Roadrunner Families, Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of support over the last week. We are continuing to work with AISD on a daily basis to address the myriad of needs associated with the coronavirus outbreak. As a campus community we are working to develop an online learning catalog that will meet the needs of our students and families in the coming weeks. Beginning on Monday, we will be collaborating as a full staff on school-wide video lessons and working toward grade level lessons with our talented teachers. We appreciate your patience as our staff transitions to working remotely after spending time with their families during what has been a unique spring break.
Because things can change rapidly, I want to update you all with the latest information we have as we head into the weekend. As you know, classes are currently cancelled until April 3rd. It is important to understand that it’s unknown when we will return to school, but we will be working to provide a framework for learning from home. Our building is currently closed to students, staff, and parents. Custodial staff will continue to deep-clean and sanitize the building, but will not be available to allow anyone to enter the building. If you had a scheduled meeting at the school, we will be in contact with you to reschedule the meeting as a conference or video call.
Our superintendent, Dr. Cruz is in daily communication with the Texas Education Agency – TEA Commissioner, superintendents from surrounding districts, and local and state officials. The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR testing) has been canceled for this year. The TEA Commissioner of Education has also submitted a waiver for Federal Accountability and we will share additional information about the ways this closure will be handled by the state and federal governments in the future.
With all that has been happening in the last week, I have been tremendously proud of our district’s focus on fulfilling the nutritional needs of our students. Beginning Monday, Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide curbside meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Please see the following website for more information https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus/meals
Lastly, I thank you for your understanding and support during these difficult and ever-changing times. I will keep you all updated you as I receive information from AISD and as we formalize our distant learning plans next week. In the meantime, I want to share this “Smore” that we have been working on this week in the lead up to our shift to online learning. It features some of the components we plan to include in our future learning opportunities and allows us to stay connected as a school community. We have extended our Look for the Good project, so please take a moment to leave a note on our new Gratitude Wall. https://www.smore.com/d3me0-russell-lee-elementary
Have a safe and healthy weekend,
John Hewlett Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School 512-414-1117 @LeeRoadrunners