Austin ISD trustees to vote on delaying school start to September

Talk 1370 Newsroom
August 03, 2020 - 11:53 pm

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Austin ISD's Board of Trustees will vote on Thursday on a motion to push back the start of the 2020-21 school year until Tuesday, September 8.

Classes are currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 18.

District officials had previously planned on beginning the year with three weeks of 100% online learning, prior to TEA guidance updates that allow for four weeks.

Trustees will also vote to authorize a waiver request to the Texas Education Agency for a total of 8 weeks of virtual learning. Per guidelines from TEA, districts can conduct 100% online learning for the first four weeks of the school year, and then seek a waiver for up to four additional weeks with school board approval.

The draft waiver request the board will consider cites the high rate of new cases of COVID-19 in Travis County (average of 367 new cases per day in July), as well as the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic population, which makes up 32% of AISD staff and 56% of AISD students.

The move comes after Education Austin called on district leaders to delay the start of the school year, among other demands related to COVID-19 and the safety of teachers and staff.

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