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In November, Austin residents will decide whether to approve a tax increase allowing Capital Metro and Austin to build $7.1 billion of infrastructure, including light-rail. The key below shows 2019-20 taxes for both the city and non-city entities.

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The city of Austin and Capital Metro will ask Austin voters in November to fund a plan that would connect neighborhoods such as Colony Park to downtown through public transportation. Project Connect, a $7.1 billion investment with about $3.85 billion coming from local property tax funds, would include two light-rail lines, an additional commuter rail line and a downtown underground train station.

Barbara Scott moved to Colony Park in 1974, and ever since then, she said she has heard promises from the city about amenities coming to her neighborhood. Throughout Scott’s life, she said the city has ignored Black and other minority residents. The 78724 ZIP code in Northeast Austin is nearly one-quarter Black. “Why the color of my skin brings fear to people, I don’t understand,” she said.

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Millions in police cuts igniteAustin’s experiment in reimagining public safety

A HISTORIC SHIFT Austin's elected leaders voted to reduce the APD budget following months of community pressure. They said it will help improve safety and justice in the city.

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which marked the most dramatic police budget cut in memory, reinvested some funds into community programs and reassigned some typical police functions to separate departments. Austin is the only major Texas city to make such a cut to its police budget. CONTINUED ON 26

Austin Police Department’s proposed FY 2020-21 budget:

Austin’s police department will have much less money this year after City Council votedAug. 13 to remove roughly $150 million from the police budget for scal year 2020-21, a reduction of about 35% from City Manager Spencer Cronk’s original July proposal. The move,

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FROMDEEDA: We haven’t had a slow news day in a while. Remember those? The good news is this is another jam- packed issue complete with updates on the city budget and how the Austin Police Department is impacted, how virtual learning in the fall will look dierent than it did in the spring and what you can expect to see on your November ballot regarding transportation. Our reporters continue working hard covering City Council, county commissioners courts and school board meetings—just to name a few—to bring you the most accurate, up-to-date and useful information as we press on through this pandemic. Deeda Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

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FROM JACK: Sometimes, after ticking boxes for U.S. president and U.S. senator, voters may run into unfamiliar territory as they move down the November ballot. We know those local decisions can be just as relevant—if not more so—to your day-to-day lives than the federal races. I hope our front- page story on Project Connect, a proposal to build light rail and expand public transit, can help ll that information gap for you. Ahead of the big day on Nov. 3, we’ll keep covering the local issues that matter to your community. Jack Flagler, EDITOR

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This is the third location for the business owned by Steve and Stephanie Williams— who rst met in a coee shop. Bennu rst opened in East Austin in 2009 and expanded to South Congress in 2017. 512-520-2525. www.bennucoee.com 6 Oakmont Food Co. opened July 17 at 1106 W. 38th St., Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Doc’s Motorworks. The new spot focused on locally sourced, healthy dishes is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with options to dine on its outdoor patio or take meals to go. 512-433-6011. www.oakmontfoodco.com COMING SOON 7 JewBoy Burgers will be opening a brick-and-mortar location in September at 5111 Airport Blvd., Austin, in the spot formerly occupied by Cluck-n-Burger, which closed July 3. Owner Mo Pittle grew up Jewish in El Paso, where, according to the restaurant website, he was aectionately known as “El JewBoy.” Pittle’s menu combines the cultures of his upbringing, mixing border cuisine with traditional Jewish food. Before Cluck-n- Burger moved in, the restaurant space formerly housed Turntable Eatery. 512-694-2002. www.jewboyburgers.com 8 Thom’s Market will open at 5901 Burnet Road, Austin, in late 2020. This will be the fourth location of the locally owned market, which owner Bill Thom started on Barton Springs Road in 2008. Thom said construction will begin once the city approves the market’s permit applications for work at the former 7-Eleven convenience store. In addition to the original, Thom’s Market has locations on Riverside Drive and Spyglass Drive. www.thomsmarket.com CLOSINGS 9 Body Business Fitness Club announced June 14 it will not reopen after over 35 years in business. The gym at 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, closed due to the spread of COVID-19 in late March. “It has been an honor to be a part of each and every moment of your wellness journey,” wrote owner Jessica Evans in a letter to members and the community. www.bodybusiness.com

