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Caution tape hangs from the door of Crockett High School in South Austin last month.
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The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted to delay the start of classes for the school year until Sept. 8. Virtual classes were supposed to begin Aug. 18, but the board wanted to give teachers more time to prepare for online learning. 

Stephanie Elizalde, chief of school leadership at Dallas ISD, is the lone finalist for Austin ISD's new superintendent.
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Members of the Austin Independent School District community had the opportunity to learn more about the lone finalist to be the next superintendent during a virtual discussion Tuesday night.

A sign outside Crockett High School says the property is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Austin Independent School District Board has scheduled a vote Thursday night to delay the start of the school year from Aug. 18 to Sept. 8, because of COVID-19. The district says the delay would give employees time to adjust to new health and safety requirements for in-person instruction.

A sign at Crockett High Schools says the building is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus.
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The Austin Independent School District's "very existence" could be threatened if it doesn't follow rules set out by the Texas Education Agency, the director of academics said Wednesday.

Stephanie Elizalde, jefa de liderazgo escolar del ISD de Dallas, es la única finalista para el puesto de nueva superintendente del ISD de Austin.
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Stephanie Elizalde, administradora del Distrito Escolar Independiente (ISD en inglés) de Dallas, ha sido elegida como la única finalista para el cargo del próximo superintendente del ISD de Austin.

Stephanie Elizalde, chief of school leadership at Dallas ISD, is the lone finalist for Austin ISD's new superintendent.
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Stephanie Elizalde, an administrator in the Dallas Independent School District, has been named the lone finalist for Austin ISD’s next superintendent.

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The Austin Independent School District will not offer in-person classes when school starts Aug. 18, the district announced Tuesday. All classes will be held virtually for the first three weeks of the school year. 

Dawson Elementary School, along with other schools in Austin ISD, closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The first day of classes for Central Texas school districts is about a month away, but many parents and teachers still don’t know what it will look like. 

A young person reads a sign posted on the door at Travis High School, after the building closed in March because of the pandemic.
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If school buildings in Austin open on Aug. 18 as planned, there will be infections the first day of class, UT mathematical epidemiologist Lauren Ancel Meyers said.

Dawson Elementary School closes on Friday, March 13, following the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austin.
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The union for Austin Independent School District employees is asking the district and the state not to send employees back to school buildings in August. Union members say it is unsafe for employees and children to be in classes together.

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The Austin Independent School District’s Board of Trustees passed a $1.65 billion budget early Tuesday, taking $47.6 million from the district’s reserve funds to make up for a shortfall partly caused by COVID-19 expenses.

A police officer walks through the hall of LBJ High School in 2016.
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As the school board finalizes its FY2021 budget, racial justice advocates are calling on the Austin Independent School District to move money away from policing.

Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz announces his resignation in February.
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There’s a lot we don’t know about the future for Austin’s students: Will Austin ISD's school buildings be open in August? Will online learning still be happening? Will there be sporting events or gatherings of any kind?

The AISD community also doesn't know who will be leading the district when the next school year starts. 

Frances Parra (clockwise from top left), Chantal Flores-Malagon, Maddy Pollack and Hudson Humphrey are all graduating high school this year.
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If it weren't for COVID-19, many high school seniors would be walking across a stage to receive a diploma this month. They’d also be attending prom and other events to celebrate the end of high school.

Instead, many seniors are having to reflect on their high school experiences alone and make different memories for some of the biggest milestones.

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The Austin Independent School District has spent $7.6 million in the last six weeks addressing changes related to the coronavirus pandemic, including new technology and software for online learning and increased pay for staff on the front lines. 

Travis High School is shuttered.
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The transition to online learning has presented a new challenge for teachers: how to help students deal with the emotional turmoil of living through a pandemic. 

Travis High School, along with other schools in Austin ISD, are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Austin Independent School District is asking all parents to update their contact information so teachers and principals can get in touch during the coronavirus pandemic. The district is trying to speak with every family to see if they need access to food, medical care or technology so their students can do assignments from home.

James Butler, AISD social and emotional learning specialist, offers two-minute mindfulness videos on YouTube.
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Austinites have been sheltering in place for a while now, but for households with a K-12 student, this week might have introduced a new challenge: virtual learning.  

Students who live near the bus locations can access the free Wi-Fi on their school computers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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The Austin Independent School District says it has deployed 110 buses with Wi-Fi to neighborhoods and apartments where home internet access is least likely. Last Friday, the school district announced its school buildings are closed indefinitely as classes move online to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A young person reads a school closure sign at Travis High School in South Austin on March 18.
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Los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Independiente (ISD, en inglés) de Austin recibirán calificaciones de aprobada o incompleta para sus clases este semestre pero no calificaciones A-F, según decidió la junta escolar el lunes por la noche. 

La junta de directores aprobó una resolución que aborda cómo tratar las calificaciones a medida que las clases se dictan a través de Internet debido a la pandemia del coronavirus.

A young person reads a school closure sign at Travis High School in South Austin on March 18.
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Students at Austin Independent School District will receive pass or incomplete grades for their classes this semester, not A-F grades, the school board decided Monday night. 

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A food service worker with the Austin Independent School District died Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Patricia Hernandez, who worked at Casis Elementary for 10 years, had not been involved in any AISD food distribution since schools closed March 13, the district said.

The empty hallway at Dawson Elementary
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School buildings will remain closed for an "indefinite period of time," Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Friday.

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The Austin Independent School District announced Monday it will close schools through April 3 out of concern over COVID-19. Classes are expected to resume April 6.

Rosa Montalvo, a cafeteria employee, delivers food to parents parked outside Dawson Elementary school.
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Austin Independent School District is preparing meals to hand out to students while school is closed amid COVID-19 concerns. 

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Three presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Austin on Friday, city health officials said. The cases are the first confirmed in Central Texas.

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Austin Independent School District is canceling large gatherings and other events through April 3 in response to COVID-19, Superintendent Paul Cruz announced Thursday.

Save Pease signs
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Parents of students at Pease Elementary, one of four schools the district voted in November to close, say they are dismayed the Austin Independent School District has revoked previously approved transfer requests.

Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz
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Even though Superintendent Paul Cruz said he's leaving the Austin Independent School District, the process of school closures that started under his watch likely will not end. But where it goes from here is unknown.

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