Dear RUHS Students, Families, and Staff:
We hope this message finds you well. As we continue to persevere as a school community, I know we all miss our students, families, and colleagues immensely. We want to safely return to campus sooner rather than later, of course! We will continue to take direction from our state and county elected and health officials. Please support the safe reopening of schools by wearing masks, consistently practicing physical distancing, and washing hands often. Additionally, please be sure to take care of one another’s social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. At RUHS, all students, families, and staff will be respected and included. We are stronger and healthier together, as one school, one community. For additional information on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.bchd.org/coronavirus
As we begin the 20-21 school year through distance learning on Wednesday, August 26th, we’d like everyone to be prepared for a different approach to teaching and learning remotely (Please review the RBUSD 20-21 Reopening Plan). First, we will be on a daily class schedule. Students and teachers will interact with each other every day. Second, attendance to class sessions will be mandatory. In other words, attendance will be taken in PowerSchool. Third, we are returning to a traditional grading scale (A-F). Grades can both increase and decrease based on assessments, completion of assignments, and participation in online activities, just to mention a few. Please be sure to review all distance learning announcements and documents found at both rbusd.org and redondounion.org.
As you can imagine, many more communications, in the form of emails, phone calls, and even videos are forthcoming. As you and your family prepare for the upcoming year, please keep in mind that Redondo CARES. We ask for your Connectedness, Advocacy, Responsibility, Equity, and Safety.
Connectedness: Be present and focused throughout your interactive sessions. Check your schedule, emails, and learning assignments. Find creative and caring ways to be a part of our Sea Hawk family. Let’s also be mindful of balance. Manage your screen time on devices and be sure to detach from technology when possible.
Advocacy: Reach out to your teachers and counselors when you have questions and/or feedback. Speak up for yourselves and others. Stand up for those who are facing obstacles. Please follow our RUHS Communication Protocol.
Responsibility: Every stakeholder has a responsibility during distance learning and beyond. We ask that our students, families, teachers, and staff members maintain ownership of their respective roles. This is truly a team effort.
Equity: Every student, family, teacher, and staff member will be treated equally and fairly. All stakeholders will be afforded the same opportunities. We will be known as a socially-just and anti-racism school and community.
Safety: While confronting this pandemic head on, we will prioritize everyone’s health and safety. Health will be inclusive of social-emotional, mental, and physical care at all times. Finally, let’s check in with our friends, family, and colleagues often. A friendly text, phone call, or video can make all the difference in a person’s day.
One final note as we all make preparations for a unique school year at RUHS. It is normal for everyone to experience varying degrees of apprehensions and concerns. We are human beings, after all. Our ask from every member of this amazing Redondo community is to counter the inevitable anxiety with unrelenting empathy. Self-awareness and the understanding of others must unite us throughout the year. Let’s remember, we are fighting a global pandemic which has impacted nearly every facet of our lives. I have confidence our shared optimism, kindness, and appreciation for one another will guide us through any challenge that stands before us. We R in this together!
Stay well and stay connected, Redondo.
Mr. Jens Brandt
Redondo Union HS
One Sea Hawk Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 798-8665 x 4001