Coronavirus Updates

We are working diligently to stay informed and prepared for any new developments surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health concerns that follow. All school communications surrounding Coronavirus will be collected on this page for future reference, along with an ongoing collection of resources, so please check back often for updates. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding on this matter as new developments occur.

 

In an effort to follow best practices surrounding Coronavirus, we are trying to minimize large public gatherings until the situation stabilizes further or stops being a public health concern. Major school events that bring large gatherings, such as Huskies with Heart and CPK Night, will be rescheduled for after Spring Break. Field trips are also being canceled or rescheduled. Ongoing evaluation of future events such as the Winter Musical and standardized testing will be occurring, and we will be letting you know of decisions as they are made. We will communicate with families the new dates and times for these events as soon as possible. 

 

In most cases, events will be postponed until a suitable date can be provided, however, some events may face outright cancellation due to time-sensitivity or other factors.

 

Current List of Event Changes & Cancelations

 

 

Distance Learning Resources & Information

Distance Learning Overview For Parents
  • Students will check in with their advisors online at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday using the Google Meet platform and information provided to them by their advisors 
  • Students will receive direct communication from their teachers about assignments and teachers will continue to post information about assignment submissions and grades in My BackPack. 
  • Advisors will send each parent a weekly email to check-in and see how things are going from the parent’s perspective
  • Parents may communicate directly with their child’s teachers, learning specialist (where applicable), and advisor in the case any support or clarification is needed
 
Middle and Upper School RHP and Upper School Ren
  • After the advisory check-in, students will proceed to log into each class Google Meet at the beginning of each scheduled class block in the Ren/RHP Weekly Block Schedule. The duration of each class group meeting session will vary depending on course needs. 
  • Advisory X, and Y blocks will continue to meet at their regularly-scheduled times as well
 
Middle School Renaissance and CLASS
Students will follow the modified weekly schedules linked below:  
 
Distance Learning Resources

 

"In This Together" Community Business and Services Registry

 
 
As an initiative to support various members of our community, we are launching the "In This Together" registry of community-owned businesses and services along with any special programs/initiatives/actions that they may be implementing to address the unique circumstances we are currently faced with.

Information received using this form will be used to populate an updated webpage that will serve as a point of reference for all members of our community. This opportunity is available to individuals, contractors, service providers, and non-owners of businesses to highlight their work as well.

To be included, please fill out the following form. If you submit information and wish to issue a correction or update the information provided, please e-mail Mr. Cameron Rogers at CRogers@RollingHillsPrep.org. Please try to provide information that will be usable for longer periods of time because updates and corrections may be delayed after initial publishing.
 
 

RHP & Ren Community Updates

 

Click the bolded text or arrow to expand the relevant section.

 
I hope you and your families are healthy and well. At Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools, we are committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of all our students, families, and faculty. We define this as a culture that consistently explores, embraces, and celebrates individual differences and backgrounds in and outside the classroom. In our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion mission statement, we emphasize that ALL members of our community feel respected and safe. 
 
Through this lens, we recognize that some of our Husky community members may be experiencing hardships as a direct result of Covid-19. This pandemic has a disproportionate impact on many in our community that have jobs they must go to every day, who may have less access to health care, and live in much denser living quarters. The April 26 edition of the LA Times ran a front page article titled “Racially uneven toll also hits the young- COVID 19 is killing the state’s Latinos and blacks under 50 at a troubling rate.” While some of us only know the tragic statistics of fatalities as a result of Coronavirus, there are those in our teaching, parent, and student communities who have lost multiple relatives and family friends; we have students who are dealing with the challenges of distance learning, and some who are juggling this along with the daily worry for family members who must leave the house each day to provide health services, facilitate our food supply, or provide any number of other essential services.  
 
Our DEI coordinators, Emilie Padua-Douglas and Matt Blanchette, are extending support to those that have been most impacted and want to hear from you if you are experiencing hardships. In the past two months, we have supplied laptops to students and adjusted our assessments and grading system to accommodate the different circumstances our students are experiencing. We are only a few weeks away from the end of the school year and are here to offer any additional support, resources or referrals. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us should you need at the contact information below. Additionally, we have created a community survey so that we can hear more about how Covid-19 has affected your family:
 
 
I hope you and yours are healthy, and that your students are finding success in the distance learning scenario we adopted more than two months ago. It has not been easy for anyone, but the RHP & Renaissance faculty remain committed to doing their best to provide learning and growth opportunities throughout the current crisis. In an effort to do so, I wanted to make you aware of two great Husky traditions that are still taking place next week.
 
