Reimagining Education Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Virtual Learning/Support Services 7/22/20

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Reimagining Education Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Virtual Learning/Support Services 7/22/20

– Okay, I have 530 So we’re gonna get started Welcome everyone that’s joining us either on the webinar, or on the livestream My name is Jenny Caputo I’m the Executive Director for Communications and Community Relations And we’re so happy to be able to provide this opportunity for you to interact with us and to be able to provide some information for you This is our second virtual Town Hall And this one will be focusing on our virtual learning platform as well as student support services and how we’ll be delivering those virtually for at least the first three weeks of school And so we just want to let you know our panelists come from a variety of areas of expertise throughout our district So we’re here to answer your questions And what we’ll do is have a presentation that will hopefully provide a lot of information that you might be looking for, and those presentations will also be posted on our website, as well as the video of this virtual Town Hall once we’re done And if you’ll use the Q & A function that you’ll see there at the bottom of your screen to ask questions once our presentation is over, we’ll go through those, we probably won’t be able to get to all of them But we’ll try to get to as many as possible What we found Monday night is that a lot of them are similar So sometimes I will group them and we’ll make sure that we get them answered And for ones that we can’t get to, we are recording all of those And we’re gonna use those to inform our FAQ, and future virtual town halls as well So thanks again for joining us And for now, I’m gonna turn it over to our superintendent Dr. Flores to welcome us all – Thank you, Jenny, and thank you to your team for a wonderful job and for getting this live webinar all hooked up, ready to go So thank you so much for that Welcome, and thank you for joining us I am Steve Flores, the proud superintendent, Round Rock ISD We’re glad you’re joining us whether you’re on the webinar, or watching the live stream, or even a recorded version of this event for later Our purpose with these town halls is to bring you our subject matter experts who have been working day in and day out for months to plan a safe reopening of schools for our students and staff and answer your question and address your concerns As you all know by now, we will be beginning the school year as scheduled on August the 20th But we will be 100% virtual for at least the first three weeks We are very hopeful we will be able to welcome students back to campuses after that, shortly after that, but we also will continue to offer a virtual option throughout the year Today’s town hall will focus on what the virtual platform will look like As you all know, in March, we had to quickly transition to a virtual learning in a matter of days That’s not the case now We’ve been planning through the spring and summer and we’ll be able to offer high quality rigorous, engaging virtual experience for your child So tonight, we’ll be providing more information on what that experience will be We have two more town halls scheduled for next week, and hope you’ll tune into those as well On Tuesday, we will have a general overview session of what on campus learning will look like at the elementary level And on Thursday, at the middle and high school level Thank you again for your patience and support As we navigate through these unprecedented circumstances, please know that in everything we do, the health, safety and well being of our students and staff is our top priority With that, I’ll turn it over to Miss Mandy Estes, Mandy is the chief of teaching and learning to get us started this evening Again, thanks for joining us – Good evening, everyone My name is Mandy Estes and it’s truly an honor to be speaking with you tonight And I’m not seen any slides yet So I want to give our folks a chance to catch up please Perfect, thank you so much for that So thank you for joining us tonight for the town hall Our topic as Dr. Flores said is virtual learning and in tonight’s presentation, we hope to provide you with a better idea of what that may look like should you choose that as an option for your child Next slide, please And I want to start here with something that a colleague shared with me that I found very appropriate for the situation that we find ourselves in Walt Disney was actually never interested in what we did in the past He was always looking forward, always looking to the future, dreaming of the next great thing and thinking about how to innovate and make his theme parks even better than they were before And at Disney now, there are groups of individuals who are called Imagineers And these are the people who are the creative magic behind the parks and resorts and all the products that Walt Disney creates Imagineering in their corporations is seen as the blend of creative imagination and technical know how And in fact, at this moment in public education, we ourselves are Imagineering and thus, we’re looking at our systems and reimagining how we might blend high quality instructional practices with new technical aspects

and to create something that was even better than before for our students and our families We know the time of COVID-19 was something that none of us wanted We know it’s scary for families, it’s unsettling for our children But we also believe truly, that this is an opportunity to reshape public education and to do so in a way that’s even better than before And I hope that you will join us on this journey and we so appreciate you for trusting us with your child Next slide So tonight, we are going to focus on the virtual at home learning choice And just to share with you a few important dates as we move towards reopening our schools Today on July 22nd, we are launching our parent choice survey And this is a survey as you know in which you will be asked to commit to either an on campus or an at home learning experience We ask if at all possible that these are returned by August 6th and certainly as soon as your family is ready to make a commitment to the choice that you prefer for your child From August the 20th through September 9th, all of our students will learn virtually from home And then on September 10th, students will have the option to return physically on campus or to continue to learn from home Next slide So I want to start this presentation highlighting a little bit about our virtual learning program and know that we’ll dive into the schedules and the day to day experience later this evening Virtual Learning in the fall of 2020 will look very different from the experience that our students had in the spring of 2020 The virtual learning that we launched in the spring was a response to a crisis and to an immediate closure Since that time, we’ve been preparing for virtual learning in the fall of 2020, in a way that is much improved Over the summer, we had an opportunity to refine our processes, because we used a virtual instructional program in our summer school And that program feature daily live interactions with teachers and students, and the successes that we had there we hope to replicate and build upon Also to ensure that our teachers are confident and ready to deliver virtual instruction, we developed a virtual Teacher Academy that will provide training and support so that teachers are confident and can launch those virtual classrooms in a very high quality way And then finally, we have acquired a learning management system You may recall that last spring we relied upon Google Classroom, which in face to face settings is very adequate and works very well However, when you go into a virtual environment, Google Classroom is not as strong as a true learning management system And so you’ll hear a little bit more later this evening about Schoology, which is learning management system we adopted to help our students and teachers collaborate and communicate with each other and to give our parents much better insight into the students program So our virtual learning program will be facilitated by Round Rock ISD teachers It will be engaging and rigorous and aligned with on campus instruction Lessons will be planned by teachers and teacher teams will follow those consistent Monday through Friday schedules and routines that you’re very accustomed to It will feature daily live interaction with certified teachers in Round Rock ISD coupled with periods of self paced independent learning And as I mentioned before, access to all the resources, the textbooks, the assignments, instructional assessments will be housed within the Schoology learning management system And your students will have opportunities to communicate and collaborate with other Round Rock ISD students Next slide Some have asked what can I do as a parent or caregiver to support my child? Well, first, I want you all to know we don’t expect you to be the teacher We do ask that as a partner in this learning experience for your child, that you establish a quiet designated workspace that you support and encourage your child I like to call our parents learning coaches for that reason That you ensure that your student logs in each day and participates in the class and we’ll talk a little bit more about what that will look like later tonight And that you monitor that your students completed assignments and coursework just as you would in an on campus environment And most importantly, that you maintain those direct lines of communication with the teacher That could be by phone, by email any way that works, but we want you to stay connected with your teacher I also want to share with you that your child

