Austin ISD announced in an email to parents that it would push back the start date for virtual learners from Aug. 17 to Tuesday, Aug. 24.

The district decided to delay online lessons to give teachers and staff more time to prepare, said Eddie Villa, communications specialist for the district. In-person students will start Aug. 17 as planned.

According to data from the district, 7,312 students applied for virtual learning and Austin ISD accepted 4,035 applicants. Of accepted students, 757 ultimately opted out of virtual learning. The district declined 2,388 out-of-district applicants.