• What is ConnectRPS? 

    ConnectRPS is our strategy to ensure that our most vulnerable students and their families stay connected to their school community and receive any supports they need during our virtual school year. ConnectRPS has three main components: 1) tiering students based on a variety of academic and social-emotional factors; 2) contacting students at a frequency determined by their tier; and 3) connecting students and their families with any counseling, city services, or supplies that they need to stay healthy and happy during our virtual school year.

    How will students be tiered? 

    The goal is to ensure that students and families who need the most support actually receive the most support. To achieve this, we will begin by tiering students into three groups based on a variety of data points as well as the qualitative input from teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school leaders.

    Example of data points that will be considered for tiering:

    • Attendance
      • Tier 1: 0 – 10% of days absent
      • Tier 2: 10 – 20% of days absent
      • Tier 3: 20% or more of days absent
    • Academics
      • Elementary and Middle School
        • Tier 1: Mostly grades of A and B
        • Tier 2: Mostly grades of B and C
        • Tier 3: Mostly grades of C and lower
      • High School
        • Tier 1: GPA of 3.0 or higher
        • Tier 2: GPA of 2.0 – 2.9
        • Tier 3: GPA of 1.9 or lower
      • Suspensions
        • Tier 1: No days lost due to suspension
        • Tier 2: 1 – 5 days lost due to suspension
        • Tier 3: 6 or more days lost due to suspension

    What will be the frequency of the contact between RPS and students/families?

    RPS staff, along with contracted partners, will contact students by phone, video chat, or, if necessary, home visit at a frequency determined by their tiering.

    • Tier 1 (Low Concern / Low Support): Students/families in Tier 1 will be contacted within the first 45 days of school to determine if any support is needed.
    • Tier 2 (Medium Concern / Medium Support): Students/families in Tier 2 will be contacted within the first 15 days of school to determine what supports are needed and what frequency of contact would be helpful.
    • Tier 3 (High Concern / High Support): Students/families in Tier 3 will be contacted on a daily basis and connected with the most intensive supports.

    Mental health professionals from both RPS and external partners, along with additional RPS staff who will be assigned to this effort during our virtual semester, will each have a caseload of students that they will be responsible for contacting on the appropriate basis and tracking needs for follow up.

    What kinds of supports will be provided?

    RPS personnel and external partners will provide direct support and/or connect families to the appropriate outside resources. Below are some examples:

    • RPS Personnel
      • Counselor: Engages in individual or small group counseling sessions with Tier 2 and Tier 3 students
      • Social Worker: Connects Tier 2 and Tier 3 students/families to community resources
      • Family Liaison: Makes no-contact home visits to Tier 2 students/families
      • Other (e.g., School Security Officer, as normal duties do not apply in a virtual environment): Calls Tier 3 students before school to ensure they eat breakfast and log onto their Chromebook
    • Contracted Partners
      • CIS Coordinator: Connects with Tier 2 students after school to debrief the day with them
      • Child Savers Licensed Clinician: Provides intensive individual counseling to Tier 3 students
      • RBHA TDT Employee: Connects with teacher to determine how to best support Tier 3 students during the virtual day
      • Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) Trauma-Informed Specialist: Provides professional development and coaching to non-mental health RPS staff who are a part of ConnectRPS