To begin with, we will be presenting our first ever Virtual Visual and Performing Arts Show. Each day we will feature new work from our 6-12 grade Arts classes. See the calendar in the header above and be sure to log in every day to see new work. As a culminating event, we will be hosting a drive-through exhibition of 3D Design Body Sculptures in the RHP parking lot, which will run through the weekend. Keep your eyes open for more information on that as well. Join us starting Monday online at RollingHillsPrep.org/ArtsWeek
 
In addition, on Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 pm, we will be hosting our first ever Virtual S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) Expo, a major event you cannot afford to miss. Joining us this year will be a number of talented and engaging special guests from the STEM community. A live broadcast will begin promptly at 2:00 pm where you will be introduced to all of our incredible speakers. From there, you’ll have the chance to experience full-length interviews with each of these professionals. Please join us as they provide insight to careers, their own passions and histories, and a glimpse into the future of STEM and our world. Come join our Virtual STEM Expo at RollingHillsPrep.org/STEMExpo on Wednesday and see all that the Virtual STEM Expo has to offer. 
 
Featured guests include:
  • Dr. Julian Taurozzi (Chemical/Environmental Engineering)  
  • Walker Pawlik (Building your own PC)
  • Trevor Anderson (Energy and Sustainability)
  • Shannon Odell (Neuroscientist and Comedian)
  • Dr. Mike Cavallaro (Entomology)
  • Laua’e Gouveia (Science Teaching)
  • Tim Sherman (Mobile Games Product Design)
  • Spencer Rogers (Maker Extraordinaire)
  • Tom Lucht (Mobile Technology Strategy & Development)
  • Laura Barnes (Technology Management - Disney)
  • Donald Lopez (Systems Integrator - Aerospace)
  • Dr. Alefiya Hussain (Computer Science)
  • Dan Sherman (CEO - Mobile Games)
  • Daniel Weishoff (Cyber security, Mobile Games)
  • Dr. Jason Douglas (Public Health)
  • Naomi Scott (Marine Science)

First and foremost, I hope you and your families are healthy and well. We have just ended an incredible Teacher Appreciation Week, with special thanks to all of you who took time to contribute notes, memes, videos and even original songs to the Padlets provided. It was an overwhelming success and truly inspiring for our teachers and staff. If you still wish to contribute, please click the button below to access a list of faculty and staff with their associated Padlet links.

Click here for the Padlet links for Teacher Appreciation Week

We certainly hope that with each passing week, distance learning is getting less stressful for your students and for you. The accommodations we have made, from pass/fail to AP testing to adhering to our regular schedule, have been done to lessen the stress of this difficult time. If your student is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to advisors, teachers, learning support personnel, or administrators who can support your child in this situation. With the curricular interruptions kept to a minimum, we have no doubt that your children will be more than prepared to advance to their next grade level in the fall.

Information about summer courses can be found by clicking the button below. We are utilizing distance learning for the most part and hoping to have an on-campus offering for MS Renaissance students if conditions allow.

Click here to access our summer offerings web page

Finally, and most importantly, Rolling Hills Prep & Renaissance Schools plan to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year according to plan, on Thursday, August 27. We are already preparing for a safe opening, and our plans include various physical modifications as necessary, health and sanitization enhancements, and a modified schedule if needed. We look forward to sharing these with you in the weeks and months ahead.

I sincerely thank you all for your continued support, resiliency, and kindness as the weeks go on.

I hope you’ve had a good week and that your families are healthy and well. I wanted to share with you the script of the Town Hall today, if you didn’t get a chance to join us. It covers most of the news that we have to share. If you would like to watch the archived town hall video, please click the link below.
 
 
First of all, thanks to the Associative Student Body for supporting our first ever virtual spirit week. It was one of the great honors of my career to be part of a TikTok video. Thanks to everyone who participated.
 
We thought we’d get back in touch to update you on current, short term and long-term plans. At the beginning of the year, I spoke about the only constant in independent schools being change. 
 
I had no idea.
 
We continue to make changes in events, traditions, and the way we do things. However, we hope that the normalcy we have attempted with the schedule, advisory sessions, and even sports workouts have been helpful to you all.
 
That said, we have also looked for opportunities where we could adjust rules, guidelines, and policies to support students. For academics, that has meant adding a pass/fail option for all courses for the third trimester, making AP exams optional, and adjusting the end of the year assessments to put a little less pressure on students as they finish the year. Thanks so much to Naomi Pawlik, the Academic Leadership Team, and our amazing faculty for all they continue to do to support students.
 
As to the remaining events of this year, you can access our web page that overviews where we are with planning by clicking the button below. Committees have been formed, surveys have been sent out to seniors and their parents, and we are all being as creative as we can do keep as many end-of-the-year traditions in place, including our athletics banquet for all students, our closing ceremonies, and commencement.
 
 
Additionally, this summer, we are offering several courses virtually for current and rising upper school students. These include geometry, English, biology and more, and 8th through 11th grade students will be receiving a packet next week with how to register for those opportunities. Middle School Renaissance is also planning a summer session, and if you haven’t heard about it, please e-mail Alex Purdy for more info.
 
