Runyan News

November 5, 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.

Upcoming Events

November:

  • 11/10 -- Progress reports go home
  • 11/16-11/20 -- Generation Texas week (schedule of events TBA)
  • 11/18 -- Fall individual picture retakes / Fall individual pictures for all remote learners
  • 11/19 -- Reading Benchmark (3rd grade)
  • 11/19 -- Virtual Math Night
  • 11/23-11/27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 11/30 -- Classes resume after the holiday


December:


  • 12/1-12/2 -- All 2nd graders take the CogAT test
  • 12/3 -- Science DCC (2nd-4th)
  • 12/7 -- Social studies DCC (2nd-4th)
  • 12/8 -- Reading benchmark (4th only)
  • 12/9 -- Math benchmark and DCC (1st-3rd)
  • 12/10 -- Math benchmark (4th only)
  • 12/14-12/18 -- Safety Week (practice various safety drills throughout the week)
  • 12/17 -- Polar Express Day for Kindergartners only, but all students and staff are invited to wear pajamas to school
  • 12/17 -- Gingerbread Houses for 4th graders
  • 12/18 -- Winter parties at 11:30, then early dismissal at 12:00
  • 12/21-1/5 Winter break for students

Generation Texas

CISD is Hiring!

Looking for an opportunity to help our schools? Conroe ISD is now hiring bus drivers, substitutes, paraprofessionals, and teachers at all levels! Please visit bit.ly/CISDSub for more information and to complete an online application.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Resources for Dyslexic Students

Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child, because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. You may print the referral form or request a form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

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 in their learning.


That said, students who are not successful as remote learners will become ineligible for remote instruction and will be required to attend face-to-face instruction. A successful remote learner:

  • successfully completes and submits all assignments on time to his/her teacher
  • attends most of the zoom lessons within any given week
  • the parent has efficient communication with the teacher

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!

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.
  • Since we are not able to allow visitors into our campus, there is no need for parents to park and walk their child to campus. Parents arriving to campus in a car should use the car-rider line. Parents should not park in the back lot at this time.
  • To help our car-rider line move as quickly and efficiently as possible, we are asking all students who are able, to get themselves out of the car on the side next to the school and walk into the building. There will always be staff on hand to assist students who need help and monitor for safety, but if cars don't have to wait on the next available adult, we can move things along more quickly. Of course, it is important to use safe practices -- students should always get out on the school side of the vehicle, and they should wait until they've gotten up to the part of the sidewalk covered by the awning before exiting the car.
  • 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.


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. ***

To Access State Assessment Reports (STAAR, TELPAS) See Directions Below

Please See the Attachment for Information on Student Zoom Accounts

Assistance Information

Counselor's Virtual Office

Assistance Form, 2020-2021

Forma de Asistencia 2020-2021

Remote School Counseling Services/ Servicios de Consejería Escolar

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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.