Riverside Local Schools
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Online and Distance Learning Instructions * UPDATED MARCH 30


Dear Parents, Guardians & Caregivers:

As we begin our distance learning in Riverside Local School District, there are some important points to remember for students and for adults!  This is new for everyone, and during the first couple of weeks we are going to be rolling out our online instruction gradually.  We have taken this approach so that students, parents, and teachers can work through issues and develop new ‘normals’ to ensure that we can maintain a high level of learning for all students.  

As a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a Riverside student, please read through the guidance notes below for assistance in navigating distance learning:

March 30th - April 9th

  • Starting March 30, 2020, students will have online assignments for each class.  
  • Students in grades 3-12 have classroom codes for each of their classes.  If you, or your student, are not sure what the classroom code is for a class, please contact your teacher.
  • K-2 students received learning binders on our last day of school.   K-2 students should begin working through these activities at home.  If you did not receive a binder for your kindergarten, first grade, or second grade student, please contact your building principal.
  • For the time of March 30th - April 9th:
    • K-2 students should work on assignments from their learning binders.  For the time being, keep the work your student does in the binder.  We will communicate how we will collect this at a later date.
    • 3-12 students should complete assignments posted in the Google classroom.  Instructions for turning in work should be provided by your teacher.
  • Things you can do to help your student transition to distance learning:
    • Set a specific time to work each day and stick to it!  We are used to schedules for our day and our learning.  Make an effort to create a schedule to help you and your student ensure work gets done.  The schedule should include brain breaks and movement.  Sitting and working on school work for hours at a time doesn’t happen at school, either.
    • Keep in mind that the schedule does NOT have to mirror the schedule we keep at school.  If you have a high school student, you know they are not going to get out of bed at 7 am to do school work right now!
    • Create a work space for your student.  For younger students, this might be an important way for them to take some control of their current situation.  If you find that you are lacking school supplies for your student at home - please contact your building principal.  We can make arrangements to provide basic supplies so that learning can continue.
    • Support your student in their learning - ask questions, follow up on work, and help them when you can.
    • DO NOT get into battles with your child.  We recognize that this is a stressful time for everyone for different reasons.  School work and learning is important, but so is your mental health - and the mental health of your student.  If you are having trouble getting your child to complete assignments, please reach out to the teacher for assistance.
    • We do not expect you to teach your child!  Let your student complete their work on their own.  If everything is correct when it gets turned in, we won’t know how to help them or what they don’t understand.  Teaching them is our job - supporting them is yours!

      April 14th - ?
  • At this time, we do not know how long Governor DeWine’s School Closure order will remain in effect.  Currently, it is scheduled to end on May 1, 2020. 
  • We are making plans to conduct online sessions for students.  These online sessions will not begin until April 14th.
  • Currently, teachers are learning how to use Google Hangouts and Meet and Zoom (an online meeting platform) to decide how to deliver their instruction.
  • More communication regarding this method of distance learning will be sent out closer to April 14.

Finally, please remember that this is new for all of us.  We are going to need to work as a team to make this experience valuable for everyone.  Reach out to your teachers, building principal, or me if you are struggling.  We can help!

Dear 3-12 Riverside Students 

On March 30, 2020, you will begin your distance learning.  You have had a chance to take a brain break for a few weeks, but it is time to get back to learning!  Your teachers have been working to provide lessons and assignments that will continue to move you forward in your learning.  We expect you to keep learning.  We also understand that this is a bit of a change for you and how you learn.  Keep in mind that it won’t last forever.  However, you are going to have to do some things differently for a little while. 

