|The Texas legislative session has concluded, and the legislation that would have authorized state funding and support for school districts like RISD to offer a fully virtual school was not approved.|
The Texas Education Agency has informed school districts that it is no longer planning to launch the program that would have worked in support of school districts offering a virtual option, and will not be offering a waiver for school districts to offer remote learning as was done last year.
This means that RISD will not be offering a virtual K-8 school of choice to families for the 2021-22 school year. The district would like to partner with our families who were looking forward to a remote learning opportunity, and encourages parents to visit with their school principal to discuss potential in-person options and strategies that may meet individual student needs.
RISD continues to plan for a 2021-22 school year that will offer comprehensive, engaging, and enriching instructional opportunities for all face to face learners.
Families that have not yet enrolled for the 2021-22 school year may do so by visiting www.risd.org/enrollment.
The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Dr. Stone’s No. 1 priority remains the safety of all RISD students, staff and community members.