Round Rock ISD to end virtual learning in January after approval of COVID-19 vaccine for children

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ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Following the approval of vaccines from children ages 5-11, Round Rock ISD will welcome all students back to campus next semester.

According to a news release from the district, “Round Rock ISD will end the current Virtual Learning Program at the close of the Fall Semester.”

A spokesperson for Round Rock ISD says child vaccination clinics have been scheduled for November and December, but the dates will not be announced until next week – once the online registration portal is complete.

“More information on dates and how to register will be available soon,” the release said.

Parents can also contact their child’s pediatrician or make an appointment with providers such as CVS Pharmacy.

Currently, about 3,700 students are virtual in Round Rock and about 43,500 are in-person.

Keryn Hawthorne’s elementary school children are both currently virtual with Jollyville Elementary School. She’s sending them back in-person in January – but she’s hesitant.

“My boys will both be vaccinated by the time they go back. But the vaccinations make you safer, they’re not 100 percent. And I do have concerns they could still catch COVID from someone,” she said. “I definitely have concerns about them mixing with kids who are not vaccinated and do not wear masks, and I especially have my concerns about lunch break.”

We took her concerns to the district. We were told the mask guidelines will follow local COVID stages in Austin or Williamson County.

As for other districts across the KXAN coverage area, here is where they stand regarding virtual learning.

  • Offering virtual now but switching to all in-person in spring: Austin, Round Rock
  • Offering virtual both semesters: Georgetown (virtual offering begins Monday, Nov. 8)
  • Not offering virtual at all: Eanes, Bastrop
  • Still working on Spring semester plans: Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Hayes

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