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.
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.
Round Rock ISD students will be able to keep Chromebooks and internet hotspots that were checked out this school year during the summer. Students will keep their devices to support instructional continuity and access to educational resources and bring them to their campuses once schools are safely reopened.
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.
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.
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, Round Rock ISD schools and offices will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If weather determines that we need to reschedule or end distribution early, Round Rock ISD will contact families through direct text and email, and will also update our website and social media channels.