Here's what to expect with changing learning options in Tomball, Magnolia ISDs for the spring semester

Tomball ISD students will have the option to change their preferred learning environment from Nov. 30-Dec. 9, whereas Magnolia ISD will no longer offer virtual learning for students in poor academic standing starting Jan. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tomball ISD students will have the option to change their preferred learning environment from Nov. 30-Dec. 9, whereas Magnolia ISD will no longer offer virtual learning for students in poor academic standing starting Jan. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Tomball ISD students will have the option to change their preferred learning environment from Nov. 30-Dec. 9, whereas Magnolia ISD will no longer offer virtual learning for students in poor academic standing starting Jan. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As the second semester of the 2020-21 school year approaches, students and families continue to navigate face-to-face and virtual learning environments amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tomball ISD

Students and families in Tomball ISD will have the option to change their preferred learning environment for the second grading period from Nov. 30-Dec. 9.

Families are asked to make their selection online within the 10-day window. The portal can be accessed here. Students will be in their selected learning environment for the second grading period, which runs from Jan. 6-Mar. 12.

Should families want to keep their current learning option, no action is necessary.


TISD noted that students may see a change in schedule or teacher in the coming semester as the district works to accommodate students who change learning options.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, 7,030 students in TISD started the year virtually—an estimated 38% of the student body. In late October, the district reported that 4,917 students—an estimated 27%—selected the virtual learning option.

Magnolia ISD

As previously reported by Community Impact, virtual learning will no longer be an option for students in poor academic standing starting Jan. 6.

While those not meeting academic standards or attendance requirements will be enrolled in face-to-face learning options for the spring semester, junior high and high school students who meet academic standards will have the option to resume virtual learning with a mix of campus-based curriculum and Edgenuity, a third-party educational program available online.

MISD reported an estimated 19% of students enrolled in virtual learning at the start of the year, with 2,567 students choosing to learn from home. In the second nine weeks, 1,928 students enrolled in virtual learning, a 639-student decrease.

Students enrolled in virtual learning for the spring semester will no longer be able to participate in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, fine arts and other sponsored clubs.

Lastly, coursework completed via virtual learning environments will no longer be awarded weighted points and will not count towards class rank.


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