Superintendent Paul Cruz informed families and employees on Friday, April 3rd, that all 129 AISD sports campuses will be closed indefinitely due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The schools continue to operate via distance learning and the district employees remain compensated until the end of their contract / fiscal year.
Cruz emailed district officials and parents:
Dear Austin ISD family,
Campus closures are never ideal, but nothing is more important than the safety and health of our students, staff, and families. With this in mind, I have decided that our 129 campus buildings will remain closed indefinitely to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This extension of the previously announced closure is a prudent and necessary measure in light of our wide-ranging efforts by the Community to combat the COVID 19 outbreak.
We are excited to offer teachers many content delivery options, including take-away and virtual learning options. For details, see an earlier letter sent to families and employees this week: https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/communications. I am convinced that our students and their families will remain successfully engaged through continuous learning under the guidance of our excellent staff. In this new and unprecedented environment, we will further define the roles of students, teachers and families.
Also note that we work with partners from the private and public sectors to ensure that geographic areas are addressed without an internet connection. I am #AISDproud of the fact that between our previously distributed mobile devices, those that we have recently distributed and those that we want to distribute in the coming days, almost 51,000 students will be supported with technology to support continuous learning.
Continued separation from our campus communities can be challenging for students. As important as continuous learning is, the more important it is to care for the entire child, with special attention to social emotional learning. Take the time to talk to your children and process what happens together. It’s okay to acknowledge and worry that we’re in a completely different place and time than last week, last month, and even a year ago. It will take some time to process the many emotions of this change in our daily life, but with this decision we are doing our best to stay separate now so that we can be together again soon – as an AISD family.
Today’s announcement is designed to provide parents and educators with as much security as possible so that families can make and plan decisions. While this is not the result we wanted for the end of the 2019-2020 school year, I am grateful for your partnership in our efforts to best prepare students for the reopening of our locations.
To get in touch with us again, I ask you to share your thoughts with us at: https://my.ehowtexchange.com/#498310266/hub.
Health and safety are our top priorities. We will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for our school communities.
Paul Cruz, PhD
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