will have full access to instructional resources that we provide on campus Those will be provided within the Schoology platform So you will see text, you’ll see the textbooks, you’ll see assignments, you’ll see videos all within that one stop shop We’re also developing a curbside pickup protocol that will allow our at home learners to check out books from our campuses without having to enter the campus If needed, we’ll provide your child with devices or hotspots We asked for safety purposes that if your child has a device at home that they’re able to use that they do so And we’ll assist you with that onboarding process to make sure that your device is all set up and ready to go And for our high school CTE students, we will allow them to access the high school to complete required activities to obtain CTE certifications So those courses like auto tech, or the culinary where they need to do demonstration lessons, your child will be able to come to the campus to complete those activities Next slide A lot of questions have come to us about attendance and we do have guidance from TEA on that And as of today, students who are learning at home may be counted present for attendance purposes under one of three conditions, either demonstrating daily progress within the Schoology system, or daily interaction with the teacher or completing and turning in assignments The important thing to note on all of this is that your child will be required to attend school daily Monday through Friday I’ve had a couple of questions from parents, asking if their child could kind of binge through all of the work on Monday or Tuesday, and then take the rest of the week off and for attendance accounting purposes, your child will need to be present and involved in school each day Next slide And at this time, I’m going to turn it over to Margo Vogelpohl, who is our Director of Title One and preK And at this point in the presentation, we’re gonna walk you through what a day in the life of an at home virtual learner will look like, by grade level And so we’re going to start with PreK Margo, take it away – [Margo] Thank you, Mandy Good evening, everyone Well, I’m in prior to you some information regarding the mighty class of 2034 So just to give you a little information about our incoming four year olds, I want to let you know a little bit about what you can expect in a virtual learning environment First and foremost, we’ll continue to schedule our students into homeroom classes of 22 students with both a teacher and an educational assistant Both teaching partners will be there to serve your students needs and to ensure that we build strong positive relationships with our students The other is that students will continue to engage in a blend of scheduled live teaching as well as virtual teaching The live being synchronous, and of course, are asynchronous, which is more flexible and can be adapted to what the schedule that’s best for you and your family During the asynchronous time, children will be able to do some of their guided practice So after meeting with us live and virtually with their PreK teacher, they’ll be able to practice some of the skills and concepts that have been taught by the teacher Families will be offered also flexibility and choice in determining their schedule during asynchronous learning time So we will be able to provide lessons and a menu of options to families so that you can pick and choose the best time to do that As Mandy mentioned, there might be periods of time where you’re able to do a few more lessons than another period of time during the day, but we will have plenty of lessons for your child to do and a variety of those so that they best meet a child’s needs In addition to that, students are gonna be provided the opportunity for individual and small group throughout the day, every single day, so we will be meeting with our students live twice daily But that’s not the only time that they’ll have the opportunity to speak to their teacher Our main goal is to ensure that as children are welcomed into our school system and into our school district, that they feel loved and nurtured, and that all of their needs are met In addition to that, we’re going to be providing academic lessons The academic lessons will not only include core content areas like language arts, math, science and social studies, but in addition also integrate social emotional learning, art, music, physical education and technology integration, in addition on our campuses that are an arts integration academy,

we will also have lessons for dance and theater Throughout the day, next slide please, thank you, I’ll be showing a sample of PreKindergarten schedule And it’s important to keep in mind that this schedule is a sample It does meet all of the domains that are set by the Texas Education Agency, as well as the PreK components that we’ve identified in Round Rock ISD as being of high quality and necessary for all of our four year olds You’ll notice as you look through the schedule, that there are two periods of time where we are meeting live with students, and the rest of the day is a synchronous where children will be able to do some guided practice However, throughout the day, children will still have the opportunity to meet with their teachers In addition to that, I think it’s important to know that this is a sample And so please be aware that we are continuing to get feedback and guidance from the state, our district and of course, all of our stakeholders And that will impact some decisions that may be up and coming I wanna leave you with this before I pass it on to elementary for them to share their virtual learning plan Please be aware that our PreK teachers are excited and cannot wait to welcome our students This will be their first time in school And I want you to reassure you as parents and as families that we will be ready for them and can’t wait to meet that class of 2034 So now I’ll pass it on to Elementary – [Carla] Hey, everyone, it’s great to see you tonight even in this virtual environment My name is Carla Amacher I am area superintendent for the Round Rock Learning Community and I’ve been working with our elementary schools for several years and Round Rock ISD We’ve been working together with a fantastic group of elementary principals and I’ve learned a lot as Estes said, from our summer learning program for elementary school, we had about 300 Kids participate in summer learning in elementary school And they were in a synchronous environment And we had teachers who are given a lot of autonomy to figure out what works in that environment And so we have just some fabulous lessons learned and are really excited about moving into this area in the fall And I just wanna talk a little bit about some of the components of what the virtual learning model will look like in the fall It will be a blend much like PreK, the synchronous portion will be an hour of whole group time every day with our classroom, and one hour of a small group lesson every day And so that whole group time is really important to build some community within the classroom even virtually We have some teachers this summer they that they really were able to develop relationships with their kids in that virtual environment so we think that’s very important for kids to feel like they are loved and cared for, a part of the classroom community So that time is important and it might seem like that social emotional peace is something that maybe you don’t have to get up at 8:34 in the morning, but really, we need to get through the present because it is more than just conversational We are going to be relating a lot of that dialogue through our texts essential knowledge and skills that are focused in on communication, listening and speaking, it’s an opportunity to do some pre loading of a copula development and to really set the stage for the day, and walk through what some of the asynchronous learning and what that will be on their own will look like and so the expectations from the classroom teacher, so missing that part of the day would really not be advantageous for a kiddo So that our time starts with that classroom meeting in which all those things I just described happen There’s some flexibility for failing because we know there’s just a lot going on in this world of COVID right now And we really need the kids to be with us during the scheduled live sessions And then the asynchronous part, we’re going to provide a schedule, the one I’m providing tonight is a sample But your child will get a schedule that you can hold them to at home Or if your family needs to take this asynchronous time and flexes into the evenings when maybe an older sibling or another relative or friend might be more available to support, that’s okay The asynchronous has some flexibility But we’re also providing a schedule for you so really want to meet the needs of our families who are dealing with different scheduling challenges Today, we’ll begin and end with students having the opportunity to pop into a virtual support room It may not be with their own classroom teacher, but it will be with a grade level teacher or expert who is very aware of the assignments that are out there right now with asynchronous learning So if they have questions