For the juniors, our three-day College Application Boot Camp is still on for June 16-18, and you’ll be hearing more about the continued college process from Mrs. Dyment at a virtual Coffee Chat for Class of 2021 parents on Wednesday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to RSVP for this meeting. Lastly, next Friday, May 8th is a school holiday.
 
Several of you have asked about the fall and what it might look like in terms of schedule and logistics. At this time, we plan on returning on August 27th. School may look very different for us all. We are continuing to seek out guidance from numerous authorities, such as the CDC, NAIS, and CAIS, and we have begun assessing alternatives. Governor Newsom has discussed a number of safety measures to consider including reconfigured classrooms, staggered classroom schedules, alternating days of attendance for students, and a combination of on-line and in-place (in person) learning, all in anticipation of guidelines to come. We will do everything we can to continue to be proactive and transparent as we approach the numerous decisions involved in implementing the coming school year.  We will also continue to do everything with the health, wellness, and success of our students as our first priority.
 
In the meantime, we are still active in the admissions office, and new students are enrolling every week. We are hosting a virtual information session for interested families on Thursday, May 28 and we are extremely appreciative of community referrals. Please see the "Important Things To Know" section of this letter for more information or refer your contacts to www.RollingHillsPrep.org/visit to RSVP.
 
In the advancement office, we are creating a business registry, called "In This Together," that allows our community members to publish their business information. This is a great opportunity to support our community and highlight businesses or professional services that are still active during this period. This registry will have its own page on our website for community reference. If you have a business or service you'd like to include, please fill out the form by clicking the button below.
 
 
Lastly, I wanted to announce a significant staffing change. After 29 years guiding the Husky athletic program, Brian Knigin has taken a position in Pasadena closer to home. Brian has been a fixture on the fields, courts and campus for a long time, and we will miss his leadership and his enthusiasm for all things Husky. Our assistant athletic director and varsity boys’ basketball coach, Harvey Kitani, has offered to steer the athletic department for the year ahead, so we remain in good hands. Thank you again Brian and we will look forward to a time in the future when we can celebrate your incredible tenure together, on campus.
 
Thank you again for the notes of encouragement and support I’ve received from many of you, and the ideas and insights that you have provided. I miss seeing you, and I look forward to connecting with you again in the not-too-distant future. Thank you again for your grit, your perseverance, and your understanding. As TS Elliot once said, “April is the cruelest month.” We hope the month of May brings healing, health, and a bit of normalcy to all of you.
First of all, I hope you and your families are well as we continue to pay the social, emotional, economic, and medical toll of COVID-19. Although students have been incredibly courageous and resilient during this time away from campus, I am fully aware of how difficult it must be for them. In my exchanges with students from 5th grade to 12th, they miss their friends, they miss their teachers and advisors, and they miss the normality of the school day which was changed so significantly last month.
 
With the best interests of the health and well-being of our students in mind, it is more important than ever that we provide clarity and transparency as we continue to adapt as an institution. Although few decisions have been made regarding senior events, summer classes and opportunities, and the potential changes to the calendar and schedule for next year, conversations are ongoing. A subcommittee of parents, faculty, students and administrators has been formed to address the issues specific to the Class of 2020. In the week ahead, a similar group will assemble to address the 8th-grade ceremonies. In addition, we have been talking with CAIS school leaders to address early on what options we may have for a safe and secure opening in the fall. School may look very different, with protective measures in place, social distancing being utilized when possible, and large gatherings minimized if necessary. I assure you that your input and feedback will be extremely important, and I sincerely thank those of you that continue to share with us articles and ideas that you find relevant to our situation.
 
A few have inquired, in light of the impact of COVID-19, if we will be discounting tuition for either the 2019-20 or the 2020-21 school year. Unfortunately, the simple answer is no. The costs associated with running our academic program did not decrease when we moved to remote learning, and we have made it a priority to keep paying all of our staff throughout this current crisis. Our outstanding faculty and staff have been more dedicated than ever in making the school year as productive and impactful as possible. We must continue to charge tuition and fees in order to keep doing so.
 
In an effort to support our community, we are launching the “In This Together” Business and Services Registry. This registry will exist on an updated web page, allowing community-based businesses and service providers to list their location, contact information, web address, and additional information regarding their current offerings. If you would like to be listed on this registry, please click the button below to fill out the registry form.
 
 
With the continued partnership of our families and friends, and the knowledge that those who have gone before us have endured through difficulties and hardship as well, we will remain steadfast in our efforts to weather the storm and emerge even stronger on the other side. Thank you more than ever for your ongoing support.

