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AISD reviews campus staffing plans

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Independent School District leadership will begin a review of staffing plans for six campuses today. The schools – Cunningham and Padron elementary schools, Burnet and Covington middle schools, Bowie High and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders – are to be part of a pilot program that will accommodate alternate work arrangements. According to a Saturday press release about the program, “Teachers, in collaboration with their principal, at the pilot campuses proposed plans to serve students while internally covering the roles of staff who may want alternate work arrangements. … Once approved, the pilot will run for three weeks to collect data before reviewing options to scale the program. All plans are fluid and will be altered to meet student or campus needs as in-person attendance increases.” According to the release, AISD schools have established conditions in which all staff will return to campus. Those conditions include vaccines being available to educators, Austin-Travis County being in Stage 3 risk-based guidelines, and “An increase in on-campus student attendance that requires additional in-person teachers to maintain safe classroom environments.”

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