– Good evening, everyone We’re gonna go ahead and get started Thank you so much for joining us in our virtual town hall My name is Jenny Lacoste Computo I’m the executive director of communications and community relations for Round Rock ISD Tonight, we’re gonna be focusing on what on-campus instruction will look like at the elementary school level We know some of you are joining us via live stream and some might be watching this recording later Just wanted to let you all know that currently we’re limited on our platform to 500 people in the actual webinar but we are working to increase this So in the future, we’ll be able to accommodate up to a thousand people so we’re looking forward to that So I just wanna let you know tonight, our panelists will go over a short presentation and then we’re gonna be available to answer your questions We’ll attempt to get to as many of them as possible but we’re also capturing your questions and that will help us inform our online FAQ So please look at our re-imagining education web page on our website and you can link to that from the very top of our homepage for more information Before we get started, I want to ask our panelists to introduce themselves Joining our team of district administrators tonight and campus principals are two members of our board of trustees, Amber Feller and Corey Vesa So Corey Vesa would you like to introduce yourself first? – Sure, I am Corey Vesa I was elected in November, 2018 I have two students who attend schools in the district One is in 10th grade going into 10th grade at Westwood high school and another going into seventh grade at Christian middle school – Thank you so much Trustee Feller – Hi, I am Amber Feller and I live in the Cedar Ridge community and I have three children Oh no, I have two children now in the school district ’cause I had a graduate in the class of 2020 Well, that’s the first time I’ve had to say that so I now have a class of 2021 senior and I have a fifth grader at Blackland Prairie – Thank you so much, Carla would you like to introduce yourself? – Sure, good evening everybody Thank you for joining us for this elementary town hall My name is Carla Amacher I currently serve as the area superintendent for our Round Rock learning community I am entering my 17th year of working with our elementary schools in Round Rock And so we’ve assembled a great team here tonight to talk to you about what we envisioned to be a really successful school year for our kids – Jennifer Lucas, would you like to introduce yourself? – I’m Jennifer Lucas I’m the principal at Gattis elementary in the Cedar Ridge learning community – Awesome, Alifia? – Hello, I am Alifia Britton, principal of Double File Trail Elementary I am proudly representing the Stony Point Learning Community – Vicki you’re next on my little box here – Thank you, good evening My name is Vicki Crain I’m the proud principal at Cactus Ranch Elementary in the Round Rock Learning Community – Sarah – Good evening, my name is Sarah Nelson I’m the principal at Purple Sage Elementary and I am representing the Westwood Learning Community – Brandy – Hi, my name is Brandy Hafner I’m the director of health services for Round Rock ISD – Jenner – I’m Janice Stow, I’m the principal El Singdel Elementary This is my beginning of my 25th year in Round Rock ISD and I proudly represent the Kneel Learning Community They say the oldest person for last, senior status – Mandy (laughing) does that make you the oldest? – Possibly Hi everyone, my name is Mandy Estas and I have the honor of serving as the chief of teaching and learning for Round Rock ISD – And finally, I wanna turn it over for a welcome to Dr. Steve Flores, our superintendent of schools He’ll then turn it over to Mandy for the presentation and just remind you that we’ll be using the Q&A at the bottom of the Zoom screen there for questions once we get through the presentation so Dr. Flores, would you like to welcome our guests? – Yeah, thank you so much Jenny thank you and your team for a wonderful, this is our third virtual town hall So thank you so much for that Welcome and thank you for joining us I’m Steve Flores, the proud superintendent Round Rock ISD We’re glad you’re joining us tonight whether you’re on the webinar or watching the live stream or even a recorded version of this later Our purpose with these town halls is to bring you with our subject matter experts who have been working day in and day out for months to plan a safe reopening of schools for our students and staff, to answer your questions and address concerns As you all know by now, we’ll be beginning the school year as scheduled on August the 20th but we will be 100% virtual for at least the first three weeks We’re very hopeful we will be able to welcome students back

to campus after that but we’ll also continue to offer a virtual option Today’s town hall will focus on what in-person instruction will look like at our elementary schools We know how important face to face interaction is for students particularly our youngest and we need to balance that with the safety for all So tonight we’ll be providing more information on what the experience will be for our students and for our parents We have a great panel of experts including some of the most wonderful elementary school principals on the entire planet who will give us an overview and then answer your questions Also joining us tonight and you met them trustees, Amber Fowler, and Corey VESA and they will help explain their role in priorities as well as we all work on these challenges together especially as a team of eight You should have received an email earlier this month with a link to parent choice form asking if you prefer on campus or at home learning for your student once we open schools again, I understand that some of you are waiting to hear the information tonight before making that decision Please know that you can access that link anytime and make or even change your choice We asked for that information by August 6th for our planning purposes but we will be flexible and no choice you make now is binding We want to do what’s best for you and your child So we have one more townhouse scheduled this week on Thursday We’ll be taking a look at what it looks like on campus learning will look like at our middle and high school levels so that join us on Thursday as well And before we get started, I want to announce we’re also scheduling an additional town hall This one that will focus on special education and special education issues There’ll be held on Monday, August the third at 5:30 P.M and that information will be on our website and social media channels Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances Please know that in everything we do, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority So with that, I’ll turn it over to Mandy Estas our chief for teaching and learning Take it away Miss Estas – Thank you, Dr. Flores and could we start the slide presentation? So thank everyone for joining us tonight As Dr. Flores said, our purpose is to help you better understand what the on campus experience will look like and feel like for our students when they return in the fall We know as parents that you are grappling with the choice of virtual or on campus and we want you to know that regardless of the choice that you make, we intend to serve your student very well Tonight’s town hall will focus on social distancing, safety aspects as well as what classrooms will look like in this new world of COVID-19 next– – Mandy? – Yes – There are