Round Rock ISD to return to in-person learning for spring 2022, offer vaccine clinics for students ages 5-11

Round Rock ISD announced Nov. 4 that the district will be returning to in-person learning for all students next semester for spring 2022 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD announced Nov. 4 that the district will be returning to in-person learning for all students next semester for spring 2022 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Round Rock ISD announced Nov. 4 that the district will be returning to in-person learning for all students next semester for spring 2022 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Round Rock ISD announced Nov. 4 that the district will be returning to in-person learning for all students next semester for spring 2022 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12.

The district will offer vaccination clinics in November ahead of the total return to campus in January. This will signal the end of the district's virtual learning program that has been in place since August.

"Having a virtual option was critical for many families, particularly as the delta variant surged in late summer," a statement from the district said. "Establishing a virtual learning program as a response to the ongoing pandemic provided an avenue for keeping students connected to Round Rock ISD teachers and support services and on track with their peers on campus."

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students will not be decided by the district but by the state, as other such requirements are, according to Maritza Gallaga, RRISD associate director of communications and community relations.
"As far as vaccine requirements for students, those are determined by the state," Gallaga stated in an email. "If they were to update their requirements to include the COVID-19 vaccine, we would follow their mandate."

An announcement from the district regarding COVID-19 vaccination clinics came the following week Nov. 10. The district will offer COVID-19 clinics for children ages 5 to 11 years old Nov. 14-18. On Nov. 14, the clinic will be available at the Stony Point High School Performing Arts Center at 5800 McNeil Drive, Austin, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clinics will be offered Nov. 15-18 at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, located at 10211 Parmer Lane, Austin, from 2-8 p.m.

These clinics are only for children ages 5 to 11 and are free, but parents and guardians must register their children for appointments ahead of time and be present for a child to receive the vaccine. If the child has insurance and medical or prescription cards, parents are asked to bring that information as well.


December clinics will also be held to allow students to receive their second vaccine doses.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.


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