Pearland ISD offering applications for virtual learning option for K-6 students

Pearland ISD is taking applications for kindergarten to sixth grade students who are interested in a virtual schooling option. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Pearland ISD is taking applications for kindergarten to sixth grade students who are interested in a virtual schooling option. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Pearland ISD is taking applications for kindergarten to sixth grade students who are interested in a virtual schooling option. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Pearland ISD is taking applications for kindergarten to sixth grade students who are interested in a virtual schooling option that is planned to last until the end of the first semester, according to a news release.

Due to Senate Bill 15, while Texas school districts are not required to offer a virtual learning option, school districts can receive full funding for local remote learning delivered in a synchronous, asynchronous or a combination format for grades K-12 under given parameters, according to the district.

Applications at PISD will be accepted from Sept. 22-26, and acceptance into the program is based on the availability of space and instructional staff at each grade level, according to the news release.

In addition, if applications exceed teacher capacity, students who meet the application deadline will be chosen by a lottery system, and any virtual learning option will be dependent on final enrollment numbers, according to the news release.

The virtual learning option is a nine-week commitment, and PISD will only provide minimum services to meet promotion requirements, according to the news release. Temporary virtual learners will be assigned a PISD teacher who could be from a different campus than the student’s school during the program.


According to the news release, students will be denied from temporary remote learning program if they have had one or more of the following:

  • excessive absences;

  • did not achieve satisfactory on a 2021 STAAR exam (for students in fourth, fifth or sixth grade);

  • did not earn a grade of a C or higher in each of the following classes: math, science, social studies or reading/language arts;

  • disciplinary infractions; or

  • limited academic progress during the previous school year(s).


Students in the virtual program must comply with PISD’s student code of conduct and acceptable use guidelines regarding technology, maintain at least a 90% attendance and remain in good disciplinary standing, according to the news release.

For more information and to get to the application form for the program, visit PISD’s website.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.



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