Pearland ISD documents: Parents show little interest in virtual learning option

Pearland ISD students will likely not have a virtual learning option to end the first semester, according to Pearland ISD documents. (Courtesy Canva)
Pearland ISD students will likely not have a virtual learning option to end the first semester, according to Pearland ISD documents. (Courtesy Canva)

Pearland ISD students will likely not have a virtual learning option to end the first semester, according to Pearland ISD documents. (Courtesy Canva)

Pearland ISD students will likely not have a virtual learning option to end the first semester after the district said there was not enough interest from parents in the program.

PISD ​​surveyed all parents with children in kindergarten through sixth grade from Sept. 22-26 to determine the interest in having a remote learning option for the second nine-week period from Oct. 18-Dec. 17. Of the 10,500 students enrolled in those grades within the district, 236 parents expressed interest, and of those, about 140 qualified under state rules, according to PISD.

“The requirements to serve this small population would be cost prohibitive given our current deficit budget,” the district’s board meeting documents read. “Thus the administration has determined that it is not fiscally or practically feasible to offer remote instruction this fall semester.”

The district chose to gauge interest in a virtual option after Senate Bill 15 allowed students to receive full funding for remote learning if they qualified.

Additionally, most students within the kindergarten to sixth grade group are under the age of 12, who are still not eligible for a vaccine. Pfizer on Oct. 7 officially requested approval from the Food and Drug Administration to make children ages 5-11 eligible for their vaccine.


According to PISD, 82% of district employees who responded to a survey indicated they are vaccinated.

The district’s board will discuss the virtual learning option program and other COVID-19 matters during its meeting Oct. 12, which starts at 5 p.m. at the PISD Administration Building,1928 N. Main St., Pearland.
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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