Austin, TXAustin Chronicle

As COVID Surges, AISD to Offer Virtual School

As Austin sees its fourth COVID-19 surge of the pandemic, Austin ISD has swiveled back to planning to offer a virtual learning option this fall. The decision came just before a special called AISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, July 26, and mere days after Austin and Travis County moved to Stage 4 of the local COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines. Although the state's reluctance to fund virtual learning has not changed – and AISD is still trying to navigate choppy financial waters – the district will offer virtual instruction this fall to students from kindergarten through sixth grade.
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Austin, TXAustin Chronicle

Rosemont Residents Forced to Temporarily Relocate for Winter Storm Repairs

On Monday, July 26, residents at the troubled Rosemont at Oak Valley apartment complex in Southeast Austin received notice that they will be moved into one of two Residence Inns "no later than Saturday, July 31st." Their belongings will not be relocated so quickly: The note continued that "all household items to be placed in storage are required to be packed prior to departure"; items will be moved into storage "within 14 days of the tenant vacating the unit"; and packing materials will only be available in the leasing office starting July 29, two days before the move. Resident Kecia Prince told the Chronicle on Tuesday, "Everyone is so upset. We just found this out yesterday afternoon."
Alpine, TXAlpine Avalanche

Controversy hangs over AHS graduate and class rank

Alpine ISD Board of Trustees held its regularly scheduled meeting on July 21, and the main topic of discussion was a grievance from 2021 Alpine High School graduate Dalee Sullivan regarding class ranking and grades. Sullivan had previously filed a lawsuit against AISD in the 394th District Court. Representing the...
Athens, TXathensisd.net

AISD's community vaccination clinic nets 90

The community vaccination clinic hosted by Athens ISD Wednesday, as part of a joint effort with the Texas National Guard, was deemed a success by the Guard’s medical technicians. Ninety doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were administered during the two-hour clinic held at Athens High School. The two-dose vaccine is available for individuals 12 years old and older. Pictured is Athens ISD school board member and 2019 Athens Citizen of the Year Freddie Paul. “I want to lead by example,” he said. The National Guard team will return to AHS on Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 4-6 to administer second doses. Anyone 12 and up who would like to receive a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at that time is welcome to attend, or who needs a second dose of the vaccine after having received their first dose elsewhere. Anyone receiving a first dose at the Aug. 18 clinic, however, will need to arrange for the second dose at another pharmacy or clinic.
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New COVID spike leads Austin parents to consider homeschooling, private options for kids under 12—again

With Austin-Travis County in Stage 4 and local COVID case counts rising, parents of young children are weighing the question: Is it safe to send kids back to the classroom?. While children under 12 remain ineligible for the COVID vaccine, public school districts are unable to mandate masks as a result of an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May . They also lack funding for virtual learning options after state lawmakers failed to pass such legislation during the regular session .

AISD wont get funding for online students

Austin ISD’s Superintendent says they will hos online classes for students in Kindergarten on up through the 6th grade this coming fall semester. But since schools wont be held “blameless” for in person absences as they were last school year, officials say this will cost them state funding. In Monday’s...
El Paso, TXEl Paso News

Anthony ISD students back in the classroom

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Anthony Independent School District welcomed back students for in-person learning at full capacity today for the first time since March 2020. AISD, along with all Texas school districts, cannot enforce mask mandates at its school campuses under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-36, which says school districts cannot mandate face coverings on governmental properties.
Austin, TXKXAN

Austin ISD announces a virtual learning option for K-6th grade families

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a message to Austin ISD employees, Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde announced the district will be offering a virtual learning option to families of students in kindergarten through sixth grade this fall. The superintendent says she made the decision based on local health authorities entering Stage 4...
Austin, TXaudacy.com

Austin ISD says it will offer virtual learning option for K-6 students

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise once again across the Austin area, Austin ISD officials said Monday they'll offer a form of virtual learning this fall. AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde announced the move in a memo to staff members Monday afternoon. She said the decision was...