Temporary Virtual Learning Option Set to Close Nov. 19
Keller ISD will conclude its temporary Virtual Learning Option on Friday, November 19.
At the beginning of the school year, Keller ISD provided parents with students in grades K-6 the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Learning Option (VLO). With no state funding provided to continue virtual learning offerings from the 2020-21 school year, COVID-19 cases increasing at the beginning of this school year, and no option for a vaccination for students in grades K-6, the VLO provided a temporary remote learning alternative in which students were provided with asynchronous lessons guided by parents at home.
With COVID-19 cases currently decreasing in Keller ISD and with discussions that a vaccine may be available for children under the age of 12 toward the end of the year for those who choose to take it, the District plans to end the VLO on November 19 and will welcome current VLO students back to campuses on November 29. VLO lessons will end on November 12, and the week of November 15-19 will be a transition week for VLO students to visit their home campuses, meet their teachers, and re-engage in the campus teacher’s learning management system to review content on which in-person students have been working. Families of VLO students will receive more information in the coming weeks regarding the transition back to in-person learning. Keller ISD’s Fall Break will be held November 22-26.
Keller ISD leaders had hoped that Senate Bill 15 – passed in August during the Texas Legislature’s second special session – would provide funding for continued virtual learning within the District, but the law’s strict eligibility requirements prevent it from fully funding KISD’s temporary Virtual Learning Option.
Thank you to the families who have supported their students in this program so far, and to all of the Keller ISD teachers and staff who have led this effort to provide this opportunity through the beginning of the school year.