Health officials announced the area is moving into Stage 3 of COVID-19 risk guidelines. This still allows Austin ISD to open in person, as planned, on Aug. 17 and to get ready, we’re launching new FAQs to get our community up to speed.

What you can do: Health officials are encouraging everyone who can get vaccinated to do so as soon as possible so our schools can safely start next month. Increased vaccination rates will better protect anyone in the community who can’t be vaccinated yet, like some of our students.

  • “I urge everyone to get their children vaccinated before school begins so they can go back safely and return to in-person learning,” Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority.
  • The city of Austin has more information on their website on how you can easily schedule a vaccine.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases in Travis County have tripled. The Delta variant is more infectious and can spread among unvaccinated individuals more quickly.

Yes, but: Vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant. The more people who get it, the safer everyone is going to be.

  • “Almost everyone in our ICUs are people that have not been vaccinated,” Mayor Steve Adler.
  • “Viruses can’t mutate if they can’t replicate,” Adrienne Sturrup, interim director of Austin Public Health.

The big picture: We’re starting school as planned Aug. 17, as recommended by the CDC. If you or your child hasn’t been vaccinated yet, we strongly encourage wearing a mask.

What’s next: We’ll be releasing our updated health guidelines by Thursday, July 22.

Share your voice: If you have feedback on this news, or you’re looking for more information that the FAQs didn’t answer, connect with the district through Let’s Talk.

More at the AISD website.