Frequently Asked Questions
Since sharing our plans for the start of School Year 2020-21, Two Rivers has received many questions from our families to address their concerns and wonderings and to support their planning. While Two Rivers families will receive more comprehensive information in our second network-wide Family Town Hall this month, we want to share as much information as possible, even while planning is still underway. To that end, you can find answers to some of the most common questions we’ve heard to date in the categories below. Additionally, we hope you will join us on Wednesday, August 12, from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm for the next network wide Two Rivers Family Town Hall, where we will share additional details about our academic program for School Year 2020-21 (check your email for details).
- Will Two Rivers be “in-person” or “remote” next year?
- How did Two Rivers make the decision about reopening this fall? How does this compare to decisions made by other school districts, including DCPS?
- When will an in-person option become available? How will Two Rivers determine that it is safe to return to school?
- How does Two Rivers’ focus on safety address both safety while at home and when we return in-person?
- When and how can families receive additional information?
- Will Two Rivers cover new content in School Year 2020-21 while remote or will the focus be reviewing past content? If new, will the content cover a full year of learning?
- How will remote instruction look in School Year 2020-21? How will it differ from the approach used in spring of this year?
- How will the approach to remote instruction in School Year 2020-21 ensure that every student learns and grows next year, whether they are behind, at, or above grade level?
- How will students with disabilities continue to have their needs identified and receive appropriate services and supports?
- What options will there be for students who need more work to fill the day or who experience greater difficulty with staying engaged?
- How will specials classes, including Spanish, Arts, and PE, continue to enrich students during remote learning?
- How is Two Rivers helping families avoid excessive screen time where possible?
- How will Two Rivers support students in leading their own learning to increase their independence and reduce the burden on families?
- How is Two Rivers planning to meet the needs of its youngest learners, for whom accessing and focusing on extensive digital content may be inappropriate or difficult?
- How will assessments be implemented in School Year 2020-21? How will the need to assess progress be balanced by the need to limit stress associated with testing?
- How will Two Rivers handle grade level retention or promotion, recognizing that some students may have fallen behind on grade-level standards in School Year 2019-20?
- Will Two Rivers students receive grades in School Year 2020-21?
- What kind of technology will students use in School Year 2020-21? How will Two Rivers ensure all students have access to needed technology and the internet?
- What kind of technical support will be available if a student’s device is damaged or not working?
- What kind of protections will be in place to ensure students are safe while learning online?
- How will Two Rivers ensure that students have access to the physical materials needed to support their learning?
Upcoming Information in Areas of Interest
Many families asked questions about topics that we are currently working on or exploring, but don’t have clear answers around just yet. Below are some of the areas of interest that we anticipate including in our upcoming communications in August:
- Expectations for Student Remote Learning Practices (including learning independently)
- Updates to Student Attendance Policies
- Resources to Support Families with Remote Learning
- Building and Maintaining Community while Remote
- Opportunities for In-person Connection (including in Outdoor Spaces)
- Guidance for Supporting Equity during Remote Learning
- Non-educational Resources to Support Families during Remote Learning (e.g., food)