Update on Virtual School Options and Face Coverings
In March, Lake Travis ISD released a parent questionnaire to gauge interest in a potential virtual campus option for the 2021-2022 school year. The District received approximately 2,800 responses of which roughly 70% indicated they did not have an interest in pursuing a virtual campus option. Parents who indicated an interest in a virtual school option shared various concerns which would ultimately prevent them from enrolling their child in a virtual campus including:
limited options for programs and courses that are not conducive to an online environment;
commitment to a semester or to a full school year;
restriction from participating in UIL events;
requirements to participate on a physical campus as needed; and
requirements to apply and meet certain skills or criteria.
Because of these concerns, coupled with the fact that we do not yet know if either the legislature or the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will allow us to provide virtual learning next year, Lake Travis ISD will not offer a virtual campus option for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Furthermore, with increased access to vaccine administrations for our staff and students, lower transmission rates of COVID-19 in our classrooms, the improvement of conditions overall, and because TEA has not approved a remote learning at home option for the 2021-2022 school year, we will return to in-person instruction and activities for all staff and students this fall.
In closing, we are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines yesterday regarding face coverings as they pertain to fully vaccinated people. At this time, neither the CDC nor TEA have revised their safety guidance for K-12 schools. Accordingly, we will continue to follow our current COVID protocols until further notice. As a reminder, our school board is expected to make a decision regarding our COVID face covering protocols at its May 19 regular meeting. This will include discussing our plans for summer school and summer programs, along with our plans for the 2021-2022 school year. We will notify you of our school board's decision and their continuing efforts to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and students.