.com


BES, HMS, HHS

Sarah Kulik- skulik@roaneschools.com

 

For children who use Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC)
www.tennesseetalks.org
 
 
Please contact Dr. Brittany Taylor, Educational Audiologist, if you have questions regarding Audiology. btaylor@roaneschools.com
Reading Adventures
Epic! is a digital library of books, ebooks, and videos.  Students can read fiction and non-fiction books of their choosing.  Some teachers have created class codes for their students; if they have not, parents can set up accounts for their own children.
 
This website has non-fiction articles in all subject areas and quizzes to go along with them.  They have articles for all grade levels, and the Lexile level for individual articles can also be adjusted, allowing readers who may struggle a little more than their classmates the ability to read the same articles and get the same information but closer to their skill level. (They are offering access to their entire suite of materials for free because of COVID)
 
Accelerated Reader is a program some of our schools use to assess student comprehension.  Your child will know if they utilize AR at his/her school or in his/her classroom;  students in our elementary schools and Cherokee Middle School should all have accounts for AR.
 
Search for books that have quizzes available on Accelerated Reader.
 
Math Expedition
Khan Academy - Khan Academy provides free online courses, lessons, and practice for math, science, arts and humanities, and test prep, as well as beta version lessons of English-Language Arts for grades 2nd - 8th grade.  Click "Courses" to see all offerings from Khan Academy.
 
Science Exploration
This website has simulations for many science areas, including physics, biology, chemistry, etc.  It also has simulators for some math-related topics. Hosted by the University of Colorado
 
This website has videos and quizzes on several common science and math topics.  Hosted by Scholastic.
 
This website has non-fiction articles in all subject areas and quizzes to go along with them.  They have articles for all grade levels, and the Lexile level for individual articles can also be adjusted, allowing readers who may struggle a little more than their classmates the ability to read the same articles and get the same information but closer to their skill level. (They are offering access to their entire suite of materials for free because of COVID)
 
Khan Academy provides free online courses, lessons, and practice for math, science, arts and humanities, and test prep, as well as beta version lessons of English-Language Arts for grades 2nd - 8th grade.  Click "Courses" to see all offerings from Khan Academy.
Social Studies Discoveries
TN History for Kids - a website full of everything that makes Tennessee such a great place to live, work, and explore
 
Khan Academy - Khan Academy provides free online courses, lessons, and practice for math, science, arts and humanities, and test prep, as well as beta version lessons of English-Language Arts for grades 2nd - 8th grade.  Click "Courses" to see all offerings from Khan Academy.
STEM Projects
Learning Blade - If you are looking for STEM resources, Learning Blade is a great resource for online lessons, projects, and activities.  You will find interactive lessons, group projects, 3D printing resources, design thinking challenges, parent engagement handouts and other materials, each coordinated to an interactive mission within Learning Blade.
Active Lessons - PE, Health, Recipes, Tips for Parents
 
Interactive Lessons and Activities
GoNoodle - videos for dancing, stretching, moving, and thinking
Kids Heart Challenge Elementary School Routine - a dance routine for elementary school students
Jumping Rope Skills - a set of jumping rope skills videos from the American Heart Association
NFL Play 60 - download the app to count steps, workout, and earn rewards
 
Articles from the American Heart Association
 
Printables
Wacky Word Games - a printable Mad Lib from the American Heart Association
Heart Heroes Moves - a printable game for encouraging movement
Homework with Heart - a guide to the Kids Heart Challenge and utilizing the app for physical education
Heart Hero Coloring Sheets - cute coloring sheets from American Heart Association
 
Recipes and Food Ideas
GAP students need to be working on their credits, and if you have questions please contact Mr. Jeff Davis.
ACT is offering digital learning and workforce resources to assist students, teachers, schools, and workers impacted by COVID-19.  https://pages2.act.org/index.php/email/emailWebview
So many websites and EdTech resources are offering help during our extended closure, and it's hard to keep track of what's available.  Feel free to use these resources while students are learning from home.
 
Wide Open School - a resource from Common Sense Media, divided by topic area, to help parents and families continue learning opportunities at home