people that are saying that there’s no sound coming through the video so I’m not sure if that’s true all over the place So just- – Okay – It is only for the livestream Jennifer and we are working on it but it does the folks on the webinar can hear and this is being recorded so we will be posting it – Okay – Okay, thanks Jennifer So throughout this process we’ve been guided by the principles that you see here on your screen Of course, our mission overall is to provide an exemplary educational experience for our 51,000 students but during this time of COVID, we know that we have to focus on prioritizing student and staff safety and wellbeing, focusing on equity and also staying flexible as many of you know, guidance coming from state and local and national authorities is ever shifting as the situation evolves And so we have to remain responsive and nimble as new guidance comes out to us Next slide Thank you So as we embarked on this new process of re-imagining what our schools could look like in this whole new environment of COVID, we thought of Walt Disney and Imagineering Walt Disney was never interested in what happened yesterday He was always looking ahead, always challenging people to think constantly about how they could do things better because what was done yesterday was never going to be good enough again And as we started this process of re-imagining what our schools would look like, it was striking to all of us how much this resembled the Imagineering process that Disney corporation uses Imagineers within Disney corporation are individuals who are placed on a team and they combine creative imagination with technical knowhow

And when you think about it, what we’re doing with our schools in Round Rock in as we reimagine is Imagineering We’re blending those high quality instructional practices that we provide for our students with new technical knowhow to produce an educational experience that is even better than before I know we all know that the craziness of COVID-19 is scary and it feels like a stressful bad dream And it’s definitely true that this past six months has been like none that I’ve ever experienced in my 31 years as an educator but I also believe that truly in this moment of history, we have an opportunity to reinvent education in a creative and innovative way that’s never been done before and that’s better than before So in tonight’s presentation, we’re excited to share with you a glimpse of what on-campus learning will look like and feel like and as Dr. Flores said, we have stellar campus leaders from throughout our district that we’ve gathered to walk you through, what it will look like on their campuses and on other elementary campuses in the district And without I’m gonna hand it over to Carla Amacher, area superintendent – Good evening, everybody I want us to think about what is about to happen in three phases Beginning August 20th as Dr. Flores referenced, all of our students are going to begin virtually For that three week period all of our students will be learning online and all of our teachers will be virtual teachers Our homeroom classes for all of our elementary students will be created in that traditional manner and students will be introduced to a whole team of teachers so that we’ll be promoting familiarity across the grade level with all of those teachers This is really important because going into this fall of 2020, although we are going to make effort to keep kids with their same teacher because of that flowing back and forth possibly happening between an online environment and an in person environment, there may be times where they experience a different teacher So initially in this three weeks, they will have their home room teacher but they will be introduced and be able to come familiar with the entire teaching team Beginning on September 10th, those of you who choose to bring your child back to campus for on campus instruction we’ll welcome your kids back into our buildings During this time, interactions will be limited to within the classroom community which will be quite smaller than we’re traditionally thinking of a classroom of 22 to one These will be smaller sized classrooms In that classroom community, they will be staying together They are not going to be interacting with other classrooms down the hall or other classrooms on the team It’s mostly going to be a tight family unit with limited access to other people in the school During this time, they will have a dedicated in person teacher when they come back to campus because at this point, we’ll know what everybody intends to do starting August 6th and we can begin planning for some of our teachers to remain on campus in person teachers and some of our teachers to continue teaching virtually As I mentioned earlier, teacher changes may occur if we could go back ’cause we have one more phase to talk through, thank you As I mentioned earlier, those changes might occur during that transition between online teaching and coming back into our classrooms Later down the road and you know, we’re all hoping that that’s gonna be sooner rather than later when we get great information about restrictions being able to be lifted across the state and across our nation At that point movement will increase on campus We will be offering virtual learning all year and so kids can stay virtual and we’ll keep teaching on campus and just know that as those class sizes might even flow again, there is the potential for teacher change If at any point later on down the road there is a need for us to cease in campus instruction on campus instruction, we will go back and revert to what August 20th to September 10th looks like in an online environment We’re ready to move on to the next slide So this is just to give you a little taste of if you’re considering bringing your child back to us in person on September 10th, both virtual and on campus are gonna be very compatible We are leveraging a lot of the same practices and a new learning management system to help us keep things consistent as possible between virtual and on campus learning So both will be experiencing your typical elementary classroom meetings Sometimes you refer to that as your circle time

That’s an opportunity for kids to engage in conversation and dialogue, set the stage for the day, social, emotional learning Our whole English language, arts time, reading, writing, whole group, small group interactive, all of our math lessons, our science and social studies experiences, of course, we’ll integrate our science and social studies We will experience art music and PE in both situations We will have support services available in both situations In the virtual environment, they’ll have some opportunities to go into virtual support rooms, some choice workshops will provide some enrichment activities and those class sizes will be larger And our virtual teachers will be managing larger class sizes If you choose to send your child to school for on campus learning, they will have the ability to have in-person teacher instruction, to compliment everything happening in Schoology and in all of those subject areas They will have in person interactions within their classroom community and so building community within the classroom is very important to us and they will have a reduced class size I’m gonna turn it over to Sarah Nelson to talk a little bit more about our new management system Schoology – Unmute Sarah – So we will all be utilizing Schoology and so all technology tools will be introduced to our teachers, our