Dear Round Rock ISD Family,
Given the current spike in COVID-19 cases across Texas and specifically here in the Austin area, we will be halting summer strength training camps for our athletes, which have been underway on high school campuses on a voluntary basis and with strict protocols since June 8.
Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency met Tuesday and Thursday with superintendents across the state via phone conference to outline guidelines for remote learning opportunities. The calls’ primary focus was to discuss draft plans on how both in-person and remote learning would count toward attendance. We are anticipating further guidance from TEA on health protocols for in-person learning.
As I shared in an update last week, we will begin school on Aug. 20 and are preparing for a hybrid model, which would include some instruction on campus and some at home, with the opportunity for an entirely virtual learning experience for families who choose that option. The news this week serves as a critical reminder that plans may shift quickly based on new information and current conditions. In preparation, we are also continuing to plan for a completely virtual start to the school year if conditions warrant. Our virtual program will include both synchronous and asynchronous delivery, offering students the opportunity to engage with their teachers and peers. It will deliver new and rigorous content that allows for a seamless transition back to the classroom when conditions improve.
The teachers, staff, and administrators of Round Rock ISD want nothing more than to welcome all 51,000 students back to school with open arms, but we must put the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and our entire community at the forefront. We will continue to update you frequently on plans for the school year. Please continue to stay connected with us through our Round Rock ISD website, smartphone App, and the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages and be on the lookout for essential updates sent directly to your email inbox. We know that these are trying times for each of us, but let us be mindful that we are always better together. May we find patience and grace as we navigate through an unprecedented time in the history of public education.
Steve Flores, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools