Superintendent’s Update – December 16

Dr Stone Video December 16

Click here to watch the December 16 Superintendent’s Update. Highlights include:

  • RISD is implementing optional quarantine guidelines for students and staff who are exposed to a positive case at school but not experiencing any symptoms. The optional guidelines were published by the CDC earlier this month, and the Dallas County health authority recently provided clarification and guidance that RISD is moving forward to adopt.
  • The new optional guidelines include a shortened quarantine period for students and staff who are exposed but feeling fine, and an additional option for employees to return to work more quickly if they meet certain requirements, including a negative PCR test.
  • 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for many people, not the least of which are school district employees and classroom teachers. As one way to thank educators and staff members who have met the unique challenges of operating during the pandemic, the RISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a one-time $750 retention stipend for full time teachers and staff who have been with RISD from the beginning of the year through January.
  • Have a safe and restful winter break. Staff return on January 4 and second semester classes begin for students on January 5.

Dr. Stone has offered updates on RISD’s planning and response throughout the pandemic. Previous messages can be found here.

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