Today, Round Rock Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores announced that he is proposing the first 3 weeks of school will be 100% virtual for all families.
In the July 13 RRISD Board Meeting, Dr. Flores announced a proposal for the first 3 weeks would be 100% VIRTUAL, calling it a “3 Week Transition Period.” From Aug 20 – September 11 will be online and the first “in-person” day will be September 12 provided the number of Covid-19 cases decrease. This will allow more time for the schools and teachers and staff to be prepared for the school year and hopefully allow time for cases to go down.
Flores met with RRISD school principals earlier today and said that almost all of them were in agreement for the 3 week transition period.
In a letter sent to the Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Eduction, Mike Morath, Dr. Flores and RRISD Board of Trustees President Amy Weir ask for a suspension of in-person schooling for the fall semester.
Of note, the letter makes 3 specific demands:
- Suspend in-person school until the seven-day average hospitalization rate is five or less, the threshold set by the Austin-Travis County public health agency for a Stage 2 response
- Provide additional funding to supplement costs incurred by districts to provide safe and effective learning, specifically by appropriating CARES ACT funding directly to districts rather than supplanting state funding with this federal infusion meant to support pandemic efforts.
- Suspend the STAAR and the A-F grading system for the 2020-2021 school year.
The entire letter can be seen below:
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