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10 AustiNuts closed its store at 2900 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, at the end of July, according to a message from owner Cipi Ilai on its website. The store moved strictly to online and phone sales. “We will miss seeing our wonderful patrons, many of whom have become our friends throughout the years, and wish everyone to stay healthy,” Ilai said. 512-323-6887. www.austinuts.com 11 Rave On Vintage will close its brick- and-mortar store at 1509 W. North Loop Blvd., Austin, on Aug. 31 and transition fully to online sales. “This is not an end to Rave On, it’s just an adjustment to the new way of the world,” wrote owners Mike Hooker and Chelsea Wine on Instagram announcing the closure. The vintage decor and furniture store opened in 2013. www.raveonvintage.com

NORTH CENTRAL NOWOPEN 1 Kitchen United Mix , the take-out and delivery only facility at 8023 Burnet Road, Austin, has added eight new restaurants since late June, giving it a total of 14 tenants. New options include Eldorado Taco y Torta, Ramen512, Korean restaurant Seoulju, vegetarian restaurant Plant B, Bad Ass Breakfast Burritos, P.F. Chang’s, chicken spot Bad Mutha Clucka and dessert option Señor Churro’s. www.kitchenunited.com 2 Glow Nails Beauty Bar + Lounge opened June 10 at 2947 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. The new 3,000-square-foot salon oers services including facials, manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing. 512-206-2982. www.glownailsatx.com 3 The Backspace opened for to-go service only at 1745 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 600,

Austin, on July 19. This is the second location of the pizza restaurant from Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant group, Parkside Projects. The original downtown restaurant is located in the back space of Cirkiel’s agship restaurant, Parkside, at 507 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. Parkside Projects also includes Olive & June, 7co, 800 Congress and Jugo. 512-474-9899. www.backspacepizza.com 4 The Peached Tortilla , 5520 Burnet Road, Austin, launched a new pop-up concept Aug. 7, Fat City. The menu features classics such as chicken ngers, sliders and fries. According to a media release, the team from The Peached Tortilla plans to bring the concept to various neighborhoods of Austin via its food truck. 512-330-4439. www.thepeachedtortilla.com 5 Bennu Coee opened a new location at 109 Jacob Fontaine Lane, Ste. 600, Austin, near the Austin Community College Highland campus on July 25.

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media release, the Sobering Center had restricted its hours from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. since May due to the impact of COVID-19. The Sobering Center is a nonprofit that allows intoxicated individuals to sober up, keeping them out of jail or the hospital emergency room. 512-957-1900. www.soberingcenter.org 8 Anthony Corroa, Austin Symphony Orchestra executive director, announced his retirement July 30. Corroa played trumpet professionally with the Baton Rouge Symphony for 32 years before joining the ASO in 2000. He will continue to lead the organization, based at 1101 Red River St., Austin, through the search for a successor. 512-476-6064. www.austinsymphony.org CLOSINGS 9 Dive Bar , 1703 Guadalupe St., Austin, announced July 22 it has closed permanently. “We love each and every one of our amazing and loyal friends and customers who have made Dive such a wonderful place over the years,” wrote the owners on social media. www.facebook.com/divebaraustin Local ridesharing nonprofit RideAustin discontinued its operations, according to a June 12 email sent to users. The service allowed users to round their fare up to give to local charities. According to RideAustin, that led to $450,000 in donations over the service’s four years in Austin. RideAustin said users took 3 million rides, and $38 million was paid to drivers.

