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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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Round Rock ISD to continue curbside meal distribution, adjust service locations during June

In efforts to continue serving families as effectively and safely as possible, adjustments to Round Rock ISD Curbside Meal Distribution Program will take place after the academic school year ends on May 21. This includes extending curbside meal distribution service through June 30 and adjusting distribution locations starting on May 26 as a result of construction projects taking place at Hernandez Middle School, Caldwell Heights, Double File Trail, Anderson Mill, and Forest North elementary schools.  

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How Grading Works: Elementary School

The biggest goal for at-home learning at the elementary level is to keep students engaged in learning. This video will help answer some basic questions on how grading will work at the elementary school level. Visit the FAQ section at roundrockisd.org/coronavirus for more.

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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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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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