Rockdale ISD Response to Recent Events

Rockdale ISD Response to Recent Events
RISD Response to Recent Events

Upon hearing the various discussions being held across our community over the past few days, the Rockdale ISD School Board and Administration want to make it clear that acts of racism will not be tolerated on our campuses.  As this has been a school board priority, a training on Social Justice with the Texas Association of School Boards was scheduled several months ago for today, December 14, and will include the school board and administrators from all campuses.  The goal of this training is to solidify the expectations of our district on this topic and to come together on our plan to address it at all levels.  

With regard to the specific incident that occurred last week, school systems have very specific rules that must be followed when investigating concerns as they are brought forward. The following is the timeline of the incident in question. Unfortunately the news media, social media and stories around the community are not completely accurate. 

  1. A high school student reported that two students had made numerous offensive comments in class over a period of time.  The student had not previously reported these comments to administrators.

  2. On Thursday, high school administrators began investigating these comments. A couple of witnesses had off periods at the end of the day so the investigation could not be completed until Friday.

  3. In response, a group of students held a peaceful protest on Friday morning which lasted a little over an hour. These students did not receive any sort of punishment from the school district regarding their participation in this protest.

  4. On Friday, once students were back in class, the administrators were able to finalize the investigation and punishment was handled. School systems are not able to discuss specifics regarding student discipline with anyone except the parents of the student. While we know this is frustrating at times, this allows schools to protect the privacy of everyone involved.

As in all disciplinary situations, we make every effort to hear all sides and thoroughly question everyone involved to make sure we have a clear picture before determining consequences.  Sometimes these investigations take several days to complete.  While we understand that delay may come across as inaction, we would ask our community to support our efforts to be thorough for the sake of all concerned. 

Our hope moving forward is that the district, parents, and community can work together in a positive way to teach our children to be kind, understanding, and accepting of each other.

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