The College Board has announced that the June administration of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests is canceled. Here are key points to know:

  • The next available SAT date will be August 29th.
  • College Board has added a new SAT administration in September in addition to the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Please note, our schools only serve as a test center site for the October 3rd and November 7th administrations. 

  • In May, students registered for June can transfer their registration to one of the fall SAT administrations for free.  Students who registered for June and those in the high school class of 2021 who do not have SAT scores will have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. The College Board will communicate directly with students when the exact May registration date is available. Eligible students will be able to take the test with a fee waiver. Students who want to cancel their SAT registration instead can get a refund by contacting Customer Service at 866-630-9305.

  • If schools do not re-open in the fall, the College Board plans to offer a digital SAT for home use. 
  • ACT has not announced cancellation of its June 13th exam.

In light of recent cancellations with SAT and ACT test dates, a number of colleges have announced a test-optional policy for the Class of 2021, including the University of California system. For a list of colleges that are test optional or temporarily test optional, click here. Many colleges are also exploring extending application deadlines for the Class of 2021 to accommodate for late testing dates. I will be sure to update you when more information becomes available. If you have questions or need more detailed guidance, please email Ms. Dyment.

 

In lieu of a Friday Letter, David addressed the community during a virtual Town Hall event
at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 3.
 
 
Links mentioned in the Town Hall:

Greetings Husky Families,

 

I hope this note finds you healthy and well during this most extraordinary time. It is with the safety and security of our community in mind that we share our latest update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our schools, our students, and our Husky family. First, I’d like to thank you all again for your continued support as we navigate this extremely dynamic situation. Our dedicated faculty has spent a good deal of time and effort on the day-to-day teaching and learning happening remotely each week, and we are heartened to hear from many of you that this model is working well for our students and our families. We have collectively taken thoughtful and intentional steps every day to assess our position and the road ahead, and have been steadfast in our commitment to remaining extremely proactive in our approach.

 

Therefore, at this time, given both national and state directives upholding continued social distancing and today’s announcement from Governor Newsom that schools will remain closed through June, we are confirming our decision to continue with Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year. We arrived at this after careful and thoughtful consideration and discussion, and with the very focused intentions of health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making process. While we are an independent school, the reasoning Governor Newsom cites is sound, given the information on the pandemic that we have all learned. 

 

The obvious next questions are around spring events, closing ceremonies, and Commencement for the Class of 2020, as well as other issues to be addressed. Over the course of the next three weeks, we will be working collaboratively to make these decisions. As always, we will rely on your input, and we want to extend our appreciation for your continued patience. In an effort to provide recurring updates and opportunities for feedback as we progress, we will continue to post important information on the Coronavirus Updates page of our website. We will also be creating a new page that specifically addresses our approach to events for the remainder of the school year, detailing alternative plans and potential rescheduling as needed. 

 

As we are days away from Spring Break, we would also like to share with you a selection of workshops prepared and offered by several of our faculty. Students can choose to take a well-deserved break, seek out opportunities for enrichment, or to try something new. There is a wide array of opportunities to keep everyone moving, thinking and connected over break. Play games, learn to code, work out, drink tea!

View the available offerings and sign up by clicking here.

 

These are extraordinary times that are defining a generation, including our students. During a virtual classroom this week, I asked students how they thought our society would change from this collective experience. One of the students clearly articulated her belief that we’ll “all be a little more appreciative of each other and the world around us.” 

 

I am sure she is right.

 

Wishing you and your family all the best,

 

David

 

Happy Friday Huskies,
 
First of all, I hope you all are healthy and well. We are at the end of a second week of distance learning and the faculty is confident that learning and growth continue unabated. As I mentioned in my video to students today, we are all gaining a tremendous amount of that important quality of GRIT. That said, it’s a disappointing reminder that this weekend was originally slated to have us all viewing Oliver! at the Warner Grand Theater. So much hard work went into the production and we still salute the cast and crew who took part.
 
If you haven’t seen it, two of our students were featured in this month’s “20 Under 20” issue of South Bay Magazine. Kai and Amalia (pictured above) are just two great examples from our talented student body, and it’s a great tribute to their efforts on and off the campus. Click here to view the article.
 
Early next week, we’ll be sending you a catalogue of opportunities our faculty and staff are providing for students who may want to remain engaged over spring break. The offerings include everything from yoga to coding to visual and performing arts, all voluntarily offered by our amazing teachers. Look forward as well to an update on our planned return to campus and decisions we’ve made regarding upcoming events. We appreciate your input and support now more than ever, and if you haven’t completed the Parent Survey on how we are doing, we would appreciate you taking a few moments to weigh in. Click here to access the week two parent survey.
 
