RHS BlueJay Bulletin

January Edition 1-15-2020 UPDATE

First Day of School

The first day of second semester will occur virtually on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

  • All students will need to check their email on January 19th for emails from all of their teachers regarding zoom link and Google Classroom info.
  • School begins at 7:30 AM (see new bell schedule below) via ZOOM. Each teacher will send you a new, unique link for their class
  • The first day is an A DAY (see calendar below) hours 1, 3, 5, 7.
  • WVA is no longer part of our attendance method. Students will be counted absent and reported to the office if they do not show up to Zoom class and or are not visibly and audibly participating when required (example: a black screen with no response to teacher)
  • Parents will receive daily email reports if their student was absent for one or more classes.
  • Remember you must be signed into Google Chrome Browser with your school account
  • If your Zoom link is not working, please email your teacher, counselor or administrator for assistance.
  • If you are having technical difficulties regarding your student device or laptop, please email: Student Tech Support

Helpful Resources- RHS website

As a refresher, here are the links to helpful videos and tips on our website under the Virtual Learning tab.

Online Learning Platform Assistance

If you need extra assistance with the online learning platforms, please visit the Parent/ Adult Learning Support page:

Semester 2 Bell Schedule

Beginning semester 2 (Wednesday, January 20, 2021-"A" day), there will be a new bell schedule (see image below). We know changes such as this can be frustrating and challenging, but this schedule gives students more opportunities to have direct instruction, support, and contact with teachers. It will also allow students more structured time to complete assignments during class time while receiving support from teachers. It will also allow teachers to dramatically reduce homework/asynchronous work (on your own time work). This schedule will provide time to complete assignments and receive assistance built into a more organized and structured format. Please note that homework will still be necessary on an as-needed basis, particularly in core content and upper level classes.
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Dual Credit Information

Any parents with students enrolled in dual credit courses who are needing information can watch the informational video using the link below.

Informational Dual Credit Video

Grade Scale Change

On January 7th the district sent the following information to families:

"We will move to a 50-point grading scale for the second semester in all secondary buildings. In short, this means that the lowest grade a student can receive will be a 50%, even if they do not turn an assignment in. The lowest grade for an assignment that is turned in with substantial effort will be a 60%. "

We wanted to clarify that this only applies to in-class assignments, participation, and homework. This policy does not apply to assessments. These will be graded using the full percentage scale, and students can still receive below a 50%. Assessments include, but are not limited to, projects, papers, quizzes, tests, performances, etc.

Substantial effort will be determined by the teacher and only apply to non-assessment assignments.

Student Course Selection Changes

Schedule changes are necessary due to staffing both virtual and in-person classrooms. Logistically, the first semester schedules created for in-person in learning, do not accommodate for the number of students who chose the virtual option. While we understand that this is not an easy change for students, this solution is unavoidable. Counselors are unable to take any requests at this time for individual student schedule changes unless it is concerning an error such as a class you have already passed or your missing a class period. Electives and other preference changes may not be possible due to the limitations of the comprehensive building schedule. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Semester 2 Attendance Policy

Attendance of synchronous Zoom session will continue to be mandatory during second semester. Absences will be tracked in each class and parents/ guardians will receive a daily report of their student's absences. It is a requirement they attend the class in its entirety. With the new schedule and extended class periods, teachers may dismiss students before the end of the session as they complete their in-class assignments. Students are only to leave the Zoom class when dismissed by the teacher.

Excessive absences will be addressed by the student's administrator. If you wish to excuse your student from virtual learning, please contact the attendance office: Call (816) 268- 7310 or email toni.lindley@raytownschools.org.

The Weekly Virtual Attendance (WVA) grade will no longer be used to track attendance or participation.

Student attendance requirements are as follows

  • Be on time
  • Communicate with the attendance office for excused absences
  • Communicate any technical difficulties or problems that are keeping you from participating to both your teacher and the technology department. mailto:studentsupport@raytownschools.org
  • Stay in class for the whole time or until the teacher dismisses you.
  • Have your face visible in the camera to verify it is you and that you are participating for the whole class. It will be considered truancy if you are not visible and responsive during the entire class.

School Supply and Textbook Pick Up Event

Students needing to obtain new materials for second semester will pick them up during our distribution event on January 19th, 2021 from 8:30am-11:30am and 12:00-3:00pm. Only students requiring new materials will receive an email informing them that they need to pick up items on this day. The email will go to the student's school account, so please make sure they are checking their email for this notice. Students will receive these emails during the middle of next week with the details of this event. If materials for second semester are not retrieved during this time, students will need to schedule an appointment with Terri Friebohle mailto:terri.friebohle@raytownschools.org to pick up their items beginning January 21st, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Josh Luke for further details

A & B Day Calendar

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RHS COVID Weekly Update

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Raytown High School COVID-19 Information

We all play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. You can help by reinforcing hand hygiene and promoting mask compliance as the school year progresses. It is critical for students/staff to stay home when they have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are someone who suffers from regular seasonal allergies. Individuals who are sick should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from local healthcare providers. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. Staff and students exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home and contact the Jackson County Health Department or Kansas City Health Department (the department you call is determined by your home address) for further instructions.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some people with COVID-19 have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. Staff and families of students who are ill should notify the office to report any absence.

Currently, we have 1 active cases of COVID-19 at Raytown High School. This number includes both new and continuing cases as cases are active for 10 days after symptom onset or a positive COVID-19 test.

You may view our district’s COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

If you were not notified, prior to receiving this email, that means that you and/or your student were determined to not have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two (2) days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two (2) days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” There are no additional steps or precautions you or your household need to take at this time.

The individual(s) who tested positive and anyone who had close contact with the positive case(s) will not return to school until their self-quarantine ends. Please call the school with any questions regarding COVID-19 procedures.

Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep our students and staff healthy.

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Student Expectations Reminders

  • Zoom classroom meetings are required and count towards your attendance grade.
  • Cameras must be on in order to receive full participation points unless you have permission from the classroom teacher, a counselor or administrator for valid reasons.
  • Clothing must be school appropriate.
  • Find a place in your house free from distractions and loud noises to be in class.
  • Act as if you are at school (refrain from texting, laying in your bed, sleeping, etc)
  • These grades are NOT hold harmless and will go on your transcript.
  • Use tutorial time wisely to complete assignments and get help from teachers.
  • Check your email DAILY.
  • Check Google Classroom DAILY.
  • Do not turn in BLANK Documents and expect to receive points.
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