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Districts across the nation are reconsidering their virtual learning options. Read more about school districts in Texas who are doing the same and why.

  • Austin students will have the option to attend classes virtually.
  • COVID concerns led to decision.
  • Virtual option “will be for a limited number of students that may not be eligible for the COVID vaccine.”

Which students are eligible for virtual learning in Austin?

  • Students in K-6.
  • Number of slots and qualifying criteria TBA.

Cost of virtual learning

  • Austin could lose state funding for students enrolled in the virtual option during the fall.
  • Using pandemic-related federal funds under discussion, but may not be allowed – more to come.

What Austin parents need to know

  • Parents have until Aug. 6 to express interest in the virtual learning option.
  • The new virtual option will look different from last year’s.
    • Virtual students will receive instruction from separate staff
    • Teachers don’t have to teach both online and in-person.
    • Students will remain connected to their home campus.
  • Students with medical needs who are confined to their home or a hospital for at least a month could also qualify for an existing remote learning program with a doctor’s note.
    • These students receive weekly visits from teachers to get support for a minimum of four hours.
    • District may modernize the the program with added virtual support.

Additional COVID-19 protocols

  • For on campus learning, the district is recommending everyone wear masks indoors and stay home if they feel sick, regardless of vaccine status.
  • The district will also continue contact tracing, updating its COVID-19 dashboard and use outdoor spaces for activities such as lunch.
  • Students who need to quarantine would receive support and some possible virtual instruction from central office staff. 

Other local districts’ plans

Full article HERE

Related article – As Delta Variant Spreads, Twice as Many K-12 Leaders Pivot to Hybrid Learning

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