Lastly, if you're looking for a change-up to your lunch menu during quarantine while also supporting a local business that delivers to our campus then look no further-- Kelly's Korner is still delivering locally. They are also offering take-out options for people who are able/would like to drive there and pick up from their window. If you already have an account with Kelly's then they can charge the account so no money/cards have to be handled/exchanged. I thought I'd pass on the information in case any of you are interested in ordering in the coming weeks.
 
Thanks so much for all your continued support, and all of us wish you health and GRIT as we continue to move forward.
 
With Best Wishes,
 
David Maher
Head of Schools
 
PS: In an effort to make access to all of the Library’s digital resources more easily available to Los Angeles County residents, including those who do not currently have a library card, LA County Library is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. To sign up for a temporary digital card, LA County residents can visit LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards.
The Student Life Team celebrates the continuation of the Peer Mentors Program. We have 12 upper school peer mentors that are meeting in small Family Groups with all middle school students on Fridays during lunch. We are especially grateful for the leadership of our peer mentors for their significant commitment, stamina, and grit. The Husky Peer Mentors are:

Rachel Resin
Teddy Glozman
Joselyn Quinones
Maria Galvan
Riley McIntire
Yaya Shi
Clarice Akunwafo
Sana Asifriyaz
Johnny Sun
Rylie Akahiji
Gigi Goshtigian
Katherine Gong

Greetings to all of you in the Husky Family,


Despite all the changes and uncertainty in both our immediate community and the greater world

outside, I hope you and your family are finding a way to stay healthy and safe. As you may have seen, we were able to communicate over video to the students today, including a specific message to the Class of 2020. Information about the decisions we have made and the decisions ahead are contained in those messages. Basically, in choosing to move to distance learning, we stayed in touch with area schools, the California Department of Health, and the California Association of Independent Schools to find out best timing, practices, and options. Moving forward, we will do the same, with the hopes of either confirming our return date of April 20th or making plans for continued closure. 


We would sincerely like to know your feedback on how we are doing, the opportunities and challenges of online learning, and what we can do to further support our students and our families. Please see below the access to a brief survey which will help us in making the decisions we need around this continued new territory. We truly value your input.

From all of us, we wish you and your families health and comfort in these very difficult times.


With Best Wishes,


David

 

Click here to fill out the Parent Week One Distance Learning Survey

Google Classroom
We hope your first few days of online learning has been getting a little easier every day. While we cannot be on campus together, our team in collaboration with our deans and clubs, will be organizing resources and virtual lunch meet-ups/activities throughout the week for students. Please have your child join the Student Life Corner in Google Classroom: zggjowz to check out what we have posted so far. If they would like notifications, make sure that they turn this on in Settings.
 
Tele-Health and Online School-Based Counseling Notice
Due to the recent distance-learning platform, the Student Life and Counseling Team have an added confidentiality notice. We will continue to meet with regularly scheduled students through email, google-classroom or google-meet. As credentialed school counselors, we provide school-based short-term and solution-focused guidance. Our roles do not take the place of outside psychotherapists or psychologists who may provide long-term psychotherapy. Student confidentiality of topics will remain in tact; however, should a student express a danger to themselves or to others, we have a duty to report this to you for the well-being of your child.
 
If you have any concerns/questions or do not want your child to seek school-based counseling, please email cmorse@rollinghillsprep.org and epadua-douglas@rollinghillsprep.org to OPT OUT your child.
As we transition into a Distance Learning model for the time being, we encourage all of our students to embrace healthy habits and positive learning strategies that ensure their success and well-being.

 

Distance Learning Tips - Maintain a Consistent Schedule: Try to wake up at your normal time each day, shower, and dress as you would for a typical school day. This will make it much easier to return to  in-person learning in the future.  Establish a Distance Learning Workspace: Make sure your learning environment is prepared to handle the requirements of your distance learning courses. Keeping the space clean and organized will make it easier to use and return to each day.  Structure Breaks Into Your Day: Make sure to get up and stretch throughout the day, eat healthy snacks, read books, and consider doing classwork or other learning activities in outdoor environments, such as a backyard or a front porch.   Keep Up With Your Friends & Clubs: Reach out to your friends with video chats, e-mails, or any other tools you use. If you’re involved in a club, consider reaching out to fellow members to discuss any activities or meetings that can be done remotely.  Avoid Too Much Screen Time: Although technology is really helpful for connectedness, it’s important to mix in activities away from phones and computers. Consider keeping a journal, taking on a new art project, or going on a walk. 

Greetings Parents of the Class of 2021,

 

I hope your families are safe and adjusting well to all of the changes in our daily lives. College Board has just announced that they are canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Click here to learn more about refunds or selecting another test date.

 

ACT has also announced the following:

 

"The safety of students and test center staff is our top priority. We have rescheduled the April 4 national test date across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date."

 

For more information from ACT, click here.

 

Ms. Henderson is closely monitoring any updates with AP exams and will keep families informed. 

