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2020-21 Spanish Immersion Family Update

An update for Spanish Immersion families for the 2020-21 school year.

As many of you are aware, as part of LISD’s response to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the district has determined that a virtual option for students in the Spanish Immersion Program cannot be offered. We know this is disappointing, and we want to share with you the reasoning behind that decision, as well as offer answers to some questions we have received.  

We want to provide you the following important clarifications:

  • If your child/ren participates in the Virtual Learning Pathway, they will not lose their current spots in the Spanish Immersion Program at their designated campus.  A language assessment will not be required to return to the program for the current school year (2020-2021) or the following (2021-2022) school year if the student remains enrolled in the district.
  • Out-of-district students on an approved transfer will be able to continue in the program for the 2021-2022 school year, as long as they stay enrolled in the district, following LISD transfer guidelines. Once approved, your child/ren will keep their spot(s) at their designated campus.  
  • Spanish learners who choose the Virtual Learning Pathway will receive instruction in English. Spanish resources will be available for parents who desire to supplement Spanish language learning. The Spanish Immersion Program will work with parents to access a virtual resource so that students can practice the Spanish language independently. 
  • The Advanced Spanish Middle School Program (6th through 8th grades) will continue at the respective campuses in the virtual learning and in-person settings. 

We have received many questions about why the Spanish Immersion Program is not part of the Virtual Learning Pathway. The reason for this is:

  • The Virtual Learning Pathway will be utilizing a specific software program for each content area, and this software program does not include the development of biliteracy in any content area.  Therefore, it is not possible to recreate the immersion program that our students receive with in-person instruction from teachers. Similar to many classes at the middle school and high school levels that are not being offered virtually, the Spanish Immersion Program is a very specialized program that cannot be replicated in an at-home environment. 
  • The software program used in the Virtual Learning Pathway is offered in English. Although many of the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills in Language Arts may be similar in English and Spanish, some of the instruction differs in how it is taught due to the foundations of the languages. We do not simply translate the Spanish curriculum, as it is not the best instructional practice. 
  • The Spanish Immersion Program is implemented through a framework supported by classroom curriculum, instruction, materials, and proficiency-based support.  These components rely on the linguistic features of the classroom environment that collectively cannot be replicable in a virtual setting.   

Please refer to the LISD Frequently Asked Questions page ( for up-to-date information. If you have additional questions, please email

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