AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District is looking into a limited virtual learning option for families with medically fragile students unable to return to in-person learning in the fall.
District officials say this homebound instructional program would only be eligible for students who were confined to their homes or a hospital. These students would have to provide a doctor’s note indicating they will need to be confined for more than a month.
This would also allow the district to continue to receive state funding for their attendance, a barrier that has prevented most school districts in Central Texas from pursuing a virtual option for the students and families who don’t feel comfortable returning to campus due to rising COVID-19 cases.
District officials say this option is only being considered and haven’t committed to it. A more formal set of COVID-19 protocols are expected to be released by Thursday, July 22.
The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17.