students, and our parents at a very comfortable pace as not to overwhelm anyone All students both virtual and on campus will be utilizing Schoology which is a learning management system that will allow us to have one stop shop for our students, our teachers and our parents to communicate regarding assessments and student progress Within Schoology, other technology tools will be housed as well None of these tools are new to our system However, they may be new to some campuses Dreambox will be used for math and Istation will be used for reading and students will continue to receive instruction on state standards, have opportunities to practice their skills and receive feedback at their level of understanding Use of these responsive programs will occur daily during the school day both on campus and they may also be assigned as homework and they will allow our students to move seamlessly between on campus and virtual learning as needed – I am Vicky Crain principal at Cactus Ranch and I’ll be talking about scheduling As a principal in a typical year, putting together a campus master schedule is challenging This year, I keep referring to it as trying to put together a 1000 piece puzzle You can do it, it can happen but it takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of patience Here’s some of the factors that we have to take into account as we’re making a master schedule First and foremost, we don’t yet know which kids will be choosing virtual and which students will be choosing to be in person So the number of students that come will determine how many virtual teachers we need or how many in person teachers we need So we are limited right now and finalizing master schedules until we have that data The other thing to think about is that some schools have unique needs that have to be considered This could be IB that you could have IB an arts integration campus, a dual language campus and all of these programs are gonna affect the master schedule Not all of our campuses have the same spaces When you drive by a school, all of our elementary schools look differently So principals need to figure out how to best utilize and navigate that safely That will impact lunch or how specials may look Master schedules are gonna look different at every campus because every campus looks different This past week, I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Sarah Nelson who’s at Purple Sage as we began the process of creating master schedules for our campuses I’m working on a master schedule for one of the larger campuses in Round Rock ISD but Sarah is dealing with a smaller campus about half the size but with a dual language program We’re both using parameters set forth by the district We’re gonna have a daily art music or PE time for kids We’re gonna have a lunchtime and a duty free lunch for teachers and a recess time but our master schedules will look different Both of the master schedules are gonna be designed to meet the needs of our specific community At this time Alifia Britton at Double File Elementary will be talking more specifically about art music and PE – Thank you

So I am discussing the a specials component specifically PE music and art We can assure that all students are done to receive PE music and art when they returned to campuses on September 10th The typical rotation would not exist So more specifically, we might have to provide the specials, PE music and art in person or we might be using other formats such as video or live streaming We’ll be able to do so with classroom teachers help as well as the help of interventionists and other support staff but we can assure that we will definitely provide the 135 required minutes per week of physical movement for students We’ll do that in many different ways We are still working on schedules as you’ve heard already more than once today, the schedules are gonna vary by campus It depends heavily on the number of students that are returning to each campus and also the actual layout of the campus, the available spaces on each campus Our biggest goal though is to limit the amount of teacher in exposure to students and also the amount of exposure students have to different teachers And I think we’re ready for the next slide – Let’s go back one I wanna get Jenner, might be having some technical difficulties – Hi, I’m here – Okay – Okay so to wrap it up of that part that my colleagues have presented so far, what we want you to see is there are some differences when you come back to campus The physical environment is gonna be changed a little bit with some smaller class groupings, possibly the way your kids are sitting A lot more processes have protocols in place for safety and health, hand sanitizing, wearing masks, the way the kids sit in one direction and so forth And there will be limiting the number of adults and other groups of kids that they interact with in that initial phase but what we want you to hear is that with all those limitations and what seemed to be constraints at the beginning is that this is gonna be a very welcoming, nurturing environment A lot of which you’re used to having in school actually will still be part of our core purpose We’re gonna be building relationships with kids We’re gonna be helping support them in any way we can, their social, emotional learning, their academic progress and we have a lot of creative staff are ready to do that I guarantee you that all of the staff that we represented, the 34 elementary schools, all of them are ready to have your kids back and we will be happy to see them and we will they’ll know that we’re happy to see them We may not be hugging all over them the way we normally would but we will be celebrating our kids Some of the things we won’t do that we have done in the past at least initially, we won’t have these large assemblies that maybe we’ve had celebration assemblies in the past at schools or school spirit assemblies, those kinds of large gatherings with groups of kids all at one spot We will just have to avoid that at the beginning but we will find other ways to celebrate your kids and celebrate their learning and their accomplishments and to still make this a very welcoming and nurturing environment for the kids whether you’re learning at home or learning in school and campus, all of the instruction is gonna be rigorous All of the activities will be aligned to state standards They’re gonna have a lot of the same experiences or types of lessons that they’ve had in the past It’s just gonna be a little bit different format and we’ll just have to pay attention to the health and safety aspects first and then build from there I think Jennifer Lucas maybe is gonna speak next – Good evening So we’re talking about in person learning and kids coming back to the building And like Jen said we’re super excited to have kids come back to see us The teachers want to see kids I know parents are concerned about their kids and safety as well as the safety and the health of our teachers And so we’ll follow all of the protocols

