back to school

Welcome back! Here you'll find all the information you'll need to begin your schoolwork virtually. All students are being issued a RRGSD Chromebook. Our RRGSD IT Department will only be able to support these devices.

Step 1: Login using your school-issued email address. If you are a new student, someone from your school will reach out with your new school email address for you to use your district-issued Chromebook. From there you will find instructions, class assignments, and everything you need to know to begin school. You can find additional instructions for logging into your chrome device from home here.

Students K-1 will be given a "Clever Badge" to sign in to their tablets. Those will be issued when you pick up your child's device.

Chromebook repairs (such as physical damage: broken screens, missing keys, etc), have an adult bring your laptop & charger to the school between 11 and 1 Monday-Friday and you'll be issued a loaner. You must bring both laptop & charger to receive a loaner.

Any other Chromebook related issues, contact the RRGSD Technical Help Desk. (We only support district-supplied devices.)

RRGSD Technical Help Desk

Step 2: Virtual Instruction

For the first one to two weeks, teachers will be in direct contact with students as we get our virtual schedule underway.

  • Each Sunday by 5 p.m., the virtual teacher will post the instructional plan. This will provide students and parents/guardians a “Week at a Glance” perspective. Expectations will be highlighted for the upcoming week.

  • Attendance: All students are expected to complete Google Classroom assignments and participates in all assigned Google live sessions and attend any meetings designed by the teacher in order to be counted present for a virtual school day. Communication between students, parents, and teachers is vital, especially around times when students may be unable to attend a virtual meeting.

  • Accountability: Students participating in fully virtual learning will be held accountable for both mastery and completion of Google classroom assignments. Grades will be given in a similar fashion as if there was face-to-face interaction. Timely feedback will be provided by the teacher regarding accuracy and mastery of the material. Remote learning will not be designed to be completed in one sitting for the week. We will provide a rigorous instructional experience as possible. Students will be expected to be engaged every school day.

Step 3: You're ready to learn!

Should you need technical assistance with your district-issued device, we have established a RRGSD Technical Help Desk. You can access that information here:

Help Desk

We are here to support our students and families. Please don't hesitate to email your child's teacher should you have specific questions regarding instruction.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding. We are in uncharted waters as we begin the school year very differently - let's do this together.

Virtual Leaning Plan Quick Links:

Parent & Student Google Meet

Google Classroom & Google Meet 101

We've created a guide below for students, parents, grandparents, sitters, and other wonderful caregivers.

Students will be using Google Classroom extensively during the 2020-21 school year. As a parent, family member, or caregiver, it is important for you to understand the way that these applications work in order to be fully aware of how and what your student is doing.

Learn more here.

Google Meet Best Practices for Students.

Password Reset

Forgot email password?

Contact your child's school.

The Media Center Coordinator will assist you with password reset.

Roanoke Rapids High School 

Chaloner Middle School 

Belmont Elementary 

Manning Elementary 

Clara Hearne Pre-K Center 

Roanoke Rapids Early College High School

WiFi Internet

Wireless Internet

If you do not have internet at home, there is free Public Wifi at the Roanoke Rapids Library, the Breezeway park area in the 1000 Block of Roanoke Avenue, and in the parking lots of all of our schools.

We have a limited number of hotspots available through grant funding. Based upon need and availability of hotspots, RRGSD Technology Services will be working with our RRGSD Student Services team to help prioritize and distribute hotspots to families. This need is a high priority and will be an ongoing effort. Most of them will be distributed to our homeless students and those who qualified based on free and reduced lunch criteria.

Parents, both Spectrum and CenturyLink are offering low cost options for those who qualify.

If you have internet at home, but your child is staying with relatives or someone over the age of 65 during the day, they may also qualify for low-cost internet services below.

The link for Spectrum is https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.

The link for CenturyLink is https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html.

Meals

School Breakfast & Lunch Information

Meal sites will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belmont Elementary, Manning Elementary, and Roanoke Rapids High School. Families may pick up hot lunches from the site closest to them. You may also pick up breakfast for the following day.

Please note, you will be required to give your student's name or lunch number to receive meals.

Meals will be free of charge until December 31, 2020. After that date, meals will be charged to the student's account according to their lunch status. It is very important to turn in your lunch application before this date.

Many of our families qualify for free or reduced lunch.

To apply, https://www.lunchapplication.com/  

clara hearne

Preschool Virtual Learning

Step 1: Google Classroom

Pre-k teachers will be utilizing parent email to roster their google classroom. Follow the directions in the google classroom invite that you will receive. Each teacher will have their own google classroom, which will be the central location for activities, recorded sessions, questions, and their unique link for google meet lessons. 