but they were working the night before, they know that they can get up in the morning and pop into that virtual support room and get their questions answered by adults who really will know how to navigate that learning for them And then the schedule does include our specials, art, music, and PE as well So if we can move forward to the sample schedule So as I mentioned, the day is bookend, that is really small If you’re like me, you’re not really seeing that, but I’ll talk you through it just a little bit And the days begin by those Virtual Learning Support rooms and the time of the day is the exact same time as the physical school day So we’re still meeting all the requirements set forth to us by the state So at 7:40, those virtual support rooms will open Kids could pop into them if they need assistance Otherwise, they can use that opportunity to be working on some other asynchronous learning tasks In this sample, the 8:30 to nine o’clock time is that class meeting where a lot of the setting the day, setting the tone for the day takes place, sets the stage for what’s going to happen that day From nine to 9:30 in the schedule, our primary students and grades K one and two, will engage in an interactive read aloud or in an interactive writing lesson And, just set literacy expectations as well So that’s a really important part of the day, and grades three through five, that’s an opportunity for the teachers to either provide a mini lesson for science and social studies or to set the stage for whatever projects of inquiry are going on in the subjects right now So that’s an important part of the day as well And there’s a little bit of a break and then the meet of the rest of the day, your child will be assigned to one small group and the day will be chunked into their synchronous live small group time with their teacher And then two other times in which they’ll focus on literacy in the asynchronous time And then another chunk of time while they’re focused on math in their asynchronous time So in the asynchronous lessons, that are coming to them for them to do on their own, we thinking about that more of the direct instruction That is maybe a, for example, and maybe a 20 minute video that the teaching team has put out to teach a concept, along with the activities and lessons for the kids to engage with, practice with and interact with the content just a little bit more So that’s a more direct teach to all aspects When I have a teacher, get my small group with me live, then I can go into the math and literacy concepts more differentiated towards a student’s individual needs There’s lots of ways for us to work with those small groups and we have lots of materials available to us One thing that we found very advantageous in the summer learning months was the utilization of educational software So not only will kids be getting feedback from their classroom teacher, they will also be engaging with software that gives them feedback as well For reading, we have a benchmark education system which we have been utilizing for the last year in our districts And so our teachers and kids are already pretty familiar with that And some of our teachers have used I station, and then some will be introduced to that this fall And that’s an opportunity for us to assess kids with the reading program as well as assign practice texts for them to read and respond to And math, some of our learners are familiar with DreamBox It has not been a platform that’s gone across all of our elementary schools yet, but this fall, that’s what we’ll be doing and DreamBox as well gives great feedback back to the teacher on the concept the kids are mastering or not mastering So when I, as a teacher, get my small group with me, I can look at my group of learners and know who’s struggling with what, through their DreamBox lessons and make sure that I’m going back and filling in some of those gaps and helping them master that content So there’s really three times of the day when I’ve got my small group time, and then an asynchronous chunk for math and I use it for this chunk for literacy At the end of the day, there’s another opportunity for me to go back and ask clarifications of somebody in that virtual support room So that’s simple, I’m scheduled out there for you to look at I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what version this is We’ve had a few but we continue to refine it through conversations with our teachers and our principals And by the time that we launch, we are gonna be having such a product to be very, very proud of and your kids are going to benefit from I think I’m passing it on to secondary

– [Nancy] Thank you, Carla I’m Nancy Guerrero I’m the area superintendent for the Cedar Ridge Learning Community And I’m excited to be here this evening with you to share some of the highlights in relation to secondary virtual learning We have been working hard and collaboratively with the teaching and learning community, our principals we’ve learned a great deal as Miss Amacher mentioned from our summer learning experience And so, let me share with you some of what we are already planning What we will deliver virtually will be a blended platform with real time interaction between teachers and students and independent practice Both at the middle school and high school level, students will participate in academic and elective courses In both middle school and high school environments, we very much are committed to ensuring that our students are getting all of the courses in which they have registered to participate in At the middle school level Specifically, students will have their academic elective courses and also advisory time In that advisory time, we will be providing social and emotional learning, learning support and office hours so that students can have more one on one time or a response to any challenges they may be encountering with the curriculum We are again committed to that live synchronous instruction with our teachers Our teachers are excited to be able to provide that level of instruction During that synchronous time, it is scheduled and I will be sharing a middle school and high school sample schedule for you At the middle school level, we have decided to take that seven period or eight periods schedule and create an AB schedule where students will have an opportunity to explore and participate in four classes per day, 30 minutes or two hours, 30 minutes per period of synchronous time, real time with their fellow students and our teachers, and then 60 minutes where they can work asynchronously independently on their assignments So again, it’s four periods on an A day, four periods on a B day, which encompass seven academic and elective courses and then an advisory period For the high school, we already have an adopted AB schedule And so for our synchronous time at the high school level, we will commit one hour to each period, synchronously and then have an additional 30 minutes for each course that’s asynchronous If we could, the asynchronous learning experience is more flexible So we will provide you with a schedule to follow for each of the periods But you also have that level of flexibility so that you can prioritize as needed The important piece also through all of this experience is that we will be providing students support throughout the day each day, Monday through Friday, dependent on what our students may need If we can go to the next slide, we can explore that schedule specifically Let’s begin with the middle school – [Estes] And while we’re pulling that up, Dr. Guerrero, I do want to clarify because I don’t want us to be guilty of speaking educational language that others don’t understand Synchronous simply means and you see it here on your screen, that the students and teachers are engaged at the same time online, whereas asynchronous would be that independent study, perhaps student to student collaboration, pre-assigned work, self-paced work, that the student completes on their own time So thank you – Absolutely – [Guerrero] Thank you Miss Estes and that was it the reference to the schedule So we began by looking at the middle school schedule, you can see that that first period or fifth period on a Tuesday, for example, we would begin our day at 8:20, as our middle schools do with that first period, direct instruction, teacher guided practice where students are engaging virtually and live Thereafter after the 30 minutes of direct instruction, we would come off of that live whole class experience and have an opportunity for, as Mrs. Estes explained, asynchronous This does not mean that the child is moving on and working completely independent,

