Remote Learning

Rutherford County Schools (RCS) has developed a comprehensive plan for remote learning so that students remain engaged in instruction during the statewide closure of North Carolina public schools. Students in grades PreK-2 will receive remote learning packets with printed curriculum materials. In addition to the routine 1:1 deployment of student devices for middle and high school students, RCS will also deploy student devices to students in grades 3-5 for their use throughout the school closure. The remote learning plan features three components: Content Delivery, Mobile Devices, and Communication & Support.

  • Students enrolled in grades PreK-2 will receive printed remote learning packets with curriculum materials so that they remain engaged in instruction during the school closure.

  • Students enrolled in grades 3-5 will take their student devices home for instructional use so that they may remain engaged in instruction during the school closure. Content will be downloaded onto each student device prior to home deployment in order to minimize the need for home Internet access.

  • Students enrolled in grades 6-12 will continue to access content and instruction through Canvas, Rutherford County Schools’ established learning management system.

  • All digital resources for students enrolled in grades 3-12 will be identified as Core Materials or Supplemental Materials. Core Materials include primary instructional resources for all students enrolled in grades 3-12. Supplemental Materials include enhancement and enrichment activities, research, and recreational reading.

  • All teachers will provide their contact information to students, along with their schedules for remote instructional support.

  • RCS will contact the parents of students enrolled in grades 3-5 with information about the home deployment of student devices for instructional use.

  • The parents of students enrolled in grades 3-5 must complete a Student Use of School-Issued Device at Home agreement prior to the home deployment of student devices for instructional use.

  • Families should ensure the proper care of student devices, which includes keeping them safe when they are not in use, protecting their screens from scratches and cracks, and using them only for appropriate instructional purposes.

  • Students enrolled in grades 3-12 will be surveyed to determine their Internet access outside the school environment, as well as their anticipated needs for remote learning.

  • Students and parents receiving a student device for remote learning will be bound by the terms and conditions of the Student Use of School-Issued Device at Home agreement.

  • Each school will implement a plan for device deployment and content delivery for those students whose parents who unable to pick up their devices by visiting the campus.

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RCS will continue its efforts to implement strategies to support students without internet access at home, such as:

      • Providing WiFi access in school parking lots throughout the county

      • Partnering with select local businesses to open networks and free WiFi access to the Internet

      • Working to identify additional locations within the county that have open WiFi connectivity

          • Isothermal Community College 
          • Rutherford County Libraries (all locations)
          • Rutherford County Health Department
          • Town of Forest City
          • Town of Spindale
          • Town of Rutherfordton
          • Ruth Town Hall 
          • McDonalds (all locations)
          • Starbucks
          • Arby’s
          • Bojangles
          • Burger King
          • Wendy’s
          • Walmart
          • First United Methodist Church of Forest City 
          • Salem Church