Austin ISD to switch to remote learning for week after Thanksgiving

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By Talk 1370

AUSTIN ( -- Austin ISD students will switch to 100% remote learning the week after the Thanksgiving holiday, district officials announced late Wednesday.

AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde said the goal is to increase the likelihood of on-campus instruction for the final two weeks of the fall semester.

Elizalde said the decision was made in consultation with city and county officials and Austin Public Health. "By moving to 100% remote learning the week following the Thanksgiving break, the incubation period will have the opportunity to run its course and positive cases can be identified while safely at home," Elizalde said in a letter to the district community. "In addition, I do not anticipate the need to repeat this process following the winter break as that holiday is 14 days while the Thanksgiving break was only seven."

The district will partner with Austin Public Health to provide COVID-19 testing to students, staff, and family members December 2-4.

"I realize that this decision will require many of our families to find alternate child care arrangements, but in assessing the risks, I concluded this was in the best interest of a long term vision," Elizalde said. "I waited to make this decision to gather as much data and input as possible. I would like to take a moment to also thank our principals for their input and unconditional dedication to public service and a special acknowledgement to Education Austin for working with me to provide employee perspectives as we work always to stay student centered."

Campuses are set to reopen on Monday, December 7.