INFORMATION REGARDING

COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURES

Updated: July 6, 2020 – 2:30 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. In the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, and in accordance with direction provided by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Round Rock ISD schools and offices will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school year. 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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Google Meet Guide for Students and Parents

 Information to help students and parents utilize Google Meet are available on the Google Meet Guide for Students and Parents in English and Spanish.

Behavioral Health Support Resources

Resources and techniques parents and students can utilize to support behavioral and mental health needs during heightened stressful situations are available on the Behavioral Health Support Resources online library.

Counseling Services Resources

Content: Resources and techniques to support student mental health and talk with students about topics such as anxiety, depression, and COVID-19 are available on the Counseling Services Resources online library.

School Closure FAQs for Current Employees

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Instruction

What is the Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program?

Available on June 1, the Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program integrates Texas Education Agency-created At-Home Learning packets with Round Rock ISD instructional videos to support instructional continuity during the Summer. Members of the Round Rock ISD team will also be providing support at scheduled times throughout the Summer to answer questions and provide clarification as students and caretakers engage with the learning. Participation is optional. 

More information and resources can be found on the Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program website.

Is the Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program mandatory for students? 

No. The Summer Instructional Continuity program is optional and intended to provide instructional resources to help students stay engaged in learning over the summer, whether they choose to review concepts covered over the 2019-2020 school year or look ahead to the next school year’s course work.

Is the Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program intended for students who failed subjects and/or need to make up credit?

No. Campuses will contact parents directly if students need to participate in Summer Learning to support an identified academic need. Those courses will be offered virtually and will include real-time videoconferencing with a teacher in a small group format.

How is this program different from Summer Learning?

The Instructional Continuity: Summer Edition program is an optional program where students and parents can choose to participate. Summer Learning is designed for students who qualify or meet specific criteria determined by the district and will be invited by their campus to participate.

What do I do if my student does not have access to a laptop?

If your student does not have access to a laptop, please contact their campus administration. 

If my student received a Chromebook and/or wifi hotspot, will they need to return them in the summer?

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. If students are no longer in need of a Chromebook or internet hotspot to continue instruction, they are encouraged to contact their campus administration. 

What do I do if my student has technical issues with the Chromebook and/or wifi hotspot ?

You can contact the technology help desk at 512-464-5167 or can email support@roundrockisd.org with your contact info and a description of the issue.

What do I do if my student does not have access to the Internet?

If your student does not have access to the internet, please contact their campus administration. 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.

Special Education

What does summer learning look like for students with disabilities?
Students whose ARD committees made a determination of Extended School Year services based on documented regression are being provided a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning.

RRISD has made available summer learning for all grade levels on our Instructional Continuity Summer Edition website.  The resources available there have been developed by TEA, and parents and students are welcome to access materials which meet a student’s instructional level as well as – or instead of – their enrolled grade level.  This site also includes a link to continuity of learning for students enrolled in functional programming (FAC, FLC, FCC).

Individual campuses have identified elementary and middle school students with the need for reading and math intervention.  Those students will be provided a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, with a special education teacher consulting on the provision of accommodations.  High school students are being provided credit recovery opportunities through an online learning system.

What is happening with evaluations for dyslexia and/or special education that were begun before school closure?
We anticipate resuming in-person evaluation on a limited basis in mid-July.  RRISD is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff, so we are planning to implement new health protocols which align with federal and state recommendations as part of the assessment process.  Parents will be contacted on an individual basis regarding their student’s evaluation.

How will decisions be made regarding compensatory education which may be needed to bridge gaps caused by COVID-19 school closure?
RRISD is reviewing TEA guidelines for decision making around compensatory education.  Decisions will be made on an individual student basis.

Food/Nutrition

Will breakfast and lunch be provided to students during the summer? 

Working to feed students during the summer months, Round Rock ISD will continue curbside meal distribution through July 31. 

Curbside meal distribution sites are:

Bluebonnet Elementary, 1010 Chisholm Valley Dr., Round Rock

Callison Elementary, 1750 Thompson Trail, Round Rock

Joe Lee Johnson Elementary, 2800 Sauls Dr., Austin

Union Hill Elementary, 1511 Gulf Way, Round Rock

C.D. Fulkes Middle School, 300 W Anderson Ave., Round Rock

Grisham Middle School, 10805 School House Ln. Austin

Success High School, 500 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock

Stony Point High School, 1801 Tiger Trail, Round Rock

Montelena Apartments, 2501 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock

Double Creek Townhomes, 2500 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock

Curbside lunch and breakfast for the following day will continue to be served to students under the age of 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m on Monday through Friday. Weekend meals will also be available for students to pick up during meal distribution each Friday. 

In alignment with the District’s Academic Calendar, meal distribution sites will not be open on July 3 as it is considered an official District holiday. In anticipation, families will be provided with meals for Friday and the weekend on July 2. 

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, as stated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, parents or guardians must provide proof for each child that qualifies for the meal service during each visit as Districts are required to verify the number. Acceptable methods of proof include an official letter or email from the school confirming the child’s enrollment, individual student report cards, attendance records from the parent portal of the school’s website, birth certificate, or student ID cards.

Please continue to visit the Round Rock ISD Food Services and COVID-19 School Closure webpages for the latest information and updates.  We will also provide information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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, as stated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, parents or guardians must provide proof for each child that qualifies for the meal service during each visit as Districts are required to verify the number. Acceptable methods of proof include an official letter or email from the school confirming the child’s enrollment, individual student report cards, attendance records from the parent portal of the school’s website, birth certificate, or student ID cards. If parents or guardians are unable to provide documentation, the child must be present to receive a meal.

Will breakfast and lunch be available to students on the weekend?
Each Friday, students are able to pick up meals for Saturday and Sunday from any meal service location during distribution time.

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.

Student/Parent Information

How do I register my child?
To register your student, please review and complete the process outlined on the Round Rock ISD registration website. Once parents or guardians submit their online registration form, they will receive a secure email from their campus registrar within three business days. Please reply and upload/attach the required documents related to proof of residence to the email to begin the registration process. Once campuses are reopened, parents or guardians will be asked to bring in printed copies of the documents. 

For additional questions, please email your campus registrar.

Are students able to request and receive transcripts?
To request an official transcript, please email your campus registrar. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed through Home Access Center.
 

Communication

Round Rock ISD to hold Senior Commencement Walk at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex – May 1, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Teachers add student group video chat option – April 24, 2020 – Disponible en Español)

COVID-19 school closures: What does it mean for graduation and prom? –  April 20, 2020 – Disponible en Español)

Change to GPA Calculation due to School Closures – April 17, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Round Rock ISD Schools and offices to remain closed for the remainder of the school year- April 17, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Need-based Chromebook Distribution Rescheduled for April 8, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Launching at-home learning and addressing grades – April 3, 2020  (Disponible en Español)

Superintendent’s Message: Uniting During Unprecedented Times – April 3, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

Campus and office closures extended until at least May 4, 2020 (Disponible en Español)

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.

Community resources for additional information:

City of Austin 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas Education Agency

Texas Health and Human Services

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.