 

If you have questions or need assistance or guidance, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

 

Best Regards, 


Mrs. Dyment

Dear Parents of the Class of 2020,

 

I hope your families are safe and adjusting well to all of the changes in our daily lives. On the college front, I am receiving updates hourly and as I receive those updates, I will keep you informed. Normally, the National Reply Date is May 1st; however, some colleges have recently announced they are extending their reply date to June 1st. Click here for a current list of those colleges. I suspect more colleges may decide to move their reply date. Students must submit deposits to colleges they plan to attend by the reply date.

 

If parents and students need assistance with understanding or comparing financial aid award letters or making decisions about which college to attend, I am available to meet with families virtually. Send me an email if you would like to schedule a time.

 

Many seniors are receiving admission decisions and may have had plans to visit colleges that have accepted them. As you have already learned from the news, many colleges have closed their campuses and suspended campus tours. Click here for an updated list of campus closures. Some universities will be hosting webinars and other virtual options, such as tours and information sessions. I encourage you to contact college admission offices or visit college websites to see if these options are available. 

 

Lastly, keep me informed as your child receives acceptance updates or merit-based scholarship awards and be sure to have your child update his/her Naviance account. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any assistance or guidance you may need. Wishing all the best to you during this time of change. 

 

Best, 

 

Mrs. Dyment

I want to thank you all sincerely for the patience and understanding you have shown during a very uniquely challenging week. Our faculty and students are prepared and ready to begin distance learning on Monday for the next three weeks. Below are some important guidelines that we would like to share with our families:
 
Distance Learning Overview For Parents:
  • Students will check in with their advisors online at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday using the Google Meet platform and information provided to them by their advisors 
  • Students will receive direct communication from their teachers about assignments and teachers will continue to post information about assignment submissions and grades in My BackPack. 
  • Advisors will send each parent a weekly email to check-in and see how things are going from the parent’s perspective
  • Parents may communicate directly with their child’s teachers, learning specialist (where applicable), and advisor in the case any support or clarification is needed
 
Middle and Upper School RHP and Upper School Renaissance:
  • After the advisory check-in, students will proceed to log into each class Google Meet at the beginning of each scheduled class block in the Ren/RHP Weekly Block Schedule. The duration of each class group meeting session will vary depending on course needs. 
  • Advisory X, and Y blocks will continue to meet at their regularly-scheduled times as well
 
Middle School Renaissance and CLASS: 
Students will follow the modified weekly schedules linked below:  
 
 
As you are well aware, this is a challenge that we have not encountered before, and we are not alone in the independent school and public school worlds. We are incredibly fortunate to have a talented and willing faculty and staff that are poised to do the best job possible continuing your child’s learning and growth.
 
We will be continuing the Friday Letter and other communications throughout the weeks ahead, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with concerns or questions that may arise. All of us wish you and your families health and comfort during this difficult time.

Dear Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Community,


We trust that today may find you in a place of adjustment, shifting and pivoting to not only the welfare and needs of the community but to the welfare and needs of your family. We are grateful to be in a community where we are able to shift so quickly from a traditional school model to an online platform for our students. With that, one may have many questions, thoughts and suggestions with an added layer of emotions. 


It is with great confidence and an awareness of the hard work that went into the planning of the next phase of schooling, that we embark on this journey with you. As you know, you have access to much information and many resources to support the next three weeks of your child’s schooling with us. This is a big adjustment not only for your child but for you as well. We recognize the many ripples of impact this may have on your family.


Families may encounter new and different stressors due to this adjustment. Although you have access to your child’s teachers, advisors and learning specialists, we continue to be a resource to you through telephone, email or google meet should you like to consult with a member of the Student Life and Counseling Team. In addition, we have included some valuable resources below. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us should you need to.


Most Sincerely,


Christina Morse

Director of Student Life

cmorse@rollinghillsprep.org 


Emilie Padua-Douglas

School Counselor / Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Coordinator

epadua-douglas@rollinghillsprep.org 


Student Life Resources
 

Dear Parents of the Class of 2020,

 

Many seniors are receiving admission decisions and may have had plans to visit colleges that have accepted them. As you have already learned from the news, many colleges have closed their campuses and suspended campus tours. Click here for an updated list of campus closures. Some universities will be hosting webinars and other virtual options, such as tours and information sessions. I encourage you to contact college admission offices or visit college websites to see if these options are available. 

 

If parents and students need assistance with understanding or comparing financial aid award letters or making decisions about which college to attend, I am available to meet with families virtually. The National Reply Date is May 1st. Students must submit deposits to colleges they plan to attend by this date.

