Preparing to Return March 2021

Richmond Heights Upper Scool

Spartan Nation,

The time has come for us to finally receive our students back to the NEW Upper School. Unfortunately COVID and construction has caused us to start later than anticipated, nevertheless, we are ready to go!!! We will be opening our doors for students on March 29, 2021, beginning with Grades 7th and 8th. There are a few things we want to remind you of as we transition back. They are as follows:


  • 15:1 Student/Teacher Ratio- We are maintaining a student/teacher ratio of 15 students to 1 teacher to ensure the safety of our staff and students. When we surveyed parents in November, we asked of your educational preference (in-person or remote). If you selected Remote, your child is NOT included in our return to in person instruction numbers. Parents wishing to change and send their students back must contact the building office and be placed on our "wait list" and will be contacted if and when we have space.
  • Remote Learning- Parents wishing to keep their students home will have the ability to continue the same mode of learning they are currently engaged in. Students must follow their schedule and zoom into their class as teachers instruct both at home and in person students.
  • Schedule- Students will primarily follow the same schedule they have been on for the entire school year with a few minor adjustments. The in person school day will be from 8am-1:15pm
  • Transportation- The district has amended its transportation policy. Students living within 1/2 mile radius WILL NOT qualify for school transportation. If you are unsure if this affects your child, please contact the Transportation Department @ 216-692-8021.
  • Staggered Start- We will begin with our 7th and 8th grade students returning first and then we will welcome our 9th- 12th grade students the week after.

I know this is a lot of information but one thing COVID has taught us is that we can make it through anything together...


Spartan Nation, Spartan Pride

Marnisha Brown

Return to School Parent Informational

Wednesday, March 17th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93863690102?pwd=ZTVHekNwcmx0SFNqQktvWUpFSUlkQT09 Meeting ID: 938 6369 0102 Passcode: 479336

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Return to In Person Learning Schedule

Week of March 29th- Grades 7th & 8th ONLY!!!

Week of April 6th- Remaining Grades 9-12 along with 7th & 8th Grade


School Hours: 8am- 1:30pm

School Days: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.


NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 2ND & MONDAY, APRIL 5TH

(In Observance of Good Friday & Easter Monday)



***There will be no classes on Weds for the remainder of the school year for deep cleaning and sanitization.***

Student Daily Bell Schedule

In order to maintain our current learning schedule, students will continue with it when return regardless if you are online or in-person. Below is a copy of it just in case you need a reminder.


Richmond Heights Upper School Schedule


High School


Mondays & Thursdays


1st Period 8:00 - 9:15


3rd Period 9:20 - 10:35


5th Period 10:40 - 11:55


7th Period 12:00 - 1:15



Tuesdays & Fridays


2nd Period 8:00 - 9:15


4th Period 9:20 - 10:35


6th Period 10:40 - 11:55


8th Period 12:00 - 1:15


Middle School



Monday & Thursday

1st Period 8:00 - 9:15


2rd Period 9:20 - 10:35


4th Period 10:40 - 11:55


8th Period 12:00 - 1:15


Tuesday & Friday

1st Period 8:00 - 9:15


3rd Period 9:20 - 10:35


7th Period 10:40 - 11:55


9th Period 12:00 - 1:15


  • Passing time in between classes cut from 15 minutes to 5 minutes

  • Students leave for the day at 1:15 with their lunches

  • Teachers will have from 1:15 - 3:00 for their lunch and planning

  • Wednesdays are days for virtual meetings with individual students.

  • Office hours for teachers will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:20-8:00am and 2:15-3:00pm.

COVID-19 School Protocol

At Home Screening:

  • Students must be screened at home, prior to coming to school.

  • Guardians can use the Home Screening Tool on Nurse’s Clinic Site, and any thermometer they have on hand.

  • If a child has symptoms congruent with COVID-19, the child should be kept at home, and the nurse should be notified of the COVID-19 concern.

    • A child with symptoms will need to remain quarantined at home for a full 10 days, and until completely free of symptoms.

  • If a child has been out of town, they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to the building, symptom free.


At School
  • If a child displays concerning symptoms while in class, the teacher will access the Nurse Clinic Request form on the Clinic Site.
      • The nurse will then prepare the Spartan Covid Assessment Response Evaluation (CARE) Room, retrieve the child from the class, take them directly to the Spartan CARE Room, and assess.

