December 31, 2020

Good morning, Austin ISD family,

First, I hope you have had an opportunity to rest and relax during this winter break, and most importantly that you have remained safe and healthy.
I’m writing to confirm that next week we will resume operations as planned for Spring 2021 with the exception of extracurricular activities. Only varsity sports will continue. All other extracurricular activities will be suspended.

As an essential service, Austin ISD will resume on-campus instruction for those who choose it the week of January 4. We will also continue to offer remote instruction for families for the remainder of the school year. And, if a family wants to transition their children from on-campus to remote instruction, we will make the change upon request.

Please know that safety continues to be our top priority. If there is a surge in cases at any of our campuses or facilities, we can and will close as the need arises. As a reminder, COVID-19 Rapid Testing is available at every Austin ISD campus for staff and students. And, we will continue to be vigilant in asking students and staff to complete the COVID screening daily as well as monitoring cases and doing contact tracing.

We will be taking advantage of the TEA’s allowance to offer asynchronous learning. In Austin ISD all learning activities will be virtual on the following Fridays: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 5 and April 9. Please take a moment to mark these dates on your calendars.

Lastly, we are thankful that this week Austin City Council and Austin Public Health confirmed that they will continue funding caregiver meals through September 2021.

As always, thank you to our students, families, staff and the entire Austin community for your flexibility, understanding and grace during this time.

Happy New Year,
Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Austin ISD