Announcements

We’re going mask-optional on Monday (En Español)

Austin ISD is going mask-optional starting Monday, March 7.

Masks

Trustees to Discuss Mask-Optional Implementation at Wednesday Meeting (En Español)

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd to discuss aligning our COVID protocols with new CDC guidelines. Ahead of that meeting, we're working with the city of Austin, Austin Public Health and Travis County to…

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Take our Health and Safety Protocols Survey (En español)

You can take our survey about masks and other health protocols now through March 6.

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As Omicron falls, attendance for athletics and fine arts can increase (En español)

We’re opening up our Fine Arts and Athletics events and lifting audience capacity restrictions, effective immediately, while still requiring all attendees to wear masks. Why it matters: Our kids deserve to be celebrated, especially with playoffs and other…

Testing supplies

An update on COVID-19 testing supplies

The national supply-chain challenges are now affecting the third-party vendor that runs the Austin ISD campus-based testing hubs. Supply will ebb and flow based on daily demand. If tests run out, students and staff can still get tested by the school nurses,…

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Back-to-School testing results in 14.5% positivity (En Español)

Back-to-school COVID-19 testing on Monday and Tuesday yielded a 14.5% overall positivity rate.

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Austin ISD prepared for Omicron, ready to start school on Wednesday (En Español)

With Austin ISD resuming classes as scheduled after the Winter Break, staff and families can help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant by getting boosted this week, getting tested at one of our 11 hubs beginning Monday, Jan. 3, and by double-layering…

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Austin ISD prepares for omicron cases

Austin ISD is following public health officials’ advice in our response to the omicron variant through continued use of masks, contact tracing, free testing for students and staff and making vaccines widely available.

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Free COVID testing for students and staff (En Español)

Students and staff now get a free rapid antigen test for any reason at 11 sites across Austin ISD.

Austin ISD preparing for 5-11 year old vaccine distribution (En Español)

Austin ISD will be ready in the coming days to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to ages 5 through 11.

Dr. Elizalde and Evan Smith

COVID, student success top themes at State of the District

Superintendent Stephenie Elizalde spoke to how Austin ISD continues to deal with keeping children, staff, and their families safe more than a year and a half into the pandemic. The State of The District interview was conducted by Evan Smith of the Texas…

COVID test

New COVID-19 testing method allows for safer classrooms

Austin ISD could test more students for COVID-19 via a new method where students from the same class put their swabs into one testing vial. Why it matters: This new approach — called pooled testing — could allow Austin ISD to target campuses where students…