Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs announce extended school closures

(Courtesy Round Rock ISD Transportation Department)
(Courtesy Round Rock ISD Transportation Department)

(Courtesy Round Rock ISD Transportation Department)

Area school districts announced extended school closures March 16, in response to recent health updates concerning coronavirus.

Round Rock ISD

Round Rock ISD announced all district facilities will be closed until April 3 in a March 16 news release. The district is on spring break until March 23, and all facilities will remain closed two additional weeks, including the cancellation of "UIL events, athletics, rentals, field trips, after-school programs and other campus activities," according to the announcement.

"Round Rock ISD will be suspending normal school operations through April 3, with students returning to school April 6, unless conditions warrant an extension of school closures," Superintendent Steve Flores said in the release. "There is a potential of schools remaining closed indefinitely as our state and nation respond to this global pandemic."

Flores said the district is working on plans for virtual learning and possible other learning options to "maintain instructional continuity in the event we need to extend campus closures." He added that appropriate solutions are likely to vary based on the individual needs of students. Campus principals and teachers will work to provide a variety of tools to support learning during school closures, per the release.


"These are unprecedented events and Round Rock ISD is committed to doing our part to keep our community safe, while also continuing to provide critical services and support the education of our students," Flores said in the release. "I want to thank all of you for your patience as we work to ensure our families are receiving the support they need."

Beyond academic needs, the district is implementing measures to support students during the extended school closure, per the release. An option to pick up breakfast and lunch curbside is in the works. Designated sites across the district as well as pickup times are anticipated to be shared later this week, according to the release.

For more information on RRISD's response to coronavirus concerns, click here.

Pflugerville ISD

Pflugerville ISD officials on March 16 announced the school district would remain closed for the week following its spring break in response to recent health updates concerning coronavirus. In a news release, the district stated campuses would close from March 23-27.

PfISD will close all of its buildings for instructions and other district-related functions are suspended until further notice, including athletics, rentals, field trips, University Interscholastic League, after-school programs and other campus activities, according to the news release.

The district has not made decisions on school closures past March 27, according to the news release. PfISD stated it will soon provide information on student meal options during the closure, instructional support for students at home, and other district topics.

Hutto ISD

UPDATE: Hutto ISD announced March 27 it has extended school closures through April 13, in conjunction with Williamson County's "Stay Home Stay Safe" order. Under this extension, students are anticipated to return to school April 14. All Hutto ISD facilities are closed for instruction at this time, including school-sponsored events, rentals, after-school activities and other ISD-related functions.

District personnel announced in a March 16 news release Hutto ISD will suspend school operations through April 3, with students expected to return for classes on April 6. Per the release, all district facilities will be closed for instruction—including athletics events, rentals, field trips and after-school activities.

A press conference will be held March 17 at 11 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse to outline county-wide and district-wide services available. District officials will also unveil its plans to provide breakfast and lunch offerings to students later this week, per the release.

For additional information on Hutto ISD's response to coronavirus concerns, click here.
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By Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.
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Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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