with masks and those types of things but when we have kids here in the building and in their classrooms, we wanna make that like it’s been in previous years It will look different We’re gonna have to be super creative Kids can help out and teachers can help out and be creative in creating those greetings Teachers would stand at doors and give hugs or high fives or handshakes when kids would come into the classrooms in previous years and at this time we’re not gonna be able to do that but I think that they can be super creative in coming up with greetings within the classroom And so kids can wear masks You will social distance We won’t have as much the physical contact of hugging kids is something that I’m gonna miss and is gonna be super super hard for me and I know is gonna be hard for other principals and teachers as well but for the safety of kids and safety of our teachers, that’s going to be different If a kid that was upset though, we’re going to take care of them and we’re going to nurture them and we are really gonna take care of kids in the classroom but we wanna make the classroom when kids come back to school have that sense of normalcy and coming back to a routine and a structure each day Although the structures may look a little different, we are going get back to teaching and having that classroom and it’s not gonna be I think maybe some perceptions, it was gonna be kind of lock and things like that and it’s really, we wanna create those warm, nurturing and loving environment – Okay, well thanks to all our panelists We’re gonna dive into some of the questions now we can maybe go get back to where we can see everyone So one of the first questions was about libraries Like how will we be able to, will kids go to visit libraries or not? And how will we kind of meet that need? – Sure, I can take that one, thank you for that question Our librarians have been working with Amy Uhlmann, who’s our director of library services to put together protocols for not only a curbside pickup for our learners who are learning virtually at home but also a distribution of texts within the library to students within the building So our libraries will temporarily not be spaces in which students go and mingle and touch books and put books back up We wanna make sure that we don’t create any unsafe situations inadvertently in our libraries but students will still have access to check out books, to take them home with them and then when they’re returned, we’ll make sure that they’re sanitized and ready to go before they’re issued to another student – And I know there was a lot of talk about scheduling and that’s especially it’s challenging a normal school year certainly now but we did have a question of can you tell us when we’ll receive our official schedules? – It’s one of the principals- – You know, typically you’ll learn about your own child’s class schedule when the child teacher introduces themselves to you, right So when you go back for meet the teacher night or some of our schools have welcomed walks traditionally and things like that This year I’ve heard a lot of principals talk about how they will have teachers introduce themselves to their students whether it’s through some sort of a forum like this, whether it’s a recorded video that they pushed out but however they do it that’s typically the first plants that what the day is the exact day of your classes is going to look like because keep in mind within the master schedule, every grade level on the team has a different schedule as well So they’ll get the school schedule pretty much at the same rate that they typically would in a normal school year If you’re an on campus learner, it’s not going to look drastically different than a traditional schedule We are going to be leveraging some technology tools that you’re going to be in there with your classroom teacher as well and able to get in person instruction that compliments anything that we’re doing in the virtual world So I wouldn’t any drastic changes to an in person schedule – Okay, so this one, one of our dual language principals might wanna jump in Can you explain if and how the dual language program will be affected? – I can jump in What we are really talking and communicating

with all of the dual language principals on our campus and there are a couple in each learning community and so we really taking the lots of things into consideration We will still be implementing the dual language program both virtually and in person And so it will continue to be delivered that way We just may have to collaborate across campuses in some form or fashion to serve all our students – Another interesting question, please can you describe how new students maybe from out of state would be socialized into their new schools? I bet some of our principals have been thinking about that – I don’t mind jumping in and taking this one So at the beginning for the first three weeks when everybody is virtual, there’s going to be an embedded, social, emotional learning time in everybody’s schedule So that’s where Carla addressed staff meetings, getting to know each other A lot of our campuses start that way if we were in person, is not something that we’re gonna hold dear to our hearts and bring into that virtual setting They’ll introduce get to know you games and fun icebreakers Through Schoology, kiddos will have an interactive opportunity to introduce themselves that way as well and so just like a teacher would go out of their way to make everybody feel welcomed and everybody feels seen and heard in person classroom We’re gonna make sure that those same things happen virtually as well – Right (mumbling) this one is probably for you and of course we don’t know for certain the answer to this question but one parent wants to know when will parents have an idea of how many kids will be returning to in-person learning after the first three week period? – Oh yes, that’s a great question And I think that goes to the information that we are collecting through our parent choice surveys that we’ve sent out and we know we are encouraging parents and families to make a choice by August 6th but we also know flexibility’s key during this time that there may be some changes that occur in the family that necessitate a change in the learning environment for the student so as those campuses then know how many students are coming back in person, those classes will be built and class sizes will be formed It’s very important to us if at all possible and we do think it is to keep students attending the school that they’re boundaried for so at this time we have no intent to move students from one school to another but rather we’re going to manage the students within the schools that they’re assigned to So more to come on that – Thank you And this question might’ve come in actually before the announcement that we are going to be having or remind everyone we will be having a town hall, a virtual town hall specifically on special ed to address special ed on Monday August 3rd also at 5:30 P.M but I’ll go ahead and ask the question in case some of our district administrators or campus principals wanna jump in How will dyslexia services and inclusion services work in the virtual classroom? – So in the virtual classroom Jenny? – Yes, I realized it was virtual as I was reading it and (background noise drowns speaker) Yeah and I think it’s okay to go ahead and answer but I’ll just remind our participants we are focusing on on-campus I’ve gotten lots of virtual questions We’ll try to sprinkle some in but you can go back and watch the video from last Wednesday’s town hall We spent about an hour and 45 minutes I believe in all with lots of information about our virtual learning – Yeah, so thank you for the question and we will delve more into all of those special education dyslexia matters on Monday but essentially students will participate in the group synchronously with a dyslexia teacher So it will look very much like the experience on campus but would be in a virtual format – Okay This attendee is asking for a little more clarification on and I think you guys did a good job in that presentation but how much interaction will the kiddos on campus have with their teacher? There’s been a little bit of confusion about how much of on-campus is still done through a virtual platform – I can talk about that a little bit I think yes A lot of parents were confused after the first go round came about because we were still trying to formulate how we were going to launch both at home and in-person learners simultaneously So rightfully so our wonderful teachers helped us poke some holes in our first iteration of that And so what we’ve come up with is a much better plan which will allow the classroom teachers who were teaching the in-person groups to interact more like they typically would I mean, they’re going to be talking with the kids,

