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Spring Branch ISD will not open virtual academy for 2021-22

Spring Branch ISD Families:

After exploring potential options for and gauging public interest in a possible virtual school in Spring Branch ISD, the district has made the decision not to offer virtual classes for the 2021-22 school year.

SBISD finished the 2020-21 school year with 81 percent of students attending class in person. We had a safe school year all year long with in-person learning, having never had to close a school at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some students thrive in a virtual learning environment, the vast majority of students have a much more beneficial and effective learning experience in person with a teacher in a classroom setting.

As we studied the possibility of starting a stand-alone virtual school for next year, we surveyed families of students who took virtual classes at SBISD this year regarding their interest in virtual classes next year. The responses to the survey indicated there was not enough interest in continuing virtual classes to justify the significant cost of establishing a virtual school. In addition, the Texas Legislature did not pass a bill in the recent session to allow school districts to establish such virtual schools.

Spring Branch ISD deeply appreciates the support and involvement of our community in our schools. We look forward to welcoming all our students back to in-person learning with their teachers when the 2021-22 school year begins Aug. 16!