Austin ISD votes to delay school start until September 8

District aims to start with 8 weeks of online-only learning

Talk 1370 Newsroom
August 07, 2020 - 6:54 am

AUSTIN ( -- The Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted early Friday morning to push back the start of the 2020-21 school year until September 8, and to request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency allowing it to continue with online-only learning for nearly all students until November.

The final vote took place around 3:15 a.m. Friday morning, about six hours after the meeting got underway. Trustees listened to nearly 300 recorded messages seeking to comment on the proposal.

AISD originally planned to start the year on August 18, with in-person classes beginning after Labor Day.

In order to ensure students receive the full amount of state-mandated instruction time, trustees voted to make each school day 10 minutes longer, and to push back the end of the school year a week to June 3.

Per TEA guidelines, students who don't have access to the technology that they need for remote learning, and special education students who need in-person learning will be allowed on select campuses beginning on September 8.

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