INFORMATION REGARDING

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

Updated: March 27, 2020 – 7:15 p.m.

Round Rock ISD is closely monitoring reports and information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in daily contact with health officials from both Williamson and Travis counties and are following the guidance provided by the Texas Education Agency, Texas Health and Human Services and the CDC. At this time, Round Rock ISD has suspended normal school operations through at least April 13, 2020. During this time, all Round Rock ISD facilities will be closed for instruction and other purposes, including UIL events, athletics, rentals, field trips, after-school programs and other campus activities. 

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Home Learning Hub FAQs

During school closures, Round Rock ISD is providing at-home learning opportunities via the Home Learning Hub.

Q: Are the Home Learning Hub activities required?  Will they affect my grades?
A: These activities are optional and will not count for grades or toward courses your student is currently enrolled in, but are meant for engagement and enrichment during the extended closure for the next two weeks. If the campus closures need to be extended, we will move to a virtual learning platform that engages our teachers in continuing instruction virtually to the extent possible. We will be using these two weeks to train teachers and prepare for this eventuality.

Q: Are paper copies available for students? 
A: Printed take-home packets are available at our curbside breakfast and lunch distribution sites for students who would prefer printed materials or who have limited access to devices or the Internet. This includes packets for the high school level, although not for all courses.

School Closure FAQs for Current Employees

Frequently Asked Questions

School Closures

Will students and staff return to campuses after April 13?
We are continuing to monitor this ever-changing situation and collaborating with local and state health agencies to determine the safest course of action for our students and staff. If and when decisions are made regarding class schedules or school closures, parents and students will receive appropriate communication, and updates will be available on the District’s communication channels.

How will the public be notified of updates related to COVID-19 and school closures?
If and when updates are available or important decisions have been made related to school closures and class schedules, parents and guardians will be notified by phone and email if their contact information is up to date. Notices will also be posted on the Round Rock ISD website (roundrockisd.org) and the District’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Parents and guardians can also download the Round Rock ISD mobile app on iTunes and GooglePlay to receive push notifications.

Food/Nutrition

Will breakfast and lunch be provided to students during the school closure?
Until March 31, we will be serving curbside breakfast from 8–9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at campus-based meal distribution locations

Starting on March 31, student meal distribution times will transition to once per day with lunch and breakfast for the following day available for pickup at the District’s campus-based meal distribution locations from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Service for the Montelena Apartments location will be from  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and service for the Double Creek Townhomes location will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Meal distribution will take place by the main office of each location.

Will breakfast and lunch be available to students on the weekend? 
Beginning Friday, April 3, students will 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.

Why does my child need to be present to receive a meal?
As a result of a waiver approved by the U.S Department of Agriculture, children are no longer required to be present to receive a meal. However, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is in the process of finalizing acceptable methods of proof of the number of children per household that qualify for the service as Districts are required to verify the number. Once this information is available, we share it with families.

Will you run out of meals?
If a food distribution location runs out of meals, we extend service time to prepare, pack, and distribute more meals. 

Can I volunteer to hand out meals?
The Round Rock ISD community is truly the best – the outpouring of volunteerism is remarkable. Meals can only be prepared and handed out by certified food handlers. Our food service staff are all certified food handlers and are eager to serve their students regardless if it’s in the cafeteria or curbside.

Can buses be used to deliver meals?
We think it’s a great idea too. Unfortunately, buses aren’t equipped with the correct climate controls to keep food temperatures safe for serving. We follow the Williamson County Public Health Department’s food safety guidelines and requirements.

Instruction

When will at-home instruction facilitated by Round Rock ISD teachers begin?

Starting April 6, students and teachers will begin instruction and learning through the use of tools such as Google Classrooms and the Round Rock ISD email system to receive and submit assignments and for teachers to provide feedback to students in a timely manner. Teachers will also have the ability to send recorded messages or lessons to students, which will allow them to view and repeat as needed in the timeframe that works best for their individual needs. 

