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Your results from last week’s quick poll rated the Health & Well-Being weekly 4.5 stars. Thanks! And we see there’s room for improvement. We love a challenge. Each week we will continue to work to provide you with a weekly newsletter rich in ideas and chock-full of timely information.

Round Rock ISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steve Flores, shares his message of unity as we all cope with COVID-19.

We salute our frontline workers, the healthcare professionals, grocery store employees, food service workers, delivery personnel, and truck drivers who continue to battle the front lines and bravely serve others. If you’re into Facebook, visit the Round Rock ISD Facebook page to view an album of heartfelt messages from our incredible students.

Right now, staying home is the healthiest thing you can do for your family and those serving on the frontlines. Our lives have done a complete 180-degree turn and we’re all still getting used to the changes.

For resources to navigate discussions with your children or to help you manage your stress and anxiety, visit the Round Rock ISD online behavioral health resource library.

We appreciate everything the Round Rock ISD community is doing to work together to fight COVID-19. For public health guidance to stop the spread, visit the Texas Education Agency Stay Well, Texas website.

At-home Online Learning – Learning goes on.

Monday marked the first day of at-home online learning. We are incredibly proud of our students, families, and staff for your patience, flexibility, and resilience as we endeavor, together, in this new opportunity.

Our Parent Guide to At-Home Learning offers tips for how to prepare students for the at-home learning environment. The guide also includes a Google Classroom parent’s overview video.

At-home learning is new, different, and temporary. We eagerly await to resume instructing, guiding, and encouraging students in-person on our campuses.

Printed take-home packets will continue to be available at our curbside breakfast and lunch distribution sites for students who would prefer printed materials or who may continue to have limited access to devices or the Internet.

Need-based Chromebook Distribution
Last week we distributed 7,500 Google Chromebooks for families who didn’t have regular access to online learning devices. Since inclement weather interfered with our final distribution day, the event will be rescheduled. Communications about the rescheduled distribution day will be sent out through District communications.

Featured Virtual Field Trip:

Are you ready for an adventure? Our nation’s National Parks 🏞 🏔 🌲await your visit! Choose from 31 parks across America, including: Arches, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone and Death Valley – from the safety of your home.

So, grab your device, hang on tight and let’s start exploring our National Parks.

Stay active:

For fun ideas on how to stay active, visit the Round Rock ISD on YouTube. A few of our incredible wellness teachers have enlisted their families to demonstrate 2-Minute 2 Fun & Fitness videos that showcase yoga, fitness games, and activities designed to keep the whole family moving. Follow your campus or the District on Facebook or subscribe to the Round Rock ISD YouTube channel for more upcoming 2 Minutes 2 Fun & Fitness videos.

April is National Library Month:

Library Services at Round Rock ISD provide students free, 24/7 online and mobile access to over 2,000 e-books and 34 subscription research resources, in English and Spanish. The resource-rich digital databases, include Mackin Via, EBSCO e-books, Follett Shelf and others.

All you need is your Round Rock ISD student ID to access thousands of FREE, ebooks, audiobooks and more! Students use their student ID as user name and password. Access and browse online E-books.

Follow PreK on Pinterest

Our remarkable Pre K teachers have pinned some of their favorite activities that can help spark the imagination of early learners.

We know there are a lot of questions. And we are working as quickly as we can to provide answers. We have frequently asked questions addressing instruction, grades, Rank in Class, promotion, food services, and more posted on our website. We continue to add topics and update information as things develop. Send your questions to us.

MEAL SERVICE during school closures

No meal service on Friday, April 10.
Originally scheduled as a non-instructional school holiday, meal service will not be provided on Friday, April 10. During service on Thursday, April 9, Food Services will offer weekend meals and Monday’s breakfast.

Weekday meal service is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 locations. Students pick up lunch for the day and breakfast for the following morning.

NEW*** With verification, children are not required to be present for parents to pick up meal(s). The District is required to verify student eligibility for each meal. This means that parents/guardians can pick up meals for students without the child being present, and each meal must provide verification of the student’s eligibility.

Visit the Food Service website for meal distribution locations and eligibility information.

Go Noodle

Ascension Seton donated over $68,000 to Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation to purchase Go Noodle with GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home for every elementary class in the District. GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is free premium content and learning materials, including movement and mindfulness videos, as well as downloadable learning resources and ideas for off-screen activities.

Ivy League Online Courses

Open a free Class Central account to access no-cost online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. Across the eight Ivy League schools, there are more than 450 active courses from Computer Science to Art & Design and everything in-between.

Participate in a reading challenge | Now-May 15

The Round Rock Express is offering two general admission outfield lawn tickets to the July 5 baseball game to children 12 and under who complete a reading challenge. Additional prizes will be awarded at the game to readers who reach certain milestones. Free. Full details on Reading Challenge.

Texas non-profit Community not Commodity has prepared a web page that lists resources to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more than 75 resources to help families with food, housing, utilities, job assistance and more.

– Thanks to community member Denise P. for sending us this information to share with our Round Rock ISD families.

Friday, April 10, Good Friday. Meal service is unavailable. See MEAL SERVICE during school closures section above.

Extended***The deadline to request a student transfer has been extended to Monday, May 4.

Seniors, fill out the FAFSA. For students starting college in the Fall of 2020, the deadline to file your FAFSA application is June 30, 2020.

National Library Week – April 19-25

We love our librarians. Librarians change lives by developing students’ joy of reading.

Select what you value most about your schools.

Results from last week’s quick poll question:

How do you prefer to stay connected with Round Rock ISD? Select as many that apply.

Email: 90.6%
Phone: 30.2%
Text: 60.5%
Social Media: 26.5%
App notifications: 29%
Eflyers: 9.3%

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