Rockwall ISD and Royse City announced yesterday that they both have decided to push back their school start dates.
The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation by Superintendent John Villarreal to delay the start of school for both remote and in-person learners until Wednesday, August 26. This decision comes after weeks of conversations and collaboration with Rockwall County, neighboring Royse City ISD, who is also considering a delayed start, and input received through an employee Start of School Survey.
Dr. Villarreal presented input received from an employee survey, of which 70% of the 1,200 responses came from teachers, where employees asked for additional time to train on safety procedures and learn the new online platform, Canvas, for grades 3-12. The delay start of seven school days allows the District to continue facility safety modifications, provide additional teacher training for new instructional platforms and opportunities for in-person procedural expectation training for students and staff before returning to campus. Details about the date and times for future scheduled student walk-throughs will be released by each campus to parents soon. The amended school calendar will still end on May 27, 2021. The delay start date has no impact on UIL activities.
Dr. Villarreal said, “We have heard from our parents and staff. They want to see our students back at school and, overwhelmingly, our parents want to have their children in school. We also want to make sure we do everything we can to provide a safe environment for our teachers, staff, and students. This delay will help us accomplish these goals without any disruption to the school calendar.”
Royse City ISD
The Board of Trustees of the Independent School District of Royse City approved a recommendation to delay the start of school online and in-person until Monday, August 24th.
This delay in the start of five school days gives the RCISD School District additional time to train staff, practice safety protocols and prepare our schools for the safety recommendations described. In addition, those additional prep days allow primary schools to make Meet the Teacher appointments and secondary schools safely carry out student schedules and collections. Schools will communicate the details of these important events.
The start date of August 24 will have no impact on the rest of the school calendar as the 5-day delay will be compensated with minutes stored. It also has no impact on UIL activities as previously reported. Summer programs can continue as planned. Individual programs will communicate important dates as necessary.