Harmony Public Schools offering virtual learning

HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) – Soon students at Harmony Public Schools will be able to learn virtually, but they must meet certain requirements. The announcement of the e-learning option is the result of the signing of Senate Bill 15 (SB15) by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last week. It has provided funding to public schools in Texas who wish to offer online learning in the 2021-22 school year. With the new law, public schools can enroll up to 10% of their students in online learning.

Virtual learning for eligible students begins October 4e, 2021. Students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Students must have passed the most recent STAAR exams, where applicable at academic level. Competence at the NWEA level is required for students who have not taken STAAR.
  • Students must have achieved a higher “C” grade in “Core Program” courses taken virtually or remotely during the previous academic year.
  • Pupils must not have more than 10% unjustified absences during the previous school year. They must also maintain less than 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period.

Harmony Public Schools said it will continue to offer “remote conferencing” as needed. This option is for students who stay on campus but may need to learn at home in the short term. The program allows students to learn at home for up to 20 days of instruction if they have a pre-existing health condition or are forced to self-quarantine due to a positive diagnosis or exposure to COVID- 19. For more information on the new Harmony Public School Virtual Option, click on this link.

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