Launch to Learning: 2020-21 School Year

LISD will start school year Aug. 13 – Sept. 7 with all students learning at home in 100% Virtual Empowered Learning program

Back to School – Checklist, News and Announcements

It’s time to get ready to go back to school! With the first three weeks of the school year completely online, we know things are different this year. In an effort to assist our families with planning for the start of this school year, here are a few resources.

Handbook and Guides for Launch to Learning 2020-21


The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We have outlined clear protocols for screening and supporting our students and staff as well as communicating campus responses if any student or staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19. Campus leaders will be working with their staff to ensure the implementation of these guidelines throughout the school year.
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As we prepare to welcome students back to school, we believe in meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of our students no matter the
circumstances, while providing the highest quality educational experiences and offering a choice of a safe and healthy learning environment.
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Leander ISD will ensure that students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education. To the greatest extent possible, each student will be provided the specialized instruction, support, and related services identified in the student’s RTI plan, individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan.
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FAQ’s have been transferred to the topic appropriate handbook above. Answers not found in the handbook are formatted at the bottom of each section listed as ADDITIONAL FAQ’s

Moving to Remind

Beginning this week, ahead of the start of the 2020–21 school year, Remind will replace SchoolMessenger as the bulk notification platform used by Leander ISD to connect with families and students through text, email, and phone broadcasts.

By switching to Remind, all LISD communications will consolidate into a single platform, with Remind being a convenient tool to view messages from the district and your student’s principal and teachers.

Remind provides the district a text message-focused delivery platform, which we’ve seen to be the most effective way of communicating directly with most families. Each user can set their notification preferences, including selecting email instead of, or in addition to, a text message.

Remind’s robust mobile app and web-based platform create a one-stop shop for parents to keep track of messages relating to their students. While the mobile app and web platform are the best ways to utilize Remind, we do not require you to download the app. You will still get text messages or emails without signing into Remind.

For information on how to get started, please check out the LISD’s Remind support page.

Virtual Open House Dates

We’re excited to connect with our students and families at virtual open houses over the next several weeks. Please join us! 

  • 7th and 8th Grade – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 18 @ 6:30 p.m. *Please note the change from the original date of Aug. 20
  • High School – Monday, August 24 – start time determined by the campus

Student Selection Process for Campuses

The first three weeks of the 2020–21 school year (Aug. 13–Sept. 7) will be entirely online, with all students in Virtual Empowered Learning. If we are able to continue with our plan to open Sept. 8 for in-person learning, families were able to choose between in-person and virtual. That process closed on Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Schools are working to connect with individual students who have not submitted a choice. Each school will have a process for updating selections at the grading period changes. Please look for communication from your student’s school.

Secondary schools provide more details for Launch to Learning 2020–21

As we continue to provide transparency, accessibility, and frequent communication about our Launch to Learning in 2020–21, we want to clarify what learning will look like for middle and high school students. 

Virtual Empowered Learning Webinar

Watch more webinars from LISD

Campus & Department Administrators & Supervisors

Presentations and Report

We are thankful for your patience during this stressful and uncertain time for you and your family and as always appreciate your feedback. If you have additional questions, please feel free to click the box below.


  • We are excited to welcome back (virtually) on Thursday! In this newsletter, you’ll find information about: Facial coverings, Student Selection process for campuses, LISD moving to Remind platform to better serve families, Child Nutrition Services information on safety, family assistance, Back to School Checklist, Virtual Open House dates & serving on our districtwide committees. The […]
  • REMINDER: Students have until midnight to choose virtual or in-person learning. Also included in the newsletter, LISD is moving to Remind platform to better serve families and Child Nutrition Services information on safety, family assistance and Friday’s laptop deployment for elementary students moving to Henry MS. The post Launch to Learning 2020—2021: Update #15 appeared […]
  • Despite all the challenges that our community is facing as we prepare for the start of school, there’s no denying the excitement of seeing our students next week. In today’s newsletter, you’ll find information about: our Back to School Checklist, more details on middle, high schools Launch to Learning 2020–21, Student Selection form deadline this […]
  • Come hear about virtual learning from Leander ISD summer school teachers on Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. The post Launch to Learning: Summer School Teacher Panel appeared first on Leander ISD News.
  • Launch to Learning 2020–21 updates are ongoing and subject to change as we continue to prepare for the school year. Please visit this article for the latest FAQs and information. Just two weeks from the start of the school year, we’re here to answer questions and offer support! In this update, you’ll find information on: […]
Updated on August 13, 2020

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