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Walnut Street Elementary School Principal Richard Fastnacht and Supervisor of ESL and World Languages Adrienne Gold help train a parent on the Virtual School Day plan that will take place for at least the next two weeks.

March 16, 2020-- District schools have closed for at least the next two weeks to help halt the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, but from both school offices and teachers' homes a robust remote (virtual) learning plan kicked into gear.

While other districts are relying on paper packets, text assignments, or emailed worksheets, TRRSD set a high bar for learning that includes as much as 20 hours per week of live learning through online platforms like Google Classroom, ClassDojo, and Remind. Teachers and students engage in chats and even video conferencing to explore relevant content aligned with each curriculum.

Preparations began over three weeks ago in anticipation of statewide closings, with an understanding that distance learning requires a very different approach from face-to-face classes. Teachers and supervisors revised curricula, set up new online classrooms, prepped their students, and practiced lesson delivery.

In addition, in buildings throughout the district, health professionals were on hand to answer questions; cafeteria workers prepared take-home meals for eligible students*; staff handed out take-home devices to students who were unable to retrieve them last week; and teachers and administrators utilized the time to help train parents and families.

The Virtual School Day Plan, through which students will learn remotely from home, has been enacted for the district indefinitely. Stay tuned for updates on its progress, as well as the district's plans moving forward relative to national and world news.

*Cafeteria staff have prepared one-week meal packs for eligible families, available for a second pick up day Tuesday March 17, 8 a.m. until noon. Please call the school office if you need a delivery. See here for more info. We are here to serve! We'll be back again next Monday.