Eanes ISD campuses to be used as Travis County polling locations

Travis County will use Eanes ISD campuses for polling locations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Travis County will use Eanes ISD campuses for polling locations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Travis County will use Eanes ISD campuses for polling locations. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

During a Sept. 22 meeting, the Eanes ISD board of trustees amended the 2020-21 academic calendar to designate Nov. 3—Election Day—as a district holiday.

The calendar change will allow the district to safely offer its larger campuses to Travis County for the use of polling locations. Superintendent Tom Leonard stated county officials are anticipating high participation on Nov. 3 and will require the use of large spaces to implement social distancing measures.

Bridge Point Elementary School, Forest Trail Elementary School and Hill Country Middle School will serve as polling sites, and voting will take place in each campus’s cafeteria or gym.

According to district information, there are sufficient instructional minutes in the approved 2020-21 academic calendar, and the additional holiday would not require a school year extension.

Trustees also voted to provide the day off for both students and staff members, which would allow teachers and professional staff to use the day to vote.

In light of coronavirus concerns, Superintendent Tom Leonard confirmed that each campus will be thoroughly cleaned before and after Election Day.
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.


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