The Dallas Morning News

UPDATE Austin schools’ return


With seven weeks left in a school year that has been disrupted by the pandemic, Austin Independen­t School District Superinten­dent Stephanie Elizalde emailed parents this week with the subject “Welcoming Students Back to School.”

She highlighte­d teacher vaccinatio­ns and a lower COVID-19 positivity rate, while reminding parents that students have a better learning experience in person.

But what wasn’t mentioned is that the district is at risk of losing about $5 million in state funding if Austin ISD fails to increase its in-person attendance to at least 44% of its total enrollment during the final six weeks of the school year. Currently, about 31% of Austin ISD students are taking classes in person.

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