Tyler Hultman has been named the new principal of Fern Bluff Elementary School. Hultman has served as the assistant principal of Pond Spring Elementary School since 2017 and, during that time, helped create a school-wide reward system that focused on positive student behaviors and reduced discipline referrals.
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.
Kathy Cawthron has been named the new principal of C.D. Fulkes Middle School. Cawthron has served as the principal of Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy since 2015 and, during that time, implemented a strong staff driven student support model for behavioral social and emotional needs and led the transition to an Arts Integration Academy.
Round Rock ISD students and families will have the opportunity to ask questions about how special education services will be delivered in the upcoming school year during a Virtual Town Hall scheduled for Monday, August 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In the best interest of staff and student safety, Round Rock ISD’s five comprehensive high schools will not be competing in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Band competitions this school year.
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.
A choice form will need to be completed for each student. The form asks for the parents/guardians name and contact information, preferred household language, student’s name, campus, incoming grade level, and student ID. After that, select if the student will continue virtual learning or switch to on-campus instruction once schools re-open, and if the student needs support with technology. Help us support all families by only requesting a device if your household does not have an adequate supply. The election for your student(s) to continue virtual learning or return to the classroom once our school doors open again is TIME SENSITIVE.
All Round Rock ISD summer extracurricular and campus activities have been canceled. The cancellations follow the order issued on July 14 by Travis County, which states all public and private schools in the county are to delay on-campus instruction until at least Sept. 7. The order includes that no extracurricular sports or activities are allowed until school systems reopen for on-campus instruction. Round Rock ISD’s boundaries cover parts of both Travis and Williamson counties, as well as the cities of Round Rock, Austin and Cedar Park.
As the first day of school draws near, we know that you are eager to know the District’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year and our efforts to keep students, staff, and community safe while also providing rigorous, engaging learning experiences. As we plan, we are committed to our guiding principles, which include:
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.
Round Rock ISD students and families will have the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming school year during a series of Virtual Town Hall meetings in July. Each meeting will focus on a specific area of interest, and during each Virtual Town Hall, District officials will share information related to the night’s specific topic and then take questions from attendees.
On Tuesday, July 7, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released public health operating guidelines for Texas schools. In anticipation of the release of the TEA guidelines, on Wednesday, July 1, Round Rock ISD sent out a survey asking parents to indicate, at this point, if they plan to send their student(s) to school on campus or participate in virtual learning.