 

Lastly, keep me informed as your child receives acceptance updates or merit-based scholarship awards and be sure to have your child update his/her Naviance account. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any assistance or guidance you may need. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Dyment

Director of College Counseling

Dear Parents of the Class of 2021,

 

College Visits

Many of you were planning to visit colleges during spring break. As you have already learned from the news, most colleges have closed their campuses and suspended campus tours. Click here for an updated list of campus closures. Some universities will be hosting webinars and other virtual options, such as tours and information sessions. I encourage you to contact college admission offices or visit college websites to see if these options are available. In the Prospective College List document created for each student and shared with students during our recent college counseling meetings, we have a list of websites that are good resources for learning more about colleges. You can also access the list here

 

Family College Counseling Meetings

All scheduled college counseling meetings with families will now be virtual. We will be sending emails with more information about our virtual meetings individually to families. At these meetings, students will receive a customized prospective college list. 

 

Standardized Testing

Precautionary measures around COVID-19 have affected standardized testing. The March 13thschool-based SAT for students with accommodations has not been canceled; however, our April 4th, ACT school-based exam for students with accommodations has been canceled. If your child is scheduled to take the ACT at a test center site, ACT has posted the following on its site: 

 

“If any test centers for the April test date are closed, ACT will notify impacted students and test center coordinators directly, as well as post and update information regarding the closures on this website.” For more information, visit www.act.org. 

 

If your child is taking the March 14th SAT, you should have already been notified about test center site closures; however, more information can be found here

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for any assistance or guidance. 

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dyment

As you are well aware, we have been in discussions for several weeks over actions to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. While we have been fortunate to have no confirmed cases among our students and families, we have collaboratively made the very difficult decision to close school at the end of the day today. 
 
As I wrote yesterday, we have been preparing for distance learning for several weeks in the event of this occurring, and that work continues today with getting students trained on platforms they will be using in the coming weeks. We will utilize tomorrow as a professional development day for our teachers to continue their planning, training, and preparation for virtual academic work to begin on Monday, March 16th. If you need to come to campus tomorrow to get any supplies or materials, the campus will be open to you.
 
Our school closure will be for three weeks, and spring break will continue as scheduled. The date we will plan to resume is Monday, April 20th. ALL related school events, including athletics, service learning, and performing arts are postponed or cancelled.
 
I sincerely appreciate all the information, feedback, and support you have shared with me over the past few weeks. Our goal as an institution remains to do whatever is needed to support our students.  Please partner with us by making sure your child is connected and engaged in the learning that will be occurring in the next three weeks. Each week, Middle and Upper School RHP students and Upper School Ren students need to log-in and respond to teacher and learning specialist instructions at the beginning of every class, advisory, and X & Y blocks, as per the times outlined in the Ren/RHP Weekly Block Schedule 2019-2020. Middle School Renaissance and CLASS students should log-in and respond to teacher and learning specialist instructions according to the times outlined in modified schedules linked below:  
 
 
If there is any need for clarification, please don’t hesitate to let me know, and thank you for all of your continued support and patience.
As you are aware by now, we are taking the ongoing issue of coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously on our campus. Although we are focused on what a colleague called “positive normalcy” in our routines, there are numerous discussions taking place and decisions being made that I wanted to share with you. 
 
First of all, our parent organization, the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), has been a constant source of information and best practices regarding the virus and what schools can do. Discussions are also continuing among independent schools regarding closure and distance learning. Though several area independent schools have announced closures, the Los Angeles Department of Health is NOT recommending school closure without a positive test result. 
  
We have created a coronavirus web page (www.rollinghillsprep.org/coronavirus) on our school website. All of these bulletins I am sharing are archived on this page, as well as updates on school event cancellations and resources. This is your go-to place for RHP & Ren Coronavirus updates. This page is public, and we encourage you to share any of our communications and resources with others in your network.  
 
Here are the updates for RHP & Renaissance as of the week of March 9:
 
Minimizing Large Group Gatherings:
  • Morning Meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be ended beginning next week. Instead, we will be sending out a weekly student bulletin to be covered by advisors during this time.
  • Major school events that bring large gatherings, such as Huskies with Heart and CPK Night, have been rescheduled for after Spring Break. We will communicate with families the new dates and times for these events as soon as possible.  
  • We are in the process of canceling or rescheduling field trips. 
  • We are discussing future events such as the Winter Musical and standardized testing, and we will be letting you know of decisions as they are made.
 
Heightened Cautionary Health Advisories (for students, parents, and employees): 
  • We are asking parents and faculty/staff who have a fever or are not feeling well, or who are caring for children who are sick, to please stay off-campus. Furthermore, if your child is compromised in their immune system or other areas, we are willing to be flexible regarding their attendance on campus.
  • We are asking that families take their children’s temperatures every morning before they arrive on campus. If they have a fever of 100.4 they should stay home. They need to be fever-free for 72 hours without taking any kind of fever suppressant medication.
 
