When school will start and how for each district in the 2020-21 school year


AUSTIN (KXAN) — How is your school district starting the year?

The following is a list of when school districts will begin classes, and what kind of classes they’ll offer and when. We will update this with the most current information as school districts release updated plans.

Austin ISD

First day: As of now, Aug. 18. The AISD board will vote Thursday whether to delay the start until Sept. 8.

What kind of class: Online until potentially November, following Thursday’s vote.

Bastrop ISD

First day: Aug. 18

What kind of class: The first three weeks comprised of virtual instruction. That means no in-person learning will take place until Sept. 8 at the earliest.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of utmost importance to us and we believe this 3-week transitional start affords us the greatest flexibility in creating a safe and secure learning and working environment,” Superintendent Barry Edwards said in a statement to BISD families on July 20.

Del Valle ISD

First day: Aug. 17

What kind of class: The first six weeks of the school year be 100% remote learning. During the week of Sept. 8, families will receive an update based on the latest guidance. Del Valle ISD Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle said in an online update that when in-person instruction resumes, families can continue using the online option. Most students will receive live, virtual instruction where students will receive real-time interactions with teachers.

Dripping Springs ISD

First day: Aug. 18

What kind of class: Remote learning for the first four weeks.

On July 29, the district will begin its yearly enrollment verification process, in which parents will choose either on-campus or remote learning after the first four weeks. They must stick with that choice through the end of the nine-week grading period.

“District and school leaders have spent the last few months developing ‘Remote Learning 2.0,’ which will include structured schedules, daily engagement expectations, direct instruction by teachers, and aligned content,” said Superintendent Todd Washburn, who said remote looking will look very different from the spring.

The district is also considering “all options” related to extracurricular activities, which could change based on state and local rules.

Eanes ISD

First day: Aug. 17

What kind of class: Online only until Sept. 7.

Georgetown ISD

First day: Aug. 20

What kind of class: The district will offer both on-campus and online learning. Parents must choose which one they prefer by Aug. 6.


First day: Sept. 8

What kind of classes: Online only until Sept. 28, and once the district allows for on-campus learning, families will still have an option to continue online learning.

IDEA Public Schools

First day: Aug. 11

What kind of classes: Online to start the year, and then school officials will monitor the situation and adjust as they see fit.

KIPP Charter Schools

First day: Aug. 24

What kind of classes: Online to start and they hope to return to in-person learning with a “staggered, phased-in start beginning October 12 for families who choose in-person learning for the second nine-week instructional cycle.”

KIPP will also provide curbside meals for students during the school year. It said in a release earlier this week it will loan technology to students who don’t have it for the entire year.

Lake Travis ISD

First day: Aug. 19

What kind of classes: Online only through at least Sept. 7.

Leander ISD

First day: Aug. 13

What kind of classes: Only online through Sept. 7, then parents have an option to send kids back to campus or continue online learning. Parents have to notify to district by Aug. 6 on what they want to do.

Liberty Hill ISD

First day: Aug. 20

What kind of classes: The district is offering both on-campus and online learning for students. Parents can pick which option they want between Aug. 3-13.

Lockhart ISD

First day: Aug. 24

What kind of classes: Online only classes until Sept. 14. After that, on-campus learning will be allowed if parents want kids to attend, but those that choice the online option will continue.

Manor ISD

First day: Aug. 17

What kind of classes: Manor ISD recently extended its online only start to the year four weeks to Oct. 12.

Pflugerville ISD

First day: Aug. 13

What kind of classes: The first three weeks will be fully online, but parents have until July 30 to decide whether to send their kids to school or stick to the fully online model after that.

PfISD says the decision parents make will remain in effect until the end of the quarter. If parents do decided to send their child to school after first selecting online learning, then there’s no guarantee they will have the same teacher as they did in online learning the quarter prior.

Round Rock ISD

First day: Aug. 20

What kind of classes: Online to start, but the district says it’ll offer on-campus classes starting Sept. 10, but will also continue online classes for families that choose that option.

During a town hall meeting Monday, the district said people wanted students and teachers to wear a face covering, and that students will eat lunch in classrooms, not the cafeteria. RRISD officials say they’ve installed plexiglass shields in all buildings, and they are trying to figure out a way to limit school bus travel.

San Marcos CISD

First day: Sept. 8

What kind of classes: Online only for the first four weeks, then the district plans to let students back on campus Oct. 5, but they could still keep an online-only format for the first quarter of the school year.

Thrall ISD

First day: Aug. 10

What kind of classes: In-person instruction, but at 50% capacity. That means families have designated days to attend school and work from home other days.

“Our goal is that within 3-8 weeks of Aug. 10 everyone will be back to school DAILY, if protocols appear to be working and the coronavirus spread is improving/decreasing,” the district said on its website.

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

Reach KXAN’s Education Reporter Alex Caprariello by email at alexc@kxan.com or by phone at 512-703-5365, or find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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