Round Rock Edition | December 2021

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District gives info on updated in-person strategy

MIDDLE OF DOING A SALARY STUDY FOR JOBS INOUR DISTRICT. WE HOPE WE CANBRING SOME INFORMATION BACK TOYOU EARLY SPRING." - SUPERINTENDENT HAFEDH AZAIEZ, DURING DISCUSSION OF THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET NUMBER TOKNOW the retention incentive approved by the RRISD board of trustees for full-time district employees Nov. 18. $500 HIGHLIGHTS ROUND ROCK ISD District officials held eight forums in October to inform the board of trustees as it develops updated student outcome goals. During all meetings held in October, the board spent 99% of its time discussing student outcomes, according to Place 6 Trustee Tiffanie Harrison. ROUND ROCK ISD District Chief Financial Officer Dennis Covington stated at a Nov. 18 board meeting that the district collected $7,532 more than expected in property tax revenue so far for the 2021-22 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Round Rock ISD board of trustees Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. 300 Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock 512-464-5000 www.roundrockisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

BY BROOKE SJOBERG

begun conducting surveys to gather information from teachers, parents and students regarding the return to campus before the end of the year with windows of transition set for campuses and departments to create in-person schedules. He said campus staff and counselors are preparing to bring students back, providing support as needed, while internal plans to share data between virtual and in-person educators are under development. Some teachers are already planning on returning to campus from virtual learning prior to the end of the semester, Smith said, as in-person enrollment grows. Smith said an extension of virtual learning beyond 2023, when funding made possible by Senate Bill 15 expires, will no longer be an option for the district if it wishes to retain funding from the state.

RRISD VIRTUAL LEARNING TIMELINE For several months, district officials have been working on policy with regard to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. • July 22: Round Rock ISD announced it will offer self- funded virtual learning for grades K-8. • Aug. 9: Students could no longer enroll in public virtual learning opportunities. • Sept. 9: SB 15, the bill funding virtual learning in Texas public schools, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. • Nov. 10: RRISD announced intent to return to in-person instruction for the spring 2022 semester. • Nov. 15: RRISD set dates for COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11. SOURCE: ROUND ROCK ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ROUND ROCK ISD Administrators shared information regarding plans to update the district’s in-person learning strategy in spring 2022 during a Nov. 18 school board meeting. The district announced its intention to return to total in-person learning earlier in the month. Chief of Teaching and Learning Ryan Smith gave a presentation to the board of trustees outlining the next steps leading up to the first semester of full in-person attendance with no virtual students since spring 2020. “[Teachers are] recognizing that it’s going to be an emotional transition as well as [an] academic transition, and more than our day to day on campus,” Smith said. “[They will] get to know the students, and they [will be] able to reach out and welcome them that first day.” Smith said the district has already school board on the program that has been in place for three years. Data presented by Grosso showed 49% of student referrals to social workers during the program’s third year were made for concerns around mental health. That is followed by behavior concerns and basic needs, both categories that make up 20% of social worker referrals, 7% for significant family needs and 4% for substance use concerns. The program also launched a new website, providing another way for students and families to access services, Grosso said.

Mental health concerns increase in the fall at RRISD

NUMBEROF REFERRALS The RRISD Behavioral Health Services program makes referrals to social workers and mental health centers based on needs.

Mental health centers Social worker referrals

BY BROOKE SJOBERG

ROUND ROCK ISD An update on the Round Rock ISD behavioral health program showed roughly half of social worker referrals from Aug. 1, 2020, to Oct. 31, 2021, were made due to mental health concerns. Director of Behavioral Health for RRISD Dr. Amy Grosso gave a presentation updating the district’s

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