70% of Round Rock ISD families opt for virtual learning when campuses reopen

For the first three weeks, 100% of Round Rock ISD students will participate in remote learning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
For the first three weeks, 100% of Round Rock ISD students will participate in remote learning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

For the first three weeks, 100% of Round Rock ISD students will participate in remote learning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In 10 days, Round Rock ISD students, staff and teachers will begin the fall semester. For the first three weeks, 100% of students will participate in remote learning. However, beginning Sept. 10, parents have a choice to send their children to campus or continue with virtual instruction, and based on a district survey, nearly 70% of students are expected to continue as distance learners.

"It is our greatest hope that conditions related to COVID-19 will improve throughout the fall and we can welcome more students back to campus and begin to transition to a more traditional school day," Superintendent Steve Flores said in an Aug. 7 email to parents and staff. "However, this pandemic has taught us that conditions can change quickly and we must adapt in order to keep our students and staff safe."

As of Aug. 6, the district had received 52,106 responses to its Parent Choice Survey. From this, approximately 69% of students are expected to continue to learn from home, and 31% are expected to return to campus.

RRISD families have requested 13,522 devices and 3,796 internet hot spots, per district data.

District staff is expected to give a coronavirus planning update to the board of trustees during an Aug. 13 meeting.


Furthermore, Flores said he is working to call a special meeting Aug. 27 "to discuss whether to consider options for extending virtual learning with the most current and relevant data, information, and guidelines available."

As it stands, the Texas Education Agency allows districts to begin the semester 100% virtually for up to eight weeks if approved by the board.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.