•  FBISD Virtual Learning Program

     

    The Texas Legislature has not yet passed legislation related to online learning in the 2021-22 school year. It is possible that Fort Bend ISD may need to adjust plans for the Virtual Learning Program based on guidance from the state.

About the Virtual Learning Program

  • The Fort Bend ISD Virtual Learning Program (VLP) is a pilot program that will serve students in grades K -12 who are identified by the CDC as being at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 starting with the 2021-22 school year. There is no cost to attend the program, but enrollment is open to students who live within the FBISD boundaries only.  Students will be enrolled at their zoned campus. 

    A student is eligible for admission to the Virtual Learning Program, if identified as at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as designated by the CDC.  Admission of eligible students will be based on the student’s medical need, as well as program capacity and the availability of instructional staff.  A student admitted to the Virtual Learning Program may be returned to a face-to-face setting upon a determination by the District that removal from the program is in the best interest of the student.


    Students will continue to receive 504 and GT services while attending the FBISD Virtual Learning Center. Students receiving SPED services will follow the application process.  If approved, an ARD committee meeting will be held to consider the placement and the provision of services.

  • While many students have thrived with virtual learning, we know that it may not be the best fit for all students. A successful FBISD Virtual Learning Program learner should:

    • View themselves as strong academically and as a lifelong learner
    • Willing to actively participate with peers and teachers
    • Be proactive and resourceful in their learning
    • Want to be part of a learning community
    • Maintain self-control as different situations arise in the course of a day
    • Be very comfortable using multiple platforms of technology including Microsoft Teams and Schoology


    The Virtual Learning Program will employ a full-time staff who will work exclusively with virtual students throughout the school year.

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Application Process

  • For students who meet the criteria, parents will complete an application and submit the required documentation to FBISD.  A committee comprised of the Department of Student Affairs and the Social Emotional Learning and Comprehensive Health Division will review and determine approval for the student application.   Appeals will be considered on an individual bases with a parent request to the Department of Student Affairs.  The Department of Student Affairs will designate staff to complete the review and provide a written response.

     

    Medical Exemption Forms

    Medical Certification for COVID-19 High Risk Exemption – English

    Medical Certification for COVID-19 High Risk Exemption – Spanish

    Medical forms must be submitted by the student’s healthcare provider by fax directly to the FBISD Virtual Learning Program at 281-327-1075. The medical exemption forms are due to FBISD by June 3, 2021.


    The application window will be from May 3 – May 14 to provide time to determine staffing implications. Parents may indicate their desire to enroll their child during the application period and will have until June 3 to provide medical documentation for enrollment. Pending Legislative approval, parents will be notified by June 17, 2021. Individuals applying after May 14, 2021 will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified when space is available for enrollment into the Virtual Learning Program.

     

    Application How-To Instructions

    FBISD Virtual Learning Program - Skyward Family Access Instructions – English

    FBISD Virtual Learning Program - Skyward Family Access Instructions – Spanish

     

Bell Schedules

  • Current funding guidelines require students to engage in a full day of learning. For this reason, the FBISD Virtual Learning Program bell schedules will be aligned with elementary, middle and high school campuses. Secondary Students 6th – 12th Grades will follow a traditional seven period daily schedule. Bell schedules may be adjusted pending TEA legislation on requirements for virtual school learning.

Course Offerings

  • Students will have the opportunity to take the courses they need to meet all grade level and graduation course requirements.

    The Virtual Learning Program will be staffed for students to be able to participate in the following Fine Arts courses: 

    • ES Art per grade level 
    • MS Art I-III 
    • HS Art I 
    • HS Art II, Digital Art & Media I 
    • HS Art III, Digital Art & Media II 
    • HS Art IV, Digital Art & Media III 


    Virtual students who desire to participate in face-to-face athletics and/or other extra-curricular activities must obtain permission from their doctor to participate. If a student has their doctor’s approval to participate, they must have transportation to their home campus and attend face-to-face athletic/Fine Arts class periods at their home campus during the school day and any after school practices or events.  

    At the secondary level, CTE electives will be limited to those shown below as some courses require face-to-face interaction for credit.  If a grade level or program listed as part of the Virtual School does not meet minimum enrollment numbers, the grade level, program or course may not be offered.