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ANNIVERSARIES 5 Austin Gastroenterology , which operates a location at 1015 E. 32nd St., Austin, celebrates its 20th year of business in August. The physician group specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of digestive and liver diseases. According to the group, physicians from three separate offices merged to form Austin Gastroenterology in 2000, beginning with locations at Round Rock, East Austin and South Austin. 512-244-2273. www.austingastro.com 6 BookPeople will celebrate its 50th anniversary Nov. 11. The store opened in 1970 as Grok’s Books on West 17th Street before moving to the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center and, finally, to its current location at 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in 1995. The physical store is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but curbside pickup is available both for books and coffee from the cafe, CoffeePeople. 512-472-5050. www.bookpeople.com IN THE NEWS 7 The Austin-Travis County Sobering Center , located at 1213 Sabine St., Austin, reinstated service 24 hours a day and seven days a week as of July 20. According to a

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from Salty Sow chef and owner Harold Marmulstein now has three locations in the area, all open for curbside pickup. The original is on Burnet Road, and it opened a Cedar Park location in April. 512-953-8482. www.tumble22.com Swift Fit Events , an Austin-based company that organizes fitness and wellness experiences for individuals, corporate groups and private gatherings, launched July 14. Class options include yoga, biking, fun runs and kayaking. Classes are virtual for now, with in- person events set to return in the fall. Swift Fit Events is also offering free virtual classes every Monday featuring Austin-based instructors. www.swiftfitevents.com COMING SOON 4 Army Futures Command announced July 14 it will bring a new software factory to Austin in 2021, co-located with the command at 210 W. Seventh St., Austin, in the UT System Building. The new department will focus on solving Army problems with cloud technology and modern software, and it will “rely heavily on partnerships with academia and industry,” Maj. Vito Errico said in a recorded video. www.army.mil/futures

construction and began leasing units in May at 1715 Enfield Road, Austin. The development built off an existing 1933 mansion to create seven condo units. Each condo ranges from 1,176-2,665 square feet, and prices listed range from $580,000-$1.25 million. Journeyman Group was the developer on the project, and Mark Odom Studio was the architect. www.1715enfield.com 2 Chef Tim Love, whose restaurants include Lonesome Dove Bistro in Fort Worth and Austin, opened a new concept July 20 in Austin called Burritos, Fajitas and ‘Ritas . Customers can order margaritas, burritos and fajitas, along with desserts and appetizers, for delivery or curbside pickup at Lonesome Dove, 419 Colorado St., Austin. Lonesome Dove is still open for dine-in and to-go Tuesday through Saturday. www.cheftimlove.com 3 Tumble 22 opened its Lake Austin location July 16 in the former location of Magnolia Cafe at 2304 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin. The Nashville hot chicken restaurant

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artist Ruben Esquivel with assistance from Zuzu Perkal and Justin Hughes. The mural was part of the Black Lives Matter Mural Campaign—a fundraising eort by Esquivel, Perkal and other local artists that donates proceeds to local nonprots including Six Square, Austin Justice Coalition and Waking Giants. 512-643-1324. www.1600austin.com ANNIVERSARIES 5 Whataburger , which has 18 Austin locations, including one at 601 Barton Springs Road, Austin, celebrated its 70th anniversary Aug. 8. Harmon Dobson founded the rst Whataburger in Corpus Christi in 1950. In 2019, Illinois-based BDT Capital Partners purchased the burger chain. 512-477-9586. www.whataburger.com 6 Pinthouse Pizza will celebrate the ve-year anniversary of its location at 4236 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, on Oct. 26. The brewery and pizza joint is open for limited dine-in service, curbside pickup and delivery through Favor at all three of its locations—South Lamar, the original on Burnet Road and Round Rock. 512-436-9605. www.pinthousepizza.com IN THE NEWS 7 Austin-based marketing agency Sherry Matthews Group announced July 23 it has put its property at 200 S. Congress Ave., Austin, up for sale. In a news release, owner Sherry Matthews said the agency will look for a smaller space after employees successfully transitioned to remote work. According to the Travis Central Appraisal District, the value of the property is $3.78 million. 512-478-4397. www.sherrymatthews.com 8 YMCA of Austin , in partnership with Extend-A-Care, will be oering full-day child care at 10 locations to give students a safe environment for virtual learning while their parents go to work. The program is open for students ages 4-12 and will run from 7:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. from mid-August to early September. Sites include three YMCA locations and ve Austin ISD schools, one of which is Galindo Elementary School, 3800 S. Second St., Austin. www.austinymca.org

