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Union leaders for teachers and staff at Austin ISD said Wednesday that opening the schools for in-person classes in August, as its recent announcement suggests it might, is dangerous, and pushed for the district to keep classes strictly online until at least November.

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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.

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Austin ISD shut down its athletic and conditioning camps in the face of a surge of COVID-19 cases.

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Even as new case counts for COVID-19 reach all-time highs around the state—5,000 today—the Texas Education Agency posted documents to its website Tuesday with safety suggestions, but few requirements, for what schools must do when they reopen this fall.

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A petition to expel three Austin teens is circulating on social media after they posted a video containing racial slurs.

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Ariela Choiniere, 16, is a member of the McCallum High School band.

Ariela Choiniere, a 16-year-old rising senior at Austin ISD's McCallum High School in Brentwood, is unsure how her summer will unfold.

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Gov. Greg Abbott shared Tuesday that he expects to make an announcement about the upcoming school year—and how it might look amid the pandemic—this week or next.

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Austin ISD is considering what it calls a "blended learning approach"—or a kind of hybrid schooling model—when classes resume in August, according to a newsletter sent out by the district.

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