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AISD reopening plan amidst a pandemic

When students and staff return to in-person school, they will be required to undergo a screening process. Any student or staff member who fails the screening test will be required to stay at home until they meet the criteria to return to school. Mark Escott, the City of Austin Interim Health Authority, said at the meeting that he supports Austin ISD’s plan for reopening schools on the 5th.

Dylan Ebs, Election 2020 Editor

October 14, 2020

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees met on September 28 to discuss the plans for the return to in-person school on October 5 and to vote on a proposed change to the 2019-2020 school calendar. When students and staff return to in-person school, they will be required to undergo a screening process. Any...

Reopening Phase 2 allows limited students and staff to return to campus

As of Monday, Oct. 5, Bowie is in Phase 2 of its campus reopening plan. After completing a COVID-19 health screening, students report to SHIP rooms on campus, remaining in the same classroom the entire school day while completing remote instruction via Zoom and BLEND. The total amount of students and staff allowed on campus is calculated on a weekly basis, called the building capacity, based off national and local health guidelines.

Cade Spencer and Arushi Sharma

October 6, 2020

Monday, Oct. 5, the dormant halls of campus were awakened by the arrival of the initial group of students and staff to return officially since the facility was closed on March 13.  The individuals have been allowed to return to campus, with strict COVID-19 precautions followed, as part of Phase 2 of the reopenin...

Google Fiber outage and unstable WiFi connections present challenges to students in remote learning

Junior Chris Thompson participates in remote learning from his father’s office after Google Fiber's service was disrupted at his home. On Sept. 11, Google Fiber had several outages across the nation, causing students to seek alternative methods of internet connection to complete online class work.

Sammie Thompson, Reviews Editor

October 2, 2020

A student’s computer screen, displaying all of the people in their first period Zoom meeting, suddenly freezes. Moments later, the audio cuts out. A message pops up over the now-frozen faces of their classmates: “Please check your network connection.” Panic sets in.  For many students in Austi...

The Dispatch guide to enhanced productivity in an extended summer

On Thursday, August 6, the AISD School Board voted to prolong the start of school to Sept. 8. When school does begin, the initial four weeks will be virtual, and remote learning will continue through November with the option for students to attend SHIP classroom on campus after the initial four weeks of school.

Arushi Sharma, Dispatch Reporter

August 17, 2020

It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives. Stay at home orders, social distancing, and a fear of getting sick has made it difficult to enjoy this summer break. And now, with the start of school extended to Sept. 8, students have even more time to relax. But if you are like me and need something to do, I have ...

AISD Board votes to delay the start of school and extend period of remote learning

AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz presents the Board Action Items for the AISD Trustee Meeting on Thursday, August 6. The board voted unanimously to postpone the start of school date to Tuesday, September 8 and to submit a waiver to the Texas Education Agency to have an additional four weeks of remote learning for a total of eight weeks.

Faith Lawrence and Cade Spencer

August 7, 2020

The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees unanimously voted early Friday, August 7 to delay the start of virtual learning until Tuesday, Sept. 8 and to petition the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to give the district a waiver for an additional four weeks of virtual learning.  “I ...

Two phase school reopening plan announced for Fall semester

On Thursday, August 6, Principal Mark Robinson announced a two phase reopening policy for the Fall semester. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board will vote on Thursday, August 6 to possibly push back the start date of the 2020-2021 school year and extended the initial period of remote learning.

Cade Spencer and Faith Lawrence

August 6, 2020

In order to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, the Fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year will follow a modified format described in Principal Mark Robinson’s Star Newsletter. In the first phase of the plan, campus will continue to be closed to the public as students participate in three...

Senior Send-Off Salute allows the Class of 2020 to take one last lap around campus

Senior Elizabeth Cluchey beams as she waves to her beloved teachers. Cluchey said that upon reflection of her high school career, it would be the family she had in the Starlight Theatre Company that she will miss the most.

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

June 8, 2020

No senior of the Class of 2020 could have predicted that the end of their senior year would consist of self-isolation and social distancing. Although there is yet to be an official graduation ceremony, loud cheers of ‘congratulations!’ still rang across the Bowie campus during the Senior Send-Off Salu...

Reopening Task Force formed to plan for the 2020-2021 school year

Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz has formed a Reopening Task Force to plan for the possibility of a modified school year. As of now, the Austin Independent School District Board has approved a calendar that would follow the form of a traditional year from August to May.

Cade Spencer, Managing Editor

May 29, 2020

Since March 13, all Austin Independent School District (AISD) facilities have practiced a form of remote learning in response to prolonged campus closures. Last week, the AISD Board held a meeting to discuss school education in the 2020-2021 school year. “The board has approved a calendar,” AI...

Online school poses a threat to accessible education

High school students across the nation have had to adjust to a new form of remote learning, online school, as school facilities have been closed to ensure social distancing. In order to increase participation in remote learning, Austin Independent School District has supplied students with Chromebooks and WiFi busses.

Maya Amador, Commentary Editor

May 26, 2020

Public school has its fair share of problems. From bullying to overwhelming amounts of work, students often talk about their grievances with public schools. While those problems are very much real, along with a few others, online school has raised more issues than expected.   Due to the Coronavirus, schools in Texas have been out since late March and will be for ...

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