Runyan News

August 4, 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 their 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!

Starting the Year Virtually

Conroe ISD has made the decision to begin the school year virtually. That means that although instruction will begin on August 12th, no students will actually report to campus that day. On August 12th, all students will begin the school year by learning virtually. Below are some important pieces of information regarding a virtual beginning:

  • Attendance will be taken every day. A student who is counted absent the first day of school will be dropped from enrollment, and the child will have to be re-enrolled as though s/he were a new student to the school.
  • A child may be counted "present" online in one of three ways. If there is ever a day when a child does not meet one of the below criteria, s/he will be counted absent for that day.
  1. The child makes progress or completes assignments within the online learning management system (Seesaw for PK-2; Canvas for 3-4). The teacher can see the progress when s/he pulls daily reports.
  2. The child attends a live video conference with the teacher.
  3. The child completes and submits an assignment for the day.

  • On August 12th, teachers will have two opportunities for students to join "live" chats and be counted present -- 8:00-8:30 and 11:00-11:30. The schedule will change after the first day, and your child's teacher will be able to share more detail about his/her schedule at a later date.

Returning Students -- Action Required!!!

Though all students will begin the year learning virtually, once regular instruction begins, the district will offer two options for learning this year:

  1. Students may select in-person learning, which will mean they come to school and learn in the regular classroom with additional safety procedures implemented throughout the school.
  2. Students may choose to learn online, which means they will get their instruction virtually all day. The online option will be much more rigorous than what students experienced last Spring, and parents will need to assist their child's learning to get the most benefit from the instruction.

Regardless which option a family selects, students will be expected to engage in learning each day, daily attendance will be recorded, and grades will be entered for assignments given by the teacher.

The district sent all parents an email asking them to choose in-person learning OR online learning for their child. The email came from, and the title was Conroe Independent School District Verification of Student Registration Directions for ... It is very important for each parent to choose the type of learning s/he prefers for the student using the link within the email as soon as possible. The sooner we know a parent's choice, the sooner we can make plans for a successful experience for the child.

What Should I Expect to be Different Next 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 are encouraged to wear a mask or face shield to school everyday, for their safety and that of the other individuals with whom they interact. Masks are required for 3rd and 4th graders. We understand that in some cases this may not be possible due to the age of the child and/or special circumstances concerning the child. 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.
  • Families will be required to complete a weekly "check-in" screening in order for their child to attend face-to-face instruction. This check-in will come in the form of a link emailed to parents weekly, and the check-in indicating good health for the child and within the family must be submitted each Sunday before the child can return to school on Monday.
  • 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.

Student Immunizations

All enrolled students must have up-to-date and current immunizations to attend school. If a child is in need of additional immunizations, please find opportunities for free immunizations on the flyer below.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Assistance Information

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. ***


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.
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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.

Technology Needs

The campus will be checking out devices to those in need. We do not have enough for each child to have his/her own device, so families will have to share. Teachers will be calling the families on their roster tomorrow (Wednesday, August 5th) to welcome them to the new school year and check on needs. At that time, they'll be able to schedule parents for a device pick-up time.

  • Students who will attend face-to-face instruction will return their device when they begin coming to campus.
  • Continued online learners will return their device at the end of the year or when they resume face-to-face instruction.
***Families will be responsible for reimbursing the school for any lost or damaged device or component.