The San Angelo school district in Texas released a statement on Friday in which they stated that as of the start of the 2021-2022 school year virtual learning will be a thing of the past.
The statement, according to San Angelo Live, read:
"The 2020 - 2021 school year has presented us with unprecedented challenges; however, as a partner with our community, we continued to provide both in-person and virtual instruction for all students in San Angelo ISD. As we plan for the future of education in San Angelo ISD, we want to honor our mission of providing students with a relevant and inspiring education that will result in future-ready graduates.
"At this time, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has not approved school districts to offer virtual instruction as a replacement for in-person attendance for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Being in-person for school is critical to address academic achievement and provide authentic real world experiences. As a result, SAISD does not plan to offer instruction through the Virtual Learning Academy for students in the 2021 - 2022 school year.
"Our Learning Management System, Schoology, has provided our students with relevant and meaningful access to learning through a robust platform. Future-ready education must incorporate technology to help our students be prepared for the world they will enter. To continue this practice, teachers will continue to utilize Schoology to facilitate technology-rich instruction in the classroom. In the 2021 - 2022 school year, working in Schoology will not be a replacement for attending school in-person. Students will be counted absent from school in accordance with the attendance policy outlined in our Student Handbook.
"We are excited to welcome our students back on our campuses in August. Our teachers are ready to meet our students where they are and provide any necessary interventions or enrichments to meet each student’s needs individually."
Texas is one of the few states that has completely re-opened since the beginning of the pandemic.