Virtual Learning FAQs

  • Elementary

    General

  • [ADDED JULY 28] What is the difference between Remote Learning and Virtual Learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 27] What are the technical requirements or specifications for home devices?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Will my child get to interact with their fellow classmates virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Will my child be looking at a screen all day if we choose virtual learning, or will there be other modes of learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] Can my child work ahead if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] Why did LISD decide to go with Edgenuity as its virtual learning platform?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] My family attends LISD on an approved out-of-district transfer. Will my child keep their transfer spot if we choose virtual learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] If families need to complete some virtual learning in the evening, is that an option? Or is there a time during the day that assignments will be due?

  • Will I be able to make a choice to enroll in virtual learning or does the district choose for me?

  • Will there be any fees to participate in virtual learning?

  • If I register for virtual learning to start the school year, does that mean I will do virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year?

  • Will my child experience face-to-face time virtually with their teacher?

  • How will virtual learning be different from at-home learning during the closure last spring?

  • Will students remain enrolled at their school if they choose virtual learning?

  • When will students be assigned teachers?

  • What will be the platform for virtual learning?

  • What is the mode of learning for elementary students?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Will students still have access to Istation?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Is virtual learning through Edgenuity the same across the district?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Is the Edgenuity curriculum personalized?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Will elementary virtual learning be solely online videos, online activities, and WebEx meetings, or will there also be hands-on work as well? For example: worksheets and hands-on projects away from the screen?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What are the best resources for families for Edgenuity?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] The Edgenuity video said books can be purchased at an additional cost. What are the fees and how can we purchase?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Will there be parent support for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] Can virtual learning be done at any time of day?

  • How long is the school day for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] What if my child finishes the school day in less than 240 minutes?

  • How much involvement will a parent need in order to successfully support their child in virtual learning? Will my child be able to complete this work without the assistance of a parent or guardian?

  • Will daily attendance be taken during virtual learning? If so, how will it be taken?

  • Can out-of-district students participate in LISD virtual learning?

  • Will meals be provided for students who select virtual learning?

  • Are immunizations required for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] If my child participates in virtual learning and is in Gifted & Talented (GT), can they attend just GT in person?

  • What language support will my student have for virtual learning if they are an English Language Learner?

  • How will Gifted and Talented services be handled through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] How will Gifted & Talented testing work for virtual learning students?

  • Will all students participate in State assessments like the STAAR test?

  • How will virtual learning be staffed?

  • How will technology be distributed?

  • How will we know how to use District issued technology, and instructional platforms?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] If we ordered supplies through EPI, can we pick them up for use at home?

  • Discovery Academy

  • What is the status of the Pre-K Tuition Based Discovery Academy?

  • The Discovery Academy Handbook states that a family can request to be released from the full-year obligation for extenuating circumstances. Will COVID-related concerns be considered an extenuating circumstance throughout the school year?

  • Dual Language & Spanish Immersion

  • [ADDED JULY 22] If the whole district transitions to remote learning, will my child stay in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] If I decide to homeschool my child will I still get to keep my spot in Dual Language/Spanish Immersion spot when we return?

  • Will the Dual Language and/or Spanish Immersion program be available if I choose virtual learning?

  • Can my student return to the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program upon return to in-person learning?

  • With the opportunity to change my learning option at the end of the first nine weeks, can virtual learning families change their learning option to in-person learning in order to participate in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion Program?

  • [UPDATED JULY 22] If we choose virtual learning this year, will we be allowed back into Dual Language/Spanish Immersion next year?

  • If I have an approved transfer in order to participate in the Dual Language/Spanish Immersion Program, will we be forced to give up our approved transfer if we choose virtual learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 22] Will there be any language-proficiency requirements if my student returns to Dual Language or Spanish Immersion?

  • How can I continue Spanish language learning with my child if we are not participating in Dual Language/Spanish Immersion program due to virtual learning?

  • STEM Academy

  • Will students enrolled at STEM academies still have the option to select virtual learning and remain in the STEM academy?

  • Extended School Day

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If we choose Virtual Learning can my child still attend ESD?

  • [UPDATED JULY 21] Will my child lose their reserved spot in the Extended School Day (ESD) program if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Is the ESD Save my Spot Fee in addition to the tuition we have already paid?

  • If our child moves from virtual learning to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year, can they still attend ESD?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If I am letting the district know of my plan to keep my child home in a virtual learning environment do I have to let the ESD program know?

  • Secondary

    General

  • [ADDED JULY 28] What is the difference between Remote Learning and Virtual Learning?

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] What is the difference between virtual learning and remote learning pathways?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] Why did LISD decide to go with Edgenuity as its virtual learning platform?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How do I update my class requests if I choose virtual or virtual plus, and a course I want is unavailable virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] How do I know which classes my child requested for this school year?

