We’re just a week away from saying “so long” to the school year and celebrating the remarkable, resilient Class of 2021. Here’s important information to help finish strong!
In this issue:
- Our Super School Visit to Knowles Elementary premieres!
- LISD hosts Pfizer COVID vaccine clinic this Saturday
- Update to mask-wearing safety protocols
- CFAC and Possible Future Bond Election
- Parent Form Remote Learning Needs
- Special Education Virtual Job Fair
- Register/Verify your student NOW for the 2021-22 School Year
- Listening Leaders Sessions
- Equity & Diversity Update
- Board Briefs
- LEEF Mudstacle
- LISD State of the District
Super School Visits
Knowles Students Really Rock! Leander ISD Board member Christine Mauer pays a Super School Visit to Knowles Elementary where students aren’t just learning. In early childhood education, younger minds and bodies are working together through song and dance. In the two-way dual language program, students are researching animals in their non-native language. Not to mention, students are having fun! #ConnectionIsHappening #LearningIsHappening #LISDIsHappening
Bagdad Elementary School
Akin Elementary School
Giddens Elementary School
LISD Hosts Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinic this Saturday
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for age 12 years and up. LISD and Randalls will host a Pfizer vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 22 at the LEO Center (300 S W Dr, Leander, TX). COVID Vaccine Clinic Sign Up Form
Update to Mask-Wearing Safety Protocols
Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday, May 18 that government agencies and public schools can no longer require mask-wearing as of June 4. Prior to this announcement, an agenda item was posted for the May 20 Board meeting to discuss lifting the mask mandate on June 1.
The district is continuing to assess the impact of the Governor’s directive and what it means for our schools in 2021–22. We anticipate having more details in June to share with our community and remain committed to working with our public health agencies to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
CFAC Reviews and Presents Possible Future Bond Election
The Citizen’s Facility Advisory Committee (CFAC) empowered five subcommittees to review potential projects for a bond election.
The CFAC Steering Committee picked up where the subcommittees left off, continuing to discuss the size, scope, and scale of a potential bond election, before making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in June. Texas school districts use bond elections to pay for equipment, technology, new construction, and capital projects. For districts like Leander ISD, this allows us to maximize operations funding for teacher salaries, instructional resources, and day-to-day expenses. A potential referendum could cover projects through 2026 when the district expects to grow by 7,814 new students.
Remote Learning Needs for the 2021-2022 School Year
At this time, the one-year waiver the state of Texas allowed for remote learning has not been extended to allow remote learning next school year. However, for planning purposes we would like to gauge the need for remote learning, should the state grant the district’s permission to do so. To learn more about our planning, click here.
Virtual Job Fair for Special Education Teachers
Leander ISD will be hosting a Virtual Job Fair for elementary and secondary special education teaching positions on Thursday, June 3 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. More information about the Virtual Job Fair
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We still need you to REGISTER or VERIFY your students for 2021-22
As we approach the summer months, we know that life will get busy with end-of-year celebrations and vacations. School will be in-person for the 2021-22 school year and we need to ensure we provide accurate staffing, classrooms, and resources for our students. If you have not already verified your CURRENT student or registered your NEW student, please do so now before the school year is out and we get busy with other things. Visit the Registration page for our one-stop-shop for student verification and registration. It only takes a few minutes to complete, so please sign up your students today!
We also need help spreading the word with your friends and neighbors and you are our greatest advocates! Please share the news in passing, playing at the park, on social media, HOA meetings, and newsletters, in any way you can think of to make sure we have what we need for each of our kids next year. Thank you for your help with this endeavor!
Listening Session with Leadership
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, we will be hosting our first, bi-monthly Listening Leaders event, giving students, parents, guardians, staff, teachers, and community members an opportunity to schedule an appointment to visit with a member of our leadership team. For more information on our listening sessions, click here.
Equity and Diversity
The district’s Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee is reviewing data from this spring’s listening sessions ahead of a presentation to the Board of Trustees in the coming weeks. The committee will meet one more time in May to discuss ways to continue to engage our community next school year to continue these crucial conversations.
The Leander ISD Board of Trustees meets Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. On the agenda are COVID-19 mask-wearing safety protocols, the 2021-22 budget, Board recognitions, and more. View the entire agenda here and catch the live stream here.
LEEF Mudstacle is Back!
It’s baaack! The LEEF 2021 MUDstacle & Family Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th! More info: https://leeftx.org/mudstacle.
LISD State of the District
LEEF in partnership with the Cedar Park, Leander, and West Austin Chambers of Commerce present the 2021 State of the District luncheon, both live-streamed and at Vista Ridge High School, featuring Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. on June 9 at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit https://leeftx.org/sod/