Use of Clear Creek ISD’s virtual learning program for kindergarten through fifth-grade students has declined as the 2021-22 school year progresses, but district leaders intend to continue the virtual learning conversation in 2022.
The program launched Sept. 7 with 637 enrollees, but about 25% enrolled in person between the signup closure and program launch, said Holly Hughes, assistant superintendent of elementary education, in November. CCISD has 85 kindergarten to fifth-grade students enrolled for the spring semester, staff said Jan. 5.
Virtual learning as a full-time option will expire at the end of this school year, staff said. However, CCISD’s five-year District of Innovation plan includes an exemption allowing it to create and maintain a virtual system beyond the state Legislature’s Sept. 1, 2023, deadline.
CCISD is also reviewing expanding Clear Access online courses to grant high schoolers more flexibility.
A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.