Harmony Public Schools will offer virtual learning for K-12 students in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Cypress

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)

Texas-wide public charter school system Harmony Public Schools will offer a full virtual learning option for eligible students. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)

Eligible students may soon be able to learn completely virtually at a statewide public charter school system.

Schools under the Harmony Public Schools umbrella may offer up to 10% of its student body a full virtual learning option as a result of the signing of Senate Bill 15 on Sept. 9 by Gov. Greg Abbott, which provides funding for Texas public schools wishing to offer online learning during the 2021-22 school year, the public charter school system announced Sept. 16.


To be eligible to not only participate but remain in virtual learning, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The student must have passed the most recent State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, if applicable to grade level. If a student did not take STAAR, a Northwest Evaluation Association grade-level proficiency is required.

  • The student Must have earned a “C” grade or higher in “foundation curriculum” courses taken virtually or remotely in the previous school year, such as math, or reading.

  • The student must have no more than 10 unexcused absences during the previous school year and maintain less than 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period.


Meanwhile, Harmony Public Schools will continue to offer remote conferencing on an as-needed basis for students who remain on campus but may need to learn from home on a short-term basis. Under this program, students can learn from home for up to 20 instructional days if they have a pre-existing medical condition, or are forced to quarantine due to positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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