RMS Bridge Academy (Distance Learning)
What is it?
On Friday, July 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom took action related to the opening of schools for the upcoming school year. He announces that schools in counties that are on the COVID-19 watch list will start the year with Distance Learning. In-person instruction may resume only when a county, currently on the watch list, is off the watch list for14 consecutive days.
San Bernardino County is on the COVID-19 watch list. Therefore, the Rialto Unified School District will start the 2020-2021 school year with Distance Learning. The new school year will begin on Monday, August 10, 2020.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What model of learning is the school district planning for the beginning of the school year?
Our District’s plan is for all students to begin school on Monday, August 10, in a Bridge Academy: Distance Learning (Phase 1).
Bridge Academy: Distance Learning will remain the current instructional model until it is safe to move into a Hybrid- Instructional model. A safe environment will be determined by data provided from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and California Department of Education guidelines.
Will Distance Learning be the same as last year?
No. During the 2020-2021 school year, students will participate in daily virtual synchronous (live) instruction. Teachers will communicate with students daily and support academic progress. Attendance will be taken daily. Students will be required to complete assessments and assignments that will be graded.
Will the District still provide an electronic device, or do I have to provide my own?
Yes, the District will continue to provide devices to students enrolled in Rialto Unified. See your school site for information on distribution.
Will the District provide internet access for families in need?
Yes, the District will provide hotspots based on parent request. Know that one hotspot can meet the needs of 5 students in a household. See your school site for information on the distribution of hotspots for connectivity.
The District Technology Help Desk will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with any educational technology assistance that can’t be answered by the school site. Call the Help Desk @ 820-6863 x 2602 & 2603
What type of support will be provided to my child during Distance Learning?
Academic support will be provided to students who are below grade level and needing support in other areas. Teachers will have designated time during their teaching schedule to support students.
What do I do if I am having problems connecting or contacting my child’s teacher?
Please communicate with your Principal if you are not able to contact your child’s teacher. School offices will be open during Distance Learning to assist.
Will there still be “Grab and Go” meals for my child during Bridge Academy?
Yes, “grab and go” meal distribution will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-1:15. Multiple meals will be distributed on these days to cover the week. Meals will be provided at several sites and bus stops this year to better serve the community. Check the “Student Meals” section of the District website for additional details.
Can students participate in CIF designated sports if they choose blended or virtual learning?
Yes, all students enrolled in Rialto Unified School District may participate in CIF sanctioned sports once it is safe to do so based on local health data and CIF guidelines.
Are schools still offering Think Together?
Yes, however due to COVID-19 the Think Together program model will adjust to meet the priorities of the District. Your child’s school site will provide parents with additional information.
How can I get access to internet services?
Contact your school site for information on the distribution of Hotspot devices provided by the District. If you need a device in the immediate, consider the various Internet resources that are available in your community.
What if I have any additional questions about the 20/21 school year?
Please contact your school site with any questions.