We will be coordinating discussions with our County Commissioners and Judge Gravell regarding their decision to withhold CARES funding from our students and classrooms. Throughout the pandemic, we have been working hand-in-hand with our county officials to keep schools open as safely as possible.
The CARES Act was intended to help fund economic relief during the pandemic, including offsetting the costs incurred by school districts to keep classrooms open for in-person instruction and to provide remote learning opportunities for students. Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to go above and beyond for students during this time, and we hope to minimize the financial impact and improve the long-term stability of our district with tools such as the CARES funding.
As our parents and community know, we have been undergoing several efforts to meet our community’s hopes and dreams for student success. Over the past 15 months, our Board of Trustees and administration have taken several actions regarding instructional materials and curriculum to meet our community’s vision for public schools, including:
- completed a year-long review of the reading options in our high school book club curriculum;
- approved a diversity, equity, and inclusion policy to ensure all students have equitable access to opportunities;
- adopted an instructional materials policy to give our community more voice in selecting and reviewing materials used in our classrooms; and
- continued to strengthen partnerships with our families on improvement and refinement strategies.
We have more work to do. Our students and community deserve stellar public schools. We look forward to our continued partnership with Williamson County to provide Leander ISD students with a world-class experience in our schools.