Austin ISD families can return to campus after 2 weeks of encouraging virtual learning

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25. (Courtesy Austin ISD)

Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde encouraged students to learn remotely for two weeks beginning Jan. 12, and data shows AISD has seen a 28% decrease in weekly coronavirus cases reported to the district in that span of time.

In a Jan. 21 letter to families, Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25.


“Our efforts have paid off," she said in the letter. "Because of the improvements we are seeing on our campuses and in our community, and in consultation with Dr. Mark Escott of Austin Public Health, beginning Monday, Jan. 25, every family who selected on-campus learning will be invited to return to campus once again."

According to the district, the positivity rate of tests it has administered has also dropped to 4.01%, compared to its peak of 7.07% the first week of January.

AISD is still offering remote learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year for those families who choose to stay home, according to the district.


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