Roughly 4,000 virtual K-6 students will start online school Aug. 24, one week after in-person students in Austin ISD. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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.
Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.