For Many AISD Teachers, It’s Career vs. Family: AISD forces reluctant teachers to return to campus – News

AISD families deliver questions outside district headquarters during Education Austin’s Sept. 26 community car caravan (Photos by John Anderson)

As thousands of Austin ISD students prepare to return to their campuses on Monday, almost all AISD teachers will be doing the same – even those with immunocompromised family members or young children – and many of them still lack a clear idea of what the return will look like. That’s unless they refuse to come back, as the teacher union suggests might happen.

Texas schools are required to return in person at some point in the fall semester or face a loss of state funding. AISD has received permission from the state to return to campus in phases, and will be operating at up to 25% capacity in the first week of in-person instruction, beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The district is prioritizing specific groups of students to be part of

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About That AISD Waiver: Following backlash, confusion, district will seek TEA waiver to extend virtual learning, phase in classroom instruction after Oct. 5 – News

AISD released an example video depicting what students can expect when campuses reopen for in-person learning. (Image via Austin ISD Facebook)

Last week, a certain four-week waiver – which seemed to have the potential to keep school entirely online until November – was the talk of the Austin Independent School District. The only problem? That waiver didn’t exist. At least not in the way some believed it to work.

The confusion can be traced to Sept. 14’s AISD Board of Trustees meeting, where District 4 Trustee Kristin Ashy, citing parents’ interest, asked Superintendent Steph­anie Elizalde for an update on whether she would apply for a Texas Education Agency waiver that, if granted, would extend virtual learning for four weeks after October 5.

“We would actually have to turn in a waiver, I think, this week” replied Elizalde, “and I have no intention of turning in that waiver right

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