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Austin schools are seeing major absences due to COVID. (Bob Daemmrich)

Days into the spring semester, Austin school districts are struggling with low attendance from students and teachers as the omicron variant sweeps through the city.

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Del Valle ISD is one of several Austin-area schools that will continue mask mandates this spring. (Del Valle ISD/Facebook)

Austin ISD alone saw 30% of its 1,200 tested students and staff test positive for COVID on Monday, prompting the district and schools across Central Texas to consider tightening restrictions amid the omicron COVID surge.

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Stephenville's Coy Eakin (left) dominated over LBJ as the Austin team lost 38-21 in their first state championship game. (Texas High School Football/Twitter)

For the first time in nearly 50 years, an Austin ISD school successfully made a run for the UIL State Championships as Austin LBJ headed to AT&T Stadium for the UIL 4A Division championship match Friday morning. But their historic bid for the state title came to a disappointing end as a slow start led to a 38-21 loss to Stephenville.

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