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Welcome Back to School AISD!

The 2021-22 school year is upon us, and everyone in the Abilene Independent School District is excited to welcome students back to campuses across Abilene. Thursday, Aug. 19, marks the start of the 135th year of educating students in Abilene and we’ll do so by opening two new facilities: The LIFT and Dyess Elementary School’s new building.

The LIFT is the new home to ATEMS and 11 of the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and is located near the TSTC building on Loop 322. The 125,000 square foot building is the cornerstone of the 2018 bond project and will be a transformational facility in the Abilene ISD.

The new building at Dyess is the last of three new elementary schools that were built with funds from the 2018 bond project, joining Austin (opened August 2020) and Taylor (opened January 2021) as the newest elementary campuses in the AISD. From overhead the new building is shaped like an airplane and that theme carries throughout the inside of the new facility.

As most of you know, the theme in our district this year is “Believe,” because we believe that together we can accomplish great things in the Abilene ISD. That belief exists because we believe we have in the AISD the greatest student population supported by the greatest staff anywhere. 

Thank you for entrusting your children to us and believing in the Abilene ISD.

Welcome Back!

Helpful Information

  • The use of face coverings/masks that cover the nose and mouth is strongly recommended for all staff and students. Face coverings/masks protect not only the wearer, but also significantly reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. While opinions vary, personal choice about mask wearing is always to be respected by staff, students, parents, and visitors.
  • Abilene ISD will continue to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees and students.
  • Campus clinics will have facial coverings / masks and other PPE items available for any employee or student upon request.
  • Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance recommends the wearing of facial coverings / masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons when indoors and in confined spaces. Additionally, Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order 38 effective as of July 29, 2021, states that no governmental entity including public school districts may mandate the wearing of face coverings / masks.
  • The AISD will provide a daily COVID tracker on its website to allow parents to keep up with cases in the district. However, the district will not be sending daily notifications regarding COVID-19 cases on campuses and/or facilities.
  • Any child with a fever at or above 100.0 (as established by the Texas Department of State Health Services) or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not report to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle for use throughout the day and expected to take water bottles home to be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • We have confirmed that the best educational experience for our students is in-person instruction and, therefore, our goal is to return fully to face-to-face instruction and work towards providing our students with the most normal school experiences that we can in the safest and healthiest ways possible.  Remote instruction will not be an option for students at AISD during the 2021-2022 school year.