Announcements & Updates

  • UPDATE 4/3/2020   

     

    Secondary Parents and Teachers,

    Due to today's "Stay at Home" order issued by Governor Kay Ivey, 6th through 12th grade Chromebook and packet pick-up has been changed to Saturday, April 4th from 8 am to 2 pm. Chromebooks will be distributed to those that submitted the request form at the school from which it was requested.

    Thank You and Stay safe!

     

    UPDATE 4/2/2020   

     

    All special education students should be receiving a packet in the mail. The students should work on their packets daily and, if possible, log in to Moby Max and do 30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of math per day. The teachers used the addresses that were currently in INOW. If the parents/students do not receive a packet they should contact Dr. Vivian Relf, Director of Special Education via email (relfv@russellcsd.net) or the office at 334-408-4970. The teachers and Paraprofessionals will be contacting parents/students weekly on guidance and/or questions

     

    UPDATE 3/31/2020                                

     

    Communication to Warrior Family Virtual Learning Letter

    Dear Warrior Family: 

    I think it is reasonable to say that these last few weeks have been marred by stress, uncertainty, and information overload. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community, state, and nation. We are faced with a myriad of decisions, each as critical as the next. Nonetheless, as Superintendent of Russell County Schools, I want to assure you that we are still here to serve our students and warrior families. Most importantly, I pray that you and your families are calm, safe, and healthy during these demanding times. 

    I am sure that you are aware of the recent announcement from Governor Kay Ivey, declaring all Alabama Pre-k through 12 school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While I am sure this is heartbreaking news for many (especially to our senior class of 2020), it is a decision made with the safety of our students and employees as priority. Please know that I am hopeful and committed to doing whatever it takes to making dreams possible in the midst of this crisis situation. Along with safety, our primary focus at this time is to keep students engaged, connected, and learning. 

    Although school will not operate under normal circumstances, we are ready to move forward during these times of uncertainty, committed to providing high levels of service in order to address the learning needs of each student. We are currently working on our district’s Academic and Operations Continuity Plan. However, instructional lessons will reflect critical standards for each grade level. We will be using a blended approach for delivery of instruction, e-learning or remote methods as well as academic packets that will include assignments for students without internet access. Students are required to participate in lessons and complete assignments for the purpose of assigning fourth nine weeks grades. 

    In order to facilitate an effective and smooth transition from face-to-face classroom learning environments to an online platform, we will be distributing Chromebooks to students in grades 3-12 based on an application submission. You may complete a Chromebook check-out form on our website using https://forms.gle/8jsNcSAB37uSYv4X9 it will also be placed on our COVID-19 update site https://www.myrcsd.org/covid-19 or 

    call your child’s school by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Please keep in mind that students must have internet services to use Chromebooks. We also have limited devices and want to ensure that students (based on previous surveys) without devices, as well as our high school seniors, are given priority. (Please be advised that parents or guardians of a child to whom devices are issued shall be held liable for any loss, abuse, or damage to the issued technology). 

    Instructional packets and/or Chromebooks for students in grades Pre-k through 5th may be picked up at each elementary school site on Friday, April 3, 2020 between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. E.S.T. Instructional packets and/or Chromebooks may be picked up for all students in grades 6 through 12th on Monday, April 6, 2020 between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. E.S.T. 

    The Russell County School District Child Nutrition Program will continue to provide meals for students 18 years old or younger at designated schools and community sites on Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 

    I encourage everyone to stay positive and let us work together to exceed the challenges at hand. I am confident that we have the leadership, creativity, innovation, and knowledge within each one of our team members to accomplish greatness. Furthermore, we are warriors and we RISE! 

    Thank you for your patience as we continue our efforts to inspire, empower and educate with excellence. We value your support and appreciate your trust in Russell County School District’s administration, faculty, and staff. Please let us know if we can help you in any manner. We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to safe practices as outlined by ADPH and the CDC. If you become aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case in your community, please notify jventress@alsde.edu or call (334) 694-4726/cell: (334) 268-0133. 

    Stay calm, safe, and well, 

    Brenda Coley 

    Superintendent 

     

    UPDATE 3/28/2020

    Dear Parents,
    We are making final plans to extend students' engagement in learning during school closures. We will use a blended approach for instruction to include an online platform as well as traditional learning resource packets and activities. Please complete the survey in order for us to meet the needs of all children. Please complete only one survey per household.

    https://forms.gle/7GfbNxauprHUhDZt5

    UPDATE 3/16/2020

    Dear Warrior Family,

    First, I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to many of you for your support and commitment in the midst of this unfortunate public health crisis. Our ultimate goal is to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, families, and community members. This communication is to provide you with updates regarding student services during school closures. Our ability to remain thoughtful, decisive, and unruffled will equip us to better serve the needs of our students.

    Since the safety of all is our top priority, we made a local decision to close all Russell County Schools from March 16, 2020, to April 3, 2020. During this time, student attendance is excused. Additionally, all athletic and extracurricular activities have been suspended until further notice.

    Administrators are currently collaborating with teachers to develop resource packets for students in grades Pre-K-12. Parents will be allowed to pick up packets from each school site on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Parents may also access packets electronically on the school district’s website. In addition, packets may be picked up at the following community sites (see our website for specific times):

    Crawford Baptist Church- Crawford, Alabama  Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.

    Mt. Olive Baptist Church- Fort Mitchell, Alabama Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.

    Church on the Rock- Phenix City, Alabama Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m 

    Silver Run Baptist Church- Seale, Alabama  Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, Tuesday -Friday from 10 a.m-3 p.m.

    The Russell County School District will also provide free meals to all children (ages 18 and under) at designated sites throughout the county as listed below between 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on the following dates:

     March 19, 20, 30, 31 and April 1, 2, and 3, 2020

    Hurtsboro City Hall

    Hatchechubbee Fire Department

    Pittsview Post Office

    Russell County Middle School

    Mt. Olive Primary School

    Westgate Pool House

    Ladonia Elementary School

    Woodland Drive Baptist

    Crawford Fire Department

    Dixie Elementary School

     

    My sincere thanks goes out to everyone for your cooperation, flexibility, and patience as we work through these new challenges. I would like to especially commend our administrators who are on the front lines working to serve our students and maintain the safety of all involved. Together, our collective commitment during this crucial time is a great way to demonstrate our warrior spirit of excellence.   

    In closing, keep in mind that we are closely monitoring the evolving situation and are committed to the safety and care of all citizens in Russell County. Please follow us on our website and Facebook page for updates. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). May God continue to protect and bless all of us as we work through this international crisis.   

    Respectfully,

    Brenda Coley, Ed. D.

     

  • Home Learning/Assignment Packets

    Educational resources have been compiled to allow students to review and practice skills while they are away from their assigned school sites.  Please click on the appropriate link below to access an assignment packet which can be used to engage and support your child academically while he or she is away from the school campus.