they’re going to be interacting with the children They’re gonna be using their humor and all the things that make a classroom fun It’s just gonna be spread out a little bit more and they may not use the same kinds of tools or sharing supplies but the in-person picture that people may be first had was just all day long in school suspension or something It’s not gonna look like that at all Kids are gonna go outside for recess just only with their own class at first and they’re gonna safely move around the school environment So I want parents to feel a little bit more relaxed about that and especially for new kindergartners coming in Really our teachers just can’t wait to get their hands on the kids I’m more worried about making the teachers follow all the safety protocols than the kids We’re probably just gonna like scoop them all up and try to grab them all in her arms as soon as they show up and I’m legit for Lucas on that one We do love our kids and they will know with us following the safety protocols at the same time how thrilled we are to have them in our classrooms – Thank you Jenner That’s really helpful – Can I add to what Jenner said? – Absolutely – Because students will still be utilizing the computerized systems that were accessing virtually So in the virtual setup with Istation and Dreambox and Schoology during in person class just like we would in a normal school situation Kids would access computer programs in a blended learning format within our classrooms So at some point during the school day, kids will get on If they’re doing the in person learning, kids will get on Istation or get on Dreambox and work through that, that helps inform teachers and it helps us inform our instruction and how they wanna address kids’ needs but those can also be accessed from home So just to clarify that and add to that – Okay, great Next question is how will it work for childhood? Normally I get pulled out of class for a little extra reading or math help How will that happen? Where will that happen? – What we envision is the use of all of our tools So when we’re having kids on campus, we do wanna keep it as regular feeling as possible to the regular school year We also need to make sure that we’re not having some of our teachers who might be our intervention teachers or teachers might be pulling small groups, interacting with so many kids that there’s a lot of crossover in and the amount of children they’re seeing ’cause then those children go back to their classroom after interacting with children in their small group, right So in the beginning, we’re really gonna try to minimize that We’ve talked a lot of it’ll go back to creative scheduling and looking at the staff that we have and if there’s appropriate personnel that could be attached to a certain few classrooms, it might also be leveraging technology in that if those first three weeks of school, I’ve been in a virtual small group for extra support and that’s going well, there’s no that when I return on campus, I can’t move to the classroom in the back and put on my headphones and participate in that small group and then go back and join my class again So it may look a little bit different depending on like I said the availability of staff and the child’s situation but we really, whether your child’s learning virtually or learning in person, they will have opportunities to engage in small group instruction with the specialists that they need access to – Okay and hopping back over to another special ed question Will kids in special ed be allowed to join their general ed peers for inclusion time? – Yes, that inclusion resource will be very similarly structured to how it has been before COVID-19 And if any of the principals wanna expand on that but the short answer is it will be very similar, yes – Okay, Brandy this one’s probably coming your way, our director of health services, this person is saying they do hope face masks are mandatory for those who wanna do in person school so maybe you can kind of talk a little bit about what we’re requiring there and asking if there would be a daily temperature checks – So we are not doing daily temperature checks That’s not recommended by the TEA Of course, all of these things are subject to change Our guidance has changed even since we created

re-imagining education document So these things are changing all the time Right now, we have our early childhood students, our kindergarten pre K through second grade students wearing their face coverings when they are in hallways, transitioning on the buses, those kinds of places but not required in the classroom all the time Of course the teachers will be working with the students trying to encourage students to wear them the whole time but it would not be mandatory It would however be mandatory for all students in grades three through 12 to wear them throughout the whole entire school day Right now, TEA is defining face coverings as cloth masks or a face shield I know there’s a lot of controversy as far as that goes because TEA and the CDC did not align as far as that goes CDC has recently updated their guidance and we’re waiting for TEA to update their so stay tuned for changes as far as that goes We’re trying to keep up with the pitches ’cause they’re happening rapid fire but no daily temperature checks That will be something that staff as well as families will have to take care of on their own, making sure that you have self monitored, that you’re self monitoring your students at home before you send them – And this person had had a part two that I could probably answer They’re asking if a family decides in person, can they switch back to online and the answer is yes We’ve always said we want people to feel comfortable Of course, the more we know as a district, the better we can plan but particularly if you have chosen in person but for whatever reason, your family circumstances change and you feel like there’s a greater risk then you could which is why as our principals have been describing, we’re trying to make it where that switched back to virtual will be seamless for the student And we wanna make sure that our parents have all the information they need before they make that decision So I think we’ve kind of gone over this but since it’s a question I’m gonna go ahead and ask it ’cause maybe we need to explain a little more This question is how will teachers be able to focus on the children in the classroom when they will be on the screen working with virtual children, Carla or maybe one of the principals, to explain how we’re structuring that? – Sure So beginning September 10th, students will be assigned to either a virtual teacher or an on campus teacher and teachers will be focused