RMCA E-Learning Extended

Good Afternoon RMCA Community,

After much reflection and discussion within our community, RMCA has decided to extend our eLearning program for the remainder of the year.  I am writing to let you know that I have made a decision regarding in person learning for the reminder of the 19-20 school year.  As you are most surely aware, the governor has stated that a return to “in person learning” would be highly unlikely for this school year.  This has been an ever changing order that will continue to shift.  As a school leader much of my last month has been spent reflecting and working through the best process for our school community.  Student safety has always been the center of my focus.  Through weighing what is best for our student’s safety and educational benefits, I have determined that RMCA buildings will remain closed to students, and no in-person learning will take place for the final month of the school year, ending May 22nd.  Even if the governor allows students back into schools for a time this year, RMCA will remain closed to in person learning. 

This was a difficult decision, as I too wanted to hold out hope that we will be able to come back together as a community before the end of the year.  The health of our community overrides that hope, and I must make decisions that promote that health and well-being.  Any educational benefits that would happen by coming back together for the final couple of weeks, are outweighed by the risks to our students and staff. 

The uncertainty of the process and timeframe has made it difficult on our community and halted the decision making process for many of our families.  I hope this decision does provide you with clarity moving forward.  This decision does not mean however that we are not going to continue to look for opportunities to come back as a community in some fashion when the opportunity presents itself. The administrative team for all three RMCA campuses, is actively working on ways to celebrate our students through graduations, knighting ceremonies, grade level celebrations, material pick up and summer enrichment programming.   

We will continue with the eLearning process, collect assignments, and promote learning for all students.  Please continue to reach out to your teachers and participate in our amazing eLearning platform over the next month.  Student learning must continue as much as possible in this strange environment in order to set the stage for success as we are able to get back into our classrooms next school year.  Student grades will not be negatively impacted due to the closure and changing delivery system, but can continue to be improved.  Student grade completion and matriculation will continue as normal.   Thankfully we have the best teachers in the city providing that instruction to our students.  We will also continue our breakfast and lunch services for the remainder of the school year.  

As always it is a pleasure to be able to serve this community and the outpouring of support and kind words has been truly appreciated.  Please continue to social distance while taking care of each other.  Thank you for your partnership.  Please let me know if there is anything I and my family can do to support you in this tough time.       


Cullen McDowell

Executive Principal, RMCA