Thinking ahead to December, Abilene ISD opts out of City Sidewalks

COVID-19 has claimed another popular event this year.



a couple of people that are flying in the sky: Assistant Director Tyler Jacks directs the Eagle Band during rehearsal Thursday at Abilene High School Sept. 24, 2020.


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Assistant Director Tyler Jacks directs the Eagle Band during rehearsal Thursday at Abilene High School Sept. 24, 2020.

Or, well, a significant portion of one.

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Citing a lack of safety from the threatening disease, Abilene ISD officials have decided not to allow student participation in City Sidewalks and other activities surrounding the evening celebration this December.

It’s a Christmas-time experience that has been joyful to me personally¬†since I arrived in 2014. This year, the entire experience may go dark.

While it’s not affiliated with the other two events that night, City Sidewalks has been a real joy to experience, both as a fan of music and the city’s education reporter.

The city’s Parade of Lights, which I’ve participated in twice with Abilene Community Theatre, and the ceremonial Christmas tree lighting, will be without AISD students.

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