Teachers will be reaching out to students soon to share more on how their individual class will function on these platforms.In the meantime, families are encouraged to explore optional activities on Round Rock ISD’s Home Learning Hub.

Why was an asynchronous approach to at-home learning selected? 

This option provides maximum flexibility and takes into consideration accessibility and feasibility for students and educators. This is also the primary approach of most colleges and universities for online instruction. 

Synchronous instruction is teacher-student interaction that occurs in real time via video conferencing and requires all students to follow a consistent daily schedule from their homes. Until the District can assure that we are equipped to safely utilize real-time video conferencing and provide access to video-conferencing in the homes of all of our students, we will continue to move forward with an asynchronous approach.

Do we have updates on EOC, STAAR, graduation requirements, TELPAS, etc.?
The Governor waived state law and requested a waiver from the United States Department of Education (USDE) for all testing requirements for this year. STAAR will not be administered by Texas Education Agency (TEA) this year. We will receive guidance from TEA for grade level promotion and other issues related to this assessment decision (e.g. graduating seniors this year, and in future years). TEA will also be extending the TELPAS window for testing and processing and will ask for a waiver from the USDE for local determinations to be used to guide English Language determinations this year. The TEA communicated to expect more flexibility on TELPAS as it continues to review the situation.

Will students be penalized for homework that was due after Spring Break?
Students will not be penalized for any pending work due to the school closure.

What do I do if my student does not have access to a laptop?
Need-based laptop distribution will begin on Tuesday, March 31, and continue through Friday, April 3. Laptop distribution will take place each day from 2 – 5 p.m. at Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Stony Point, Round Rock and Westwood high schools, and will be organized by school level. 

 To help verify student information, please bring a piece of paper with your student’s name and Student ID Number (s######) to the distribution site and place it on your dashboard so it is visible from the windshield. These devices are on loan from the District and are expected to be returned in the future.

The distribution schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 31: Distribution for high school students. (Please visit your home high school. Success High School students can go to Cedar Ridge, or your home high school.)

Wednesday, April 1: Distribution for middle school students. (Please visit the high school you are zoned to attend.)

Thursday/Friday, April 2-3: Distribution for elementary school students. (Please visit the high school you are zoned to attend.)

What do I do if my student does not have access to the Internet?
For students needing internet access, we have ordered wifi hotspots. We will release more information about the distribution of these after they arrive in the District. Also, a few Internet Service Providers are offering free, trial internet to homes that may not have access:

  • Comcast is offering: Sixty (60) days of free Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. For new customers, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com (website includes written and video chat customer service options) or by calling 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish). 
  • Spectrum is offering: Sixty (60) days free broadband and Wi-Fi access for households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. No installation fees for new households. Enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395.
  • Suddenlink (operated by Altice Advantage) is offering: Sixty (60) days of free internet to any household in its service area that has a K-12 and/or college student. Call 888-633-0030 or learn more at AlticeAdvantageInternet.com.

Will printed copies of material be available?
Printed take-home packets will be available at our curbside breakfast and lunch distribution sites for students who would prefer printed materials or who may continue to have limited access to devices or the Internet.

Student/Parent Information

Are new student enrollments being accepted?

Round Rock ISD campuses and facilities are closed from March 23 to April 3 and are unable to accept new student registration forms during this time. We will have a process for enrolling and withdrawing students in place by April 6, which may be virtual  if campuses remain physically closed to students and parents. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shared guidance on enrolling students after Spring Break on March 6, 2020. According to TEA, students seeking to enroll following Spring Break must be allowed to do so unless they have traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country (in which case districts must follow guidance from the CDC before students are allowed to enroll). This guidance will be followed once registration operations resume. 

For parents who withdrew their students from a different school district prior to spring break with the intention of enrolling them in Round Rock ISD after spring break, there will be no legal ramifications for students being unenrolled during the school closure period.

 

Will seniors graduate this May? Will commencement ceremonies be held?
We are doing everything we can to ensure, as much as possible, that seniors receive their diplomas on time. We are working to address issues dealing with seniors and other academic implications with the guidance of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. Seniors will receive communication as soon as we have more detailed information. 