Increased Janitorial Services: 
  • We have added additional mid-day and evening janitorial sanitizing cleaning, including nightly disinfectant cleaning of tables, desks, doorknobs, gate keypads, etc.
 
Lastly, we are Preparing for Possible School Closure and Learning Continuity.
 
This is a dynamic situation, and while we continue to operate the school as discussed earlier, we are also preparing for the implementation of Distance Learning in the event of an extended school closure. Our Academic Leadership Team has been discussing the issue for two weeks to discuss schedules and resources should we close, and they met again today to discuss the specifics of continuing teaching and learning during this time. 
 
We will be utilizing Google Classroom and Google Hangouts for synchronous and asynchronous learning. A majority of our students have experience in this platform, and there will be faculty and tech support throughout the time we are away. There will be an adjusted schedule tomorrow (with the same start and end times) to allow teachers and advisors to work with students and go over the logistics and expectations of this process.
 
If the decision is to close the school and move to Distance Learning, you will be notified through all available communication channels available to us: email, posting on our website and social media. 
  
Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter as the need arises. I truly appreciate your support, patience and understanding as we all strive to do what is best for the Husky Community and our students.

I wanted to keep you updated on the steps that we are taking to respond to the growing concerns about the Coronavirus. We realize that there is no pandemic in the United States at this time. However, we appreciate that circumstances continue to change, and California has recently declared a state of emergency. Thus, we want to be prepared.

 

Thankfully, the national and local educational community has rallied to generate a sophisticated catalog of communication and resources that we have used in coordinating our response. I have also been in touch with other California heads of school to discuss approaches and actions that are being taken around the state.

 

General health and hygiene: We have asked our custodial staff to clean door handles, railings, and other common surfaces, like desks, regularly throughout the day. In addition, we are in the process of installing multiple hand sanitizer stations across campus and making sure soap containers are always full along with signs depicting hand-washing instructions. As has always been our policy, please keep your child home if they are sick. They can return with a doctor’s note or once their temperature has fallen below 100 degrees for 24 hours. The most important thing we can do is to keep our students and faculty and staff healthy.

 

Family international travel: As you may recall from last week’s communication, we are asking all families to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s 14-day self-quarantine to stop the spread of the virus. If any student, family member, or person a student has been in contact with has traveled to any of the Level 3 countries, which now include China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Venezuela, please let the School know immediately. At this time, we have no reported cases of students in this situation.

 

School operations: While school operations are proceeding normally, we recognize that circumstances may change and that school closure may become a possibility. We have begun to plan accordingly. It is prudent for our families to do the same. In all likelihood, we will follow the Los Angeles Unified School District’s lead for widespread school closures.

 

Academics: Our Academic Leadership Team began planning for the ways teaching and learning would continue during such a closure. From posting assignments on MyBackpack to on-line activities and check-ins via e-mail, we are discussing the most feasible and effective outcome for students. We will continue monitoring the situation and updating you in the days and weeks ahead. We also realize that there are many logistical challenges and unforeseen circumstances to allow for an educational experience at home that is equivalent to all that takes place on campus. Activities like athletic contests, performing arts, and even service events may need to be altered or canceled.

 

School communication:We will communicate any school closure through our text messaging system, our website and email. While this is an intentionally duplicative process of communication, it is crucial that everyone is able to receive immediate contact from the school in the case of a closure. We will be testing the text messaging alert system on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:00 AM to ensure all families are receiving messages. A follow-up e-mail will be sent immediately after with a form for those who did not receive the text message test.

 

Certainly, I will continue to keep you updated as circumstances develop. As always, general information can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your support and patience.

 

As noted earlier, we are closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus. As you may be aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. We wanted to share with you some of the precautionary measures our school is taking in regards to the virus.

 

As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region. The number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are constantly monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. In addition to monitoring the CDC recommendations, we are in communication with the National Association of Independent Schools, California Association of Independent Schools, and our peer schools as the situation changes.

 

In the meantime, the most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices like: 

  • Enforcing great hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes by sneezing/coughing into your elbow (instead of your hands)
  • Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover

We are prepared to adjust our procedures and protocols as needed. We are also thinking ahead regarding the virus’s possible impact on upcoming school activities. We will communicate any changes if appropriate.

 

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. In addition to communications from these organizations, please be assured that we will continue to keep you informed on this matter.

 

Public Health Updates & Resources

 

Click here for the latest press releases from the LA County Department of Public Health.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
  • Get a flu immunization if you have not done so this season.
 

Resources for Accurate Status Updates

 
Resources for Families
 
Counseling and Family Wellness
Our student life team has put together a list of counselors, therapists, psychologists and other referrals should you need any additional help with maintaining social-emotional wellness during Distance Learning. The link below is a live google doc that will be updated with new referrals as they become available.