In the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, and in accordance with an Executive Order issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on March 31, 2020, Round Rock ISD will be extending school and office closures until May 4.
Round Rock ISD is preparing thousands of Google Chromebooks for distribution to students who need access to devices to engage in at-home instruction. Curbside distribution will begin on Tuesday, March 31, and continue through Friday, April 3. Teacher-led, at-home instruction begins on Monday, April 6. The Chromebooks are intended for students who have no or limited access to devices in their homes. District technology staff have installed content filtering to only allow online access to educational resources.
To reduce the number of trips for parents and guardians, the Round Rock ISD Food Services Department will be transitioning meal distribution times to once per day starting on Tuesday, March 31. Beginning Friday, April 3, students will also be able to pick up meals from any location for Saturday and Sunday during that day’s meal distribution time. Weekend meals for students will be available for pickup each Friday.
With our decision to extend school closures and begin at-home instruction on April 6, we know many of you may have questions about what this will look like for our students. I’d like to take a moment to share an overview of what our students and parents can expect during this transition and how we will work to ensure that meaningful teaching and learning continues to take place for all students in Round Rock ISD.
In the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, Round Rock ISD will be extending school and office closures until April 13. This date aligns with both Travis and Williamson counties’ stay home, stay safe orders, and allows our entire community to do our part in keeping each other as healthy as possible. While this extension could mean students and staff will be back in our schools and facilities on April 13, we should prepare as a community for the strong possibility of school closures extending further, potentially through the end of the school year.
We are pleased to announce that Round Rock ISD has launched the Home Learning Hub for at-home learning during the school closure. Round Rock ISD’s Home Learning Hub includes grade-level resources anchored in our Aligned Round Rock Curriculum (ARRC) which is the foundation for all teaching and learning in the District.
In order to provide for families, Round Rock ISD in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture will prepare and distribute meals for children under the age of 19 at 10 locations around the District beginning Monday, March 23. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday and children must be present to receive a meal.
As Round Rock ISD continues to closely monitor reports and information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and maintain daily contact with Williamson County and Cities Health District and Texas Health and Human Services, we want to provide our families with guidance related to travel as Spring Break approaches.
Round Rock ISD is seeking parents to serve on a School Safety Committee. The committee addresses school safety in a variety of ways, including strengthening mental health initiatives and ensuring all school district employees are equipped to respond to emergencies.
As we continue to monitor reports of the impact of the Coronavirus, Round Rock ISD, along with our county health departments and state and federal government agencies, remain dedicated to working together to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. This is an ever-evolving situation and we must remain nimble to keep up with the latest developments. In order to keep our community informed, we have created a webpage with current information about Round Rock ISD’s response and plans related to Coronavirus, and also links to helpful information.
Projects from Bond 2018 continue to move forward with many making significant headway during Summer 2019. These projects, and more that will take shape in the next three years, will impact the entire Round Rock ISD community, which includes more than 50,000 students and 7,000 employees.
In an effort to improve safety and security, a Clear Bag Policy will be instituted at all large scale events held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex and Dragon Stadium in Round Rock ISD. These will include events such as varsity football games, band marching contests, and other highly attended events beginning in August 2019.