LIST: How Central Texas school districts are handling back-to-school with COVID-19

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August 26, 2020 - 7:20 am
Coronavirus Back To School

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Here's a look at the latest details on how school districts across Central Texas are handling back to school in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Under guidelines from the Texas Education Agency, districts can begin the year with up to four weeks of online learning for all students. School boards can request a waiver for up to four additional weeks, for a total of eight weeks from the day each district starts its school year, which districts can also choose to delay as they see fit. After the eight weeks, districts are generally required to offer in-person learning for those who request it, and can continue to offer an online-only option as well.

Districts are also required to have an in-person option from day one for those students who don't have the capability, equipment, or reliable internet access to utilize online learning.

Information is subject to change as districts update their plans. We'll continue to update this list as information changes.

Austin ISD: AISD trustees voted on August 7 to push the start of the school year back to September 8, with up to eight weeks of online learning in accordance with TEA guidelines. Some students will begin to return to in-person learning after the first four weeks, as the district begins to "phase in" its in-person learning for the year. School days will be 10 minutes longer than originally scheduled to make up the time, with the school year ending on June 3.

Bastrop ISD: Bastrop began its 2020-21 school year on August 18 with three weeks of 100% online learning. Parents will then be able to choose whether to transition their child back to online learning. More details can be found on the district's website.

Del Valle ISD: Del Valle began its 2020-21 year on August 17 with 100% online learning, for at least eight weeks.

Dripping Springs ISD: Dripping Springs began its 2020-21 year on August 18, with four weeks of 100% online learning. Students can continue with online learning or return to in-person learning after that.

Eanes ISD: Eanes ISD began its 2020-21 school year on August 19 with 100% online learning through Labor Day. Beginning September 8, some students and teachers will begin to return to campus, with most delayed until October 13.

Elgin ISD: Elgin students began their 2020-21 school year on August 24 with 100% online learning for the first four weeks. In-person learning will begin on September 21 for those who have chosen that option.

Georgetown ISD: Georgetown began its school year on August 20 with 100% online learning; on-campus instruction for those who have selected that option will begin on September 10.

Hays CISD: Following a vote by trustees, Hays CISD will now begin its school year on September 8, pushing the entire academic calendar back three weeks. The first three weeks of classes will be 100% online learning; in-person learning is expected to begin on September 28.

Hutto ISD: Hutto began its 2020-21 school year on August 18, with 100% virtual learning. On-campus learning, for those who choose it, will begin on September 8.

IDEA Public Schools: IDEA campuses began the year with 100% online learning on August 11.

KIPP Charter Schools: KIPP schools began the semester with 100% virtual classes on August 24. Officials hope to begin a staggered, phased-in start on October 12.

Lake Travis ISD: LTISD began its 2020-21 academic year on August 19, with 100% online learning through September 7.

Leander ISD: LISD began its school year on August 13. All students will be in 100% online learning through September 7. All extra-curricular activities and sports camps have been suspended through September 7.

Liberty Hill ISD: Liberty Hill will begin its 2020-21 year on August 27, giving parents a choice between on-campus and online learning.

Lockhart ISD: Lockhart began its 2020-21 school year on August 24 with three weeks of 100% online learning.

Luling ISD: Luling began its school year on August 17. Students will learn 100% online for the first four weeks; students can return to on-campus learning beginning September 14.

Manor ISD: Manor's academic year began on August 17 with 100% online learning "until further notice." The district has requested its TEA waiver, allowing the district to remain in 100% online learning through October 12.

Marble Falls ISD: Classes began August 19, with parents having a choice between online and in-person learning.

Pflugerville ISD: Pflugerville began its school year on August 13, with three weeks of 100% online learning for all students. More info can be found on the district's website.

Round Rock ISD: RRISD began its 2020-21 year on August 20, with three weeks of 100% online learning.

San Marcos CISD: SMCISD will begin its 2020-21 year on September 8, two weeks later than originally scheduled, with 4 weeks of 100% online learning. In-person learning is expected to be available beginning October 5.

Taylor ISD: Students began the school year on August 20, with four weeks of 100% online learning. The district's back-to-school plan is online here.

Thrall ISD: Students began the school year on August 10, with a hybrid instruction model - students will attend class in-person on some days and learn remotely other days. District officials hope to have all students back to school daily within a few weeks. More details can be found on the district's website.

Wimberley ISD: Classes began on August 19, with both in-person and online instruction options available. More details can be found on the district's website.

Information is subject to change as districts update their plans. We'll continue to update this list as information changes.

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