April 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to connect with you to provide an update on several topics. Over the past couple of weeks, students and teachers across the Richmond School District have begun to engage in learning opportunities. Although we are early in the process, I am hearing stories from around the district of creativity, innovation, and positive connection between schools, students, and families. Senior district staff have been meeting with representatives of the Richmond District Parents’ Association (RDPA) to gather feedback from the parent’s perspective. They have shared with us a number of questions and issues that the district would like to address in this news bulletin.

Learning Opportunities:

How much time should my child be spending engaged in learning each day?

The chart below outlines the suggested guidelines for each grade level. Please note that these are only guidelines and we understand that they may need to be adjusted for individual students and parents.

The following table indicates learning ideas and time frames for elementary and secondary instruction. Please note that these may be adjusted over time and will need to be responsive to student and family needs. Teachers may also suggest other activities for the day including physical activity, helping out at home, etc.

​Areas of Learning ​K-1 Suggestged Lengths of Time
Daily Total: 60 min
​Gr. 2-3 Suggested Lengths of Time
Daily Total: 90 min
​Gr. 4-7 Suggested Lengths of Time
Daily Total: 120 min.
​Gr. 8-12 Suggested Lengths of Time
​Literacy (Reading, Writing, Oral Language) ​20-30 min daily ​30 min daily ​40 min daily

​​Daily learning/work time for students should not exceed 3 hours per day.

Wherever possible, departments will coordinate to offer cross curricular inquiry learning.

Numeracy ​20 min daily ​20 min daily ​40 min daily
Core Competencies – setting and reflecting on goals
​Embedded weekly
Curiosity/Questions to investigate ​Embedded weekly
Maker Time/Design Time ​Embedded weekly
​Integrated curricular content ​Embedded weekly as applicable and appropriate

What if the amount or type of work my child’s teacher is providing is just too much for my child or our family to manage at this time?

We recognize that the amount or type of work assigned may  present challenges for some  families. Although the Ministry of Education has mandated that school districts continue to provide learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year, how this  is carried  out  can  look different for each family. Your child’s teacher  will communicate regularly with you, and we encourage you to reach out to them to speak honestly about your family’s needs. We do not want families feeling overwhelmed through this process and we are committed to being  responsive in the best interest of your child. If, after discussions with your child's teacher,  you are feeling the need for further discussion about your child’s learning, please contact your school principal for support. We are in this together and maintaining open lines of  communication is more important now than ever.

How will teachers assess and evaluate my child’s progress for the remainder of the school year?

As students continue to work on the learning opportunities provided by their teachers, families can expect their children to receive feedback on how they are progressing in each area of learning. Families should also expect:

  • that teachers will prepare year-end progress reports for each student.
  • that teachers will determine a final performance/proficiency scale or grade for each student. This will be based on a combination of work completed to date, and the assessment of learning opportunities that students are able to participate in.
  • that the evaluation of learning taking place will be in relation to a smaller selection of learning standards, which students are able to complete at home.

It is very important that a child's ability to progress not be negatively impacted by the current situation.  During this time, if your child and/or family is having difficulty with the workload, work expectations, or has any concern about the assessment feedback,  please contact your child's teacher or school counsellor immediately to work out a plan that your child can succeed at.

Access to Technology:

My child and I are finding it very challenging to access the e-portfolio/portal. What is the district doing about this?

One of the main learning technology platforms used in the Richmond School District is the Scholantis Portal. The Scholantis Portal is used for online class sites, assignments, class discussions, file sharing, and student e-portfolios. As a result of the suspension of in-class instruction, the number of people using the portal has increased exponentially and the demands on the system have been extremely high. As a result, the platform speed and stability has been impacted. We acknowledge that this has caused increased challenge and frustration for our staff, students, and parents. 

The District Technology Team has been working extremely hard to address the various issues that have surfaced. Last Friday, the District doubled the infrastructure capacity to improve the stability and speed of the system which resulted in improved performance. Our technology team will continue to monitor the system very closely and will do everything possible to provide an effective learning platform to support our students. We regret that you have had this added challenge as part of the transition to remote learning and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Will the School District be using the Zoom videoconferencing application? Are there still privacy concerns with it?

We are pleased to announce that the district has now implemented the video conferencing application, Zoom. A critical piece of K-12 education is the personal connection between our staff and students and using a video conferencing tool will provide another way to maintain this connection during remote learning. We have partnered with the Ministry of Education to access a provincial education license for this application which includes enhanced security features. This software also complies with BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Students will not need to create accounts and will be provided with a secure, private link and password that will provide them with access if their teacher decides to use this tool. We are mindful that students and staff have a range of comfort with participating in video conferencing from their homes. We also understand that students’ have varying levels of access to technology and that it may not be possible for students to always be available to join a call. Our staff will continue to demonstrate sensitivity and flexibility to support all families as we work through this together.

My child does not have access to a device such as an iPad at home and my child’s teacher is asking us to engage in e-learning. Can the district help?

