Superintendent Messages

  • July 28, 2020

    Dear Hawk Family,

    I know teachers, parents, and the community have been waiting patiently on the release of information from Red Oak ISD on the Return2Learn for teachers and students.  At the ROISD Board Meeting last night, I presented the CDC guidelines, TEA guidelines, as well as some different back to school options.

    Red Oak ISD is committed to providing every student with the best educational opportunities possible in the midst of the COVID health situation. Please know I understand each of you have your own individual views and concerns, and I respect that you are the one who can make the best decision for your child/student. We are offering options, but again you choose which option is best for your family. 

    Pending any further restrictions and guidelines from, local entities, Local Health Official, TEA, or the Governor of Texas, Red Oak ISD will be beginning school on August 20th with two options. 

    1. OPTION #1 will be for your child/student to be an At-Home Virtual Learner in which their teacher(s) will provide instruction, assignments, and support through a Learning Management System (LMS) which will be Seesaw for Gr. K-2, Google Classroom for Gr. 3-5, and Canvas for Gr. 6-12. The PowerPoint I presented has lengthy details that I hope will answer many of your questions and it is posted on the district website. Main points that have been asked by many are addressed below:
      1. Grades will be consistent with those of an In-Person Learner.
      2. Students will be required to log-in to their LMS and show progress to be counted present each school day.
      3. The 90% attendance rule will apply for a student to receive credit for a particular class and for promotional requirements.
      4. This will NOT be a ‘live’ teacher to student interactive stream.
      5. Many students will most likely need parental/adult support at home to ensure they are logging in and completing assignments.
    2. OPTION #2 will be for your child to return to campus as an In-Person Learner which is a typical school day. Again, the PowerPoint should answer many of your questions, but below are some main points:
      1. Temperature scans will be taken for all students and staff entering the building. This is in addition to the CDC and TEA recommendations; however, Red Oak ISD and the Board of Trustees recognize the need to go above and beyond to promote health and safety for our students and staff.
      2. Students in 4th grade and older and all staff will be required to wear face coverings. The guidelines on this will be fluid based on any state or local orders that are in place at the time of opening. Details will be provided closer to the start date.
      3. Campuses are working out details on social distancing including seating arrangement and staggered times for breakfast, lunch, PE, recess, restroom breaks, passing periods, etc. We are making every effort to promote social distancing for the safety of students and staff.
      4. The district has ordered social distancing stickers and directional markers to assist in social distancing protocol.
      5. Parents and visitors will not be allowed in the buildings during regular school times.

    I would ask that you read over the Return2Learn and CDC guidelines and choose what is best for your family. Please go online and register your student(s) as soon as possible, so we will have them in the Skyward system for communications.

    A survey will be going out tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29) asking for you to commit to either At-Home Virtual or In-Person instruction for each child/student for the first 6 weeks of school. This survey will be due back by Monday, August 3 at 8 a.m. This survey is very important in allowing our district and teachers the ability to plan for the instructional platform you choose. 

    Again, I appreciate each and every one of you, and I respect and am sensitive to your views, thoughts, and concerns. Please know I support you in whichever decision you make for your student’s learning platform. Reach out at with any questions you might have.  


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    Brenda Sanford, Superintendent
    Red Oak ISD


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