April 8, 2020
Senior prom this spring is postponed at all RPS 205 high schools. High school principals are collaborating to make sure our students have some sort of prom experience, even if it happens after this school year is over. Senior prom is NOT canceled.
Please click here to read a letter from RPS 205 high school principals.
April 7, 2020
RPS 205 parents/guardians and students, please follow the directions below to receive materials to support Distance Learning during the extended school closure:
CHROMEBOOKS FOR GRADES 3-12: Staff will distribute Chromebooks again this week for students in grades 3-12 who need devices to support Distance Learning. School staff worked to contact families about device pickup:
• Middle & high schools: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8
• Elementary schools: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9
If you're unable to attend during those times, contact your building principal. If you missed the survey about students' technology needs at home, or if you think you included an error in your response(s), please complete this survey to be added to the next round of distribution: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPSTechSurvey
INTERNET ACCESS: Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available from Comcast. Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi for a hotspot map. Comcast is also offering Internet through its Internet Essentials program. New customers who sign up by April 30 will receive 60 days of free Internet. Visit www.internetessentials.com.
PAPER PACKET & SCHOOL SUPPLY PICKUP FOR ALL GRADES: Printed learning resources will be available Thursday, April 9, at several RPS 205 sites for grab-and-go pickup (see schedule). Buses will run regular activity stop routes and stop for about 20 minutes between 5 and 7 p.m. All locations will provide the same materials – grab-and-go packets in English and Spanish for Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 – so families can attend whichever site is most convenient. These paper resources are not required. They are designed for families who don't have access to technology and want paper copies of learning materials; or families who are looking for additional support beyond what's provided on the Distance Learning website.
School supply kits for students in grades 1-12 will be available Thursday at the same bus sites (see schedule). Next week, supply kits specifically designed for kindergarten students, plus additional K-5 materials will be available. We're working with several community partners to ensure students have access to supplies to support Distance Learning.
MATERIALS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: Backpacks with learning materials for Early Childhood students will be available on Wednesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each RPS 205 Early Childhood Center (Beyer, Fairview, Nashold & Summerdale) and Roosevelt. Families who attend Circles of Learning should pick up materials at Nashold Early Childhood Center.
PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED: All RPS 205 playgrounds and basketball courts are closed during the governor's stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
April 3, 2020
The RPS 205 Nutrition Services team will provide meals to students on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-10:15 a.m. starting Monday, April 6.
On Mondays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for 3 days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All children ages 2-18 can receive these prepackaged meals.
Meals will be available at eight locations:
- Beyer Early Childhood Center, 333 15th Ave.
- Conklin Elementary School, 3003 Halsted Road
- East High School, 2929 Charles St.
- Fairgrounds Valley, 1015 W. Jefferson St.
- Flinn Middle School, 2525 Ohio Parkway
- Guilford High School, 5620 Spring Creek Road
- Kennedy Middle School, 520 Pierpont Ave.
- Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour, 1506 Clover Ave.
Follow this link for a list of resources for families from the Family & Community Engagement team during the COVID-19 school closure. This list will be updated frequently. We’re working with several community partners to ensure all areas of the city have enough resources for meals.
April 1, 2020
RPS 205 families,
Thank you for your patience today while we distribute Chromebook to students who need electronic devices. I want to reassure you that we have enough devices for every student who needs one in grades 3-12. We will not run out. We will continue our distribution plans on Friday at our elementary schools.
Our online survey window will close every Thursday at noon, and it will reopen every Friday for the next round. If you complete this survey before noon tomorrow (Thursday, April 2), you will be eligible to receive a device next week: https://bit.ly/344iBl5
Save the Date for Chromebook distribution: Round 2
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at all RPS 205 middle and high schools
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at all RPS 205 elementary schools
Distance Learning: Our Distance Learning website will launch tomorrow, Thursday, April 2. You’ll see a purple button on rps205.com, and that will take our families to a Google Site to choose their school and teacher and connect to Distance Learning plans. There’s no password required, just click on the button.
Our teachers and staff are looking forward to connecting again with their students. Even though we’re not together, we’re going to make sure that our staff and teachers meet students and families where they are to continue learning. We will find a way to connect.
Paper packet pick up: Printed at-home learning resources will be available on Thursday and Friday at several RPS 205 sites for grab-and-go pickup. These paper copy resources are designed for families who:
- don’t have technology at home and would like paper copies of learning materials, or
- are looking for additional support beyond what teachers provide through our Distance Learning website.
Find a paper packet pick up schedule here. Buses will run regular activity stop routes and be at each school for about 20 minutes between 5 and 7 p.m. That will give parents/guardians time to drive up and collect materials from staff on the bus.
All locations will provide the same materials, so families can attend whichever site is the most convenient. We’ll have materials available for Early Childhood, K-5 and 6-8 at each location.
These activities should be easy-to-do and empowering for families. The rigor will increase in the coming weeks and include reading and math resources. Each week’s activities will reinforce a specific learning standard or target.
If you’re unable to attend Thursday or Friday, we’re working with several community partners to help us distribute resources. We’ll share updates when we have them.
This unprecedented time away from our schools is a challenge for all of us. Thank you again for your patience. I am confident in our teachers and the lesson plans they have developed to reconnect with students starting Thursday. We’re looking forward to continuing some sense of normalcy in the coming days.
March 31, 2020
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has extended his statewide stay-at-home order, and that means schools will remain closed through the end of April. This announcement isn’t what we hoped for, but we are prepared. Our Distance Learning website will launch on Thursday, April 2, with lesson plans for all RPS 205 students to continue learning from home. We’re looking forward to our students connecting again with teachers and staff during this unprecedented time.