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SOUTH CENTRAL NOWOPEN 1 Austin Eastciders opened its second location July 27 at 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The cidery and restaurant is open for takeout, delivery and dine-in service in the former location of Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse, which moved to Dripping Springs in 2019. 512-893-7000. www.austineastciders.com 2 Pavement , a store selling new and used clothing, opened at 611 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, on Aug. 14. The vintage store operated by managing partners Avery Robinson and Trent Sellers opened in Houston in 2011. It oers customers the opportunity to sell their clothes for 35% of retail price or 50% in store credit. 512-551-3132. www.pavement.store Cultivate , a service to help people grow food at their homes, began operations in June. Brothers Nathan and Luke Heath combined to begin the company. Nathan Heath is a farmer who has spent a decade growing produce at Phoenix Farms for restaurants in Central Texas, while Luke Heath brings 20 years of experience

building software for businesses. Customers can order the tools they need to start their gardens after consulting with Cultivate about what crops they want and the environment the food will be grown in. 512-337-2168.

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3 Jjim BBQ , a new Korean restaurant, will open this fall at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 2140, in the Lamar Union location formerly home to The Connection Pizza + Bar. The ownership team includes Min Choe, co-founder of Tso Chinese Delivery. The menu will feature jjim—meat cooked in a Korean style of braising and slow cooking until tender—including Galbi Jjim, or braised beef short ribs. In a media release, Choe said the no-tipping philosophy at Tso Chinese Delivery will also extend to the new spot. www.jjimbbq.com 4 Storybuilt’s newest mixed-use development, Willa, will be ready for move-in by the end of 2020 and will open retail space in early 2021 at 1600 S. First St., Austin. The development includes a mural called “Seeds of Change” by local

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CLOSINGS 9 Skull Mechanix Brewing announced July 26 that it has permanently closed. The brewery and music venue had been open at 1005 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 2, Austin, since 2018. In an Instagram post announcing the closure, the owners asked customers to stay safe and continue supporting Texas craft breweries. www.skullmechanix.com

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Christopher R. Oxner, M.D., FACS, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists in Austin. Dr. Oxner previously served as a surgeon at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, VA. He completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Dr. Oxner completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, where he served as chief resident. He received his medical doctorate from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, TX.

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Executive Director Chris Cowden said Women & Their Work is still raising funds to bring the building up to code and complete the move. The gallery, currently located at 1710 Lavaca St., Austin, is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. www.womenandtheirwork.org 3 Eden East announced July 27 it has moved its farm from its previous location at 755 Springdale Road, Austin, to Main Street in Bastrop. Storybuilt plans to develop the property into a mixed-use commercial and residential space. Eden East owner Sonya Cote, who also operates nearby restaurant Hillside Farmacy, plans to return the farm in 2022 to the original location when the development is nished. 512-428-6500. www.edeneastaustin.com ANNIVERSARIES 4 Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics , which has an East Austin location at 1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in September. Dr. Jay Shapiro founded the practice in 1990, and it has grown to employ a team of more than 70 in a total of ve locations—four in Austin and one in Cedar Park. 512-478-8116. www.ctpomd.com IN THE NEWS 5 Barr Mansion , a wedding venue located at 10463 Sprinkle Road, Austin, started oering weekly picnics July 29. With weddings slow during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event venue is instead oering the guests an opportunity to book time slots and order pizza, snacks, salads and drinks from the kitchen, which are ready upon arrival. 512-926-6907. www.barrmansion.com 6 Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area , headquartered at 6648 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin, ran a virtual fundraising event, 5K4 the Kids Challenge, from July 5-Aug. 5. The nonprot canceled all its in-person events in 2020, including the Austin Duck Derby and its golf tournament. Proceeds from the 5K support summer camp tuition for kids and the Club on the Go program, which provides snacks, materials for activities and more for families. 512-640-6998. www.bgcaustin.org