on one or the other and so if I’m in my classroom teaching and virtual teachers will also be on campus teaching from their classrooms but virtually and so there’ll be attending to their children who are at home So we want the team to continue to collaborate and to continue to plan together and work together and there needs to be opportunity for them to ebb and flow across the team to support one another in case of whether it might be an absence or just another need that comes up And then we also know that we’re gonna have kids kind of transitioning between at home and in-person learning at school and so it really is going to be a team effort but on a day in day out basis, an on campus teacher is dedicated to her on campus kids – Thank you for clarifying that and this one is another virtual question but it’s one that’s bubbled up So I think maybe good to address, how much of the virtual teaching will be teacher created versus district created seems like the teachers know their students best and should be creating the lessons for them – Yes and I would completely agree with that and this questions goes back to last spring when we had to quickly shift on a dime all teachers and all students across the district and so the district did provide our instructional coaches put together instructional slide decks to load into Google classroom Teachers could personalize them but we were really trying to maintain that consistent experience and get everyone accustomed to a virtual instructional environment This fall will be totally different All teacher planned, all teacher prepared, of course, instructional coaches and district staff are there still to support and as many of you know, our aligned Round Rock curriculum is the backbone of all of that, it’s the resources, it’s the standards, it’s the pacing teachers will go into the arc, will look at the units coming up and then they will plan the lessons – This is more of a kind of big picture question that I think every school superintendent wish he knew the answer to So Dr. Flores, I’m gonna put you on the spot This parent’s asking will the entire school year be virtual if COVID conditions change and no longer a risk, will students be able to go back to school in the traditional form? That’s what their quotes – Well again, that’s a great question and that’s something that we all have wonderings about throughout the state I talked to superintendents from the Houston area, from Fort Worth area, Tarrant County and what we have again, back to our guiding principles is a flexibility and the great thing about it is we can offer

if it’s to the point where we need to be virtual but again, what I think has been stated over and over and you can tell by just the excitement of the principals, they want the kids in the classroom These are the principals I think they’re hearing from their teachers the same way So again, I just commend the staff for the flexibility and the ability to shift so quickly but our hope is to get back on September 10th and then be as consistent as possible and then move as was stated earlier, we’ll expand the capability once we get better and better, as our world gets better and that’s our hope that it gets better and that’s everybody’s hope so again, I know that’s kind of vague but at the same time just know that we’re gonna be as flexible as possible, wanting our students in the classroom as fast as possible when it’s safe to do so for students and staff And again, I think Mandy the last question I can expand a little bit cause I’ve heard it a lot as well I’ve received a lot of please let’s get back to school, let’s get our students in the classrooms ’cause last spring, it was crisis education It wasn’t our normal education delivery Now with teacher generated and all the campus generated information with our aligned Round Rock curriculum which makes Round Rock really one of the envies in the state with regards to how we have a very rigorous curriculum for our students but as you can see also, it’s not just about the rigor, our principals are displaying that it’s also about the relationships that go with that So again, we’re gonna be as flexible as possible and as safe as possible and there’s even new information I think that question right there was some information from the attorney general which I won’t get into today but that’s what had my phone ringing So I just need every parent to know that the phones are ringing, that what’s happening is so fluid that sometimes I used to say that we’re gonna change by the day or by the week now it’s almost by the hour and even by the minute So with that, I know that’s a long about way of saying that we’re gonna be as flexible as possible but keep in mind that safety of our students and staff is guiding principle number one so will stay that way – The next question kind of piggybacks on that safety thing Brandy, this one’s for you, what happens if my child’s teacher test positive for COVID or if one of his classmates test positive? – That guidance has changed recently as well We’re getting conflicting guidance from the two counties that we have our district reside within So we have asked Williamson and Travis County to work together to help us develop some tools to help make those decisions So I don’t wanna speak to that right now not because I don’t want to but because I feel like I’d be getting inaccurate information so stay tuned There’s more information coming from the counties that the health authorities and the two counties that we live amongst and more information coming soon – Yeah and I think that this there’s another question that would probably be similar but correct me if I’m wrong or you have more guidance but it’s what’s the criteria for returning to a normal school day? What are the numbers have to look like and who sets these standards and I think it’s important for people to understand that our district does straddle two counties and three cities and so do you wanna just talk a little bit about how you’re partnering with both of those counties- – Yes, like Dr. Flores said the phone rings all day long and we’re constant communication so I get lots of feedback and lots of emails from families about their concerns and just for you to assure you this is things that are on our mind, we’re working on this all day long and this is something that we are wanting We’ve asked these two counties to work together to help us create an algorithm for our return So we of course wanna come back to school with our kids and we wanna come back to safe reopen and be able to have our kids in the school but to do that, we would like to have some guidance from them as to when it’s safe to open So we’re waiting for that to come It’s supposed to come in the next few days and when that guidance comes out, I’m sure that will be shared with the community so you can see what we’re seeing and how we’re making our decisions – And I just wanna say again to our attendees, we’re getting a lot of questions, very specific questions about virtual instruction And so if I could just encourage you to watch and again if you go to our website, there’s a link to their re-imagining education webpage at the very top of our homepage and if you go there you’ll be able to scroll down You’ll see where we have our virtual town halls You can watch recordings, you can look at the presentations People are asking about schedules We actually have those We can link and seed the schedules for students So I don’t wanna leave you hanging ’cause we have the answers to these questions that we wanna make sure we’re honoring the folks who did tune in specifically for on-campus information now and we can answer that and then this will be reported and available as well but we spent a lot of time on virtual and have lots of answers We have a question about will students be eating

