• Updated March 19, 2020


    While students are out of school, we encourage you to practice social distancing and stay close to home. If we all work together, we can keep our community healthy and safe. As always, please reach out to us with any comments, questions, or concerns at

    Is Red Oak ISD closed?

    Based on Ellis County's guidance and the county declaration of a state of disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings of more than 50 people have been prohibited through April 3, 2020. Red Oak ISD, along with other Ellis County school districts, will remain closed to students through April 3, 2020. We will begin remote/distance learning on Monday, March 23, 2020. The district will reassess the closure status with local and state guidance the week of March 30.

    What is Red Oak ISD doing during this closure period?

    Red Oak ISD took advantage of the extended spring break week to prepare short-term and long-term plans for instruction, student services, and much more. We will begin remote/distance learning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Elementary families will receive an email for grade-level instruction across the district. Secondary families, your students will receive instructions for online access to Naviance, Canvas, etc. based on class enrollment. Services for special education will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

    If your family will need assistance with Internet access or devices to aid in remote/distance learning for your child, please contact the Red Oak ISD technology department at

    Is the district feeding students?

    Red Oak ISD will have outside pick-up meal distribution sites set up for all children age 18 and under to pick up breakfasts and lunches. For more information, visit the Meal Distribution Program webpage.

    • Eastridge Elementary – 725 E. Ovilla Rd.
    • Russell P. Schupmann Elementary – 401 E. Ovilla Rd.
    • Red Oak Middle School – 154 Louise Ritter Blvd.

    What about events, seniors' activities?

    We are working through hundreds of scenarios for both short-term and long-term closures. We are canceling all district events through April 3, including all athletics, fine arts, field trips, State of the District functions, Special Olympics, and more. We are also assessing activities beyond the current closure for feasibility. We are acutely aware of how devastating this is for our senior class.  Please know we are evaluating options for senior activities as well as reviewing guidance for graduation requirements and much more.

    Will you be holding Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration?

    Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-up has been delayed. We will continue to evaluate the on-going health situation and will provide information in the coming weeks regarding the Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-up process. 




    How are we preventing the spread of COVID-19?

    We are in close contact with state and local health officials to monitor reports of new COVID-19 cases, although there are no known cases in our area at this time. Each year, district staff members and campus nurses are trained in the prevention and containment of contagious diseases. For employees coming onsite will practice social distancing and other health-related preventive measures. Facilities are being cleaned and sanitized after any usage.

    How does the  COVID-19 virus spread?

    • The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus, like the flu or the common cold.
    • Experts believe the virus can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and someone in close contact inhales those respiratory droplets. 
    • It is possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object(s) that have the virus on them, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
    • Mild to severe symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    • Symptoms can occur 2-14 days after exposure.

    How to protect yourself and your family?

    If you have traveled internationally or traveled in what the Center for Disease Control has rated Level 3 or higher in the past 14 days and have flu-like symptoms, please contact your medical provider. 

    As always, below are proactive and preventive measures for any contagious disease:

    • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used; however, hand sanitizer is not a substitute for soap and water.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze.
    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect high-use areas with household cleaning products.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

    Will I be notified if there is a case of COVID-19 in my child’s school?   

    Yes. ROISD will notify parents immediately of any confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or campus staff member through our appropriate communication systems.

    What should I do if I have traveled abroad and or feel sick?  

    If you have recently traveled abroad and/or feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out, and delay any travel plans you have to reduce the possibility of spreading the illness.