Allen ISD announced Friday that the start of school will be Aug. 12, but for at least three weeks, instruction will be completely online.

On Sept. 2, district officials plan for students who have chosen in-person learning to return to campus, and students who have chosen at-home can continue to learn from home. According to AISD Superintendent Robin Bullock, the district will work to keep students with the same teachers and classmates throughout these periods.

The Texas Education Agency also announced Friday that school districts can temporarily limit access to on-campus instruction for the first four weeks of school. After the first four weeks, districts can continue to limit access to on-campus instruction for an additional four weeks, if needed, with a board-approved waiver request to the TEA.

Districts across North Texas have taken various approaches to the start of the school year. Some have announced in recent days they are pushing back the school year, including Lewisville ISD, which decided to move its start date from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19. Others, such as Frisco ISD, have kept its start date in place.

Bullock said in a letter to parents that the decision to move online was not made lightly “but with the safety of our students, staff, and community in mind.”

During the first three weeks of school teachers and staff will still report to campuses in order to utilize district resources.

“I realize the challenge that this three-week change brings for many of our families, and I know so many of our students and staff were looking forward to returning to campus for the start of a new school year,” Bullock stated. “I want to thank each of you for your continued understanding and support as we work to keep our students, staff, and community safe.”

In order to more efficiently answer questions from student families, the district asks that parents use the online question form at allenisd.org.

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