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School Safety Message From Dr. Stone
Richardson ISD is deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting in Florida last Wednesday. Our sympathies are with the victims’ families and all those who knew and loved them.
While horrific events such as those in Florida place national spotlight on school safety, RISD focuses on these realities every day. The safety of our students - your children - and all persons at school has been, and will remain, a primary focus of the district.
Extensive safeguarding measures are in the forefront of the RISD Safety & Security Department. Its presence on campuses is demonstrated through fire drills, lockdown/lockout drills, periodic weapon scans, and tactical mapping procedures. The department also operates within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) - a federally supported, coordinated approach to incident management, applicable at all jurisdictional levels. Each campus maintains a safety plan specific to that campus.
RISD is also well-served through its strong relationship with law enforcement in each of the three cities in our district - Richardson, Dallas and Garland. At least one School Resource Officer (SRO) is present at all times on each of our high school and junior high school campuses. The district also has five SROs designated for elementary campuses.
Richardson ISD remains vigilant through the work of its Safety & Security Committee, formed 13 years ago. Comprised of emergency responders, emergency management, medical personnel and district personnel, the group collaborates and trains staff on safety audit procedures, school violence and hostage situations among other topics.
Vigilance and awareness are critical in maintaining safe schools. RISD knows and accepts these challenges. But an entire community effort is necessary for success. Please help us reinforce this message. Parents, talk to your child this evening about the importance of alerting a trusted adult to any action he or she may experience or witness that threatens the security of our campuses. Every safety-related concern reported to our staff is taken seriously and investigated.
I commit to you that your students are our top priority. It is a privilege to be entrusted with their education and safe-keeping while they are with us. We will continue to research the most effective and efficient ways to keep them safe, while also reassuring you that we take seriously this responsibility.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeannie Stone
Superintendent
Kindness Week 2018
Kindness Week 2018, a student-led initiative, occurred February 12-16 across RISD. Created to encourage kindness, understanding and acceptance of classmates and people of all cultures across RISD, this year's theme was OneWorldRISD. Schools and programs were joined by partnering businesses and organizations in holding different activities that promoted kindness and acceptance.
Enjoy the video below that captures some of the Kindness Week activities across our district and community.
#RisdGoVote - Early Voting Has Begun!
As the all-important Texas primary elections approach on March 6, it is critical that RISD stakeholders engage in the voting process. Waiting until the general election in November to learn about legislative candidates and issues is often too late to make a difference. Primary elections in Texas almost always decide the elected legislators who will make the decisions that directly impact RISD on topics like school funding, school security, accountability & the STAAR test, private school vouchers, and more.

Because a very small number of Texans typically vote in primary elections, it means a very small number of people are choosing who makes the decisions that impact every Texan.

#RisdGoVote is a new website designed to provide parents, staff, students, taxpayers and other stakeholders with information about voting, elections, candidates and issues that impact the district and public education. Don't let another Texas primary election come and go without your voice being heard. Early voting has begun - visit #RisdGoVote for locations and times.
The initial group of school library renovations from Bond 2016 are in the design phase.
Board Meeting Summary
The RISD Board of Trustees met the evening of February 19 for a Work Session, discussing several topics. Highlights included:
2018-19 Budget Discussion
Trustees continued discussions related to next year's operating budget (see previous budget update).
The process of building the budget was outlined and will include input from a number of data points, including:
  • Updated demographic report of enrollment projections
  • A study of RISD teacher and staff salaries
  • An audit of RISD curriculum
  • Recommendations from the ongoing stragetic planning process
  • Focused district initiatives
The Board and staff will continue to discuss the 2018-19 operating budget and work through the process of prioritizing needs at meetings over the remainder of the school year, leading up toward a budget and tax rate adoption in June.

Bond 2016 Projects - Library Renovations
Planning is underway for the renovation of school libraries, as included in Bond 2016. The first phase of library work included four schools, Aikin, Prestonwood, Spring Valley, and Yale, which were undergoing larger planned renovations last school year. The next phase includes 13 schools, with work currently in the planning stages. Trustees and staff discussed design options, costs, and timelines. With the exception of Richardson HS and White Rock ES (which are currently undergoing larger campus expansion projects), the work at the current group of schools is expected to be completed in advance of the 2018-19 school year. Additional groups of campuses will begin the library renovation process in each of the next three years so work can be completed at all schools across the district by the end of the current bond cycle in 2021.

Trustees also continued their discussions related to proposed changes to GPA & Class Rank, and a new process for calendar adoption, among other topics.
Super teacher logo and link to super teacher website - www.risd.org/superteacher
Know any Super Teachers? Of course you do. Nominate an innovative RISD educator to be recognized as a Super Teacher. Anyone can nominate, and a group of Super Teachers will be announced and recognized each grading period. Learn more!
Boys Basketball Playoffs
Congratulations to the PHS Mustangs on defeating Naaman Forest in the first round of the playoffs. They advance in the area round of the  playoffs to play The Woodlands at Fairfield HS this Friday (2.23) at 8:00 pm.
Richardson HS will play their first round game tonight (2.20) vs S. Garland at Lake Highlands HS at 7:30pm
Come out to support our RISD teams!
District Calendar

Reminders
Online Enrollment Opens Feb 26
Parents of currently-enrolled students in grades K-11 can enroll their children online for the 2018-19 school year beginning February 26 through May 18. Students new to RISD in 2018-19 will not be able to enroll online and should contact their attendance area school for registration information.
A new online enrollment system, PowerSchool/InfoSnap, is being introduced this year and parents will no longer use Focus to enroll students.* Parents of currently enrolled students will be sent a letter and email with information for re-enrolling online. Parents unable to enroll online may still enroll using paper forms.
(*Note that a Focus account is still used by parents to monitor student grades and attendance throughout a school year.)
Have a Question About RISD?
We’re glad you asked!
From time to time, students, parents, residents or taxpayers have questions about information or issues related to RISD, but aren’t sure who to ask or where to go for information. We’re Glad You Asked is a feature on the RISD website that lets stakeholders ask questions about anything related to RISD, and you’ll receive an emailed response from the appropriate RISD staff member. Some questions & answers may be featured in district publications.
Simply visit risd.org/gladyouasked to use this feature.
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