Amarillo ISD to offer in class and virtual at-home instruction to start new school year

Governor Greg Abbott has said Texas students will return to classrooms this fall, and AISD intends to start school in AISD on Thursday, August 20, according to the calendar adopted several months ago. 

In a proactive but measured approach, the District anticipates adding 10-20 minutes to each instructional day. 

"There is no higher priority than the safety of our students and our staff. AISD wants parents to feel comfortable that their children are safe but also growing and learning as they would in a typical school year," AISD said in a statement.

Currently, AISD plans to offer two options for how students can receive instruction. Children can either attend class at the school or parents can choose for their child to receive virtual at-home instruction. Both options will look very different from what students and families have experienced in the past. 

The District is awaiting further direction from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local health officials, but the environment on campuses will likely change. 

For students who learn virtually, the expectations and requirements from the TEA will be much greater, both for the students and for the school district. 

Back in the spring, students experienced a model that was primarily focused on reviewing previous learning through the use of paper or online packets. In the fall, AISD’s virtual classrooms will engage students in new digital learning focused around the complete, rigorous state curriculum just as their classmates who are learning in-person.

“Work is underway during the summer on solutions that will address needs and overcome some of the challenges experienced in the spring, and this survey will help us better do that,” explained Superintendent Doug Loomis. “We looking forward to seeing and working with our students again in August, whether that’s in-person or virtually.”