Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on April 6, 2020 that schools across the state will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. During this closure, all schools in our district will remain closed.
We acknowledge continued school closures present many challenges for students, staff, families, and the entire community. This is difficult news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students. While staff across our district are demonstrating their professional and personal commitment to our students in meaningful and inspiring ways, we understand that this extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We have been working for the past several weeks to provide education in a different, sustainable model; and we will continue to work to provide answers to questions brought by this new directive. In the meantime, here is what we know now:
Here's where to find your school's in-home learning resources:
- On the front page of Renton School District's website: www.rentonschools.us
- Click the button marked Select a School (in the top right corner of the page on desktop; top left on phone)
- Select Your School in the drop-down menu
- Hover over the tab For Families
- Click In Home Learning
While the experience of classroom instruction cannot be replaced, school and district teachers and support staff are working to provide engaging in-home learning resources to support student learning.
Our middle and high school students are already able to access the materials being posted for in-home learning on their school-issued Chromebooks. In an effort to ensure elementary students have access, elementary principals sent this form to families earlier this week to allow families to request a Chromebook for temporary use at home.
NOTE: Because high school classrooms do not fall neatly into grade-level categories (as they are laid out on the webpages), high school teachers and support staff are working directly with students to provide in-home learning resources.