Lamar Consolidated ISD is considering a new virtual program that would allow some students to get advanced education at home.
The district has announced that it tentatively plans to launch a Digital Scholars program, which awaits student interest, as well as funding from the Texas Education Agency, which must be approved by state lawmakers.
The program would allow high school students to graduate in a variety of ways, including a live virtual setting on certain days and in-person classes. He would have direct and direct instruction in virtual format through the district’s online network, Canvas, or through the Texas Virtual School Network.
According to LCISD Academic Director Dr Terri Mossige, asynchronous (virtual) learning will be a cohesive element, with opportunities for students to practice skills, assess and collaborate. Although the program is not a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but another way for students to graduate individually and independently, the district said.
Students would be eligible for the program with no more than 10 unexcused absences from the just ended academic year, as well as a commitment to virtual learning for an entire semester and would be available to report to an LCISD institution for national and local tests.
However, students who participate in the virtual scholarship program could not participate in sports or artistic activities at any LCISD school.
Teachers can apply for the Digital Honors Program, but will not teach both virtually and on campus at the same time.
While the program is scheduled to begin in August, LCISD reminds parents that there will be no virtual learning options in any year other than the program.
Current LCISD students in Grades 8-11 can complete an application for the Digital Scholars Program through their Skyward Family Access account until Sunday midnight.