Below are some tips to help you get started on March 30:

  • Create a workspace at home.  This can be anywhere you can find a small space to set your chromebook and keep your school supplies all the time.  It’s tough to get started working and learning if you have to spend a half hour gathering up all your materials every day!
  • If you do not have the necessary school supplies at home to complete assignments, please email your teacher or building principal.  We can find a way to get you what you need to keep learning.
  • Every class has a Google classroom code.  If you do not know how to access the Google classroom - email your teacher!!!  You are responsible for getting into the classroom to see what your assignments are.
  • Set a schedule for yourself to do some work every day.  This will be really important to keep up with your assignments.  It will quickly become overwhelming if you do not keep up with your work.
  • Ask for help if you get stuck or don’t understand.  Teachers will be checking their email several times a day.  You may not get an immediate response - but you should get a response within a day.
  • Read the directions.  And then, read them again!  Teachers are writing assignments knowing they will not be there to clarify things for you.  Which means they will be overly descriptive in their directions!
  • Do all parts of an assignment - in the order they are assigned.  Some assignments are planned to build upon what you learn in each step.  Do all the steps!
  • Turn all your work in!

Governor DeWine has issued the School Closure order to last until May 1, 2020.  We will begin live learning sessions on April 14th.  Stay tuned for more information during the week of April 6th.

Original Message on Monday, March 16

Dear Parents, Guardians & Caregivers:

The Riverside Local School District is committed to continuing to educate the students of our district during the mandated school closure, and we thank you for your support during these difficult times.

Our goal is to help you and your student make the transition to online learning as smooth as possible.  We are providing some guidance to you so that you can support your student.  In addition, we will be providing a guidance document for elementary, middle and high school students.  Here are some important points for you to know:

1. Online learning begins March 30, 2020.
2. K-2 students have a binder with materials and activities. Some work that will be assigned will be online, but a portion of their work is hands-on.
3. 3-12 students will have work assigned through Google Classroom. Students are familiar with this platform and know how to log in.
4. Students will have work to do every day. While online learning is self-paced, work will be assigned every day (for high school students on the block schedule - work will be assigned on the day they have class).
5. Students do not have to log in at a specific time every day. Our plan is to make the work accessible to students so that they can work when it is convenient for them. We understand that everyone’s situation is different during this time, and we do not want students to be obligated to meet our schedule if their reality does not allow that.
6. Help your student keep a regular schedule. Work that is assigned will be a reasonable amount for the day, but if a student gets behind, the work will rapidly seem overwhelming!
7. Teachers are available through email every school day. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. We cannot address issues in the same manner we always have, and we may not know if a student is struggling if no one communicates with us.

We understand that not all families in the District have internet capabilities. We wanted to share this information from Charter Communications, who are offering free internet access for 60-days to households with students from kindergarten to college who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Families can enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395. Click here for more information.

Please share this information with any families you know who do NOT have internet access.

If you do not have access to a printer, but need to print anything, Mentor Staples has offered to provide assistance to families. You can contact Mentor Staples at 440.205.0830 for more information.

We have also sent the below e-mail to all students in Grades 3-12. Please make sure that they have received and reviewed the e-mail.

Dear 3-12 Riverside Students:

We are sure none of you expected to be starting the fourth quarter of this year online…we didn’t either!  However, this is our situation, and we need to deliver our teaching to you in a different way during this time.  

We put together some information and tips to help you be successful as you begin this adventure as an online learner.  While it seems like online learning will be easy, and no big deal, it will require YOU to be in charge of your learning.

1. Online learning begins March 30, 2020.
2. All of your work will be posted in your teacher’s Google Classroom. 
3. Work will be posted every day for students in grades 3-7.
4. Work for high school students will be posted on the day you would normally have class (M-W-F for Black days & TH-F for Gold days).
5. Schedule a time to log in and work every day. This is critical! If you procrastinate, the amount of work will quickly become overwhelming.
6. You can decide when you want to do your school work. If you work better later in the day - or at night - then do your work then. Just choose a time!
7. Ask for help if you get stuck or don’t understand. Teachers will be checking their email several times a day. You may not get an immediate response - but you should get a response within a day.
8. Read the directions. And then, read them again! Teachers are writing assignments knowing they will not be there to clarify things for you. Which means they will be overly descriptive in their directions!
9. Do all parts of an assignment - in the order they are assigned. Some assignments are planned to build upon what you learn in each step. Do all the steps!
10. Complete assignments by the due date!