Category: Round Rock Opportunity Center

Donald Bosier Named Principal of the Round Rock Opportunity Center

Donald Bosier has been named the new principal of the Round Rock Opportunity Center.Bosier most recently served as an educational consulting and curriculum coach for BWright Educational Consultants and as a Restorative Practice Lead Trainer and Coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin.

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Superintendent Update: Plans for Summer and Fall

Turning a massive, traditional education system “on a dime,” so to speak, into a virtual environment has been challenging and complicated, particularly as we worked to ensure all of our students had access to the tools they needed to continue learning. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for your patience and support and to our dedicated educators, administrators and operations staff who worked day and night to support students.We are all ready to turn the page on 2019-2020, but we also know we still face an uncertain future. With that in mind, I want to share with you our plans for the summer and how we are working to design the 2020-2021 school year.

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Teachers add student group video chat option

Beginning next week, Round Rock ISD teachers will use Google Meet to host check-ins with groups of students as an extension of our asynchronous learning model. We recognize the critical importance of the student-teacher connection and we are asking our teachers to provide at least one opportunity a week for students to join in a video chat through Google Meet. Your student’s participation in these video conferences is optional.

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Serving the whole-student: Counseling and Behavioral Health services and resources

In Round Rock ISD, we believe strongly in serving the “whole student”, particularly during these unprecedented times. Though schools  are closed, counseling services and behavioral health resources and educational materials are available for both parents and students to access any time of day. These resources are aimed at supporting mental and behavioral health as students and parents continue the at-home learning experience. 

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COVID-19 Update: Staff Diagnosis

Our District was informed that a Round Rock ISD employee has received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. This employee is a food service worker who most recently prepared and distributed curbside meals at Anderson Mill Elementary School. The employee’s last day on campus was Tuesday, March 31.

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Need-based Chromebook Distribution Rescheduled for April 8

Need-based Chromebook distribution has been rescheduled for April 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Round Rock High School. The curbside distribution will take place to the south of the school’s main entrance, located at 201 Deep Wood Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681. Towards the pool and main entrance area of the gymnasium. 

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Launching at-home learning and addressing grades

Welcome Back! That’s what our teachers and administrators will be saying to our 51,000 students on Monday, April 6, when our students officially begin instruction and learning in our new, at-home environment. I know this new at-home learning approach raises many questions about how students will be graded for the remainder of the year. We have developed an FAQ addressing grades, GPA, Rank in Class, and promotion. The information is included at the end of this email and is also available on our District’s COVID-19 website.

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UPDATED WITH EXPECTED WEATHER INFO: Need-based Laptop Distribution to Begin Tuesday, March 31

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.

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School Closure Meal Distribution Times To Transition to Once Per Day, Weekend Meal Service Set To Launch

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. 

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At-home Instruction: What our students can expect

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.

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Campus and office closures extended until April 13 and preparing for the future

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.

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