we would explore opportunities to have small group discussions, small group direct practice or independent practice depending on the student’s needs So things can be individualized for each of the courses academic and elective I do want to again highlight that, at the middle school level, all of our principals are highly committed to the social emotional learning of our students and thus have incorporated advisory time within our schedule, so that we may explore and provide lessons, opportunities to dialogue, and also continue to provide learning supports, and in fact, also provide some office hours beyond what we are doing with the direct instructional piece So this is an example of, if you continue to go through, where you see 30 minutes of direct instruction per the four courses one day, and then 30 minutes per course, which is a total of two hours of direct instruction synchronous or live interaction with your teacher and students for the middle school, if we can transition to the high school piece, the sample schedule is, we’ll give it a moment to come off of this sample and jump into the second link back in the presentation For a high school schedule, the difference with the high school is the direct instruction or synchronous live teach that is happening per each period is one hour per course each day and again, if we’ll recall, the high school schedule is already on an AB schedule Middle School is typically on a 50 minute schedule per course And so we typically run a schedule of first period through eighth period each day and we’re splitting it up to an AB schedule with middle school High School, again is going to remain AB with one hour of direct instruction And so if you explore the sample schedule here, you’ll see the one hour for first period, and then on a B day fifth period, with 30 minutes of independent study labs and small group collaboration Schoology that we’ll be presenting here shortly, does have a feature where we can break into our small group sections or classes, so to speak virtually So again, we’re very excited about the possibilities You heard Miss Amacher say that things continue to change We are busy working and meeting with our principals and teacher teams to ensure that we have the best product for you, when we welcome all of our students back on August 20th At this point, I think I’m turning it over to Dr. Ali Is that correct? – [Smith] I think you’re turning over to me Dr. Grill but– – [Grill] Yes sir, Mr. Smith – [Smith] And be there to answer some questions with us as well But thank you Dr. Grill, my name is Ryan Smith It’s my pleasure tonight to share some of the features of Schoology I’m excited to share this with you both as an educator, but also as a parent, I’m in the district I’ve got two sons who will be in our schools next year And I’m really looking forward to the way that it’s gonna help me as well keep up with their instruction But just want to give some highlights tonight, also gonna share some ways that you as parents and students are gonna be able to get some training and learn some more about Schoology before the school year starts But really just as an overview, as everybody’s been saying tonight Schoology is a full blown learning management system So really what that entails is almost everything that a student needs and engages with is gonna be incorporated into this one product So a lot of the ways they have to sign in the past, they’ve had to sign on to multiple different resources This is gonna help streamline a lot of that work So the way teachers that are gonna be using Schoology, sort of similar to how you saw Google Classroom being used by teachers last year, but with a lot more features, and a lot more of a lens into the classroom for parents, it’s also provides a safe forum for students to be able to interact with each other and with their parents And then it’s also going to serve the need of that ability to turn in work, assigned work, everything like that And as far as students, you really think of this as kind of the student’s backpack or locker or folder system that they would have in a more traditional face to face setting A lot of that’s going to be incorporated into their Schoology account And then as a parent, you’re gonna have a clear lens into all your child’s classes, upcoming and previous assignments The grade books’ gonna be incorporated within Schoology

So I think you’ll be able to see a lot more information around grades and assignments And then as well, teachers will be able to use Schoology to make class announcements as a communication tool as well, with parents and with students in the class And likewise, I know in the past we’ve used Home Access Center So this will be incorporating what we use Home Access Center for in the past And they’ll also be that notification piece where you can customize how you want to be notified either through email or push notifications through the Schoology app to better keep up with your students’ assignments and their daily work But go ahead and go to the next slide Just give a couple highlights and then essentially invite you to be on the lookout for more information But coming in mid August as we get closer to the start of the school year We will be reaching out to all parents and caregivers around some some training that we’re gonna provide for, as I said, parents and caregivers as well as students before that first day of school, this will be a blend of what we’ve been talking about synchronous and asynchronous We’re also using that approach as we train parents So there will be opportunities for parents before the school year starts to log in and get live help learning about Schoology as well as a synchronous modules that you’ll be able to engage with before the school year starts That training that we’re gonna provide will be available in English and Spanish in early August So we’ll use all our normal, as well as extended communication channels to get the information out to our community to start learning about all the different features that we are gonna have when Schoology is up and running And in the meantime, though, I know this presentation is gonna be shared with everybody afterwards So we wanted to add a few video resources for anybody that wants to go ahead and learn more now before your accounts are active So in this presentation, we just did link three videos where you, after this meeting, if you want to, you can go on and watch those videos and learn some more about what’s to come So a lot of information quick there, but really just wanted to give a brief overview, as well as then provided in later in the year or before the school year starts, we’ll have that training opportunity to parents to come back and learn more about it So I think with that, I’m going to turn it over next to Marie Gonzales, who’s our executive director of special education – [Marie] Thanks Ryan, Good evening, everybody Thanks for the opportunity to share with you tonight a little bit about the virtual learning that we’re gonna have for special education The two biggest changes for special education mirror the same two biggest changes that are happening in general education And those are the addition of the synchronous instruction and the use of the Schoology learning management system In the spring semester, we provided the majority of our services asynchronously meaning students could access those services according to the family’s schedule, when we begin the school year on August 20th In addition to those asynchronous components, we are going to also be providing synchronous components and synchronous services meaning that live real time scheduled interaction with teachers and service providers In addition, we look forward to providing a continuum of services through Schoology Our services range from inclusion to resource dyslexia, functional learning and a wide range of related services Round Rock ISD is gonna provide training on high quality virtual instruction and specifically the use of Schoology to the whole district But we are already starting to work with our special education instructional coaches and our support specialists so that they’re gonna be in a better position to help our special educators utilize Schoology to individualize for our students In the spring, we held our meetings via the Zoom platform that seemed to really work well, we do plan to continue holding ours through a virtual meeting platform It’s an effective way to limit the physical contact, but still being able to achieve all the required components of any given ARD meeting Special Education is designed to be a service that supplements general education, it doesn’t replace it Special Education is for students with disabilities who need something that general education can’t provide By law, it’s an individualized plan for the provision of services that need to be provided in addition to not instead of general ed So when we talk about individualized services, that means the educators who are in the best position to help develop and to implement individualized education plans are the ones who know our students the best We have a central office team of specialist directors

