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.
Round Rock ISD will continue to prepare and distribute breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 19 at 11 locations around the District during the Travis and Williamson counties Shelter in Place orders. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday and children must be present to receive a meal.
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.
We have a plan in place to provide resources to students over the next two weeks while developing a strategy to support at-home learning in the event that campuses remain closed beyond Friday, April 3.
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.
Throughout Spring Break, we will be working with our public health agencies regarding decisions on school closures and other responses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will inform our community by Thursday, March 19, if the return date for students or staff is later than March 23. Beginning Sunday, March 15, we are canceling all activities, events, and rentals of school facilities from outside organizations throughout the week of Spring Break. This includes, but is not limited to, practices and rehearsals for UIL activities, all special events, gatherings, performances and presentations, and meetings. The UIL is also suspending all UIL sanctioned contests effective March 16 through at least March 29.
We want to assure you that Round Rock ISD classes will continue today as regularly scheduled. District administration is closely monitoring the situation and will notify parents of any changes to school operations occur. At this time, as you know, Round Rock ISD is scheduled to be closed for Spring Break after classes dismiss today. Students and staff are currently scheduled to return March 23.
The health and wellbeing of our community, students and staff is our top priority and we want to be sure to keep you informed of our actions to protect against the risk of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campuses and our community. Round Rock ISD is closely monitoring reports and information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we are aware of today’s alert from the World Health Organization which has now designated COVID-19 as a pandemic.Due to this news and the evolving nature of the situation, we are suspending all district-sponsored out-of-state travel for students and staff and will evaluate all travel on a case-by-case basis when we return from Spring Break.
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.
Ace the Round Rock ISD Food Services mascot and Spike from the Round Rock Express are teaming up for National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6. Round Rock ISD elementary students who eat breakfast at school could win a Round Rock Express Kids Club Pack.
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.