Runyan News

September 2, 2020

Runyan Elementary Mission

At Runyan Elementary, we are a safe and welcoming community dedicated to student-focused learning driven by high expectations for all.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

We are so excited to get started teaching again! We hope everyone's had as pleasant a Summer as possible (given the current pandemic) and is ready to return to learning!


We know things will be different this year, and what we plan for now will likely change as we progress through the year. Flexibility and adaptability will be keys to success! Each Runyan teacher will be tasked with managing face-to-face instruction and online instruction for the students in his/her class this year. We explored a number of structures to accommodate online learners, and though this is the most challenging alternative for teachers, we felt it was the best alternative for students. Combining face-to-face learners with online learners in the same class will minimize the need to move children to a different teacher's class as a student's need for face-to-face or online instruction potentially shifts at different points during the school year. Remaining with the same teacher, regardless of face-to-face or online instruction will allow teachers and students to build supportive and trusting relationships as we all manage life and learning during the pandemic. There are sure to be unforeseen obstacles and kinks to work out along the way, and we appreciate your understanding as we figure out a rhythm to our new situation. The bottom line is we are here to serve the Runyan community, keep everyone safe, and help our students achieve high standards!

Returning to Face to Face Instruction

On September 8th, all students who have chosen to attend face to face instruction will return to campus full-time -- 7:30-3:10, Monday-Friday. They must continue to follow all COVID-19 safety measures as outlined below and in previous communications. We can't wait to have all our students back with us!!!!

Virtual Instruction

Students who do not wish to return to face-to-face instruction on campus may continue to learn remotely. In making this choice, parents must understand they are taking on a big responsibility in supporting their child's education at home:


  • They must help their child work through and understand assignments.
  • They must help their child successfully use the software associated with virtual instruction.
  • They must ensure their child is available to attend live Zoom meetings with their teacher at certain times each day.
  • They must ensure that assignments represent their child's best effort and are submitted on time.

For parents who are able to devote the time and energy to a successful experience for their child, virtual instruction may be the best choice for the family. However, the demands of virtual instruction this year will be much greater than last Spring. Students will have multiple assignments and Zoom meetings each day, and their work will be graded just like students who are attending face-to-face instruction. If parents are unable to properly support their child's remote learning, it will be a very frustrating and unsuccessful experience that will leave the child far behind others next year when everyone returns to learning on campus. Parents should give careful consideration to their choice and make sure they are prepared to meet the demands of their choice.

Materials Distribution for Remote Learners Only

Recognizing remote learners will need certain instructional materials they would normally access at school, teachers have prepared specific packages for students. These packages have students' names on them, and are only for students who have chosen to continue throughout the year as remote learners. We will distribute these materials periodically throughout the year, and the first distribution will be Friday, September 4th.


Please see the schedule below for when your remote learner's materials will be available on September 4th:


  • 9:00-10:00 -- PK and 2nd Graders
  • 11:00-12:00 -- Kinder and 3rd Graders
  • 1:00-2:00 -- 1st Graders and 4th Graders


Materials may be picked up in a drive through fashion on the Runyan bus ramp. Simply drive up, give us your child's name, and we'll hand over a bag of materials. You should be able to remain in your car throughout the process.

When Should My Child Stay Home from School due to Illness?

In order to return to face-to-face instruction this Fall, we will have to be extra cautious about ensuring only healthy students come to school. Parents will have to use good judgement in determining if their child should attend face-to-face instruction each day of the week. Sick students should not come to school. Specifically, students with any of the following symptoms should stay home:


  • loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • unusual fatigue
  • chills, with or without shaking
  • congestion or runny nose
  • significant muscle pain or body aches
  • a new, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or for individuals with a chronic allergic / Asthmatic cough, a change from the normal cough)
  • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • a new onset of severe headache
  • fever of 100 degrees or higher


(Please review the student check-in documents below for further guidance about when students meet the criteria for coming to school.)


