Rocky Mount, N.C. – Based upon the feedback collected from various school community stakeholders, as well as the current trends of COVID-19, the leadership of Rocky Mount Prep assessed that continuing with remote learning was the best decision for their school community at this time.
The Rocky Mount Prep Board of Trustees unanimously supported the decision, approving to begin the school year with remote learning for all scholars through the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year, at their scheduled board meeting on July 13.
"Out of concern for the well-being of both scholars and staff, we feel this will be the safest and most successful way to begin school," said Keen Gravely, Rocky Mount Prep Board Chairman.
With the following priorities considered in preparation for reopening: safety, access to high-quality instruction and equitable access to whole child resources; the school released their “Return to Learning” plans to their families and school community this week.
“We have taken all of the feedback provided into consideration to design a brand-new remote learning experience through RM Prep Remote. RM Prep Remote is our new remote learning initiative developed to support and provide an online learning experience in which scholars will excel, said Dr. Chaunte Garrett, Rocky Mount Prep Head of School.
Through RM Prep Remote, the school aims to provide high-quality instruction with simplified tools and processes, flexibility in services and strengthened partnerships with families.
RM Prep Remote will provide instruction via Google Classroom to scholars
Monday through Friday. Families will have the flexibility to select the times of
day they would like their scholars to participate in live instruction. Rocky Mount Prep scholars will have access to device and internet support, a hard copy of curriculum materials and a remote learning tool kit of materials to support activities while learning outside of the physical classroom.
Beyond instruction, the school intends to resume meal distribution the week of August 17, as well as provide a number of remote services to include virtual tutoring, academic interventions, academic advisement, social emotional learning and clubs.
Rocky Mount Prep will also offer virtual wrap around services including access to community resources, mental health services, virtual school nurse services and school counselor support.
The school has partnered with Greater Joy Church in the event that families are in need of child care and instructional support.
“In times like these, it becomes the responsibility of the school, the family and community to ensure both a quality and safe education for our children. So, in these "interesting times," we are more than willing to do our part to assist,” said Bishop Shelton Daniel, Pastor of Greater Joy Church.
“Rocky Mount Prep is committed to supporting and educating the whole child in the face of these unprecedented times. We paid attention to what our families and our team communicated to us while monitoring conditions. We used lessons learned and worked diligently to ensure we planned for anticipated needs and had the necessary supports in place for the safest reopening of school. We will get through this together. Our school community will grow stronger together.,” Rocky Mount Prep Head of School, Dr. Chaunte Garrett added.
The school plans to continue to monitor conditions and make a decision as to whether it is appropriate to host school using a hybrid model during the second quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.