who anxiously look forward to partnering with our campus administrators, with our teachers and our parents So that together, we can plan, problem solve, and tailor services to meet individual student needs That director team has a lot of knowledge and experience with special education But the campus team of educators and the parents know each student best So together, we’re gonna be a very powerful team to support our students as we launch the school year with virtual instruction Thanks so much I believe I’m passing the baton on to Student Support Services – [Laura] Good evening, everyone I’m Laura Segers, I’m the executive director for state and federal programs And myself and Nancy Guerrero, who you heard from earlier during our presentation, had the honor to collaborate with the leads of the four program areas we’ll be discussing tonight to reimagine that while students are engaged in a virtual learning environment in the coming weeks, student support services would also be available for your child and your family’s social and emotional needs Looking at our counseling program, school counselors will act in a way that is very similar to if students were in a brick and mortar school When they’re working with virtual students in this environment They will have the opportunity to meet with large groups, small groups and even individual sessions to ensure that their students’ needs are met and they’re successful emotionally, socially and academically As we move on to SEL, SEL stands for Social and Emotional Learning And Social and Emotional Learning is something that is actually we’re able to integrate It’s the everyday soft skills of relationship building, coping strategies, like regulating of emotions, and social awareness that helps children to be successful and has an added value to their academic career If we look at what the particular grades we’ll be receiving individually, students in PreK through two, their lessons will be taught asynchronously And as we’ve learned earlier, asynchronously will be not with a teacher support but there will be live videos, books, things of that sort to help students and parents guide through that lesson particularly for our youngest learners, and then to be able to apply those skills in their everyday life In grades three through eight, lessons will be taught and integrated synchronously with teacher support, or asynchronously in the discussion in the follow up In grades nine through 12, skill building will be integrated into instructional delivery methods, whether they are asynchronous or synchronous For families and for our community, there’ll be weekly mindfulness exercises, and a monthly SEL family newsletter will be posted to the Round Rock ISD social media avenues We can go to our next slide please For mentoring, mentoring will happen in a virtual environment very similar to how it also happens in our brick and mortar schools as students who are attending in person In that case, we will have the opportunity for students to have an opportunity to video conference, or have a phone call format, opportunity to meet with their mentors who have been screened and trained to meet with students And that happens annually Parents or guardians who have provided advanced permission for this type of mentoring must be home during the virtual mentoring sessions Parent communication on how to support student mentoring sessions will be provided to parents as well as they engage in the mentoring with their students I’m now going to turn it over to Dr. Amy Grosso, who will speak to us about our mental and behavioral health services, thank you – [Amy] Thanks Laura, I’m Amy Grosso, the director of behavioral health services as Laura said, and as we all know that mental and behavioral health has been an important component for our students for a long time But with what has happened with us being socially isolated, we know it will continue to be a concern and probably will impact even more of our students and so to be able to help you with that, we will be launching a comprehensive mental and behavioral health website that will include calendars with all the different activities or webinars that will be housed on that a lot of resources and it’ll be a one stop shop for mental and behavioral health, social emotional learning, counseling, guidance for what resources we have in the community, so really to help you as the families of how to learn about mental and behavioral health and then how to support your students Last year we started a partnership for our mental health centers with bluebonnet trails that will continue in March of last year they went totally tele video so they are prepared to continue that and then when it is safe for students to come back to campus and students who are home they will continue through tele video but our students coming back, there will be some options for in person

And all those referrals go through the school counselor So if your child you feel like could benefit from that, the school counselor assesses and makes those determination and then connects it with fluvanna trials The last thing that we started in March and will continue is mental health virtual sessions for parents partnering with the Council of PTAs These will be on a variety of different mental health topics, even social emotional learning, to help you as the parents at home first how you’re coping with things going on and then also how do you support your child in that So even something from the beginning of the year, we’ll do one on how do I help my child adjust to school not being what we’ve known school? We left at the end of May thinking, okay, by August, we’ll be back to school and we’re not and so really wanting to provide you with that support that’s needed I’m now gonna pass it over to Ginny, who will moderate our Q and A – [Ginny] Thank you so much Dr. Grosso, we’ve got a lot of great questions I’ve been trying to answer some of them within the Q and A as we have been going through But first of all, and I know this really isn’t the focus This particular question isn’t the focus of this town hall But I think it would be good if Miss Estes did address it A lot of folks are asking about on campus learning at both the elementary and secondary level And will that look much different, will it essentially be virtual while on campus? We’re gonna be providing a lot more information about what on campus will look like next week at our town halls, both elementary and secondary We’re also looking into producing some videos that will give you a look inside the schools But if Miss Estes if you’d like to just address it at a high level tonight since we are getting so many questions on that – Yes, absolutely Thank you so much for the question We knew that there’d be a lot of questions about the on campus experience so we do have two town halls planned next week So be sure and join us for those but to answer the question at a high level, yes, schools will look different next year And it’s been a challenge for all of us even to wrap our heads around some of the changes that we will have to make for social distancing and safety reasons We love to have those very nurturing environments and those will continue, but they will physically look different Students will not be working in very, very close proximity to each other in small groups, because we know we need to keep them the social distance of six feet apart We will not have pillows and soft materials in our classrooms We need to be able to quickly and easily clean those material or those rooms School supplies and classrooms will be very individualized There will be a lot of focus on hand washing, and specifically to virtual All of our students will learn to use the Schoology platform We know that’s very important because in fact we’re beginning virtually and then after we do welcome Students onto our campus we’re preparing in the event that we have school closures down the road so that construction can continue in a seamless manner However, in the on campus environment, you will also experience, your student will have those wonderful face to face interactions with a caring adult that they’ve grown to expect and that we definitely provide here in Round Rock ISD So more information to come about that next week But we will create those nurturing caring environments that we’ve always had here, but they will look different – Thank you so much Another popular question has been about what grading will look like for virtual As you all know, in the spring, we did go to pass fail, and I’ve been able to answer that we will be going back to traditional grading but there’s also concern about integrity Ryan, would you like to address that? – And I can actually jump in and start that and Ryan can add to it if you want So we’re looking at different options for that We recognize that’s a concern That’s something that we’ve been discussing with our teachers There are some apps out there There are also online proctoring systems We’ve even talked about establishing testing centers within our campuses So while I can’t give you a firm answer on that just yet, I will tell you that we’re looking at a variety of options And Ryan, if you want to add– – I’ll just add, I was actually on a email thread today with probably about 30 or 40 other school districts around the state with different folks that work in their assessment departments that are teaching learning departments So we’re working together to figure out that very real concern that we all have So they will have more to come on that but just want everybody to know that it is something that everybody is working on for best solution – Another popular question, I think it speaks to how much our families love our teachers They want to know if the teacher is teaching their children virtually will be from their home campus? And then sort of a second part to that a question is,