in the cafeteria for lunch? What additional safety precautions will be implemented? – So this kind of goes back to the size of your campus and the needs of your school So we have campuses at the elementary level who serve a thousand kids and it would not be feasible to run our kids through the cafeteria for lunch and have multiple classes intermixing in that space but we do have some campuses that are quite a bit smaller and would be able to perhaps put two classes in the cafeteria at the same time very much safely apart on other ends of the cafeteria So it really goes back to space, size of the campus and the principal working with the cafeteria manager and their COVID coordinator for their campus to make the best plan and the safest plan for their students – Thank you, Carla, this is an interesting question Will in-person classmates be able to interact, have lessons with virtual classmates? Has that been discussed? – So that is an option within the Schoology platform and that’s one reason, a good reason to utilize it on campus to some degree is there’s an opportunity for students to collaborate across that divide, the at home and the on campus learners Now keep in mind for elementary, the on-campus learners will be grouped with one teacher or teachers and the virtual learners, the ones at home will be with another teacher so at elementary that may be more limited but certainly within their classmates, that’s an option and I’m sure the schools may find some other creative opportunities to connect the kids across both environments – Thank you, Mandy Here’s a question that I know everybody on this panel wrestles with and is concerned about how can the district reconcile their statement that equity is a focus when in person classes will be much smaller than virtual, with different teaching strategies How are we making sure that we are maintaining that focus on equity with these two different delivery models? – Well, I’ll jump in and then if one of the principals wants to follow up I think that goes to our very core especially in elementary which is to really individualize instruction to make sure that we know the kids very well, we know their needs and we respond in a way that meets each child’s needs So all of you parents who’ve been in our schools, you know, that we assess kids at the beginning of the year and while it may not be the very first thing that we do this year as we welcome our students back, very quickly your teachers will get a handle on where students are with their learning, where their strengths are, where their gaps are and then from there they plan instruction and so that will look very similar in my opinion in either environment, we’ll be reaching out to each kid, making sure that we know the student and then responding to their needs And any of you that wanna add on, I’d welcome you to do that from the campus – I think one of the things that the folks are thinking about when you have a large virtual class size so when we are in that virtual setting and if you have looked at the virtual schedules, there are time set aside for small groups, for instruction and reading and math throughout the day and so while a larger group, you’re gonna log on in the mornings and have all of the students there participating and building that classroom community no matter virtually or in person That’s the focus is we’ve got to build those relationships and build that classroom community but at the time you’re gonna schedule small group instruction and so you’ll really be able to focus on those small groups of students and get that personalized instruction at that point So hopefully that clarifies that a little bit – Thank you so much, Brandy we had another question about a mask requirement Would the district back off that requirement if the County or state orders soften that requirement? – I mean it just depends that’s, we take our guidance from them That’s not a rule that we made So that’s something that we would take those I mean, if they change the guidance I can see that we would change it as well Please know that those mask guidance is for students that are developmentally able and capable to wear a mask So when we’re talking about students wearing masks all day long in grades three through 12, you know there are some students who that developmentally is not appropriate So you have some individual needs regarding face covering Those can be addressed on a case by case basis in request for accommodation should be submitted to the campus administration but we are still waiting for that guidance to change We’re waiting – That’s very good context, I appreciate that We had a question about what will everyone who requested a Chromebook receive one? And we did distribute I think it was almost 13,000, Mandy correct me if I’m wrong Chromebooks and we did ask

unless they were graduating senior students to keep those We’re actually getting other laptops from Chromebooks now ready and ordering So the eventual goal will be one to one in Round Rock ISD but as you can imagine lots of districts are ordering Chromebooks right now so it might be a little later in the fall but will be able to meet those needs and in the meantime, we’re asking families who do have access to their own devices that they can please use those so that we can make sure we get them in the hands of the kids that need the most Mandy anything I left off or? – No, that’s (mumbling) we do anticipate that we will be able to meet that need However, if you have a laptop at home, if your child already has a Chromebook, Schoology will work just fine on across many platforms We’d love to have you bring that to the school, we’ll help you onboard it and then that’s one more Chromebook that we have to issue to another student – This question and then we’ll start wrapping up Saying will they be staggered, drop off and dismissal schedules? How would that work for siblings and multiple grades if so? – I can address that one a little bit and I think it’s gonna be a dependent totally on how many students we have coming So I don’t think we can answer that I typically have 840 students at my campus You know, if the majority of those said they’re coming, yes, I would expect to have a staggered schedule because I can’t safely get that many kids in my building and keep them apart but if I have a much higher percentage choosing to be virtual, then I might be able to keep my regular time So I think that’s gonna be totally dependent on how many students sign up to be in person – And we’d had a question wondering about what each school have some sort of a town hall and I know all of our principals do an amazing job communicating in a variety of ways, whatever works best for your community Do any of you wanna address your either communication goals or what you plan to be doing to reach out to parents and making sure that you have that open line of communication? – I think as Vicky was alluding to depending on your campus, you might have to come up with some new processes for arrival and dismissal, the way you’re gonna do parent night and welcome back to school events is gonna obviously be different and a lot of it’s going to be virtual So each principal and the teams within the schools right now are already thinking about ways