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7 Dell Children’s Medical Center , 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, has launched a new pediatric heart transplant program. Launched July 31, the program is a collaborative eort between Dell Children’s and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. According to a news release from Dell Children’s, the new program will mean that patients and their families will no longer have to travel outside of Central Texas for this complex surgical procedure. 512-324-0000. www.dellchildrens.net CLOSINGS 8 Wax That , a waxing salon at 2406 Manor Road, Ste. C, Austin, announced as of July 22 that it will close permanently. Owner Lorie Young said some technicians have decided to oer their services on their own or through other salons. www.waxthat.com 9 Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop announced July 15 it has permanently closed its East Austin location at 2406 Manor Road, Ste. B, Austin. The original South Austin location of the bakery and pastry shop at 1905 S. First St. remains open, and the shop owners wrote to customers on Instagram “we need you now more than ever” at the original store. 512-448-3727 10 Nancy’s Sky Garden closed its East Austin location at 6448 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. A-100, Austin, in June. The healthy, Korean-inspired restaurant also closed its Georgetown restaurant, but its locations in Round Rock and the Lakeline Mall remain open. Owners Nancy and Won Lee moved to the local area from Korea over 20 years ago. 512-337-9030. www.nancysskygarden.com

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EAST AUSTIN NOWOPEN 1 Este , a forthcoming restaurant at 2113 Manor Road, Austin, is hosting three pop-ups at its property before its scheduled opening in 2021. Le Cowboy is in Italian concept from Grae Nonas, formerly of Olamaie and Carpenters Hall. Rogue Radish, from former Pitchfork Pretty chef Max Snyder, will feature healthy grain bowl options, and Heritage Seafood Market, open weekends, will oer fresh seafood from the Gulf of

Mexico. Este, from the Suerte team, will take over the former location of Eastside Cafe. 512-953-0092. www.suerteatx.com RELOCATIONS 2 Nonprot organization Women & Their Work purchased a property at 1311 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, on July 17 and plans to move its oces and gallery space in mid-December. The nonprot arts organization founded in 1978 that supports the careers of women artists raised $3 million to purchase the property.

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Central Austin neighborhoods. Austin City Council passed a resolution in May to start the pilot program, which still allows vehicle trac for residents, deliveries and emergencies but otherwise keeps the streets open only for bikers, walkers, runners and others getting outdoor exercise. An initial group of streets closed May 21 in East Austin and South Austin. Those initial streets selected as part of the program in Central East Austin, Bouldin Creek and East Riverside remain closed to most through trac. The Central Austin July closures include 1A Avenue G spanning North Loop and Hyde Park and 1B Belfast Drive in Windsor Park. The Austin Transportation Department is selecting streets on a rolling basis and will post additional batches of proposed streets on its website for residents to re- view and provide feedback. UPCOMING PROJECTS 2 Urban trail could connect South Austin to airport Local ocials are studying an abandoned, 6-mile- long rail corridor linking South Austin to the Austin- Bergstrom International Airport and looking for resident feedback about developing the corridor as a pedestrian and bike trail with options to expand public transit in the future. The Bergstrom Spur Rail Line was formerly a connection to the Bergstrom Air Force Base but has been decom- missioned since 1993 and today sits mostly in disrepair, according to a video produced by the Capital Area Met- ropolitan Planning Organization. In 2019, CAMPO authorized a study on a possible trail along the spur. A report from that study will be ready

