A Letter from the Superintendent:
Dear Austin ISD,
I am so excited to welcome you to the new school year. It is a privilege and honor to serve as your superintendent.
One of the many things that has impressed me in joining Austin ISD is the engagement of the entire community in the Open for Learning Taskforce in developing plans to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. Your participation and input have been critical and has been taken into account in preparing this guidebook.
Austin ISD is days away from being “Open for Learning.” This pandemic has forced us to stop and given us the time to truly reimagine education in Austin. It has also challenged us to be at the cutting edge of technology and innovation for scholars ages 3-26. Our children are the future of Austin.
Thank you to the greater Austin community for joining forces with our educators, families, and education partners to provide meals for our families, childcare for our essential workers, innovative ways to ensure our students have wifi in their homes and safe places for our children to learn.
Please know that your safety is at the forefront of our minds as we plan to methodically phase in our return to work and school. We commit to continue to follow the health guidance from local, state, and federal governing bodies in order to make the best decisions to keep our students, staff, and families safe. This plan reflects our staffs’ hard work to make sure we all stay safe and healthy. I invite you to read it carefully and to become familiar with the information.
We look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back to our schools and facilities. Until then, Austin ISD remains committed to providing all students with equitable, rigorous, and engaging learning experiences each day. We also commit to maintaining open communication with our community, and keeping the health and safety of our Austin ISD family at the forefront.
Thank you for being a part of our family. #WeAreAISD #SomosAISD
Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D.