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.
“We are so very proud of our ECHS Legacy class,” said Erika Elizondo, assistant principal of Early College High School. “The faculty surprised our seniors with congratulation yard signs to spread love and encouragement from our Owl Family.” The Early College High School Class of 2020 is the first class to earn their high school diploma and a two-year degree from Austin Community College. Way to go, Grads X2!
Summer melt is a term used by college admissions officers to explain to students who apply to college and get accepted but never actually show up in the fall. After students receive acceptance letters and decide to attend a particular college, they must complete a number of tasks to successfully start college.
The Round Rock ISD Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to mark their milestone moment with a Commencement Walk at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. District leaders, together with high school principals, have prepared an experience that provides an in-person family commencement event while observing social distancing guidelines.
One of the biggest questions parents and students may have during school closures is how grading will work? This video will help explain how grades will be calculated for high school students. Stay tuned for future videos for elementary and middle school parents. As always, if you have any questions, please visit our website roundrockisd.org/coronavirus for all the latest information.
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.
As we draw close to the end of the school, many seniors are wondering what is next? What about graduation? In a special message to the Class of 2020, Superintendent Dr. Flores addresses graduation and more.
Prom and graduation ceremonies are treasured events that we know our Seniors and their families have been looking forward to for years. For the safety of our students and their families, it is with great sadness that we announce that Round Rock ISD May graduation ceremonies and all prom events are canceled.
Flexibility is particularly important as new information about our circumstances becomes available by the hour. We must remain nimble and readjust or change course in the best interest of our students. To that end, we are modifying the previous announcement, made on April 3, about the District’s method for calculating Grade Point Average (GPA) and Rank in Class (RIC) for the 2019-2020 school year.