We have shared many times, in many ways, that our main focus is on the health and well being of all of our Wildcats and their families. All of the Learning At-Home activities and the Virtual Learning Opportunities are designed for flexibility for families to do as much or as little as they can at this difficult time. Staying connected with check-ins is critical to feeling a part of our larger Webb community.
Re-Opening Plan for 2020-2021
In the face of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Austin ISD is working every day to provide definitive answers regarding the 2020–21 school year.
In August, The board of trustees approved the 2020–21 school calendar that includes Sep. 8 as the first day of school for students. Given our current context, the district continues to closely monitor reports and information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19, and we are in contact regularly with health officials from the city and county.
The district must create a plan for this school year that prioritizes the health and safety of the AISD community, but that also meets the requirements and guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency and adheres to regulations from state, county, and local health and government authorities.
Learning Model Options
AISD will offer the following options to middle and high school students beginning Monday, November 2nd:
Remote Off-Campus Learning: Remote off-campus learning occurs when the student and teacher are separated by distance and either meet online at an agreed-upon time (live/synchronous), or the student receives instructions for learning and completes their daily assignments at a time that works for them (on your own/asynchronous). The teacher and student do not meet in a traditional physical classroom setting.
On-Campus Face-to-Face Learning: On-campus face-to-face learning occurs when the teacher and the student meet physically in a classroom for a set time for whole-group lessons, small-group lessons, guided practice, and independent practice with health and safety measures in place. Students will transition class-to-class and will receive live instruction from a teacher in the classroom. In some instances, students may receive instruction from a teacher who is working remotely.
Curbside Meal Program
All Austin ISD students will receive free school meals through June 2021.
The extension of current meal service programs comes following an announcement on October 15 by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Through this program, AISD will continue to provide free meals for any child under 19, or those over the age of 19 who are utilizing special education resources or currently enrolled in school to complete the requirements for a high school diploma from curbside meal sites.
For students participating in remote, off-campus learning, free 7-day meal packs will be available each Thursday at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin. While Austin ISD plans to continue curbside service as long as needed, meal sites are subject to change as more students transition to on-campus learning.
Austin ISD will serve free breakfast and lunch in the classroom for on-campus learners.
Curbside meal sites and more information can be found here.
Meal locations, dates, and times are subject to change.
Computers & Internet Access
AISD has developed a program to get computers and internet access to as many students, homes, and neighborhoods as possible while campuses are closed. This program is aimed at helping families who do not have easy access to computers or the internet at home and will aid Austin ISD’s continuous learning initiatives.
This spring, AISD distributed computers to students in grades 3-12 who did not already have one.
Students who have just completed grades 3-11 can continue to use the Austin ISD computer they were assigned over the summer and in the fall (whether school buildings are open, closed, or a combination of both).
Students who have just completed grades 5-7 who need an Austin ISD computer can request one by calling the main office.
Unfortunately, there are no WiFi hotspots available for distribution at this time.
All devices delivered through the program are covered under the Austin Independent School District Acceptable Use Guidelines.
Austin ISD has retrofitted its buses with WiFi capabilities up to a distance of 200 feet in order to serve apartments and neighborhoods identified as having the highest needs.
Wi-Fi Bus Service
Austin ISD will continue to use Wi-Fi-enabled buses to provide free internet access to students. Beginning Monday, October 5, Wi-Fi buses will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is to accommodate time for transporting students as we begin to phase-in on-campus learning.
AISD is strategically positioning these buses at apartments and neighborhoods where they can make the biggest impact. AISD students can access free Wi-Fi on their school devices. For the most current locations and times please see the Austin ISD Wi-Fi Bus Map.
To request technology from the district or more information, please visit the technology webpage.
Students in Need of Technology
To get technology to families who need it, Austin ISD has created an Austin ISD Cloud Technology Distribution tile for both staff and families. Through this tile in the Parent Cloud, families will be able to submit device requests and monitor status.
Families who are not able to use the Parent Cloud can contact the main office, and campus staff can log the family’s request in the Austin ISD Staff Cloud.
To use this system, families need to set up their Parent Cloud accounts. Families can ask the office staff to send a “FastPass” email to the primary email address on file, or they can click on the "Parent Cloud Account Creation" button at my.austinisd.org. Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at (512) 414-9187.
While we continue to work toward every student having access to a device and the Internet, we will continue to provide an alternative to online learning for students without access. This will include the pick-up of instructional packets and/or instructional resources with an assignment list for each week of remote instruction.