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Fort Bend ISD to launch Virtual Learning Program for 2021-22 school year (4/30/2021)

Program to provide instruction to medically at-risk students


FORT BEND ISD (April 30, 2021) – Dependent upon the Texas Legislature’s approval of funding, Fort Bend ISD plans to offer an exemption-based, Virtual Learning Program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2021-22 school year.


The program will provide full time, virtual instruction using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction for students identified as being at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.


Individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness as designated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are eligible to attend the Virtual Learning Program, including those with conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, compromised immune systems (including from smoking, cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, or use of corticosteroids or other immune weakening medications); diabetes, serious heart disease (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and hypertension); chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease, and severe obesity.


Preliminary data shows that between 6,000 - 11,000 FBISD students could potentially meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the program.


The process for applying to the Virtual Learning Program begins May 3, 2021, when an application window for expressing intent to attend opens on the FBISD website. The window closes May 14. Once the application is made available, parents must submit one for each student in their household who meets the outlined conditions.


Admission will be based on the student’s medical need, as well as program capacity and the availability of instructional staff. Families will be notified of students’ acceptance in the program by June 17. To be eligible for acceptance into the Virtual Learning Program, a student’s healthcare provider must complete and sign the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Medical Certification for COVID-19 High Risk Exemption form, which must be submitted to the District by June 3. The form is also available in Spanish.