Austin ISD will offer virtual learning options to students in kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2021-22 school year, according to a July 26 news release from the district.

When case counts were low in June, the school district announced plans for all students to return to campus in-person with no virtual learning option. AISD advocated for the passage of House Bill 1468, which would have funded virtual learning during the 2021-22 school year. The bill did not pass, but the district worked on plans for remote teaching in case of the bill's passage.

The decision to maintain a virtual option follows the Austin-Travis County Health Authority's new guidance that even vaccinated adults wear masks around others.

The district will release more details July 30, and the board of trustees meets July 26 in a special-called meeting to discuss the online option.

AISD officials said teachers will not teach online and in-person at the same time, so teachers who lead virtual classes will not teach in a classroom.