if my child is virtual and has a teacher when she goes back to school, will that be the same teacher? And I think that’s coming more from the elementary level – So I’ll jump in on that one and then if Carla wants to enhance that, from the elementary perspective, we, as I mentioned early in this broadcast, we have distributed those commitment sheets And we will use the numbers that we gather from those of the students who choose to go virtual versus those on campus to build our classes It is always our desire to keep the student with the teacher that they would have in person or virtual But to be completely honest, that may not be possible And so if you’re thinking that your student may start in the virtual at home environment, and you’re wanting a guarantee that when they return to school, should they do so in January, for example, we’ll have to look at Class sizes, then we will do the best job that we that we can, the best that we can to try to keep that teacher aligned But the reality is that that may not be possible Did I catch all of that question? I think it was a two parter Jenny, did I get it all? – I think you did it I don’t know if Carla wanted to add anything – I would add a little bit in the conversation with elementary principals is really about during these first three weeks Yes, they’ll be assigned, every child will be assigned a teacher, but the teachers will be taking the same approach And so if I am in this class, I’m also gonna be exposed to miss Mr. Kudo, and Mr. Smith and I’m going to have some level of familiarity with all the teachers on that team So if there is an adjustment that needs to be made, and will be a totally foreign teacher to the child – Okay, another question I know Ryan shared that we’ve got some videos that we’ll be posting those links to for Schoology But they didn’t have a question about well, they’ll be sort of practices So parents can try to troubleshoot before the first day of school Sure, I’ll start in the Dr. Ali chime into But we’re definitely we’re working with our parenting program team also to develop some of those practice sessions as we get closer to the school year starting So, let’s say yes, there’s gonna be plenty of opportunities I know Sonny has been working a lot with looking at ways that we can roll out the information about Schoology So I’m sure that you want to add as well – Yeah we’re working on both for parents and our students to be able to navigate Schoology before they start school in August 20th And we’re working on those videos So same as for parents release on August, we’re gonna do the same thing for our students So it’s really friendly The videos are student friendly, and especially for our younger kiddos, but it truly is a great LMS, it’s just been working in it for the past month I will have a second grader and a middle schooler going to school soon, so just having them sort of experience it with me at home has been really, really awesome, really great tools for them to connect with their teachers And even though they’re virtual, they’ll still feel connected back to the campus such as possible – I know that Jenny thanks for that But I also know that there are teachers, and I know this isn’t for teachers tonight, but I can tell you that they want it as well So it’s going to be a learning process for everybody And so, just know that we’re all in this together But these are great questions And I wanna thank the thoroughness of the panel So I’ll stop there so that you can ask more questions Jenny – I think this would probably be from Gonzales, how will progress monitoring of IEP goals be conducted? – That’s a really great question And the answer is, it’s gonna depend, it’s gonna vary depending on what the goals are, what type of knowledge or skills being measured by that goal That said, we are gonna be able to gather data through the learning Management System We’re also going to look for progress evidence during student teacher interactions, during synchronous instruction that live real time communication between students and teachers And a little bit the old fashioned way through assignments and assessments as well So it’s really gonna depend on what the goal is, how we measure it will vary depending on that – And sticking with you Murray Ball, you’re unmuted. (laughs) When will evaluations for support services reconvene? – That is a really great question We did start in person evaluations last week We were very excited I think we were off to a great start And then Unfortunately, due to the increase in COVID cases in our area, we did have to suspend those again We are working with the service center, we’re asking TEA for guidance on what other options we might have But please know that we are anxious to get those evaluations back underway We want to identify students who need our services We take our child fund responsibility incredibly seriously Unfortunately, I don’t have a real finite answer to that

I don’t have an exact date But we’re sitting on the edge of our seat and we are anxiously pursuing the answer that question – Thank you This is a question really voicing some concern about the K through second daily schedule, a concern about too much screen time to this age group This particular poster had a kindergarten student last year who really struggled to stay focused on a screen for more than 30 minutes at a time, some of our curriculum experts want to jump in and talk about that concern – Sure, and I think that’s the very reason that when TEA came out with their guidance, they did not provide attendance accounting method that required a certain number of hours of synchronous instruction for PreK through second grade students And so I would say, Please keep in mind that the schedules that were shared tonight are sample schedules We know that those will need to be adapted by the classroom needs, by the student needs that are participating in the virtual environment And so whenever you put out a schedule that is ranging in grade levels, we’re targeting the middle ground, we’re really just trying to give you an idea of the mix and the blend of live interactions and asynchronous work And that said, even if the individual teacher schedule for your child’s teacher varies from that, and still doesn’t work, that’s one of those moments, as you remember from the beginning of this, that I encourage parents to stay in close communication with their teachers We want to work with you and to design an educational experience that works for your time – Maybe you anticipated another question, which was, are those schedules set in stone or could they be modified? So thank you for answering that as well And I’d also like to encourage any of the panelists if you want to look in the Q & A, if you see something you can answer, you can actually type an answer or jump in and provide it and just for those watching, I know we’re nearing 6:30, but since we did have a lengthy presentation, but I hope its thoroughness was of value to you And that will be posted as well But we will go on our panelists or game for it We’ll go till 6:45 to make sure we can have a good amount of time to get to your questions Another question, would an iPad be a sufficient device for the youngest kids, second graders and younger? Or do they really need a laptop? Go ahead Ryan, you can extend that– – That’s it especially for our youngest learners, an iPad would be an appropriate device For anybody who’s interacting and our youngest learners won’t be interacting probably with Schoology as much as our older learners, but it’s web based and there’s apps for it But as far as what the learning is actually gonna look like for our youngest learner, I’d say an iPad is a very appropriate device – Another kind of philosophical question that I know you guys like to tackle, what mode of instruction synchronous or asynchronous or versus asynchronous is most comprehensive for multi sensory teaching? – Well, that is a good question. (laughs) – You’re welcome – I would answer that asynchronous is for most students, it’s going to somewhat depend upon the child’s ability to focus for periods of time that when you think about a student who learns tacitly, or a student who maybe is more of an auditory learner, those things by virtue of how they learn might not lend themselves to as much screen time and so that asynchronous portion, allowing the child to get outside and turn over rocks and get a magnifying glass and study the insects that are under the rocks, those are gonna be hugely important to students who best learned that way – I read a question about dyslexia intervention programs How will the district ensure fidelity with those programs in this environment? – Thanks for that question We currently have two staff trainers, two trainers on staff One is our trainer for the Wilson Reading Program And one is for the Wilson Just Words And those two folks have already begun formal professional development on Schoology to determine if that’s gonna be the best platform for providing dyslexia instruction, we anticipate that learning management system will support dyslexia services, and once we get our feet wet with it and know more, if that’s not gonna work, then we will explore other options – And Marie, can you maybe give an overview too, we got several questions, just people wondering how can virtual learning really accommodate special needs of your students with IEPs? Can you maybe just kind of give an overview of that? – Sure and that’s gonna really range widely depending on the level of need of the students Some of our students need a few accommodations and have some goals for really accessing general curriculum throughout their whole school day We have that all the way through students who need an alternate curriculum provided