later in 2020, at which point the conversation will move to funding and building the trail. But before the study is completed, ocials are looking to gather more feedback from the public. A virtual open house and videos outlining the specic segments of the project were open for public comment through Aug. 14. CAMPO sta said they heard general support for the project, a call for more east-to-west connectivity and interest in improving safety for walking and biking from the community. After the study is released, CAMPO sta said a project sponsor such as the city would use the information to secure funding, conduct a design process and begin development in phases. 3 Construction will shift trac patterns on Shoal Creek Boulevard Construction began July 27 at Shoal Creek Boulevard and Woodview Avenue to build a rain garden and sidewalk bridge. Rain gardens are small depressions to hold and soak in rainwater runo from the nearby area. The slip lane in which vehicles transition from Shoal Creek Boulevard to Woodview will permanently close, and the trac formation will change. The design, ac- cording to Austin Transportation, is intended to make the area safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Construction is expected to nish around the end of August. Recently, ATD nished the installation of a protected bikeway on a roughly 5-mile stretch of Shoal Creek Bou- levard from Foster Lane to 39 1/2th Street. Construction on that project began in 2019 and nished in June 2020.

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Local schools in Travis County are starting the school year with remote learning, a service that could be oered year-round if the coronavirus pandemic continues. Parents are weighing their options for the fall semester.

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Austin ISD has said remote learning will look dierent this fall than it did this past spring.

Texas Homeschool Coalition Public Policy Analyst Stephen Howsley said parents in Texas have exibility when homeschooling, from selecting curriculum to setting schedules.

While not aliated with districts, groups including the YMCA will oer in-person child care with sta who can help students learn as they work on assignments with their peers.

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ATTENDANCE: Students will have daily assignments and required online communications throughout the school day. LESSONS: Classes will include real-time online engagement with classmates and teachers as well as some independent, oine learning and assignments. ACCESS: Districts, such as AISD, are distributing technology, including laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots, to students to facilitate online learning.

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PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available.

GETTING STARTED: Submit paperwork to withdraw from public school at any time.

PICK A CURRICULUM: There are basic subject requirements by law, but lessons, schedules and instructional hours can be customized by parents. ASSESSING PROGRESS: Parents can decide how to grade their child, while SAT, ACT and state assessments can help monitor a student’s progress. CONNECT WITH OTHERS: Homeschool groups and communities oer guidance, resources and support while providing a child with peers.

SCREENINGS: Students are monitored for symptoms, and temperatures are taken.

GROUP SIZES: Program enrollment is often limited to 50% capacity.

Austin ISD is supplying to families: 43,000 Chromebooks 24,000 iPads

10,000 Wi-Fi hot spots

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Students are put in groups to follow distancing guidelines.

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ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENTS: Students without access to technology can request in-person instruction or paper instructional packets.

There were 15 times as many homeschool inquiries in July 2020 compared to past years, according to the Texas Homeschool Coalition.

an option for her family, and she is glad the district delayed the start of school and in-person instruction due to the ongoing pandemic. However, Stob is preparing to support her child’s virtual learning with AISD this fall while also working a full-time job from home. This reality has caused parents to look at alternatives or safe child care options that facilitate learning for the school year. Parents take charge AISD’s current curriculum requires full-day online engagement from

Parents study up on education, support options Local schools turn to online instruction to start year due to pandemic

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AISD’s board of trustees decided to push back the start of the school year by three weeks to Sept. 8 to better prepare for the coming semester and will not to send students back to in-person classes until at least October.

