50% of Leander ISD families choose virtual learning

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Half of all Leander ISD families will continue with virtual learning when campuses reopen Sept. 8

School starts Aug. 13 and for the first three weeks will be 100% virtual. In-person, hybrid and virtual learning will begin after Labor Day—but LISD has the flexibility to extend 100% virtual learning up to four additional weeks.

The online selection process for families to choose a form of instruction opened July 24 and ran through Aug. 6. The choices for all grades were 45% in-person, 50% virtual and 5% hybrid—offered only in elementary schools—according to LISD data.

The breakdown by levels is as follows:

  • High school: 51% in-person, 49% virtual

  • Middle school: 47% in-person, 53% virtual

  • Elementary school: 39% in-person, 48% virtual, 12% hybrid (due to decimals that were not provided, the total does not add to 100%).


The final numbers reflect an uptick in virtual learners and a decrease in in-person and hybrid instruction compared to the first week of registration.

LISD received 43,185 total responses, higher than the district’s projected enrollment of 42,743. District spokesperson Matt Mitchell said the discrepancy was due to duplicate registrations and families that changed their mind.


School starts Aug. 13 and for the first three weeks will be 100% virtual. In-person, hybrid and virtual learning will begin Sept. 8—but LISD has the flexibility to extend 100% virtual learning up to four additional weeks.

Families have the option to change the method of learning at the end of each grading period.

“Elementary school students will be able to change after the nine-week grading period,” Mitchell said in an email. “Middle and high school students will be able to change after the six-week grading period."
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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