that they have some pretty significant cognitive or developmental disabilities that may require us to replace the curriculum, really drill down to the essence of our Texas essential knowledge and skills So it’s going to look different for different kids When it’s more like providing accommodations and some conclusions support, we’re looking at ways for our special education teachers to partner with our general education teachers in Schoology, perhaps to co teach model even in that virtual environment And then for students who need modified curriculum, we have special ed teachers who will have their own Schoology class sections, there’ll be really looking at meeting individualized education plan needs, through the modified curriculum in a resource setting For our kiddos who may need more like functional learning, we always value our partnership with parents, all of our parents, but we will especially need to partner with parents of students who are most impacted by a cognitive or developmental disability, we will need your help, as we did in the spring, to have your child follow a schedule, especially now that we’re gonna be providing these synchronous components as part of their don’t have students sitting in front of a screen for stretches longer than is really developmentally appropriate for them So we’re gonna work on individual schedules for our students And then we’re gonna look on a lot of direct teach on how to do that So we are gonna partner with our parents I wanna echo something that Miss Estes said at the beginning, we’re not expecting our parents to be the teachers, but we will need their help in making sure that we teach our kiddos how to access the synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning – Thank you This next question, I think we’ll be going more into detail on this when we have our middle and high school general overview but we’re getting it a lot So I do wanna ask for students who choose virtual, but will want to participate in extracurricular activities or maybe JRTC, will there be an opportunity for them to be at the school when they need to be at school for those things but still be virtual? – Yes and we’ll go more into detail on that next week, as Jenny said, but we are working on options that would allow for a student to come to the campus for select classes, not every class, we don’t want the kids back and forth all day But for those specialized classes, we are absolutely working on that And in addition, as you know parents, there are many after school and before school activities, and your child would be completely Welcome to participate in those as well, to the degree that you believe it is safe for your child to do so – Let me interject as well, Mandy, I think that’s a great question and I know that I did a lot of emails especially right now After yesterday, the URL did allow for a calendar to be released that we’re still interpreting and we will, I think we’re close finalizing what that means for us, but for parents that are watching, I just like to say that we’re gonna be as flexible as possible and try to get back to some normalcy and extracurriculars and activities are also an opportunity for that normalcy to occur as soon as possible, but yet be as safe as possible So our coaches and directors and band directors and all are working nonstop to try to make that happen, but no doubt that they will be allowed to participate and we’ll try as hard as possible that we can allow for that to happen so that they can have some success Again, it’s gonna be about flexibility, more so than ever so thanks for that question – Along the lines of flexibility, parents also wondering if in the virtual world have we considered sort of a block scheduling whether you group online learning either in the morning or the afternoon, and the reasoning is that it would be more disruptive to have students log in for 30 minute sessions with an hour in between them and could present a challenge for parents with childcare issues – Well, not knowing the grade level that we’re speaking of, for the secondary students for middle through high school, those breaks in between are very needed One, for high school students to be able to come to the campus during that time should they need to do so And I think we are reluctant to put a child on a screen for long periods of time and then long periods of time of independent study But again, as I said earlier, and as Dr. Flores just said, we know that flexibility is key And so once your child begins on this program, if you choose for your child to learn at home, please do reach out to the teacher, communicate with the teacher, and we will definitely make those adjustments that need to be made to the best of our ability – If I could just interject, when you see here asynchronous learning and that’s a practice time to practice the skills that have been taught, that doesn’t necessarily mean screen time

So asynchronous learning, could be that they’re asked to spend some time engaging in a writing exercise, like real writing with your hands, right? So, or it might be that they’re, supposed to be doing something hands on outside in their environment for science So, the asynchronous time is, here is what we need you to get done You learn about it, from the delivery on the computer briefly, but it does not necessarily mean screen time So like in the elementary model, the screen time is the two hours face to face, one hour with the whole class One hour small group, and our teachers are masters of modifying, and adjusting and monitoring kids and knowing that they need to cut something short because it’s not working We go in classrooms every day, and so it will be the same in this environment So teachers will be responsive to kids’ mean, but please know that when you see asynchronous learning on schedule, it doesn’t necessarily screentime – Thank you, Carla We are also receiving several questions on school supplies And I can tell you that several of us were discussing this this morning And, what does that look like? Do you take the lists, the normal campus list if you’re gonna be doing virtual and go by all the red and yellow folders and three inch binders? And what type of supplies should you be looking at? And I will say we’re gonna be putting some more information out about that to all of our parents because we know that’s a concern – Yes, we are and the school supplies may look a little bit different We do have a group that is going to work on putting out lists specifically for our virtual learners Another thing that we are exploring is we realized that there are some instructional resources especially in the PreK kinder first grade, grade levels that may be available to the teacher in the classroom, but that parents might not typically have at home And so we started to explore what we could replicate regarding providing some instructional materials such as manipulatives, perhaps magnetic letters that we could send home to our virtual learners So more to come on that but we are in discussions about what those supply needs might be for a virtual learner – This next one’s a question about a concern for students who may have fallen behind, with the events that were happening over the spring, will there be any type of assessment so we can kind of see where kids are when they arrive virtually or in person – I’ll take that one at a high level and then Mr. Smith want to add on because he has a team that’s working on that But we are looking at some assessments Each year when students come to us, we do screeners to see where they are, what progress has been made or lost over the summer, and so this will be no different It will be of course, different in that it’s in a virtual environment Another thing that parents might want to know is that we are reincorporating much of the curriculum from the spring even a little bit before we went on our extended break, our COVID break, just to make sure that content that was covered during that time, much of which was review, based on where we were at that point in the year is reviewed again and incorporated into this year’s curriculum And, Ryan, did you have anything to add on the assessment piece? – I think all I’ll add is that, our teachers are anxious about that question as well We’ve been working with them to, as Miss Estes has mentioned, take a lot of the concepts that were taught in the spring and cycle those back into this coming school year I just want to let her know too that while we are, looking to assess and screens kind of a technical term, but really look at our students and where they are compared to where we think they might be, and then determine how we’re gonna best utilize our resources, our intervention is working with our classroom teachers and parents to better meet those needs of students who we can see, might need a little extra help as we start this coming school year, that we also recognize that during the first couple weeks, there’s gonna be a lot of getting used to being in school, getting used to being in this environment, getting used to being when we do get to that point where there’s some students back face to face, that we’re also mindful of the need to assess and know where we are, but also mindful that we need to welcome everybody back and get everybody back in the swing of things So I think it’s a blend that we’re gonna work through but as Mandy said, we definitely have teams looking at that and how we can best do it – Thanks, Ryan We’re getting lots of questions and I’ve answered some directly via the Q & A We’re still getting them about when do we have to make this decision? How long is it for if we say virtual are we committed? And of course, we know that we are asking for commitment for a grading period by August 6th

