District Exploring Virtual School Option

  • With recent access to vaccine administrations for staff and lower transmission rates of COVID-19 in our classrooms, we are optimistic and hopeful that Lake Travis ISD will be able to fully return to in-person instruction and activities for the 2021-2022 school year.
     
    As we begin to plan for the coming academic year, some of our parents have asked about the possibility of a virtual school option for their child. It is important to note that we do not yet know if the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will extend a waiver that will allow us to offer virtual learning. However, in the event such an option is possible, parents were sent an email on March 24 with a link to a questionnaire solely to gauge interest for planning purposes. Selecting virtual learning at this point does not commit your student to virtual learning for Fall 2021. The District will provide information on how to enroll your child in a virtual option—if allowed—after we have received more clarity from TEA. 
     
    A few important details to consider include, but are not limited to:
     
    • virtual school would be its own TEA-accredited campus;
    • online school would offer full-time virtual instruction to eligible students who reside within current Lake Travis school boundaries;
    • instruction would be 100 percent virtual and would not require participating students to be physically present on campus during instruction;
    • instruction may not resemble the current LTISD remote learning at home platform;
    • instructors would be Texas-certified teachers and trained in effective online instruction;
    • instructors would deliver rigorous courses meeting the state curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); and
    • online school would provide state accountability measures and state testing requirements just like traditional school programs.
     
    To help our parents determine if their child possesses the qualities that make for a successful online learner, we are sharing a video titled, “Is Online School Right for Me?”. 
     
    Please note, in order for us to continue planning and exploring options for the 2021-2022 school year, the deadline for completing the questionnaire is Monday, March 29. More information regarding a potential virtual school will be forthcoming. Thank you for your time and participation.