Round Rock ISD cancels district-sponsored out-of-state travel due to coronavirus concerns

All district-sponsored, out-of-state travel for students and staff has been canceled, Round Rock ISD announced in a March 11 news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
All district-sponsored, out-of-state travel for students and staff has been canceled, Round Rock ISD announced in a March 11 news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

All district-sponsored, out-of-state travel for students and staff has been canceled, Round Rock ISD announced in a March 11 news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Round Rock ISD is canceling all district-sponsored out-of-state travel for students and staff, following a March 11 announcement from the World Health Organization that designated COVID-19–the infectious disease caused by the coronavirus—a pandemic. The announcement was made in a March 11 district news release.

"The CDC has currently placed no restrictions on travel within the United States, and our local health authorities have assured us as recently as this afternoon that the health risk is low for young, healthy travelers regarding COVID-19 for travel within the U.S.," the statement read. "However, we are concerned about the potential of students having difficulty returning home and back to school as travel advisories and restrictions are subject to change and we are making this decision out of an abundance of caution."


The statement added that the district will be evaluating travel on a "case-by-case basis" as students and employees return from spring break. Per guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. District officials said in the release that any students who do travel to one of the aforementioned countries during spring break must alert the school administration and self-quarantine for 14 days.

RRISD's custodial team will also perform a "deep cleaning" of all campuses, district facilities and buses, according to the release. The district is also in daily contact with the CDC, Texas Health and Human Services, and the Williamson County and Cities Health District for updated information.

For additional RRISD information regarding coronavirus, click here.


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