However, if someone’s in person and their circumstances change, that virtual might be healthier, safer choice for them We do talk about flexibility So Mandy, Dr. Flores, you wanna talk a little bit about how we’re approaching that? – Yeah, absolutely, because we know in this environment that family situations may change We all had a situation that changed last March for all of us And so we’re very mindful of that It’s best practice to leave that instructional environment constant, if that’s possible And so we would hope that families will be able to at least wait until that grading period to make a change But we also recognize if there’s a job change and a parent who maybe was previously able to stay home during the day is now starting a new job and will no longer be able to be there to support their at home learner We of course will be flexible and welcome that child into our school with open arms Similarly, we may have some students who, during the course of the year, become exposed to COVID, or even contracted or another illness And having the virtual platform available, would allow them to leave an on campus environment and to work as a virtual learner at home So, if yes, flexibility is key, we want to work with our families on that We also want to strive to keep the learning environment – I concur so here’s one for you or we’ve actually gotten several people just voicing concerns and then asking questions about how do we support the social aspect, the engagement that’s critical to learning success? And, of course, we’re all concerned about the emotional well being of our students as well – Now, it’s a great question, and I think our whole nation is trying to figure this out and what is it gonna look like? And a lot of people have talked about like, what are lasting impacts and I think the biggest thing for parents too is being open to a level that’s developmentally appropriate But also being willing to say it is different and it is hard and being able to allow your child to feel that and to work through it And I know they’re, like hearing a lot I have a six year old, like too much screen time and stuff And it is the balance, right? But I know that screen time for him when he gets to interact with classmates, is critical for his social well being And so there is a balance And I think for parents, that’s where the website will come in really handy that we’re developing and also the sessions I’ll be doing with PTA and we’ll bring in some other people So we’ll give you specific tools of how to have those conversations with your child What you can say, what you can do It’s like last year, we did one on seniors grieving their senior year because it looked different So I think we’ll continue to do a lot of that to give you those tools that you’ve not had to have before None of us have I think the reality is we are living through something we’ve never lived before and we have to continue to remind ourselves that and that it can’t look like what we’re used to school looking like and to be okay with setting with some of those emotions that we don’t really like to set with, thank you – We’re gonna squeeze in a couple more Marie, this one’s back in your world Will special education services be live and synchronous during virtual instruction and some examples they asked about were speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social skills – Like the other types of special education services, it’s gonna be undoubtedly a combination There’s gonna be some synchronous live interaction, and some asynchronous here, let’s apply what you’ve learned, let’s practice those pieces I do wanna tout the fact that we are doing a pilot of a speech, a teletherapy program this summer It’s the amplio speech program It’s the one that TEA has promoted And so we’re piloting at the summer to sort of learn the ins and outs of it and determine if that’s the platform we wanna go forward with Or if we wanna use Schoology, I know that there are options for all of our related services through Schoology But the short answer is yes, it’s gonna be a combination of asynchronous and synchronous – Okay Maybe for you or Carla, this is a question about what the lessons and assignments be created by your child’s own teacher or are these created at the district level so all second grade lessons look the same? Which way are we going with that? – The teacher, the teacher and the team of teachers, they usually work collaboratively to develop those lessons will be the ones that are designing the lessons – Okay Just looking for one to end on. (laughs) Oh, there was a interesting Some very careful reader noticed that the middle school schedule looked just like the high School in terms of block scheduling We’re gonna talk a little bit about how,

the question was, are we going to block scheduling out middle School? – So in relation to screen time, we spent a lot of time, 11 principles, really, with teaching and learning, and really dialoguing about what screentime would look like if we went through our traditional schedule of seven to eight periods And we didn’t want our adolescents, our students in the middle, to be jumping often on the screen, 30 minutes and then jumping off for 20 and then 30 once again, so it is not at all the high school schedule where students are broken into 90 period days in a normal setting That’s why we’ve condensed it And so we’ve allowed for no more than two hours for 30 minutes sessions each day So we’re gonna go period one through four, with 30 minutes for each class period where they have FaceTime live interaction with their teacher, and then more flexible asynchronous that looks different I’m working independently, I’m working with a small group So it varies, but the idea was to really meet students needs, their social emotional needs, so they weren’t getting too much time on that screen So we are still going to receive that schedule that has eight periods, seven academic and elective courses in an advisory And then, but we’re gonna piggyback it four classes every other day So just to help students balance – And if I can interject as well and thank you, Dr. Guerrero, I wanna remind everyone that even within our classrooms, that instructional time will vary, the direct instruction time that a teacher is teaching, given the lesson So for some lessons, that’s a very quick 15 minute instructional opportunity, a little bit of guided practice and the teacher sends the kids off to work either independently or in groups, other lessons, maybe perhaps science, lab demonstrations and so forth might take a longer period of time And so keep in mind, these are sample schedules, and even at high school and middle school, I suspect those synchronous times are gonna vary based upon what the learning content is for that given day – Dr. Flores, any final thoughts for our viewers? – I wanna thank you for joining us and I know that this is informative for me as superintendent to hear this panel because it reassures me that our district is we don’t have all the answers and I wish I could say we do but we don’t No one in the world does right now So in these times of uncertainty, I just want us to know that we’re working very hard on behalf of your child And for that, we want you to just feel comfortable but guess what? We’re gonna get through this together because the world will be better soon I firmly believe that And I also I know that a lot of the questions that I or a lot of emails I’ve received, are about the fact that, please, please don’t go virtual, don’t do this, get us back in school, I get that as soon as I make one decision, I make 50% of the other group unhappy, but know that what we do, we’re making decisions, the board and I and others that are saying, what’s in the best interest for the long run? And here’s what I will say, and I’ll end with this And I hope that tonight, a lot of the questions I’ve received then, are we gonna go back to the way we learned in March? Let me just say that in March, that was called crisis education, crisis In other words, we and even I thought we were gonna get back as soon as possible We were getting daily weekly reports And then guess what? Finally they said, “No, we can’t come back.” So we did not come back last spring That was crisis education I want everybody and I want everybody be rest assured that we will continue what we know in rigor We’re known for rigor in our curriculum We’re also known for the relationships that our teachers provide in each and every classroom, that’s not going away So when we work together, we’re better And I know that tonight, there’s several answers we didn’t get to But please be patient with us, and we will be patient with you And together this district, this district, Round Rock ISD, will still be that destination district I hear a lot of folks saying, “Hey, you’ve got to make a decision, “you’ve got to make a decision.” I hope tonight, you give us the opportunity to prove that we can and we’ll be the same Round Rock ISD with regards to the quality of excellence you can expect from us each and every day I’m more convinced because of the panel I just saw That’s our panel That’s our family And you’re part of that as well So with that, thanks Jenny for allowing me to close That’s totally tough but – Did good sir but I wanna thank you

and I wanna thank all of our panelists I wanna thank Pam and Heather for helping interpret it for us We really appreciate that And we do have two more town halls coming up and we’ll do more as necessary on more specific topics Tuesday night is focusing on elementary and what that on campus instruction looks like Thursday, on middle and high school So we hope you join us And this will be posted, the presentation and the video will be posted on our re-imagining education webpage by tomorrow And there’s a big link right at the top of our homepage We’ll also share it on our social media channels So stay tuned and follow us for the latest information, thanks everyone