Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, visit our Launch to Learning article for details and links.

Coronavirus Information

Leander ISD follows the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases. The district is aware that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information and travel guidance regarding the Coronavirus.

External Resources

Local Public Health

Education Partners

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

Updates

We are committed to providing regular updates regarding our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Please find all of our updates on our news site.

  • Come hear about virtual learning from Leander ISD summer school teachers on Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. The post Launch to Learning: Summer School Teacher Panel appeared first on Leander ISD News.
  • Launch to Learning 2020–21 updates are ongoing and subject to change as we continue to prepare for the school year. Please visit this article for the latest FAQs and information. Just two weeks from the start of the school year, we’re here to answer questions and offer support! In this update, you’ll find information on: […]
  • In this update, you’ll find information about the student selection form, governor waives grade promotion requirements tied to STAAR, supporting our LISD staff by becoming a substitute teacher, a COVID testing site at Leander HS on Wednesday, Launch to Learning 2020–21 guides and FAQs The post Launch to Learning: Update #12 appeared first on Leander […]
  • Launch to Learning 2020-21 updates are ongoing and subject to change as we continue to prepare for the school year. Please visit this article for the latest FAQs and information. Leander ISD continues to plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year. In this update, we have the latest information for you on: District […]
  • The district’s Launch to Learning for the upcoming school year, the ongoing conversation on equity and diversity, and the LISD dress code were among the topics during the Trustees’ regular board meeting Thursday night.   View the entire agenda here. Watch the video here. Parent Choice for virtual, in-person learning preference on tap as Launch to […]
  • With the start of the 2020–21 school year exactly three weeks from today, we have the latest information for you on: Our updated Frequently Asked Questions database Launch to Learning Webinars featuring Virtual Empowered Learning and in-person services and safety Updates on UIL activities Tonight’s LISD Board Meeting information and board elections Elementary student need-based […]
  • With the decision to start the school year with virtual learning on Aug. 13, we know you have a lot of questions about how things are going to look. In this update, you’ll find several ways to connect with us for answers, including Launch to Learning webinars for parents and students Wednesday afternoon. In the […]
  • Leander ISD is suspending all extra- and co-curricular activities until further notice. We are waiting for additional guidance from the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which we expect this week. We also requested a response from the Austin-Travis County Health Department to clarify or modify their order dated July 14 regarding extracurricular activities. The post Update […]
  • The district’s Launch to Learning for the upcoming school year, the ongoing conversation on equity and diversity, and the LISD dress code were among the topics during the Trustees’ agenda review meeting Thursday night. The post Board Briefs: July 16, 2020 appeared first on Leander ISD News.
  • Here’s what you need to know: The school year will open all virtual Aug. 13 – Sept. 7; additional recommendation for the school year; registration verification launches today; updates to our FAQ; message about the 2020 marching band season; Board Briefs for July 16; LISD to host 2 webinars for families next week The post […]

Child Nutrition Services (Breakfast and Lunch)

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., we are providing all students breakfast and hot lunch service at four locations:

  • Bagdad Elementary School,
  • Reed Elementary School,
  • River Place Elementary School, and
  • Running Brush Middle School.

All students can receive food. We serve a hot lunch and breakfast for the following day during the one meal distribution time as a convenience for our students and families.

Week One Food Service

Meals Distributed

* On March 24 we served breakfast for March 24 and March 25. Source on Google Sheets.

Remote Learning

Leander ISD remains committed to providing learning experiences that extend outside of our physical classrooms. We have access to platforms and technical infrastructure to deploy learning experiences in the case of a prolonged closure. 

Phase 1 – Remote Learning Plan Before April 5

During the planned suspension of normal school operations through April 5, students will not submit assignments for graded work. We want students to take advantage of these learning opportunities so they are ready to learn new material and skills after the two-week period. 

Our Special Programs team will be working with campuses to support the needs of all students.

Phase 2 – Remote Learning Plan After April 5

We are committed to keeping our school communities connected and thriving even as our school buildings remain closed. As we begin Phase 2 of the Leander ISD Remote Learning Plan, our goal is to provide on-going and purposeful student learning that strikes a balance between on-line and off-line learning activities. Teachers will begin to introduce new learning, incorporating projects, assignments, and activities. Learning experiences will be designed to be authentic and engaging, aligned to the TEKS and the LISD curriculum, emphasizing opportunities for interaction with teachers and fellow classmates. 

Additional Resources

Teachers and Staff

Thanks to our Board of Trustees, we are proud to continue payroll for all full-and-part time employees while our buildings are closed. We are moving all operational functions to a remote capacity, with the exception of essential functions such as child nutrition services, custodial, and maintenance.

Resources

Campus & Department Administrators & Supervisors

Health and Wellness

We know this is a stressful time for our community, especially our families and staff.

In coordination with our Counseling Services and Employee Benefits teams, we would like to share resources for mental health and wellness.

Health and Wellness Resources

Talking to Your Child About COVID-19

These links are useful tools to aid parents in explaining the pandemic while offering age-specific coping strategies:

  • COVID-19 Guide for Parents & Caregivers: National Child Traumatic Stress Network Includes ways to help children cope by age group (English, Spanish)  
  • Talking to Children About COVID-19​ (NASP) Links to multiple languages including Spanish, Chinese and Korean available. 
  • Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR
  • How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus (Today Show)

Technology

Elementary School Students

We will be distributing Chromebook Laptops from April 7 – April 9. We are asking for families in need of an extra device to please come to one of our distribution sites next week.

Middle and High School Students

We are continuing to support mLISD devices. Please contact our Technology Help Desk if you have an issue with your laptop.

Note: Leander ISD offers a one-to-one laptop program for all students grades 6-12.

Teachers and Staff

We are working through principals and supervisors to identify staff who need computers or iPads to work remotely. We are prioritizing students in our distribution of devices. Our Technology Help Desk is open for staff having issues with their devices.

Technology Resources

Chromebook Distribution Data

Facilities

All Leander ISD facilities are closed through May 4. We are restricting access to our buildings in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Custodial services continues to maintain our campuses after it has deep cleaned all buildings.

Facilities Facilities Resources

Communications

We know open and regular communication is critical during our response to COVID-19. We have implemented several initiatives to support personal, dependable, and accurate communication that reaches as wide of an audience as possible, including:

  • remote district call center (routing campus and district main phone lines into Let’s Talk);
  • Remind premium access for all staff;
  • regular updates (daily during Spring Break and Monday-Wednesday-Friday through April 3);
  • Knowledge Base articles with information about our response, answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs);
  • translated content on all district phone calls, text messages, and emails to Spanish;
  • updated language tools on all websites for translations to 8+ languages; and
  • live events on Facebook (shared on YouTube and through our podcast network).

Let’s Talk Customer Submissions

Communication Resources

Updated on August 3, 2020

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