      • If the child is confirmed to have symptoms congruent with COVID-19, his or her guardian will be contacted and they will have 30 minutes to an hour at the most to come pick up the student.

      • Once the child is taken home, the child’s Primary Care Provider should be contacted by the guardian and further orders will be given.

        • Any child with symptoms, regardless of COVID-19 confirmation, will need to remain at home for 10 days before returning to the building.

        • If the child is tested, they are not to return to the building unless they receive a negative test result, and after a full 10 days at home.

        • If the child is not tested, and there has been no known contact with someone who has tested positive, the child may only return to the building when all signs and symptoms have resolved, and after a full 10 days at home.

        • If the child is not tested, but there has been recent known contact with someone who has tested positive, the child will need to quarantine at home for 14 full days, starting from the last point of contact with the positive person.

      • If a child’s guardian has been contacted and the child still has not been picked up, the next step will be to call an ambulance to transport the child to get checked at the nearest ER.

If you have any questions regarding our COVID protocols, please contact our District Nurse- Hannah Brown @ brown.hannah@richmondheightschools.org.

Remote Learning Expectations


For students remaining home, we wanted to be sure to provide our Remote Learning Expectations regarding instruction and communication with our teachers.


RICHMOND HEIGHTS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Online Learning Option A

Based on our survey results from November, student cohorts have been created for “In-Person” Instruction and MAY NOT be changed. Students choosing to remain remote will have to maintain that status until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


If you select to keep your child remote (at home learning) instead of sending them back to “In- Person” Instruction, our method of instructional delivery will be as follows:


  • Instruction will be delivered by Richmond Heights teachers.

  • Instruction will take place during school hours according to your child's building schedule.

  • Zoom live streaming and Google Classroom will be the primary resources used to deliver instruction.

  • The live streaming camera will face the front of the classroom (unless the teacher does otherwise)

    • To limit background noise interruptions during class instruction, students on Zoom will be muted.

    • Students can communicate with their teacher using the “Chat” and the teacher will respond when practical.

    • Students will be able to view what students in the classroom are seeing via the Zoom screen but not other students.

  • Teachers will maintain their current mode of communicating their weekly academic schedule in Google Classroom that explains the week's activities and which days the live streams will occur. Students will join the class through Zoom on those days during the designated class period. If students are unavailable during that period, a parent must inform the school of their absence and the student must complete all of the missed classwork which will be posted to Google Classroom.

  • Students learning from home will receive instruction in quantities similar to students learning at school that are in-person. Students must follow their schedule that mirrors in person instruction.

  • Teachers will host zoom meetings with their online learners on Wednesdays. Teachers will post their schedule and reach out to families to set up meeting times.

    • Students who have unexcused absences will not receive “re-teach” sessions during this time.

    • Parents should reach out to teachers individually to set up meetings as well.

School Supply List

Students MUST have the following if they are reporting for In-Person Instruction


  • 2 Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • District Issued Chromebook (charged daily)
  • Chromebook Charger
  • Earbuds
  • Personal Water Bottle
Transportation Update

CLICK HERE to read the districts NEW Transportation Policy as it relates to students living beyond the 1/2 mile radius ONLY being eligible for transportation.

CHROMEBOOKS

Students will be expected to use district provided Chromebooks while in school. If students bring in personal devices, our network will not allow them access as personal devices do not have the appropriate firewalls and web filters. Please contact our Technology Department if you have any further questions.

STATE TESTING

Our district will engage in Ohio State Testing in April and May. We will close the building and only permit students needing to test to report. The remaining students will have an asynchronous learning day at home. The days are as follows:


APRIL Testing

4/20- 7th, 8th, 10th English Test

4/27- 7th, 8th, Algebra & Geometry Test

4/29- Government & American History Test


May Testing

8th Grade Science & Biology Test

For more information, please contact Mrs. Mientel.

College Credit Plus Information

For students that are interested in taking College Credit Plus courses for the 21-22 school year please submit the Intent to Participate Form by 4/1/21. Please contact Mrs. Meintel if you have any questions at meintel.candice@richmondheightsschools.org

Last but not least - take care of you.