Shruti Patel

Austin ISD has changed the student holiday that falls on Columbus day to Election day to prevent a greater spread of COVID-19.

Election Day is now a holiday for Austin ISD

The Austin Independent School District has changed the student holiday that falls on Monday, October 12th to November 3rd. 

Oct. 12 was scheduled to be a holiday for Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Austin. However, Austin ISD has made the switch to Nov. 3 to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure proper social distancing guidelines are executed at the campus polling sites. 

Austin ISD is freeing up space on campuses that may be used as polling locations, as some students are planning to return to campuses Oct. 5.

The move of the student holiday on Oct. 12 to Nov. 3 won’t have an effect on the number of instructional days for students, the district said. 

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