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Valley school districts begin offering virtual learning

6 days 6 hours 59 minutes ago Tuesday, September 14 2021 Sep 14, 2021 September 14, 2021 5:41 PM September 14, 2021 in News - Local

Several school districts across the Rio Grande Valley are now offering virtual learning.

The opportunity opened up through a new law signed by the governor late last week.

But virtual learning won’t be available for everyone.

Those eligible will only be for 10% of total students per school district and have been showing up to class. Students must also have a C average or high in their core classes.

San Benito CISD has begun offering remote learning. District Superintendent Dr. Nate Carman said parents were waiting for a virtual option to be available.

McAllen ISD will be reviewing applications to see who meets the criteria. Passing the STAAR assessment is another requirement for those who have taken it.

Dr. Carman said the district will be monitoring the pandemic before considering if the program will still run after the winter break. This year’s virtual learning will be different from last year as those who choose to enroll will have a separate teacher than those who attend face to face.

Applications for San Benito CISD and McAllen ISD are currently open and will go on until Sept. 24. Brownsville ISD just announced they'll begin accepting applications for their program on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Other school districts such as Mission CISD and La Joya ISD have also announced they are offering the remote learning option. 

Below is a list of local schools districts that have opened applications for remote learning programs:

Cameron County:

Brownsville Independent School District

Brownsville ISD will begin the application process for remote learning on Wednesday, September 15. and will close on September 20, 2021, at 5 p.m.

"With the passage of Senate Bill 15, Brownsville ISD will be providing the opportunity for remote learning for eligible students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. As per the bill, the district may only enroll up to 3,600 of the district total enrollment."

For more information on the enrollment process and program requirements, visit www.bisd.com or call 956-548-8000.


San Benito Independent School District

San Benito CISD will offer a limited remote learning program in response to Senate Bill 15.

Applications for the distance learning program opened Monday, September 13, and will close at midnight on Friday, September 24, 2021. 

Parents/guardians will need to complete the Remote Learning Program Registration Form and turn it into their respective campus PEIMS Clerk or designated Assistant Principal. Applying does not guarantee admittance into the virtual learning academy.

For more information on the enrollment process and program requirements visit www.sbcisd.net or call 956-361-6100.


Santa Maria Independent School District

Santa Maria ISD will offer a virtual learning program to 10% of students starting on Monday, September 27, 2021.

Application for the program began Friday, September 10, and close upon reaching the 10% enrollment limit.

"Students admitted to the Virtual Learning Program will be notified starting on Thursday, September 23, 2021, with the first day of virtual instruction starting Monday, September 27, 2021."

For more information on the enrollment process and program requirements visit www.smisd.net or call 956-565-6308.


Hidalgo County:

La Villa Independent School District

La Villa ISD will offer a virtual learning academy for students for the 2021-22 semester. 

LVISD is currently accepting applications for the virtual learning academy until Tuesday, September 21. 

"Completion of the [LVISD Virtual Learning Academy Interest Form] does not guarantee participation in the LVISD Virtual Academy. Students must meet eligibility criteria. One form per student must be submitted."

For more information on the enrollment process and program, requirements visit www.lavillaisd.org or call 956-262-4755.


Mercedes Independent School District

Mercedes ISD will offer a remote learning school for eligible students based on Senate Bill 15 requirements.

Applications for the remote learning program opened Wednesday, September 8 and close on Tuesday, September 14, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information on the enrollment process and program, requirements visit www.misdtx.net or call 956-514-2000.


Mission Consolidated Independent School District 

Mission CISD announced the start of the Mission CISD Virtual Learning Academy, which will offer qualifying students an opportunity to continue their instruction at home. 

Mission CISD began accepting applications for the Mission CISD Virtual Learning Academy on Sept. 13 with a start date of September 28th. Applying does not guarantee admittance into the virtual learning academy.

For more information on the enrollment process and program requirements visit www.mcisd.net or call 956-323-5500.

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