Teachers were asked to check in with families in order to determine which families might need assistance with access to technology at home. As a result, the district is in the process of loaning out over 800 iPads to families. If your family does not have access to an appropriate electronic device such as an iPad, and you have not already discussed this with your child’s teacher, please reach out to your teacher to request a device. 

Picking Up Belongings at School:

My child has an essential item at school that would be helpful to have for learning at home. Can we pick it up from school?

If you believe your child would benefit from having an essential item that is currently at school, such as a binder, etc., please feel free to contact your school principal in order to make an appointment for you (or an older child) to pick up the item(s). In order to ensure that health and safety protocols such as physical distancing are followed, we are unfortunately not able to accommodate any ‘drop-ins’ without an appointment. 

Family Circumstances

We understand that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, circumstances for each family may change. Parents who are essential service workers, who have not requested a placement for their child in one of our school sites providing on-site care during the school day, may decide at some point that they wish to apply for this service. Please visit https://bit.ly/2yfZiJV if you would like to apply for on-site care for your child.

The district is now offering grocery hampers to a number of families across the district whose children would normally receive assistance with breakfast and/or lunch at school. If your child would normally receive help with food at school, or your family’s circumstances have changed to a point where you need assistance with food for your children, please reach out to your child’s principal. We want to help. 

Information for Parents and Guardians:

Please continue to refer to the Richmond School District website for information about continuity of learning as well as updates from the Ministry of Education, including the regularly updated Q & A document for parents and guardians. New information is posted regularly as it is received from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

In conclusion, I would like to thank you for your continued collaboration and patience as the school district implements each new phase of learning opportunities. I recognize that these are complex times for families and we are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside you to support your child’s learning. I would also like to reiterate the importance of reaching out to your child’s teacher, school counsellor or principal if you require assistance. During these uncertain times, the Richmond School District is committed to supporting our students and their families to the best of our ability. Our team of dedicated teachers, support staff and school leaders are here to help.

Sincerely,

Scott Robinson

Superintendent of Schools

 

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2020年4月20日

 

亲爱的家长和监护人,

 

今天我特别致信给各位,希望就不同的方面与您分享最新信息。 在过去的几周里,列治文学区的学生和老师们已开始参与投入各种学习机会。 尽管我们还处于起步阶段,但我听到不少发生在学校、学生和家庭之间,富于创新和积极的联系活动。 学区的资深教职人员一直在与列治文学区的家长会(RDPA)代表联系,收集家长们的反馈意见。 家长们与我们分享了很多问题,我们希望藉由这个最新的消息公告,回应和解决这些问题。

学习机会

我的孩子每天应该花多少时间投入学习?

以下表格列出了针对各年级水平学生的学习时间建议指南。 请注意,这些建议只是指导原则。

我们知道,这些计划安排可能需要根据学生个体情况和家长的情况进行调整。

以下表格提供了针对小学及中学生学习计划及时间安排的指导建议。请注意,这些安排可能会随着时间推移,或根据学生和家庭的需求而做出调整。教师还可建议在当天内进行其他活动,包括体育锻炼,在家中帮忙做家务等。

​学习领域

​K-1年级

建议每天学习时间总长: 60分钟

 

2-3年级

建议每天学习时间总长: 90分钟

​4-7年级

建议每天学习时间总长: 120分钟

8-12年级

建议学习时间

长度

语言

(阅读,写作,口语)

每天20-30分钟

​每天30分钟

​每天40分钟

学生每天学习/工作时间应不超过3小时。

在可能的情况下,学校部门间将协调提供跨学科的研究学习。

数理

​每天20分钟

​每天20分钟

​每天40分钟

核心能力 –

思考和制定目标

嵌入于每周计划

求知/问题调查

嵌入于每周计划

动手/设计时间

嵌入于每周计划

综合课程内容

在适当的时机,嵌入于每周计划

如果我孩子的老师提供的学习体量或学习类别,对我的孩子或家庭来说负担太重了,该怎么办?

我们认识到,我们分配的学习体量或学习类型,可能会对某些家庭构成挑战。尽管教育部要求学区在整个学年剩下的时间内为学生提供继续学习的机会,但对于每个家庭来说,如何进行学习可能会有所差异。您孩子的老师会定期与您交流,我们也鼓励您与他们取得联系,诚实地谈论您家庭的需求。 我们不希望看到,学生家庭在此阶段学习过程中感到不知所措, 我们致力于从您孩子的最大利益出发,做出积极的回应。在与孩子的老师讨论后,如果您觉得有必要进一步讨论孩子的学习情况,请与学校的校长联系寻求帮助。让我们共同面对这一切,保持开放的沟通渠道,做到这些比以往任何时候都更加重要。

在学年剩余的时间里,老师将如何对我孩子的学习进度进行评估?