At this time, we do not yet know whether commencement ceremonies will be canceled or postponed. Much will depend on the status of the situation in May and the direction from local governments on large gatherings.

Are students able to request and receive transcripts?
Round Rock ISD campuses and facilities are closed from March 23 to April 3 and are unable to process and complete transcript requests during this time. On the occasion school closures continue, updated information on how to request and receive transcripts will be sent to students. 

In the meantime, unofficial transcripts can be accessed through Home Access Center.

 

Communication

At-Home Learning: Laptop Distribution – March 27, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

School Closure Meal Distribution Times To Transition to Once Per Day, Weekend Meal Service Set To Launch – March 27, 2020 (Disponible en Español) Meal distribution locations

At-home Instruction: What our students can expect – March 26, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Round Rock ISD campus and office closures extended until April 13 and preparing for the future – March 24, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Round Rock ISD to continue to provide meals to students during shelter in place orders – March, 24, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Round Rock ISD Launches Home Learning Hub – March 22, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

COVID-19 Campus Closures: What’s Next for Students? – March 20, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Round Rock ISD to Provide Breakfast and Lunch for Students During School Closures – March 18, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Actualización de salud y bienestar: Las escuelas y oficinas de Round Rock ISD cerraran el 23 de marzo al 3 de abrilMarch 16, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Round Rock ISD schools and offices closed from March 23 to April 3– March 16, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Health and Wellness Update: Monitoring Continues: Classes to Continue as Scheduled – March 13, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Travel Restrictions – March 11, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Spring Break Travel – March 6, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Coronavirus Webpage Available – February 28, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Coronavirus Monitoring Continues – February 11, 2020

Health and Wellness Update: Coronavirus – January 29, 2020

 

Preventive Actions

What are we currently doing to keep students, staff and the community safe?
Our District’s efforts to keep our students healthy are supported by our Director of Health Services Elaine Douville whose work includes collaborating with campuses and working daily with campus nurses to ensure our District’s policies and procedures, which remain in line with those provided by both the Travis and Williamson County Health Departments as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are followed.

What are we doing to keep campuses, facilities and buses safe and clean?
Our Operations Department has deployed additional resources to ensure campuses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day and takes particular care to clean and disinfect following events at schools and facilities that draw large crowds and are open to the public at large. To clean our campuses, facilities, and buses, Round Rock ISD uses RAZOR, an antimicrobial, to fog campuses and are currently fogging campuses at this time. We also use Quat 256 daily for high traffic areas, including desks, water fountains, cafeteria tables, restrooms, surface areas, and nurses’ areas. Quat 256 is a hospital-grade disinfectant and is EPA registered.

Proper and consistent hand washing is essential. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet if it is not automatic. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 % alcohol; apply to the palm of one hand; rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry.  

Elaine Douville RN BSN NCSN

Director of Health Services, Round Rock ISD

Health Tips

There are also everyday steps that can be taken by us all to help minimize the spread of illness. These steps and more information can be found on the Round Rock ISD Health Services website and the Center for Disease Control website. Important actions include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your elbow or upper arm when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain the flu virus.
  • Proper and consistent hand washing is essential. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet if it is not automatic. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer; apply to the palm of one hand; rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Avoid sharing objects. If an activity requires the passing around of an object, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading the illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

Our Operations Department has deployed additional resources to ensure campuses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day and takes particular care to clean and disinfect following events at schools and facilities that draw large crowds and are open to the public at large. To clean our campuses, facilities, and buses, Round Rock ISD uses RAZOR, an antimicrobial, to fog campuses and are currently fogging campuses at this time. We also use Quat 256 daily for high traffic areas, including desks, water fountains, cafeteria tables, restrooms, surface areas, and nurses’ areas. Quat 256 is a hospital-grade disinfectant and is EPA registered.

Resources for additional information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas Education Agency

Texas Health and Human Services