Plano ISD officials announced Monday that the district will offer a parent-led temporary virtual school option for students in grades pre-K through 6.
“As Plano ISD continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we are listening to our families and community as they express health and safety concerns regarding the latest trends associated with the delta variant of the virus,” a statement from the district read in part. “In order to address the needs and concerns of our families with children enrolled in grades pre-K through 6, who are not yet able to be vaccinated, the district will be offering a temporary online, asynchronous learning option for parents who are seeking an alternative to in-person learning.”
Under the new learning option, students will officially remain enrolled in their assigned in-person classes. However, unlike last year, they will not interact with teachers online. Instead, parents will be responsible for teaching lessons assigned by teachers.
Parents won’t have long to decide. Those interested in the new virtual option must make their decision known before midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Afterward, they will not be eligible to enroll in the virtual option. However, virtual learners will be allowed to transfer back to in-person learning at any time.