During this year’s State of the District address, Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde attributed Austin ISD’s successful implementation of a mask mandate to the community’s cooperation and support.

  • “We brought data forward along with the relationships and did surveying before making the decisions. Something that was vital in our process is that we made the decision prior to the first day of school. This allowed community members to talk among themselves and have conversations,” Elizalde said.

Why it matters: Austin ISD continues to have the lowest rate of COVID-19 infections across school districts in Central Texas.

Driving the news: The comments came from this year’s State of the District, a wide-ranging conversation that covered COVID, student outcomes, enrollment, and her personal story.

  • Elizalde was interviewed by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of the Texas Tribune.

Toward the end of the interview, Smith asked Elizalde what she thought she needed to do to be successful.

  • “Student academic outcomes have to improve for me to say that I have been successful, we have to recognize why we exist,” Elizalde said.

Dig deeper: Watch the full interview and read more on AISD’s website.