Since June, LISD strength and conditioning camps had been operating under health and state guidelines. But on July 14, the Austin-Travis County Health Department issued an order that all schools remain 100% virtual without in-person activities, according to the news release.
Superintendent Bruce Gearing said LISD is expecting to receive additional supervision from the University Interscholastic League, or UIL, which is the governing body for academic, athletic and music competitions in Texas schools.
“This decision does not come lightly or without consideration for all students and staff,” Gearing said in the release. “While I realize these activities are important to our students, it is in the best interest of the safety of our students and staff to suspend all activities at this time. I look forward to further guidance from our public health and governing partners later this week.”
LISD plans to start the 2020-21 school year Aug. 13 with 100% remote learning. The district is currently planning on reopening schools to students after Labor Day weekend Sept. 8.
Parents and guardians will have the choice between 100% in-person instruction or 100% remote instruction for their students, according to LISD. The original July 31 deadline for a decision—which was based on offering both options Aug. 13—has been pushed back to a date to be determined, according to LISD.