We’ll continue to share information as we receive it, and we’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you again for your patience. Our teachers, administrators and staff have been tremendous in their work and dedication to continue to support students.
March 30, 2020
RPS 205 parents/guardians and students,
Staff will distribute Chromebooks this week to students in grades 3-12 who need them to support their work during Distance Learning. If you missed the survey about students' technology needs at home, or if you think you included an error in your response(s), you can complete the survey here.
Each school will host a drive-up to pick up Chromebooks – similar to the car line during drop-off and pick-up times before and after school. Pick-up times are as follows:
- Wednesday, April 1: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Auburn, East, Guilford, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Flinn, Kennedy, Lincoln, Marshall Middle, RESA, West
- Friday, April 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: All RPS 205 elementary schools, including Montessori and Barbour
Devices will be assigned to students before they're picked up. Each Chromebook will have a sticker with a student's name and school ID number. Each Chromebook will include a sign-out form that must be signed by a parent or guardian. Instructions about how to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and how to charge the Chromebook will be included. Each student will receive:
- 1 Chromebook
- 1 charger
- an information packet that includes a sign-out agreement
If you're unable to attend your school's scheduled time, please contact your school's main office staff. We plan to deploy an estimated 5,600 Chromebooks during this first phase of distribution. If we missed you or your student, there will be other opportunities to pick up a Chromebook.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this unprecedented closure and provide resources to our students to continue meaningful teaching and learning.
March 27, 2020
RPS 205 parents, students and staff,
At this point, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced students and staff will tentatively return to school on Wednesday, April 8. But we have to plan for the worst: that our schools might remain closed for the rest of this school year. We’re hopeful that’s not the case, but we must be prepared.
We plan to launch our Distance Learning website and lesson plans from teachers on Thursday, April 2. Our goal with distance learning is to make sure our students receive the best possible learning experience during this extended school closure. Distance Learning in RPS 205 will give teachers an opportunity to reach students and their families directly and provide a week of lessons at a time. We're developing plans to distribute Chromebooks to ensure students have the tools necessary for effective learning.
How to access the Distance Learning website: Visit rps205.com on April 2 and look for the purple button labeled Distance Learning. Click that to find a link to your school's new Distance Learning Google Site. On that site, parents/guardians and students can access updated lesson plans each week from our teachers.
We have three goals for our teachers and staff during Distance Learning:
- Provide support, diversion and social connection for students
- Provide support for academic activities to main thinking through problem solving, reading and writing
- Provide consistency for students and families
We want to be clear. This Distance Learning plan is not intended to add to families' burden during this difficult time. To start, we'll focus on what students know and are familiar with, then grow that knowledge. Teachers will continue to provide grade-level, aligned lessons, but they will start by meeting students where they are and introduce them to online learning by focusing on familiar skills and content.
Teachers will not evaluate student work in a way that will negatively affect a student's grade. Teachers will not assign long-term, time-consuming tasks without clear direction, learning goals and consistent feedback.
We know our students' needs are varied, and you'll have questions. We'll address several questions next week, and we'll continue to share information as we receive it. Our teachers and staff are excited to get back to work and connect with students for meaningful learning.
Thank you all for your patience during this unprecedented time. This is an adjustment for our teachers, our students and their families. We will adjust our plans to ensure our students, families, teachers, principals and staff have the tools they need to be successful.
March 24, 2020
The RPS 205 Nutrition Services team will provide meals to students from 9-10:15 a.m. starting Wednesday, March 25, Monday through Friday. Meals will be available at six locations:
- East High School, 2929 Charles St. - Food pickup map
- Flinn Middle School, 2525 Ohio Parkway - Food pickup map
- Guilford High School, 5620 Spring Creek Road - Food pickup map
- Kennedy Middle School, 520 Pierpont Ave. - Food pickup map
- Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour, 1506 Clover Ave.
- Conklin Elementary School, 3003 Halsted Road
Here’s what else you need to know:
- Prepackaged breakfast and lunch will be provided.
- All children, ages 2-18, can receive prepackaged meals.
- We hope most families will use our drive-through service, but a walk-up option will also be available at East, Flinn and Kennedy.
Follow this link for a list of resources for families from the Family & Community Engagement team during the COVID-19 school closure. This list will be updated frequently. We’re working with several community partners to ensure all areas of the city have resources for meals.
March 23, 2020
RPS 205 Nutrition Services staff will provide prepackaged breakfast and lunch to children via drive-through from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, at four locations:
Distributions will continue this week; stay tuned for updates. Families can expect to receive meals for as many as four children per day. Walk-up options are available at East, Flinn and Kennedy. Follow this link for family resources during the COVID-19 school closure.
We learned today about Gov. J.B. Pritzker's executive order that residents stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. He announced a tentative date for schools to reopen: Wednesday, April 8. RPS 205 Employees will continue to be paid and receive their normal compensation and benefits through the closure.
A closure like this is unprecedented, and we are following guidance from the Winnebago County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our administrators, principals, teachers and staff are committed to the health and safety of our students and families. We will continue to work with our community partners to provide meals and other support services despite the interruption. We're all in this together.
We know the importance of teaching and learning, structure and social connection. Today we shared at-home learning resources with families. On Monday, we plan to share those resources in Spanish and Arabic. We are working with the Rockford Education Association to develop long-term distance learning plans; we'll share details in the coming days.
We haven't finalized plans yet for what this extended closure means for some other academic opportunities and key milestones like grades or graduation ceremonies. We will continue to work through those education plans and share information when it's finalized.
Thank you for your patience. This will be difficult, but I know we can work through it together and continue to put students first.