Students to get free meals all year (En español)

Austin ISD students will receive free meals all year no matter what their family income is. Why it matters: Parents can skip packing a lunch and save money this year with free breakfast and lunch for every student. Yes, but: Even though meals are free for…

Stuart Bowen

Austin ISD Appoints New General Counsel

Stuart Bowen has been appointed as the general counsel for Austin ISD. A lifetime public servant, Stuart has served elected officials of both parties in rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse, providing legal strategy, managing crises, and ensuring regulatory…

Stephanie Elizalde

Students, Teachers Get Warm Welcome from Superintendent on First Day

As they exited their buses in front of their new school, students at Sanchéz Elementary were eager and excited to explore their modernized campus, but might not have expected a welcome from their superintendent. “I’m so excited. This is so great, there’s…


Oak Springs Students Receive Free Backpacks at Fourth Annual Event

Parents and their children were moving and dancing to a DJ’s music at Oak Springs Elementary on Monday while waiting to collect a free backpack and school supplies. While the event was an outdoor, drive-thru event, the pull of the music was too strong for…

Austin ISD Teacher Named Finalist for 2022 Texas Teacher of the Year

On the first day of school, Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde surprised Sanford Jeames, health sciences teacher at Eastside Early College High School in his classroom with a gift bag, colorful orchids and an excited “congratulations!”

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Students in Extracurricular Activities Don't Need Masks During Most Practice, Play (En Español)

Students in extracurricular activities, including athletics, won’t have to wear a mask when outdoors and socially distanced or when engaged in vigorous physical activity.

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Texas Supreme Court ruling doesn't affect Austin ISD mask mandate (En español)

Masks will still be required in all Austin ISD schools and facilities regardless of the latest Texas Supreme Court ruling, which blocked temporary restraining orders that had allowed Dallas County and San Antonio to impose mask mandates. 

Austin ISD offering free COVID tests Monday (en español)

Families and staff who live and work in zip codes designated as COVID-19 hot spot can access a free COVID-19 rapid test at one of four drive-thru events this Monday, Aug. 16 from 7-11 a.m. Why it matters: Testing is one of the screening tools we have to…

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One in Four Austin ISD Elementary School Buildings Rated “Unsatisfactory” (En español)

The Austin ISD 2021 draft Facility Condition and Educational Suitability assessments support what families and staff already know—many of our schools are due for major renovations or need to be replaced with new buildings entirely.


AISD Holds Town Hall On Back To School

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde used two virtual town halls Wednesday and Thursday to encourage families to “do what science says we need to do” and wear a mask in the classroom.

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Masks Mandated at Austin ISD (En español)

Starting Wednesday, August 11, students, staff and visitors will need to wear face masks when on school properties, Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde announced late Monday at a school board meeting.  "I am responsible for the safety, health and welfare…

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Survey: 80% of Families Intend to Mask in Schools

In our survey, 80% of families who responded said they plan to send their child to school wearing a mask. Why it matters: The survey results show that the vast majority of Austin ISD families plan to have their child wear a mask at school. Dive Deeper:…