5 Austin-area coronavirus-related education stories to know

Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Beginning April 6, Lake Travis ISD will offer a list of remote electives for students. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Readers might have missed these five recent education-related stories from the Austin area.

Dripping Springs ISD extends registration period for kindergarten and pre-K students

Dripping Springs ISD has extended its deadline to register kindergarten and pre-K students for the upcoming school year to May 1 in response to altered operations due to COVID-19.

Austin ISD approves new grading policy for coronavirus-impacted spring semester

Austin ISD will switch to a “pass or incomplete” grading policy for classes during its current spring semester instead of a traditional A-F grading scale.



Round Rock ISD employee who worked curbside meal distribution tests positive for COVID-19

A Round Rock ISD employee who prepared and distributed curbside meals at Anderson Mill Elementary School in Northwest Austin has tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced April 6.

Lake Travis ISD set to offer electives through its remote learning platform

Lake Travis ISD launched its remote learning platform March 26 following school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite district closures remote services continue for students with disabilities at Eanes ISD

With no clear end to the district’s closure, Eanes ISD staff continues to serve its students through a remote learning platform, including students who fall under the special education department.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Iain Oldman, Olivia Aldridge and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.



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