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“THIS IS A SUPER CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT TO TEACH IN, BUTWE FEEL VERY PREPARED.” TRICIA NOYOLA, IDEA AUSTIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REMOTE LEARNING Virtual chatter

students, and Stob said she is worried about the time commitment for parents making sure their child stays engaged without falling behind. “This school year, I fear that we are more or less signed up to homeschool as parents whether we stay in AISD or not,” she said. Some parents have withdrawn from the district and turned to homeschooling, in which parents set their own schedule and curriculum of one-on-one activities and projects the student can pursue on their own. “We hoped the virtual learning would work for us, but as soon as a parent needs to be involved, we’re not going to be able to get our work done,” said John Lindford, a parent who lives in AISD. “Virtual learning was just homeschooling with extra steps, so we might as well just homeschool ourselves.” Lindford said he struggled this past spring balancing a job while facilitating virtual learning at home with his daughter, Nora, who is entering rst grade. He and his wife are prepared to alternate days teaching and to take time o to focus on homeschooling. Stephen Howsley, public policy analyst for the Texas Homeschool Coalition, said his organization this July received at least 15 times as many inquiries about homeschooling than in any past July. Neighborhood learning pods have also become popular this year, Howsley said, allowing parents to rotate a group of students from one home to the other throughout the week to split supervision and teaching responsibilities. While participants are not ocially homeschooling, pods share resources, experiences and support

for one-another while students continue to be enrolled in a school district. Looking beyond the home Local businesses have outlined their own plans to oer virtual learning supervision this year. Austin Sports Academy Manager Jeanette Spain said the South Austin facility is oering child care with school support, and the program’s 40 spots lled up within two days of being announced. Students in the program will be monitored as they work through their school’s online curriculum with a group of peers. Owner Brad O’Kelley, a certied teacher, will also oer additional help to students as they work through assignments. Spain said that if campuses open later this fall to in-person instruction, there will still be uncertainties for parents and students. She said her program’s limited size makes enforcing safety protocols manageable, and the program could create consistency for students. “We’re seeing that some of the families want to be able to come here long term because this will end up being more consistent than what the schools can provide at this time,” Spain said. In an eort to help parents, YMCA of Austin announced July 30 that it would be oering in-person, full-day child care at select locations to begin the school year. According to the organization, the YMCA program will oer a safe environment for students to complete online instruction while providing an opportunity to socialize. Charter, private schools follow suit Charter schools are required to

HOMESCHOOLING

“VIRTUAL LEARNINGWAS JUST HOMESCHOOLING WITH EXTRA STEPS, SOWE MIGHT AS WELL JUST HOMESCHOOL OURSELVES.”

JOHN LINDFORD, A PARENT WHO LIVES IN AUSTIN ISD

CHILD CARE WITH VIRTUAL SUPPORT

“WE’RE SEEING THAT SOME OF THE FAMILIES WANT TO BE ABLE TO COME HERE LONG TERM BECAUSE THIS WILL END UP BEINGMORE CONSISTENT THAN WHAT THE SCHOOLS CAN PROVIDE AT THIS TIME.”

JEANETTE SPAIN, AUSTIN SPORTS ACADEMY MANAGER

follow the same state and local guidelines as public school districts but do oer parents an alternative. While AISD pushed back the start of the school year, IDEA Public Schools, which operates seven Austin-area charter schools, began the school year Aug. 11. Classes were held virtually, but Executive Director Tricia Noyola said IDEA is currently planning to start in-person instruction Sept. 8, at least one month prior to when AISD will pursue it, resulting in some new enrollments. “This is a super challenging environment to teach in, but we feel very prepared,” she said. Noyola called her schools “nimble.” She said the district was able to quickly launch distance learning last spring and kept in contact with all students. “There is no perfect option for

parents right now,” Noyola said. “In looking at other [districts], I’m really proud of what we’re putting out at IDEA.” In Texas, private schools with a religious aliation are not bound to local health orders. Most in Austin, including Trinity Episcopal School, however, have chosen to follow guidelines set by Travis County. “School will start on August 25 as planned; all classes and activities will be held virtually,” Trinity Episcopal School of Austin said in a statement to Community Impact Newspaper . “While we’re grateful for the option we have decided based upon the number of COVID-19 cases in our area to begin online.”

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