Unfortunately, these symptoms might indicate any number of ailments beyond COVID-19, but in these times, we must use an abundance of caution. If your child has any of these symptoms they should stay home until the symptoms are gone. If you believe your child may have COVID-19, please notify the Runyan school nurse and take your child to visit his/her doctor. If the school sends a child home for suspected COVID-19, s/he must meet all of the following criteria before returning to school:


  1. At least three days (72 hours) have passed since the child has had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
  2. Respiratory symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath) have improved, and
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.



As a school, we are going to do our best to accommodate learning for students who are staying home due to illness, whether their parent kept them home or because the school sent them home. If the child is well enough to keep learning, we'll consider the child a "virtual" learner for the time s/he is away from school and allow the child to attend school in that manner. As a virtual learner, s/he will have to meet criteria for virtual attendance. This can be achieved in one of three ways:



  1. The student makes observable progress in Canvas or Seesaw according to their teacher's assignments, or
  2. The student joins a live video interaction with the teacher, such as a Zoom meeting, or
  3. The student submits a completed assignment through Canvas, Seesaw, email, text, etc.

On any given day, if the child is too ill to engage virtually or does not meet one of the afore-mentioned attendance criterion, s/he will be counted absent.



We appreciate everyone's help in keeping all students safe, so we can return to a more normal school life as soon as possible!

What Should I Expect to be Different This Year?

As you know, given the current pandemic, their will be a number of changes to our current practices this year with the intention of limiting contact and keeping everyone healthy. Procedures continue to evolve as we learn more about combating COVID-19, and parents can review extensive information about what the district and campuses are doing to maintain everyone's health by accessing the Roadmap to Reopening icon on the district's website. We will adapt our practices throughout the year as necessary, but some of the things you can expect at the start of the year are listed below:


  • Visitors will not be allowed on campus unless there is an educational need. In practice, that means parents will not be able to walk students to class on the first day of school, and they will not be able to drop off lunches or join their child(ren) for lunch.
  • Because we cannot welcome visitors to campus, Meet the Teacher will be a virtual experience this year. Families can expect an email the afternoon of August 10th with a link to an introductory video from their teacher. While not ideal, we hope this will build some excitement about school starting and alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the first day of school for some students. Rest assured, we'll have staff on hand the first few days, and for as long as necessary, to assure each student gets safely to his/her correct class each morning. Please just send school supplies with the child on the first day of school, and we'll help them if they need us. :)
  • All students, PK-12, who are developmentally able, are expected to wear a mask and/or face shield to school everyday, for their safety and that of the other individuals with whom they interact. Masks are required for kids in common areas, students riding the bus, and anytime social distancing isn't possible. We understand there are certain health conditions that may need special consideration, and those situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Please keep in mind that students who have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 will have to quarantine for 14 days and will not be allowed to return to school until the quarantine ends. While a mask is not total protection from illness, nor from quarantine, it is a mitigating factor to be considered in making decisions about quarantine.
  • We will all be expected to practice social distancing whenever possible. Please explain and practice the concept with your child before school starts. We'll do our best to spread students out, but success is much more likely if the child knows and is familiar with the practice.
  • One of the settings where social distancing may be the most problematic is the bus. Families are encouraged to drive, bike or walk children to school if possible to limit the number of students on the bus and allow for more social distancing. Students who must ride the bus should social distance at the bus stop and will have assigned seats on the bus.
  • Finally, current contact information is crucial. Please make sure we have updated phone numbers and frequently monitored email addresses. Things change quickly these days, and if we cannot contact you, your child's health and/or education may suffer.

PK / Kinder Bus Signs for Parents

As an added safety measure, the Transportation department began requiring those meeting a Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten student at the bus stop to have a sign identifying the student they were there to meet. We gave out many of these signs as students were dropped of this morning, and other students are bringing a sign home in their backpack today. It is certainly possible we've missed someone. Until you can get in touch with the school to get a sign, please bring your ID to the bus stop for verification.


Throughout the year, please bring the sign EVERY DAY, even if you and the bus driver have gotten to know each other at some point. You never know when there might be a substitute driver... Drivers are directed by the transportation department to return children to school if the person meeting them doesn't have a sign. Thank you for your help in making sure our students are safe!