that they can still open up their learning community, get their group back together in some form to kick off the year and push out all the information So we’ll use a variety of tools, all of the shoes, Blackboard, we send things out through the parent communication with some more newsletters or our video announcements, all of that and we’ll just continue to expand those ways that we reach out to our parent groups and using social media as well I’m already working with my PTA for example so they can push out on the PTA webpage, some things we’re gonna do to help get supplies picked up if they ordered pre-pack supplies things like that So each principal’s on top of that, I guarantee you So not really a town hall, we’re not gonna just have a big Q&A webinar probably but we will wanna make sure that whatever we land on for our school that all of those communicated thoroughly to all of our parents, the students before the first day – Thank you, Jenner – I’ll piggyback on Jenner if I can thinking about Schoology I think there’s lots of questions about Schoology from parents and I can kind of see an envision our back to school night where we would typically have the meet the teacher It would of course be a virtual thing but it might be a virtual opportunity for the parents and the students to sit side by side, logged in on the computer to Schoology for them to practice prior to school starting kinds of things We will be getting access to Schoology very soon and learning more and more about it ourselves but I think that that’s a lot of where some concerns from the spring where they had problems accessing it and logging on and logging off So I think especially kindergartners and pre-K is coming in, it’s going to be critical and with all students to be able to have parents sit side by side with their kiddo to see that learning management system and what it’s gonna look like and how they can view it and things like that So I think that that will be an opportunity to help parents understand what tools we’re gonna be using – And I just want to add, we have teams that are already working on virtual opportunities

to connect with families before the start of school so that we help you navigate through Schoology, help you get to know the teacher You certainly will have the opportunity to share those exciting and interesting things about your student that helped them be a unique learner and it’s not to say either that we won’t have the opportunity as principals to do coffee with the principal just virtually So there’s still opportunities to connect with principals and make sure questions are answered and everyone feels assured – Right, thanks so much I wanna give our trustees a chance We were so happy they joined us and we’re gonna have at least one or two trustees joining us on our town halls from now on but just maybe to reiterate the board’s role in this or just anything you wanted to share Trustee Feller, would you like to go first? – Yeah Thank you First of all before I get started, I have to say thank you to all of these wonderful people that are on screen talking and I know you ladies and Dr. Flores have given so much of your heart and soul since March 13th and you’re tired and you’re excited in the same heartbeat of you want those babies back And I say babies because we’re talking about in person for elementary but you want them back on your campuses and listening to all this it, yeah, I got so excited thinking about it was like the traditional first day of school and then I remembered oh yeah, it’s not like that but we’re gonna make it as much like home as we can I also wanna thank all the parents that are out there watching tonight and that have reached out and contacted the board over the last four months It has been prolific but that’s great Doing the best that we can to stay on top of it and respond and get your questions answered and along those lines, I would just ask, please be flexible and patient with us because sometimes we have a meeting and then the TEA or the state or CDC changes their guidelines the very next day and we have to redo the work that we did the night before I also wanna say thank you to our wonderful ASL interpreters that we have here tonight I absolutely love watching it I think it’s a beautiful language so I just wanted to shout that out as well and finally, I know if you’re watching this, some of you have already decided you want in person learning Some of you are not decided, some of you have already decided virtual but she wanted to hear what they had to say I wanna say there’s no wrong decision Everybody’s family is different Everybody’s situation is different and I just hope that we extend grace to whoever chooses whatever option they do because everybody’s making it for their own very personal reasons So thank you to everybody out there We as a board have lost sleep thinking about how we’re gonna make sure that these kids are prepared and don’t slide back and we as a board are committed to supporting the district any way that we can financially, policies and procedures, whatever it is we need to do as a board as we move forward So I just wanna say thank you for everybody’s attention today and continuing to work for the best interests of our kiddos – Thank you, trustee Vesa – Yeah, Amber did a great job and thank you Amber for doing such a great job thanking everyone because we really can’t thank our staff enough for all their hard work and we know it’s been just a roller coaster I do wanna answer one thing that Jenny had brought up was like what is the role of the board and what is the role of the superintendent here? And the superintendent job is to plan for the day to day activities What is school gonna look like? How are we gonna staff? All those things, all these questions tonight that that’s his role, that’s his responsibility to address those concerns and answer those questions and put a plan into place but it’s the board’s role to have oversight, to determine whether he is doing a good job doing that and last night we had a superintendent evaluation and a board self evaluation and that was our goal to give him feedback And so I just wanted to clarify The board is not making these decisions on a day to day basis, that’s Dr. Flores, that’s his team but we are here to listen to your feedback We are here to help Dr Flores and give him feedback and ultimately to hold Dr. Flores accountable to achieving the high standard that we all expect of our district and so I just wanted to clarify that and I just want to echo to again what Amber said,

thank you so much for coming and watching tonight and it is a hard decision and it’s personal decision So what we’re gonna do our best in whatever learning environment to provide the highest quality education possible given these circumstances – Thank you so much and we will be posting this video on our website so if you wanna share it with any of your friends or that might wanna see it or if you joined this late and wanna see the whole thing and we are capturing the questions I know we didn’t get to all of them but we are using those to make sure that our FAQ online is answering the questions that you all have and we’ll be happy to do this again maybe drilling down in more specific topics Again, we have another Thursday night will be our next focusing on secondary I’m sure some of you have some secondary kiddos as well as elementary and then Monday night for special education So thanks again for joining us, have a good night

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