Category: Superintendent of Schools

Welcome Back to On Campus Learning

September 10, 2020 marked the first day of on-campus learning for Round Rock ISD. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steve Flores visited a few campuses to help welcome some of the District’s first students and asked some educators from around the district to record a welcome back message before the school year started. More students will begin their on-campus experience on September 15.

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Superintendent Update: 2020-2021 Start Date

As I have shared previously, we are planning to begin our school year on schedule, with the first day of instruction on August 20. Our first three weeks of instruction will be entirely virtual, with students accessing classes and assignments from home. Currently, we are planning to welcome students back to campus on September 10 with strict health and safety guidelines in place.

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Superintendent Update: On-Campus Learning

I long for the day that our campuses can look and feel as they did “way back when.” I’m not speaking of 10 years ago; I’m referring to four months ago. We can all agree that we want our campuses open, receiving our students and staff while providing all the extracurricular activities that define our proud public schools. As a district, we are not at a point where we can design an educational delivery model that we all can agree on 100 percent.

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Board President, Superintendent send letter to TEA regarding the upcoming school year

We are dedicated to advocating for our more than 51,000 students, 7,000 employees and families as we approach and develop flexible instructional plans for the 2020-2021 school year. This afternoon, Board President Amy Weir and Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D. sent a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, the chairmen of the state’s public education committees. 

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Superintendent’s Update: Summer Strength Training Camp and Fall

Given the current spike in COVID-19 cases across Texas and specifically here in the Austin area, we will be halting summer strength training camps for our athletes, which have been underway on high school campuses on a voluntary basis and with strict protocols since June 8. Earlier this week, the Texas Education Agency met Tuesday and Thursday with superintendents across the state via phone conference to outline guidelines for remote learning opportunities.

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Superintendent’s Update: 2020-2021 school year

Though the official start of school is still two months away, I know that our return—and how it will look and feel for our students and staff—is at the top of your mind. As we examine options for reopening, we remain grounded in the guiding principles we established when we first closed schools.

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Message from Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores: Commitment to Equity

This has been a difficult week for our country and our community. For months now, we have been gravely concerned about a disease that has literally taken the breath from its victims and our focus has been almost solely on keeping ourselves, our families and our communities safe from its spread. But this past week, the words “I can’t breathe” are a haunting reminder that, in our country, evil, hate and a legacy of systemic racism continue to plague our communities of color and, specifically, African Americans. As Superintendent of Round Rock ISD, I want our community to know that  we are committed to addressing this painful issue head-on in our District and on our campuses.

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Class of 2020 Round Rock ISD Commencement Walk

Round Rock ISD was determined to celebrate the class of 2020. The result was the Senior Commencement Walk, where each graduating senior had the opportunity to walk across the stage with family present and celebrate this huge milestone they have worked so hard for over the years. These are some of the moments captured on video.

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Dr. Steve Flores named 2020 Texas PTA Superintendent of the Year

Selected from nominees across the state, Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D., has been named the 2020 Texas Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Flores was selected for the honor as a result of his displayed commitment to the students and schools of Round Rock ISD and dedication to building a strong relationship with the PTA.

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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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Senior Commencement Walk: What Graduates can expect?

To assist our families, Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores provides an overview of what graduates and families can expect during Round Rock ISD’s Senior Commencement Walk. Dr. Flores shares details from parking to what graduates will experience while on the field.

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Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Surprise

Congratulations to the Round Rock ISD Class of 2020 Valedictorians and Salutatorians! This week, 12 Round Rock ISD high school students were surprised with the news of the year as they were named their school’s Val and Sal! Principals and campus staff stopped by to celebrate.

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How Grading Works: High School

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.

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“Physically apart, but together we stand #WilcoUnited

Collectively Williamson County public schools serve over 100,000 students, and we all are united in our mission to provide mental health support to our students and families during this time. If you need to talk with someone, please reach out. Our school crisis counselors are available, and families can visit roundrockisd.org for mental health resources and counseling service information.

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