Round Rock ISD to only offer online classes for first 3 weeks of 2020-21 school year

Students won't return to campus until at least September 10

Talk 1370 Newsroom
July 14, 2020 - 1:05 pm

ROUND ROCK, Texas (Talk1370.com) -- As indicated Monday night, Round Rock ISD will keep its campuses closed to students when classes resume next month, opting for 100% online learning to start the school year.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores announced Tuesday that "every student will participate in an all-virtual learning environment for the first three weeks" of the school year, which begins August 20.

Flores' letter to parents and staff continues, saying the district will provide on-campus learning beginning Thursday, September 10 while continuing to offer the all-virtual option for those who have chosen that option. According to a district survey of over 35,000 parents, responses were nearly evenly split with 50 percent of parents indicating they would prefer all-virtual and 50 percent indicating they would prefer on-campus learning.

The district says it will also publish its Reimagining Education plans this Friday, July 17. In his letter, Flores said the plans will provide an overview of how the district will apply on-campus safety and health protocols, available on-campus and virtual student support services, and include further details on what the virtual experience will look like and how teaching will occur on campuses. Those plans will be adjusted as conditions warrant.

Monday, Flores sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, urging state officials to provide districts more leeway on bringing students back to campus safely. As of right now, TEA guidelines will require districts to offer in-person learning for those who want it beginning with the third week of school.

Parents will be asked to make their choice next week after reviewing the Reimagining Education plans as to whether their student(s) will continue with online learning or return to campus beginning September 10. Parents will be able to make changes at the end of each grading period.

"The teachers, staff, and administrators of Round Rock ISD want nothing more than to welcome all 51,000 students back to school with open arms," Flores said, "but we must put the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and our entire community at the forefront."

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