ROCKWALL, TX – June 30, 2020 – The Rockwall ISD shared the following message through its website and social media today:
Planning for 2020-2021
As we move towards the 2020-2021 school year, we will need to work together as a community of staff, students, and parents as we do our best to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to focus on our core values of Relationships, Innovation, and Excellence as we facilitate learning and serve our Rockwall ISD students and families. Our district leadership will continue to monitor and navigate changing circumstances while keeping the well-being of our students, our staff, and our families as top priority. A School Start Committee composed of district and campus leadership and curriculum and instruction experts continues to work on our plans for the upcoming academic year with the input of parents and teachers. Rockwall ISD is committed to your child’s learning and your family’s safety.
We want to share information about important things to know regarding the upcoming school year as of today, June 30, 2020:
2020-2021 School Calendar Remains the Same
The 2020-2021 school calendar, approved by our Board of Trustees on January 21, 2020, remains the same for the coming school year. You can plan on a school start date of August 17 and the school holidays outlined by the approved calendar. We await the State Fair of Texas organization’s decision to have the state fair this year. Their decision will determine whether our schools will observe the State Fair of Texas Day on Wednesday, October 7.
Parents will have the choice of either In-Person Class or Remote Instruction
Once the Texas Education Agency releases specific guidance regarding In-Person Class, RISD will communicate the details of In-Person Class and Remote Instruction to parents to decide the instructional model for their child(ren).
In-Person Class: Parent Choice of Learning Option
Rockwall ISD plans to offer In-Person classes, five days a week at all RISD campuses for PK-12+, this includes post-secondary Project LIFE Young Adults, pending Texas Education Agency guidelines. While in-person classes will require additional health and safety precautions, the Texas Education Agency has yet to issue requirements and guidance to schools. RISD will comply with state requirements in the effort to limit the spread of the virus among students, staff, other employees, and our community. The following are a few of the safety measures under consideration:
- Reduce student movement/transition in the building
- Transitioning students from class to class
- Lunch in the classroom/designated location
- Face masks encouraged for both students and staff
- Daily thorough cleaning of facilities
- None or limited large gatherings
- Limited outside visitors
- Students enrolled in this learning model will be expected to participate in district/state assessments to document student learning and growth.
In-Person Class Intermittent Closures
Rockwall ISD is also developing contingency plans for Intermittent Closures, if necessary. Intermittent Closures (the closing of a classroom, grade level, or campus) will occur for students and staff at a specific school if a recommendation for temporary physical closure is determined by public health authorities. In such a case, teaching and learning would move to a remote, at-home model for the duration of the temporary closure before reopening for in-person classes. For students attending In-Person Class, remote instruction will be the model during all potential Intermittent Closures.
Remote Instruction: Parent Choice of Learning Option
Remote instruction will be a parent choice learning option. The School Start Committee is currently developing the Remote Instruction plan. Students enrolled in this learning model will be expected to participate in district/state assessments to document student learning and growth.
Special Education Instructional Services
The Rockwall ISD Special Programs Department is working under the guidance of the Texas Education Agency to develop a plan for students enrolled in the program. Students who receive mainstream instruction, in-class support, or co-teach instruction will continue to participate in the general education curriculum with their individualized accommodations/modifications being implemented by the special education teacher. Students who receive resource instruction will have access to a modified general education curriculum at their instructional level. Students who are on an alternate curriculum will receive instruction of prerequisite skills at their instructional level. More information will be released to parents as plans are finalized.
The District is planning for the safest possible implementation of In-Person classes and Remote Instruction for the Fall. In that effort, students and staff must have the ability to transition smoothly between In-Person classes and Remote Instruction in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks. Intermittent Closures (the closing of a classroom, grade level, or campus) will be the procedure followed when COVID-19 outbreaks occur. In the event of an Intermittent Closure, the need for technology is critical for learning to continue. The District is making plans for such a transition now with a proposal for the purchase of additional Chromebooks for students in need of a device.
UIL Programs & Events
Rockwall ISD, like all other school districts, awaits requirements and guidance from the UIL and Texas Education Agency regarding Fall student participation in UIL activities such as Fine Arts and athletics.
As this pandemic situation continues to evolve, communication will be provided based on the most current guidance from our local, state, and federal health authorities. This website will be updated with the latest information.
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