Lamar Consolidated ISD is planning on a new virtual program that would allow some students to get an advanced education at home.
The district announced that it tentatively plans to start a Digital Scholars Program, which is pending student interest, along with funding from the Texas Education Agency, which needs approval from state legislators.
The program would allow high school students to get their diploma in a variety of ways, including a live virtual setting on some days and some in-person classes. It would have live, direct teaching in virtual format through the district’s online network, Canvas, or through the Texas Virtual School Network.
According to LCISD’s chief academic officer Dr. Terri Mossige, asynchronous (virtual) learning will be a consistent element, with opportunities for skill practice, assessment and student collaboration. While the program is not a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but another way for students to get their diploma in an individualized, independent way, the district said.
Students would be eligible for the program with no more than 10 unexcused absences from the school year that just ended, along with a commitment to virtual learning for an entire semester and be available to report to a LCISD facility for state and local testing.
However, students who take part in the Virtual Scholars Program would not be able to participate in athletics or performing arts at any LCISD school.
Teachers can apply for the Digital Honors Program, but will not teach both virtual and on-campus at the same time.
While the program is planning to begin this August, LCISD reminds parents that there will not be any virtual learning options in any grade other than for those in the program.
Current LCISD students in the eighth grade to the 11th grade can fill out an application for the Digital Scholars Program through their Skyward Family Access account until midnight on Sunday.