Austin ISD updates: Board meetings permanently switch days; student transfer period open; asynchronous Fridays to continue

Austin ISD board meetings and work sessions will be held on Thursdays beginning this month. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD board meetings and work sessions will be held on Thursdays beginning this month. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin ISD board meetings and work sessions will be held on Thursdays beginning this month. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are some of the latest updates from Austin ISD.

AISD board meetings and work sessions will be held on Thursdays beginning this month

The district will begin holding its monthly board meetings on Thursdays beginning in February, a change made official in December when trustees unanimously voted to change the board calendar and policy. The first Thursday work session will be held Feb. 11, followed by a regular board meeting Feb. 25, according to the district’s calendar.

Other than in July, when the board historically takes the month off, work sessions will be held the second Thursday of each month going forward, with voting board meetings held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Annual student transfer window is open

Families that wish to transfer their students to a new AISD school for the 2021-22 school year can now submit a transfer application with the district.

For families already attending district schools, the application window opened Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 19. For out-of-district families looking to transfer into AISD, the window opened Feb. 1, and applications will be taken into consideration on a first-come, first-served basis after district submissions are reviewed.

This year, eight campuses have been frozen to transfer students due to overcrowding and will not be accepting new transfers. Those schools include Akins and Bowie High schools; Gorzycki, Lamar and Lively Middle schools; and Baranoff, Cowan, and Kiker elementary schools.

District to continue asynchronous learning on Fridays

The district held its first of four scheduled asynchronous days Jan. 29, when students participated in offline, individual learning without a teacher.

According to the district, the designated asynchronous learning day aims to allow teachers to spend time lesson planning and working on professional development while students complete work individually and submit assignments online.

The remaining asynchronous days for the 2020-21 school year are Feb. 26, March 5 and April 9.
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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