    CTE Courses for High School Credit 9-12 Only

    Course

    Notes

    Principles of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

     

    Small Animal Management (.5)

     

    Equine Science (.5)

     

    Livestock Production

     

    Advanced Animal Science

     

    Floral Design

     

    Principles of Architecture

    Requires special technology and software access

    Architectural Design I

    Requires special technology and software access

    Architectural Design II

    Requires special technology and software access

    Professional Communications (.5)

    Requires special technology and software access

    Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

    Requires special technology and software access

    Principles of Business, Marketing, Finance

     

    Business Information Management

     

    Business Management (New)

     

    Business Law

     

    Global Business

     

    Career Preparation I (New)

     

    Securities and Investments

     

    Sports and Entertainment Marketing

     

    Advertising

     

    Touch System Data Entry

     

    Investigating Careers

     

    Principles of Education and Training

     

    Human Growth and Development

     

    Principles of Health Science

     

    Medical Terminology

     

    Anatomy and Physiology

     

    Health Science Theory

     

    Medical Microbiology

     

    Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness (.5)

     

    Interpersonal Studies (.5)

     

    Dollars and Sense (.5)

     

    Principles of Human Services

     

    Counseling and Mental Health

     

    Fundamentals of Computer Science

     

    Computer Science I Pre AP

     

    AP Computer Science Principles

     

    AP Computer Science A

     

    Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

     

    Law Enforcement I

     

    Forensic Science

     

    Principles of Applied Engineering

    Requires special technology and software access

    Introduction to Engineering Design

    Requires special technology and software access

    Engineering Science/Principles of Engineering

    Requires special technology and software access

    Aerospace Engineering

    Requires special technology and software access

    Civil Engineering & Architecture

    Requires special technology and software access.

Staff Information

  • In preparation for the anticipated Virtual Learning Program, Fort Bend ISD is proactively posting several teaching and instructional positions. Teaching in the virtual environment requires a unique skill-set, and in order to provide the best educational experience for all students, we are seeking applicants in all content areas. Positions will be filled based on District need after details are finalized. If you are eligible and interested in teaching for the anticipated Virtual Learning Program, please visit the District website and apply for the posting with the Virtual Learning Program listing.  

    Teachers and support staff will report to a physical location. Campus space is currently being evaluated to determine areas that best meet the needs of students and staff.

Virtual Learning Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the FBISD Virtual Learning Program, and why was it created?

  • How many students will be enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program?

  • What are the eligibility criteria to attend the Virtual Learning Program?

  • What is the application process and the key dates/deadlines?

  • Will siblings of FBISD students who qualify for the Virtual Learning Program also be able to attend even though they do not have a high risk medical condition?

  • What if a student starts out the year participating in the Virtual Learning Program and wants to change to face-to-face instruction?

  • Do I have to live within FBISD boundaries to attend?

  • Will I have to withdraw from my home campus and re-enroll for the Virtual Learning Program?

  • Will students have the same academic calendar, grading guidelines and attendance expectations as those who attend on campus?

  • Will my child be taught by teachers at their zoned campus?

  • Will my child need to go to a physical campus for any reason during the year?

  • What will learning be like if my student participates in the Virtual Learning Program?

  • What will be my interaction, if any, with my home campus?

  • Can students receiving Special Education/504 services attend the Virtual Learning Program?

  • Can students receiving English as a Second Language (ESL) services attend the Virtual Learning Program?

  • Can students receiving GT (Gifted and Talented) services attend the Virtual Learning Program?

  • Will students in the Virtual Learning Program be able to participate in clubs and organizations?

  • Will Advanced Placement (AP) classes be offered as part of the Virtual Learning Program?

  • How will high school class rankings work as part of the Virtual Learning Program?

  • What characteristics does a student need to have to be successful in an online learning environment?

  • CTE, FINE ARTS, ATHLETICS and SUPPORT: Will students be able to participate in CTE courses?

  • CTE, FINE ARTS, ATHLETICS and SUPPORT: Will students be able to participate in Fine Arts?

  • CTE, FINE ARTS, ATHLETICS and SUPPORT: What supports will be in place to address the needs of the whole child?

  • STAFFING: What if I’m a teacher interested in becoming a part of the Virtual Learning Program?

  • STAFFING: Will there be a physical location for teachers and support staff?