Dear RAPCS Community,
We hope this email finds you and your families well. We know that there is a great deal of uncertainty about the future course of action for our students with the extension of our current school closing beyond March 30, 2020. We intend to provide clarity for the coming weeks through the information below.
Starting on Monday, March 30, 2020, RAPCS will move beyond our current state of enrichment packets, to new learning opportunities. Parents/guardians can expect their students to be provided learning activities supported by their child’s teachers to continue their academic growth in each course content area. This method of learning will continue until the reopening of schools, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Through Google Classroom, teachers will deliver instructional materials and resources to support learning. Once your student goes through the process of enrolling in their teacher's Google Classroom, students will be sent activities, assignments, and a schedule to follow. Each Monday at 9:00 a.m., parents/guardians will receive an email from their child's teacher that provides an overview of the lessons for the week ahead.
We fully recognize that online learning is not the same as face-to-face instruction. We also understand that our students will not be able to engage in the same way they do when they are in our classrooms. Recognizing this, the school is making sure that there will be direct contact with students and RAPCS staff members on minimally a weekly basis.
Throughout the week, teachers and staff members will monitor student progress, provide timely feedback, and support students by answering questions. They will communicate when, and how, students can contact them for support or assistance. Teachers understand the unique needs of each student and will make good faith efforts to meet those needs. We ask that students do their part by completing their lessons by the due dates assigned and communicate with their teachers when they need support. Teachers will reach out to parents/guardians of students who appear to need support with the lesson, or who may be non-participatory. As always, teachers will also be available to parents/guardians via email throughout the week, and we encourage you to reach out if you have questions.
As we embark on this new platform for continuity of education, we know the strength of our community will guide us through uncharted territory. We greatly appreciate the involvement and support of our families during this time. For more information, please continue to check our school website (www.rapcs.org) and follow us on social media.
Lawrence F. Jones, Jr., M.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, Inc.
Pennsylvania Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html