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Austin ISD will give students the option to take their classes entirely online or entirely in person, Superintendent Paul Cruz said.


In a Facebook live video with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Cruz said the decision comes after surveying students and their parents about what they are comfortable with.

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"About half have said they're ready to come in but want to know more about safety conditions, but about half are saying they want virtual classes," Cruz said.

The district previously discussed a "blended learning," or hybrid, option.

The school year will start August 18, and the in-person class option is subject to change, Cruz said.

"This is what we're planning for, but it could change at any time as we get more experience with COVID-19 and the way it's impacting the city of Austin," Cruz said.

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