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Revised reopening plans for students & staff, a look at virtual learning, face coverings, Back-to-School Bash and more…
- Austin ISD has updated its reopen plans. Read the document in English or in Spanish.
- Read the latest communication from the the Superintendent 9.1.20
Top Story: Reopening plans for students and staff
Earlier this week communication was sent out to our team outlining district expectations for the first four weeks of school. The following are key decisions aligned with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Austin Public Health Guidance on Reopening:
- Our intent is to have all students remain in a remote, off-campus learning environment the first four weeks of school, Sept. 8–Oct. 2.
- Most instructional staff will facilitate remote learning off-campus during those first four weeks. No teachers are required to report to their campus at the start of school.
- Campuses are reaching out to all families to help secure the needed devices and/or access to Wi-Fi for off-campus, remote learning.
- A select number of team members will be called into campus to support certain groups of students.
Teaching staff who need to care for children are encouraged to continue working remotely for the first four weeks.
- All Austin ISD facilities will maintain no more than 25% building capacity as currently recommended by Austin Public Health.
We are committed to working with our staff and providing a safe environment.
While Austin ISD will be remote from Sept. 8-Oct. 5, we want our families to be well aware of our planned on-campus procedures. Austin ISD is following CDC guidance for schools regarding the use of face masks as described below. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all people 2 years of age and older wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household.
- Wearing a face covering that covers the mouth and nose will be required for ALL students, staff, and visitors while on Austin ISD grounds.
- Staff conducting health screenings will be required to wear face masks and face shields.
- All elementary and secondary (middle and high school) students are required to wear a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth.
- As recommended by the CDC, time will be dedicated to teaching and reinforcing the use of face coverings.
Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own reusable cloth face masks to ensure a comfortable fit. In the event a student forgets to bring their own mask, a face mask will be provided at the school for use by the student for that day. Reusable cloth face masks must be washed daily. Bandanas and face masks with air vents will not be allowed. Austin ISD will provide a face mask to students, staff, service providers and approved visitors who arrive at a school or other facility without one. Face shields may not be worn in place of a face mask but can be worn in addition to a mask. Accommodations to the required use of face masks will be made on a case-by-case basis for students and staff.
A Look at Virtual Learning
Austin ISD is open for learning officially on Sept. 8, and we’re excited to see our students, staff and families! We’ve been working hard preparing for online learning this fall with everything from professional development to collaboration between educators.
Watch this video to hear from our own #AISDProud teachers about what online learning will look like in this fall.
Captions are available in English and Spanish. Please click the ‘CC’ button to the bottom right of the video and select your caption language settings.
Back to School Bash
The annual Austin ISD Back to School Bash is changing how we get supplies to families, along with an increase of 13,000 additional backpacks distributed to students.
The Back to School Bash has historically been an avenue for families to receive services and connect with community organizations ahead of the first day of school. Families will still be able to access those services, including free car booster seats, with the Bash Virtual Backpack. Through this service, families can engage with nearly 60 community organizations to receive support during this unique year.
Austin ISD, with the help of Office Depot, distributed a total of 17,500 backpacks to campuses. The district distributed about 4,500 backpacks In previous years at the Back to School Bash. Campuses received backpacks with supplies for 40 percent of their students who qualify for free and reduced lunch services. For example, a campus with 400 qualifying students, received 160 backpacks.
More information on family services and sponsors is available at www.austinisd.org/bash.
AISD to Provide Meals Until School Starts and During Remote Learning
AISD will continue to provide free meals for any child under 19, and their parents or caregivers, until the start of the new school year. Friday, Aug. 14 was the last day meals were served at bus stop sites. Meals are now available at curbside locations only and meal times have changed to 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also, the number of curbside meal sites has increased from 17 to more than 40 locations throughout Austin.
- The ¡Adelante! Virtual conference concluded Saturday with an address from Superintendent Dr. Stephanie S. Elizalde. Watch the video.
- Dr. Stephanie Elizalde released her introduction letter to the community outlining her goals, educational philosophy and more.
- Free Produce Boxes Extended Through Oct. 7. Learn more.
- Credit rating agency Moody’s has again awarded AISD the highest AAA bond rating thanks to our strong money management. The AAA rating means we help Austinites save millions of dollars in taxes, while still being able to make improvements to our school buildings. Our healthy savings also add to our high rating and make it possible to continue paying our employees during any districtwide interruptions.
- Learn more about our budgeting process at https://www.austinisd.org/budget
- Join Team AISD! We’re looking for dedicated substitutes who can adapt to meet the shifting needs of our students. Apply now!
- Each year, Austin ISD is proud to support our LGBTQIA+ students and staff by marching in the Austin Pride Parade. Due to Covid-19, this year’s parade originally scheduled for today is postponed until August 2021. Our commitment to creating a safe, supportive learning environment for all students is unchanged. Watch the video from last year’s parade.
To further inform our families, we have completely revamped our COVID-19 webpage to now be the Open For Learning page. It is now easier than ever to find relevant information pertaining to the reopening of schools. The site features up-to-date information on academics, technology, athletics and more. We are committed to keeping our families informed and engaged at the start of the year and beyond.