Step 2: Virtual Instruction

-Each Sunday by 5pm, the pre-k teacher will post the Instructional Plan. This will provide students and parents/guardians with a “Week at a Glance” perspective. Pre-k teachers will be offering remote moments which are blocks of live, direct, remote instruction delivery daily. 

-Accountability: Teachers will provide short, direct instruction as well as activities and learning opportunities for children and families to engage independently that total approximately 6.5 hours of available material daily for the remote learner/family. Parents are held accountable for assisting their child to engage in activities every school day, such as submitting evidence of learning through the google classroom platform. We will provide a rigorous instructional early childhood experience.

Parents are also expected to participate in two weekly “check-ins” which are brief conversations to aid in us building a strong relationship with families. Teachers will be offering at least one mandatory check-in every week to all virtual learners. Students are encouraged to be an active participant in the check-in. 

-Attendance: All students are expected to participate in assigned Google live remote moments. Remote moments will not last for more than 30 minutes at a time and will be on a consistent, predictable schedule. Teachers will be offering at least five remote moments each week as well as recorded, archived sessions to aid in each virtual learner’s ability to attend. A child/family’s attendance and participation in remote learning will be defined as participating in weekly check-ins. 

Step 3: Your preschooler is ready to learn! 


Clara Hearne staff is ready to build relationships through frequent, quality interactions which is essential to remote learning. Families will be kept informed of changes in schedule or protocols. 


We appreciate your support as we navigate through uncharted territory. Please know that although the school year is beginning virtually, Clara Hearne remains the best place for your child to begin their educational journey.

sample schedule

Virtual Learning

Virtual Leaning Overview Elementary/Middle School

All of these components will be present upon the full implementation of the teacher's schedule. They will be phased in over the first few weeks of virtual instruction.

  • Live individual video check-ins: Virtual teachers will hold a minimum of 1-2 individual video check-ins each week with each student, at a day/time mutually scheduled with the family.

  • “Office hours”: Each virtual teacher will set aside a daily time on their calendar for an open Google Meet for any students/parents who may have questions or need additional support at a separate time from their individual check-in.

  • Morning Meeting: In order to facilitate as much normalcy as possible for students, we want to make sure that they have an opportunity each day to engage socially with their peers, even if they are in a virtual setting. Therefore, each virtual teacher will hold a “Morning Meeting” (no more than 15 minutes) that all students can attend for social-emotional learning and relationship building.

  • Additional resources/instructional materials: Each virtual teacher commits to posting supplemental and/or enrichment/remediation resources on the topics covered each week, to help support students and parents with the content.

  • Independent reading: Students will be asked to commit to at least 20 minutes of reading during the school day, and at least 20 minutes of reading for “homework”. This is crucial for their continued growth in literacy.

Example Virtual Schedule:

8:45: Organize your learning space/materials, turn on your Chromebook, login to your Google Classroom, and prepare for learning/Morning Meeting

9:00 - 9:15: Morning Meeting w/ virtual teacher and classmates

9:15 - 9:30: Reading live-stream or video of new content, read-aloud, etc.

9:30 - 9:50: Begin ELA/reading assignments for the day

9:50 - 10:05: Take a quick stretch and nutritional break!

10:05 - 10:15: Return to assignments

10:15 - 10:35: Self-directed reading time

10:35 - 11:00: Enhancement choices (i.e. free drawing, arts/crafts, music, dance, etc.)

11:00 - 12:15: Lunch & Movement time!

12:15 - 12:30: Math live-stream or video of new content

12:30 - 12:45: Begin math assignments for the day

12:45 - 1:00: Take a quick stretch and nutritional break!

1:00 - 2:00: Office Hours w/ virtual teacher (hop on if you have a question or need support!)

2:00 - 2:30: Live individual check-in (2 days/week)

RRHS

High School Virtual Learning Overview

Click here for our New RRHS Remote Learning Page that includes weekly student assignments.


https://sites.google.com/rrgsd.org/rrhs-remote-learning-site/home

Each RRHS teacher will hold a live 1 HOUR Google Meet session for each of their class periods based on the schedule posted below.  

In other words, your 1st period teacher will have a scheduled live Google Meet every Monday morning for an hour.  This live meeting will be held between the hours of 8:30-11:30am.  

You will have another 1 hour live meeting with your 1st period every Thursday afternoon between the hours of 1:00-3:00pm.  

This will follow suit (based on the schedule below) for each of your class periods. 

Your teachers will post the links and scheduled times for the live Google Meetings in Google Classroom.

During live sessions, teachers will provide instruction, support, and/or answer questions.

Teachers will post on their Google Classrooms the specific times for each session.  They will also post if students need to have anything prepared prior to the live Google Meet session. 