Safety Procedures

Please remember you will always need an ID when visiting the school. As a matter of procedure, we scan a visitor's ID each time s/he visits, even if s/he is well known to the school staff. Situations change, and it is important for us to always check to make sure we have the most up-to-date information on visitors to our school. We appreciate your support in our commitment to making student safety our number one priority.

Important Arrival / Dismissal Procedures

The safety of our school community is our number one priority every day. At the same time, we understand everyone's time is valuable, so we also need to be efficient with the time we have. In order to maintain a safe and efficient environment with so many students, it is important for everyone to follow some basic procedures:


  • Doors open at 7:30 each morning. This is the earliest students may be dropped off for school. There is no supervision for students prior to that time, so please do not drop students off earlier than 7:30.
  • Students who dismiss as walkers must walk home. They may not be picked up by someone driving to the walker area in a car, even when the weather is bad. All students leaving school in a car must dismiss through the car-rider line, and cars may not park along the road to pick up a walker.
  • Cars may only make a right turn into the car-rider line. This means cars will have to drive West down Foster Dr. in order to turn right into the line. (Left turns will not be allowed.) Cars may join the car-rider line on Foster from Porter Road or from Cedar Crossing. Please do not make U-turns on Foster Drive, as it creates a safety hazard for drivers.
  • To make a dismissal change, parents may email the school at cesalas@conroeisd.net and include a picture of their driver's license. All dismissal change requests must be received BEFORE 2:45 so we have time to communicate the change to the dismissal duty staff.

Technology

If your family needs access to the Internet, you have a few options. A WiFi signal is available in the parking lot at Conroe High School, Stockton Junior High, and Houston Elementary. You may take your device to the parking lot and use the Wi-Fi signal. Choose the CISD Guest network. There is no password required. It is a filtered signal, and it is available 24 hours per day. There are also several free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots around town. Open the link below to see more information.


Realizing that Canvas, the district's learning management system (LMS) used last Spring, is a challenge for our youngest learners, the district has decided to go in a different direction for young learners. PK-2nd grade students will now use Seesaw as their LMS. 3rd-12th graders will continue using Canvas as their LMS. Help accessing Seesaw and Canvas as well as any other school-related technical challenges is available via the technology help desk:


Technology Help Desk

Help is available for any Canvas or Seesaw issues beginning Monday the 10th. Each weekday from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. teachers, students, or parents/guardians can obtain help at: help@conroeisd.net or at 936-709-7658.

Note: For Canvas help users should click on Help and Report a Problem. This can be done either from inside Canvas or prior to any login.


*** Important Note: All devices must be returned in good condition when the child returns to face-to-face instruction or by the end of the school year, whichever comes first. If a device is lost or damaged, the parent will be financially responsible for replacing the device. ***

Drinking Water at School

The water fountains at school are temporarily disabled. For the foreseeable future, please ensure your child brings a refillable water bottle with his/her name on it to school each day.


As always, students should also bring a change of clothes each day in case of a spill, a fall in mud, or a bathroom accident.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Assistance Information

Assistance Form, 2020-2021

Forma de Asistencia 2020-2021

Remote School Counseling Services/ Servicios de Consejería Escolar

School Supplies for 2020-2021

Meal Prices for 2020-2021

Student Lunch $3.00

Student Reduced Lunch $.40


Student Breakfast $1.50

Student Reduced Breakfast $.30


Adult Lunch/ Second Lunch $3.75

Adult Breakfast/ Second Breakfast $2.50


Families may apply for free or reduced price meals using the link below.


*** Note: A new application for meal assistance must be submitted at the beginning of each school year. The previous year's qualification will expire after the first few weeks of school, and a new qualification must already be in place for the child not to be charged to eat. To avoid unexpected charges, parents should submit an application for meal assistance before the end of August. Help submitting the form is available by calling the school at, 936-709-2800. ***

MySchoolBucks

For students with a positive balance within their MySchoolBucks lunch account, there are a couple of options:


  1. You can leave the money alone, and it will roll over to next year and be available to the student in 2020-2021.
  2. You can request a refund by clicking on "Contact Us" at the top of the CISD homepage. Scroll down and click on the MySchoolBucks link. Fill out and submit the form.

Mobile Market Information

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CISD Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.