Digital Learning Update

A Rancho Guiding Principle is Complex Problem Solving, and this shift is a case in point!  We look forward to the various challenges that accompany this change with a Growth Mindset, and we hope that online instruction is temporary as we all value highly our in-person on-campus instruction and activities.  Of necessity, all scheduled events are either cancelled or postponed based on the evolving circumstances.

Our dedicated teachers met on Monday, March 23rd to further our training in remote teaching and learning.  There will be differences in approach based on grade level.  

At the middle and upper school level, students will be using the Zoom platform to join class sessions. A link to join each session will be posted on the class’s Blackbaud page. Sessions will begin at the same scheduled time as your student’s normal class schedule. Tuesday, March 24th will follow a B schedule (period 2: 8-9:20, period 4: 9:40-11, period 6: 12:15 – 1:35, period 8: 1:40-3).  Each student will be expected to join each class session at the beginning of each class period. Sample instructions will be sent this Friday.
Online instruction will continue until at least Friday, April 3rd.  We commit to having a Principal’s update each Friday and a Leadership update each Monday as we address COVID-19 and the impact on school.
Our promise is to continue to provide our instruction/curriculum on a new platform.  Both teachers and students will be learning new skills and strategies, while sharing among our community the various new learnings which at times will be through trial and error.  Each student needs to commit her/himself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity - to engage in learning for learnings sake and not for “the grade.”
In the meantime, please consider the following: 

  • Discuss the plan for learning and “school” at home, complete with your expectations and guidance. 
  • Set up dedicated space for homebound learning - think about the space being observable by an adult, well lit, and free from distractions.  Remember to wash hands and sanitize surfaces routinely, especially as you return home from being in another environment.
  • Select a book, read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily and keep a handwritten journal about their reading and discuss with them their engagement. 
  • Limit screen time - tv, computer device, phone - consider set time for social interaction online with friends and monitor language, narrative, photo sharing, and app usage (pay attention to the age to register). 
  • Set up student access passwords on your WIFI network for certain periods of time.  



During this time please reinforce social distancing and parental supervision of devices.  More advice on this soon.




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