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​new!  Will students who choose remote options for special programs have teachers from their program? Like Montessori-certified and STEAM-trained, for example?
At this time, families who choose remote instruction will be choosing the RPS 205 remote plan, which follows the district curriculum. To the extent possible, other factors will be considered, including special programs. It all depends on the number of students and staff who choose in-person instruction vs. remote instruction. 

new!  Will the district consider offering a hybrid remote and online model for elementary students in special programs? This would keep students with their peers and with their specialized teachers.
No.

If a family with a student in a special program chooses in-person instruction, but not enough students also sign up for in-person instruction, can we switch to remote learning?
Once a family makes a choice between remote or in-person instruction, they will be required to remain with their choice for the trimester (elementary and Montessori Prek-8) or first semester (secondary). If the student becomes sick (including mental illness) the student may move to remote learning.

If a family with a student in a special program chooses full-time remote instruction, but it’s not a good fit, can we switch to in-person learning?
Once a family makes a choice between remote or in-person instruction, they will be required to remain with their choice for the trimester (elementary) or first semester (secondary).

If I choose remote learning, could my student lose their spot in the program?
No. If a student chooses remote learning, he/she will maintain their spot in the program. 

Will a Montessori 6th grade student be classified as a middle school student or an elementary school student, as they are grouped together in classes by grades 4th thru 6th at Montessori? 
Montessori PreK-8 operates on the elementary model and offers the elementary options to all students enrolled in the program.

Why was Gifted 6-8 included in the middle school calendar and not fifth grade? 
Grades 6-8 are considered middle school students. Middle school and high school are considered “secondary.” Grades K-5 are considered elementary. Elementary students districtwide are offered the in-person or full-time remote options. 

Are the middle school students who are in Maria Montessori at Marsh also being put into two days in person/three days of remote learning? If that is the case, will their remote learning be assigned by their in-person teachers?

Montessori Pre K-8 operates on the elementary model, and elementary options are available to all students enrolled in the program. Special program staff plan to provide services to remote learners where possible. We will know more based on our family survey. 


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