随着学生继续根据老师提供的方向进行学习,家庭可以期望他们的孩子将会收到有关他们在各学习领域学习进展的反馈。除此以外,学生家庭还可期待以下:

· 老师将为每个学生准备学年年终学习进度报告

· 老师将为每个学生评定最终成绩/精通程度或能力等级。这个评定将基于学生迄今为止的学习完成度、把握学习机会的参与度而进行综合评估。

· 对开展学习所进行的评估,将采用相对少量的学习标准,这些标准允许学生能够完成在家中的学习。

至关重要的是—— 我们孩子的成长能力,不应该受到当前形势下的负面影响。在这段时间内,如果您的孩子和/或家人在学习体量,学习期望,或者对学习评估反馈有任何困惑,请立即联系您孩子的老师或学校辅导员,他们将帮助您制定一个让孩子能够成功的学习计划。

科技的可用性

我和我的孩子发现访问电子作品合集/门户网站非常困难。 学区在这方面有什么举措帮助我们吗?

列治文学区使用的主要学习技术平台之一是Scholantis 门户网站。 Scholantis门户网站提供在线课程,作业,课程讨论,文件共享和学生电子作品集。由于课堂教学被暂停,使用门户网站的人数成倍增加,因此对系统的要求非常高,这使得平台的访问速度和稳定性受到了影响。我们承认,这给我们的员工,学生和父母带来了更多的挑战和挫败感。

学区的技术团队一直在竭尽全力,加快解决已浮现出来的各种问题。上周五,学区将信息基础设施容量扩充了一倍,以提高系统的稳定性和速度,网站性能已得到了提升。我们的技术团队将继续对系统进行密切监视和管理,并将尽一切可能提供有效的学习平台,来支持学生的学习。对于您在远程学习的过渡阶段所面临的额外困难挑战,我们深表抱歉,同时,我们非常感谢您的耐心和理解。

学区将使用Zoom视频会议应用程序吗?这仍然有隐私问题的顾虑吗?

我们很高兴地宣布,我们学区现已在使用视频会议应用程序Zoom。 K-12年级教育的一个关键要素是我们的老师与学生之间能有人际沟通和联系,使用视频会议工具将在远程学习期间以另一种方式让这种沟通联系得以实现。 我们已经与教育厅合作,获得了该应用程序的省级教育许可,其中包含了增强的安全功能。该软件同时符合卑诗省颁布的《信息自由和隐私保护法》。

如果老师决定使用此工具,学生将无需创建帐户,他们将获得安全的私人链接和密码,让他们可以进入会议。我们会留意到,当学生和教职人员从各自的家里参与到视频会议时,个体感受会有所不同,我们还了解到,学生获得网络技术的程度有差异,并且我们可能无法要求每个学生随时能够加入通话。在共同努力的过程中,我们的员工将继续体现出敏锐性和灵活性,以支持所有学生家庭的参与。

我的孩子在家中没有像iPad这样的设备,我孩子的老师要求我们进行数字化学习。学区可以帮忙吗?

我们要求教师联系学生家庭,确定哪些家庭在接入网络科技学习方面需要得到帮助。由此,学区正在向家庭借出800多台iPad。如果您的家人无法取得合适的电子设备(例如iPad),并且尚未与孩子的老师讨论此事,请联系您的老师要求借一个设备。

取回寄存在学校里的个人物品

我的孩子有一些必需品在学校里,这些必需品对在家的学习会很有帮助。我们能从学校取回这些东西吗?

如果您认为孩子可以从目前在学校学习的必需物品(例如活页夹等)中受益,请随时与学校校长联系,以便预约您(或年龄较大的孩子)来取回这些物品。为了确保遵循卫生安全准则,例如身体距离,很遗憾,我们无法在没有预约的情况下允许您随意进入校园。

家庭境况

我们了解,随着新冠肺炎大流行的继续,每个家庭的境况可能会发生变化。作为关键岗位服务工作者的父母,有些人还尚未要求在上课日将孩子送到我们提供看护服务的任何校园,他们可能会在某个时候希望获批这项服务。如果您想申请将孩子送到学校由专人看护,请访问https://bit.ly/2yfZiJV

学区现在向该地区的许多家庭提供食品杂货篮,这些家庭的孩子通常会在学校获得帮助,能吃上早餐和/或午餐。如果您的孩子需要在学校获得食物方面的帮助,或者您的家庭情况发生改变,您需要获得帮助来给孩子提供食物,请与孩子的校长联系。我们愿意提供帮助。

家长和监护人参考信息

请继续参考列治文学区网站关于持续学习的有关讯息,以及来自教育部的最新消息,包括为家长和监护人整理的问题和解答文档。网站上会定期更新,向家长传达来自卫生厅和教育厅的最新消息。

最后,我要感谢您在学区实施学习机会的每个新阶段时所给予的持续合作和耐心。我知道对于家庭来说,这是一个复杂的时期,我们感谢这个机会让我们与您携手努力,一起来支持孩子们的学习。同时,我要再次强调这件事的重要性—— 如果您需要帮助,请与您孩子的老师,学校辅导员或校长联系。在当下不确定的时期,列治文学区将竭尽全力,尽我们最大的努力来支持我们的学生及其家人。我们敬业的教师,支持人员和学校领导团队乐意随时为您提供帮助。

谨致,

Scott Robinson

教育局长