AISD considers only allowing 25% of students into school in the fall

Education

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the Austin Independent School District task force considers a range of scenarios for academics in the fall, one option receiving attention is the possibility of only 25% of students returning to in-person learning.

In this scenario, each school day’s student population would be capped at 25% of the school’s capacity, similar to the restrictions which have been imposed on restaurants in the past.

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Dr. Lisa Goodnow, AISD’s Associate Superintendent of Academics and Social Emotional Learning said on Wednesday that the school district would likely select the 25% which would benefit most from the face-to-face interaction with teachers.

“It’s not just students with academic need, but students with an academic need that is best served with face-to-face instruction,” Goodnow said. “Students that are medically fragile, how do we attend to their needs and their safety and at the same time provide them the academic support and experiences they deserve?”

Goodnow emphasized that this is just an option being considered and not a final plan.

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The school district is following CDC guidance and best practices while the operations team is weighing the consequences of each scenario.

“We want to act in the best interest of students, so by placing the many possibilities on the table and then narrowing those down by feasibility and bringing in subject matter experts, we think we will be able to do that,” said Reyne Telles, on member of AISD’s task force.

The Task Force will ultimately take its findings to the school board for approval in June.

Other Districts

KXAN reached out to local school districts to see what the plans were for the upcoming fall semester. None have made final decisions as of Thursday.H

Hays CISD and Leander ISD say one option they’re considering is a mixture of at home and in school learning, which could mean having students in school while others are at home for part of the week.

Round Rock ISD says they’re also looking at a combo of both. They’re considering asking parents whether they want their children to learn at home, in school or both.

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