  • Will I be able to make a choice to enroll in virtual learning or does the district choose for me?

  • If my child chooses virtual learning, will they still be associated with their home campus?

  • Who will be my student’s teacher and will that teacher be from our home campus?

  • When will students be assigned teachers?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] What are the courses available through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 16] When will student schedules be released? 

  • Will there be any fees to participate in virtual learning?

  • If I register for virtual learning to start the school year, does that mean I will do virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year?

  • How long is the school day for virtual learning?

  • Will lessons be taught live or via pre-recorded video?

  • What will a typical week or day look like for a student who chooses virtual learning?

  • How will virtual learning this fall be different from at-home learning this past spring?

  • What if my child chose courses for the 2020-21 school year last spring that are not available for virtual learning this year?

  • [UPDATED JULY 29] Will AP and Pre-AP courses be available for virtual learning?

  • Will the virtual learning curriculum be the same as the in-person curriculum?

  • Will assignments be due daily or weekly?

  • How will virtual learning assignments be graded?

  • Will daily attendance be taken during virtual learning?

  • Will daily attendance be taken in courses taught through the Virtual Learning Academy?

  • What is the difference between virtual learning and LISD’s Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] What is the cost for classes through the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] What is the difference between VLA course content and it's delivery platform and Edgenuity?

  • What will be the platform for virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Can I take classes through the LISD Virtual Learning Academy as well as through the district virtual learning option Edgenuity?

  • [ADDED JULY 20] Will there be parent support for virtual learning?

  • If my child participates in virtual learning, how will they get extra help when they have questions?

  • How will Gifted and Talented services be handled through virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 23] How will Gifted & Talented testing work for virtual learning students?

  • How will enrichment and intervention be handled through virtual learning?

  • If a child participates in virtual learning, can they still participate in campus-based clubs and organizations?

  • Who will be my student’s teacher and will that teacher be from our home campus?

  • What language support will my student have for virtual learning if they are an English Language Learner?

  • Middle School

  • What courses are available to my students for virtual learning?

  • Can my middle school student participate in fine arts and athletics if we choose virtual learning?

  • High School

  • What courses are available to my high school student for virtual learning?

  • What courses are available to my high school student through the LISD Virtual Learning Academy?

  • What if there is a course my high school student wants to take that is not listed in the course catalog for virtual learning?

  • Can my high school student participate in fine arts and athletics if we choose virtual learning?

  • Can my high school student participate in athletics or fine arts virtually instead of going to school?

  • Can my child still participate in courses at the Career and Technical Education Centers?

  • [UPDATED JULY 29] Can my student take dual-credit courses virtually?

  • [ADDED JULY 29] Will high school Gifted & Talented (GT) courses be offered virtually?

  • Virtual Plus

  • [UPDATED JULY 23] If my child chooses Virtual Learning Plus, do they have to take all electives on campus?

  • [ADDED JULY 22] What would day a look like for a student who chooses the Virtual Plus option?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] If I choose virtual learning plus, do I get to pick when my on campus classes are?

  • [UPDATED JULY 20] What electives will be available for my student should I choose the virtual learning plus option?

  • Will transportation be provided for virtual learning plus students?

  • Can my high school student participate in athletics or fine arts virtually instead of going to school?

  • Will AP and Pre-AP courses be available for virtual learning?

  • If my child chooses the Virtual Learning Plus option, will they be subject to the additional 25 minutes the district plans to add to the end of the school day to “bank minutes”?

  • How will Virtual Plus students be impacted if a campus or a classroom is closed down due to COVID-19?

  • Will classes scheduled for Virtual Learning Plus be grouped consecutively or spread throughout the day?

  • Special Education

  • [ADDED JULY 22] How will any necessary 504 or ARD meetings happen if we choose virtual learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] Will virtual face-to-face time with teachers be one-on-one or in a group setting?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] What is the expectation of volume of work to be done for virtual learning, such as attending live meetings and turning in work?

  • If students choose virtual, will they be taught by their campus contact teacher or a virtual teacher?

  • It’s my understanding that if I choose Virtual Learning, my child will use Edgenuity. Is that correct or will they be using a more appropriate curriculum for my child in a Life Skills classroom?

  • If we choose to do virtual learning, will there be any options for supplemental in-person MTA/dyslexia education?

  • Can a parent choose Virtual Learning but receive some specialized or Related Services in person?

  • Can a student receive their dyslexia/MTA/SDI Reading and their Related Services if a parent selects Virtual Learning?

  • [ADDED JULY 21] My family wants to consider virtual learning, but we are concerned with the time commitment. Will virtual learning be flexible?