Students should be prepared for the live Google Meet sessions based on the information provided by their teacher in Google Classroom.

Participation in live Google Meetings is strongly encouraged.  This is a time for students to access their teachers in a live session, to hear instruction (as if we were face to face in a traditional school setting), and to participate in a classroom atmosphere.

While attending live Google Meetings, students are expected to follow the student conduct policies for the district and school. ***Any student who fails to conduct themselves appropriately during a live Google Meeting will be referred to an administrator.

Please note: Live Google Meetings will begin the week of August 24 and will continue throughout the remote learning time period.

Wednesdays all teachers will be available for one-on-one sessions as needed.  These sessions can be student or teacher-initiated. 

Teachers may request a student to meet with them one-on-one via Google Meets because the student is struggling to complete required assignments/activities.

Students may request an appointment with their teacher(s) for a one-on-one session if they need additional support.  

Appointments are recommended for One-on-One Wednesday sessions to ensure the teacher is available (not working with another student).

Each teacher will observe office hours daily.  

Teachers can be reached via email, phone (252-519-7200), and possibly Google Meet during their posted office hours.  

Office hours are for students who need additional support for assignments or have questions for their teacher(s).  

Appointments are welcome, but NOT necessary.  

Emails received during office hours will be answered in a timely manner.

All teachers will have weekly plans posted in Google Classroom.  The weekly plans will include:

The assignments due for the week

Lectures/Pre-Recorded Videos

Live Google Meets Sessions

Office Hours

Schedule for One-on-One Appointment slots


Teachers can also be reached via email.  Emails received outside of office hours will be answered within a 24 hour period Monday through Friday.  Emails received between Friday after 4:00pm and Sunday will be answered the following Monday.

High School Schedule

attendance

RRHS Attendance Overview

Attendance will be taken and entered into PowerSchool for each period

Initial Date of Attendance for Fall 2020

In order for a student to be counted present for the first day of the Fall 2020 semester (August 17, 2020) students and teachers must have a two-way correspondence.  Students will receive an email from each of their teachers, Monday, August 17, 2020 for attendance purposes. 

Students MUST respond to each teacher via email to be counted present for the day.  Your attendance will be entered into PowerSchool marked 1R (Present Off Site)

If you DO NOT respond to the initial email from your teachers, you will be marked 2A (Unexcused absence) in PowerTeacher Attendance.

Students who are marked absent for Monday, August 17, 2020 will continue to receive emails from your teacher until you respond.

After 3 days of unsuccessful attempts for initial contact Mrs. Clark (COL), administration, and the counselor will be notified and a home visit will be scheduled.

***Please note: The first day attendance cannot be linked to an assignment.  In other words, even if you submit an assignment in google classroom you must respond to your teacher’s email to be counted present.  This is ONLY FOR THE FIRST DAY.

Daily Attendance for Fall 2020 (After Initial Attendance)

Students will be marked present 1R (Present Off Site) EVERY DAY FOR EVERY PERIOD for completing ONE of the following actions (based on the direction of your teacher(s)):

Completing an assignment in google classroom 

Doing a check in on google classroom (mark complete)

Attending live google meets session (whole group or one-on-one)

Speaking with your teachers(s) via phone

Communicating with your teacher(s) via email

***Please note: even if a student does not complete an assignment, but instead does one of the other actions mentioned above, they should be counted present 1R (Present Off Site).  Attendance is not solely tied to completion of assignments.


If a student does NOT complete one of the above mentioned actions you will be marked 2A (Unexcused Absence) for the period for the day.

grades

Students Grades

Students participating in virtual learning will be held accountable for both mastery and completion of Google classroom assignments. Grades will be given in a similar fashion as if there was face-to-face interaction.

To access the student and parent portal, click here:

Parent Portal

Immunization Reminder

Immunization Requirements

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 7th Grade students are  required to have updated immunizations prior to starting school on August 17th even though we are beginning the year virtually.  Additionally, rising Seniors are now required to have the meningococcal (Menactra) vaccine.  September 15th is the deadline to submit your child’s records to their respective school nurse.  This is especially important because when we do return to in-person instruction, they will not be allowed to return without the proper documentation.  Appointments may be made with the Halifax County Health Department or your child's pediatrician. 

Update Aug. 13, 2020 State Gives Students Extra Time: Typically, proof of immunizations and health assessments are required in the first 30 days of school. This year, students won't need to have their immunizations up-to-date until October.

The "grace period" for having immunization records in begins Oct. 1. After that, students have 30 days to get documentation of their vaccinations and health assessment to the school. If they don't, they will be prevented from attending school.