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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IDEA Public Schools in Austin to Begin School Year Virtually
IDEA Austin’s first day of school will be August 11.
Austin, TX (July 16, 2020) – All IDEA Public School campuses in Austin will begin classes 100% virtually on August 11. This decision comes after careful consideration from IDEA leadership.
“Safety has always been important to us at IDEA Public Schools, but this year, it’s even more important,” says JoAnn Gama, Co-Founder, CEO and Superintendent of IDEA Public Schools. “Our decision to start school virtually comes after closely monitoring local and state education and health agencies. We want our parents to know that we are implementing measures to ensure students and staff are protected and the needs of our entire community are considered”
IDEA Public Schools will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on schools reopening in the weeks to come.
For the upcoming school year, IDEA Public Schools will provide personal technology devices, including computers or tablets, to all scholars enrolled at IDEA campuses.
One-to-one personal technology creates opportunities to meet the needs of every student with an intentional focus on structure and rigor to keep all scholars on track regardless of where the learning itself is taking place. Technology allows for uninterrupted learning, regardless of possible restrictions placed on in-person schooling.
The program also allows schools to extend the learning window, create new opportunities and learning models for students, and boost the home to school connection.
IDEA Public Schools will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily, including weekend meal bundles on Fridays.
More back-to-school information is available at https://ideapublicschools.org/back2school2020/.