COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

  • March 31, 2020

    Dear ROISD families and staff,

    Based on an extension of the Executive Order by Texas Governor Abbott, Red Oak ISD campuses will remain closed to students and provide online instruction through Sunday, May 3, 2020.

    We are here for our students, parents, and staff and will continue providing support academically, physically and socio-emotionally. Our teachers will continue to provide academic instruction, our counselors are offering social-emotional activities, and all staff are available by email to assist students and families during this time of need.

    Our staff will continue to provide meals, based on the new two-day distribution system.

    • Mondays – 10:30 a.m. to noon (Lunches M, Tu., W; Breakfasts Tu., W, Th.)
    • Thursday – 10:30 a.m. to noon (Lunches Th., F; Breakfasts F, M)
    • Locations: Eastridge ES, Schupmann ES, Red Oak MS

    The district will be canceling all district and campus events through May 3, 2020, as well. Beyond the May 3 date, the district is assessing scheduled activities for health and safety concerns. 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.

    The City of Red Oak remains under a Stay Home order. We encourage you to practice social distancing and stay at home unless absolutely essential. 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 info@redoakisd.org or check our COVID-19 webpage at www.redoakisd.org.

    March 24, 2020

    City of Red Oak Shelter in Plae Order effective until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.

    March 19, 2020

    Texas Gov. Abbott has announced an executive order following a public health disaster.

    - All Texas schools temporarily closed until April 3 but remote learning should take place through your local district
    - No gatherings of more than 10 people
    - No eating/drinking at bars/restaurants, takeout/drive-thru OK, gyms, theaters, etc. closed
    - No visiting nursing/retirement homes, except for critical care
    - Government and businesses encouraged to have only essential personnel on hand, others can telecommute if able

    The order goes into effect at midnight March 20 through April 3.

    Red Oak ISD Update of the Day!

    Hey Hawks!

    Wow - we miss our Hawk family - students, staff, and parents!

    We just want to remind all involved that ALL buildings are closed, except to a few authorized personnel - with guidelines in place! Staff and students needing access to acquire personal items, can contact their principal NEXT WEEK to make arrangements. We will start remote instruction for all students and meal distribution on Monday, March 23.

    ALL activities are canceled through April 3 - including practices, and campus/district events including the Education Foundation Handbags for Hawks, PTA Luncheon, Parent of the Year, ESC Mammography Bus, Special Olympics, State of the District events, and all field trips or extra-curricular activities.

    We will reassess our status the week of March 30, or communicate any changes decided by local, state, or federal officials that take place.

    Meanwhile, love on your children, take care of each other, follow social distancing and handwashing guidelines, and try not to watch too much news. Enjoy a walk or hike, check out amazing online resources from all over the world, cook together, and read a great book (or 5)! We will get through this together and we can't wait to be reunited with all our Hawks.

    If, during this time, you or your family need assistance or guidance, or anything (we will try!) - please contact us at info@redoakisd.org

     

    March 18, 2020

    During the district closure, we are planning to provide FREE breakfast and lunch to all children age 18 and under at several locations. In order to best serve you, we are seeking input about the number of students per location. Remember that the student must be present to receive a meal. Please complete the survey below.

    CLICK HERE FOR MEAL SURVEY

     

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 3 p.m.District Plan for Breakfast and Lunch

    Beginning Monday, March 23, we will have outside pick-up meal distribution sites set up for all children age 18 and under to pick up breakfast and lunch. Families/students can visit any of the three sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Remember, each child receiving meals must be present. We will give out one sack per child with both meals included.

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

    For more information, download the ROISD Student Nutrition Grab and Go Program

    Updated Notice of Extended Closure:

    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. The district will reassess the closure status with local and state guidance the week of March 30.

    Our outstanding teachers and staff will come back to ‘work’ Monday, March 23. Supervisors are contacting employees directly for guidance on ‘work’ expectations. Those coming onsite will practice social distancing and other health-related preventive measures. Facilities are being cleaned and sanitized after any usage.

    Work for most instructional staff will mean being available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week to assist students’ remote/distance learning, either by online instruction or provided packets. 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 technology@redoakisd.org.

    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.

    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 info@redoakisd.org.

     

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 12 p.m. (noon)

    School District Emergency Meeting 

    • Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees approved a Resolution to Address Wage Payments for Employees Who Are Idled and Those Required to Work During Emergency Closings

     

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Red Oak ISD central and campus administrators met to discuss short-term and long-term plans for the district in response to COVID-19 pandemic closures.

    All district staff and families are asked to complete a survey regarding travel and possible exposure.

    CLICK HERE for SURVEY

     

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    Red Oak ISD elected to extend Spring Break another week (March 16-20) due to the spread of COVID-19.

     

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    A district travel advisory was sent out prior to spring break with concerns for Level 2 and Level 3 countries. Staff were expected to email if they were traveling and self-quarantine after return if symptomatic.

     

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Red Oak ISD is keeping track of the COVID-19 situation, commonly referred to as “coronavirus,” with the help of reliable and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Follow these links for updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States and the most recent information about coronavirus in Texas.

    The outbreak of the respiratory illness – coronavirus - has been seen overseas and originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The United States has seen a handful of coronavirus cases related to travel, including travelers who are now quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. There have been no other confirmed cases in Texas, and the Texas Department of State Health Services believes that the risk of contracting this illness is low for all Texans.

    While the risk is currently low, we are taking precautions to provide a healthy environment for students and staff. Our custodial staff is vigilant about routine cleaning, and we have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at all campuses. Nurses have protocols in place for managing individuals showing flu or other respiratory-illness symptoms. And while there is no imminent need to close school, we are reviewing alternative instructional activities should the need arise.

    Based on the current information we have, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses, like colds or the flu.

    We encourage all Hawks to:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Remember, Red Oak ISD’s fever policy states that a child with a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit must remain out of school until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

    Please help us protect our students, staff, and the whole community by using these simple methods of preventing the spread of all diseases. Our staff will also be encouraging the use of these methods at school.

    We have not canceled any upcoming student travel, but consider all factors of this changing situation when making decisions regarding student health and safety. As we head into spring break, we encourage families to review the CDC travel advisory. In addition, students may become anxious about world news of this situation. Our emphasis will be simply reassuring them and educating them about the preventative steps they can take to remain healthy.

    We will continue to provide updates through district communication channels. Remember, stay home if you are sick, and please reinforce cough etiquette and hand-washing with your children at home and at school.