Austin ISD could delay its first day of school until Sept. 8

Austin ISD could vote to delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD could vote to delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin ISD could vote to delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin ISD will vote at a special meeting Aug. 6 to possibly delay the start of the coming school year, according to an agenda posted to the district’s website Aug. 4.

According to the agenda, an approved motion could delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8, which would be followed by four weeks of remote learning.

As recently as last week, the district had stated school would begin on Aug. 18.

The agenda states that the decision is a result of local health conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines by the Texas Education Agency. The district could also request a remote learning extension from the TEA that would allow it to phase in on-campus classes following the initial four weeks of online work.

“Based on these factors, we recommend revising the first day of school on the current board approved school calendar to September 8,” the agenda states. “This calendar change would be followed by four weeks of remote learning and an additional four weeks of in-person phase-in on our campuses. This delay will allow for our community to adjust to the latest in-person requirements in the changing health conditions of our city with safety at the forefront of every decision.”


The meeting is scheduled to be held virtually at 9 p.m. beginning with a 30-minute executive session. Public testimony is also on the agenda related to the vote on the amended school calendar with the delayed start date, and a TEA waiver requesting an extension of remote learning beyond the first four-weeks of school.

Want to discuss your plans for the coming school year? Email ncicale@communityimpact.com, and you could be included in an upcoming story about virtual learning, home schooling and other education options for the 2020-21 school year.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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