AISD First-Day Jitters: School opens with technical glitches; teachers’ union demands waiver to extend virtual learning – News
One of AISD’s wi-fi equipped school buses earlier this summer (Photo by Jana Birchum)
The first day of virtual school for Austin ISD began with a tragically apt turn of technical difficulties. As Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde made her remote rounds through the Zoom schools, the AISD Google Drive server crashed for several hours.
Elizalde stated during a Sept. 14 school board meeting that she intends to bring students back to campus starting on Oct. 5, with buildings at 25% capacity – and not to apply for a waiver to extend online education for another four weeks. Education Austin, however, has asked for Elizalde to request the waiver, which would give the option of keeping students off campus through November. The waiver deadline is this Friday.
In a Wednesday press conference, Ken Zarifis, president of Education Austin, called on Elizalde to apply for the waiver and release specific safety protocols