Masks, meals and more: 5 things to know before returning to Richardson ISD this fall

Richardson ISD is expected to reopen campuses Sept. 8. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson ISD is expected to reopen campuses Sept. 8. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson ISD is expected to reopen campuses Sept. 8. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson ISD is slated to begin school virtually for all students Aug. 19. Students opting for face-to-face school will have their first day on campus Sept. 8. Families have until Aug. 6 to make their final decision for virtual or in-person school by responding to an email sent by the district.

RISD released its plans for the upcoming fall semester in late July. Here are five things to know prior to returning, according to the district. :

1. Families can change their minds about how their student attends school

Families will have the option to change their choice for face-to-face or virtual school following each nine-week grading period. Students will remain enrolled in their zoned school and will be able to transfer either to virtual school or in-person school at that same campus.

2. Masks are required at most times for most grades


Students in grades 3-12 are expected to wear face coverings at all times while on campus, except while eating or drinking. Students in grades pre-K-2 are required to wear face coverings in halls, common areas and during arrival and dismissal but are encouraged to wear face coverings in classrooms. Both masks and face shields are acceptable, per the district’s back-to-school blueprint.

The district will provide masks and face shields for students who need them and will replace damaged or defective face coverings if needed. Individuals who are unable to wear masks will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

3. School days have been extended by 10 minutes

School days for all grade levels will be extended by 10 minutes to accommodate staggered arrivals and departures.

  • Elementary school days will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

  • Junior high school days will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

  • High school days will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:20 p.m.


4. Meals are still an option for virtual school students

Students attending virtual school will still have access to meals provided by the district. Several days' worth of meals will be available for pickup at one time, according to the blueprint. Teachers, campus principles or the virtual school director will provide pickup locations and times.

5. Campus resources are available to all students

Students in virtual school still have access to campus resources, such as the library, at specified times. Weekly on-campus experiences for subjects such as visual arts, physical education and music will also be available for students.

For more information on RISD’s back to school plans, visit www.RISD.org.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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