Roaring Fork Schools present ‘Sharing Stories: Life During a Pandemic,’ a roundtable discussion

The Roaring Fork Schools are hosting virtual roundtable discussions, “Sharing Stories: Life During a Pandemic,” on Wednesday, May 20, and June 3, at 4:30 p.m. These bilingual events will feature students, parents, and teachers sharing their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We all share similar challenges right now but also distinctly unique ones,” said Family Services Interim Director Anna Cole. “Our families, students, and staff are showing profound resilience as they continue to thrive in this difficult environment. These stories inspire hope.” 

This virtual roundtable launches the “Sharing Stories” project, an ongoing opportunity for members of the Roaring Fork Schools community to share their stories of life during the pandemic and hear others’ stories. Go to www.rfschools.com/sharing-stories-project-971025cb# to learn more. 

The project is sponsored by the Roaring Fork Schools equity steering committee, a multidisciplinary team currently utilizing our shared COVID-19 experience to process and, build awareness and understanding of the inequities that exist in our community – those that were here pre-COVID-19 and those exacerbated and widened by the pandemic. 

All are invited to attend these virtual events. Participants can join by Google Meet at meet.google.com/dow-fjbn-jts or by phone at +1 443-489-6225 (PIN: 335 435 197#). 

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Las Escuelas Roaring Fork presentan “Compartiendo Historias”: La vida durante una pandemia”, una discusión de mesa redonda

Las escuelas Roaring Fork están organizando discusiones virtuales de mesa redonda tituladas “Compartiendo Historias”: La vida durante una pandemia”, el miércoles 20 de mayo y el 3 de junio a las 4:30pm. Estos eventos bilingües contarán con la participación de estudiantes, padres y maestros que compartirán sus experiencias durante la pandemia COVID-19. 

“Todos compartimos desafíos similares en este momento, pero también otros claramente únicos”, dijo la Directora Interina de Servicios Familiares, Anna Cole. “Nuestras familias, estudiantes y personal están mostrando una profunda capacidad de recuperación a medida que continúan prosperando en este ambiente difícil”. Estas historias inspiran esperanza”. 

Esta mesa redonda virtual lanza el proyecto “Compartir Historias”, una oportunidad continua para que los miembros de la comunidad de las Escuelas Roaring Fork compartan sus experiencias personales durante la pandemia y escuchen las historias de otros. Para obtener más información, visite www.rfschools.com/sharing-stories-project-971025cb#.

El proyecto es patrocinado por el comité directivo de equidad de las Escuelas Roaring Fork, un equipo multidisciplinario que actualmente utiliza nuestras experiencias con COVID-19 para procesar y, crear conciencia y comprensión de las desigualdades que existen en nuestra comunidad – las que existían aquí antes de COVID-19 y las que se han visto exacerbadas y aumentadas por la pandemia. 

Todos están invitados a estos eventos virtuales. Los participantes pueden unirse por medio de Google Meet en meet.google.com/dow-fjbn-jts o por teléfono al +1 443-489-6225 (PIN: 335 435 197#). 

Roaring Fork Schools present ‘Sharing Stories: Life During a Pandemic,’ a roundtable discussion

Roaring Fork Schools planning for school to resume through distance learning April 20

Beginning April 20, the Roaring Fork Schools will resume school through distance learning. Once distance learning begins, students will be asked to do specific learning activities and complete assignments by specific due dates. Teachers will be providing office hours and crew circles to keep students connected via Google Hangouts Meet. Elementary and middle schools will post grade-level ‘Week at a Glance’ documents to their websites each week, while high school teachers will post theirs in Schoology, the district’s learning management system. Special education and language development supports will also be provided during this time. 

“We have been very intentional with our timeline for launching distance learning. We wanted to make sure we had adequate time to prepare for this shift in how we are delivering school, which is a major departure for our students and teachers alike,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “After watching other schools around the country quickly jump to implementing distance learning without great success, we are taking time to plan thoughtfully,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. 

Through April 20, the district is in what it has coined the “Ramp up to Distance Learning Phase,” which focuses on ensuring students reconnect with the learning community, providing students with structured activities allowing them to revisit key concepts, and preparing students for new methods of teaching and learning beginning April 20. Teachers and instructional leaders are currently developing online lesson plans and printed materials for younger students that will be sent home via food delivery routes or picked up at schools. Upon returning from spring break on Monday, district staff started calling families to check in and assess needs, including internet and computer access. Students in grades 3-12 are able to check out their school-owned Chromebooks in order to access digital learning resources. Information about free and low-cost internet options is being provided to families.

“Our plan is rooted in equity. Many students face barriers such as language, disability, or access to the internet which must be addressed before we attach any consequences to academic work or participation. Some students are caring for younger siblings. We need time to work through all of these issues before launching a formal distance learning program,” Stein said. “Our students are in school for 13 years, and right now, amidst change and crisis, the greatest need is to build a solid foundation for staying connected for the remainder of the school year.” 

The guiding principles for distance learning in the Roaring Fork Schools are engagement, belonging, equity, wellness, mastery, and simplicity, reflecting the district’s strategic plan as well as research from best practices in distance learning from leading organizations. 

Roaring Fork Schools planning for school to resume through distance learning April 20

All RFSD Facility Rentals Canceled Through March 29

All RFSD Facility Rentals Canceled Through March 29

In an effort to promote social distancing, abide by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and local public health prohibitions on group activities, and to maintain our schools as clean and safe spaces, the Roaring Fork Schools are canceling all facilities and grounds rentals effective today through March 29. The Roaring Fork Schools will reassess facility rentals beyond March 29 as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in our communities. The Roaring Fork Schools are not booking any additional facility rentals until further notice.

All RFSD Facility Rentals Canceled Through March 29