Austin ISD Again Asks Parents to Keep Kids Home if Possible

AUSTIN, Texas – As the COVID-19 surge continues to hit the Austin-Travis County area, the Austin Independent School District is once again urging parents to keep their children at home whenever possible.

In a message made available to parents Thursday, the district urged parents to abide by virtual learning from Jan. 19-22. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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According to the district leadership, lower campus occupancy this week allowed for greater social distancing and fewer adults supporting each campus.

Despite the plea, classes are being offered on campus for those students who need them next week.

According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, 83 new positive cases were reported in the district on Thursday and there were a total of 350 exposures.

Of the new positive cases, 33 are students and 50 are employees. A total of 268 students were exposed and the employees accounted for 82 new exposures.

Austin-Travis County currently reports 6,364 active cases of the virus, 601 hospitalizations and 186 patients being treated in intensive care units.

The region recorded a total of 59,394 cases and 591 deaths attributed to the virus.

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