Eanes ISD students to return to on-campus instruction in stages

Eanes ISD passed a resolution during an Aug. 11 board meeting regarding the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)
Eanes ISD passed a resolution during an Aug. 11 board meeting regarding the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

Eanes ISD passed a resolution during an Aug. 11 board meeting regarding the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

With the 2020-21 school year beginning with 100% virtual learning Aug. 19, Eanes ISD officials approved a framework for gradually welcoming children back to the classroom.

Per a resolution passed during the Aug. 11 board meeting, students will return to campus following a multiweek transition period in an effort to facilitate both a sustainable and safe learning environment.

The model outlined by the Texas Education Agency allows both students and staff to resume in-person learning in stages, which would span a nine-week period.

In-person curriculum and school activities remain on hold until Sept. 8 in accordance with orders issued by the city of Austin and Travis County. Following that suspension, the district will phase in up to 25% of a campus’ population that will reflect EISD’s most at-risk students.

That percentage will include those who experienced the greatest challenges utilizing remote learning—students with significant academic gaps, English language learners and those receiving special services could fall under this category.


A majority of teachers would be asked to return to campus as early as Aug. 31 unless they present documented health risks associated with the coronavirus.

The current model would offer only remote learning for the remaining 75% of students until the week of Oct. 13. After that week, up to 100% of students could resume on-campus instruction if desired, per TEA’s funding requirements.

However, EISD could phase in a larger percentage of students at an earlier date if the district desired and was legally able to do so.

The approval of the resolution did not legally bind the district to any plan, according to Alyson Collins, EISD general counsel, who added the approval of the nine-week transition period solely informs TEA and the community of the district’s intentions.

“That document doesn’t stop us from having 60% of the kids in [the building] at week five,” Superintendent Tom Leonard said.

Trustee John Havenstrite argued the initial resolution did not provide a clear statement to the community that EISD intends to reintroduce students as soon as it is safe to do so.

Following an agreement from a majority of trustees, the resolution was amended to include additional language to illustrate EISD’s intention and desire to welcome students back to the classroom when feasible.

That language reads: “Eanes ISD will utilize the transition period to safely and feasibility return students to on-campus instruction in a sustainable manner and timeline.”
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

The Central Texas Mobility Authority's board of directors paused a scheduled 5-cent increase per segment on the MoPac Express toll lanes. (Community Impact staff)
Tolls on Central Texas roads will increase Jan. 1; MoPac base rate will stay the same

The Central Texas Mobility Authority's board of directors paused a scheduled 5-cent increase per segment on the MoPac Express toll lanes.

Home Builders Association of Greater Austin celebrated to completion of its 2020 Benefit Home on Oct. 7. (Courtesy Home Builders Association of Greater Austin)
Sale of a home in Steiner Ranch to aid Austin families experiencing homeless

The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin celebrated the completion of its 2020 Benefit Home located in the Steiner Ranch area at 12512 Simmental Drive, Austin, during an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Austin School of Fashion Design, or ASFD, relocated from North Austin to Georgetown in October. (Courtesy The Austin School of Fashion Design)
Austin School of Fashion Design moves to Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Ahead of Election Day, Nov. 3, four Austin City Council members have asked Austin Police Chief Brian Manley for more information on the police department's plans to respond to possible protests. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council members ask police to detail response to possible Election Day protests

The four council members said protests from the spring represented "a failure to keep people safe" and asked Chief Brian Manley for more information to how police would respond to potential protests around Nov. 3.

After a significant drop soon after the onset of COVID-19, home sales nationally have risen in the past few months. Austin has followed the same trend, but in a more pronounced manner. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's economy is crawling slowly back to recovery. So why is the housing market booming?

Low interest rates, constricted supply and continued population growth have accelerated the sellers' market in Central Texas, leaving 26% fewer homes on the market this September than there were at the same time last year.

Local violinist Shawn LeSure
HAAM gets funding boost from Central Health to enroll musicians of color in health coverage

Days ahead of open enrollment beginning in the health care marketplace, Travis County’s health care district and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians struck a deal to secure increased health care coverage for the city’s musicians of color.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

Council reviewed renderings for a potential condominiums slated for 1801 Westlake Drive. (Rendering courtesy city of West Lake Hills)
Condos could replace apartment complex at 1801 Westlake Drive

Owners of the Boca Chica Apartments at 1801 Westlake Drive in West Lake Hills are proposing to demolish the existing complex to construct two condominium buildings in its place.

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir speaks to reporters Oct. 28 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County breaking voting records; clerk expects turnout to climb as high as 80%

More than 480,000 ballots have been cast in Travis County, surpassing the total from the 2016 presidential election.

Frustration and misunderstanding dominated the public comment period of Bee Cave City Council’s Oct. 27 remote meeting—when 13 citizens commented regarding a new residential development along Hamilton Pool Road and the public utility agency that will service it. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff Photo)
Hamilton Pool Road residents frustrated over development, lack of representation

Frustration and misunderstanding dominated the public comment period of Bee Cave City Council’s Oct. 27 remote meeting—when 13 citizens commented regarding a new residential development along Hamilton Pool Road and the public utility agency that will service it.

The city of Lakeway was recognized as a Scenic City in October. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway earns Scenic City certification

The city of Lakeway was recognized as Platinum Scenic City this month, which is the highest level awarded within the 2020 Scenic City Certification program.