Austin ISD is ready to start in-person learning Aug. 17, and now there’s a K–6 virtual option available for families as well.

Level set: The COVID vaccines aren’t approved for children younger than 12, and Austin is approaching Stage 5 protocols, but the Governor’s Executive Order 36 prohibits school districts from mandating masks.

Why it matters: About 5% percent of enrolled families said they’d be interested in a virtual option in the district’s recent survey.

  • “It’s our goal for students to take advantage of our safe and ready schools, but we also heard some of the needs that have been expressed, so we are proud to offer a K-6 virtual option for families that feel they need them,” said Chief of Schools Anthony Mays.
  • “Our plan is to meet all student’s needs whenever possible,” said Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde.

What it will look like: Students will attend class and turn in work over BLEND, the main platform for remote learning used last school year. It’ll include live, synchronous instruction as well as independent, asynchronous learning.

  • Unlike last year, a teacher will only teach either in-person OR virtually this school year. There will be no concurrent teaching.

How to apply: Families can read more on our website and apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • Got more questions? Families may call the Parent Engagement Support Office helpline at 512-414-0726 for English or Spanish support with the application form beginning Monday, August 2 at 9:00 am and continuing through Thursday, August 5 at 6:00 pm.
  • Families may utilize our Let’s Talk communications platform by texting 512-886-6434 or visiting