Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2021 | Page 18


Mansfield ISD is in the planning stages of establishing a fully online school of choice for students in grades 5-12 for the 2021-22 school year .

The launch of this school of choice is dependent upon decisions being made at the state level that will decide if virtual learning will be approved and funded for the next school year . The Texas legislature is currently discussing the framework and will let local districts know when a decision has been made .
If the state allows , the school — named the MISD Virtual Learning Academy — will give students who thrive in a 100 % online environment the opportunity to
continue to learn virtually . In contrast from the current school year ’ s online option , the Virtual Learning Academy will be its own independent campus .
Courses offered at the MISD Virtual Learning Academy will include those needed for graduation requirements and endorsements . Career and technical education ( CTE ) courses will also be provided with opportunities to earn an industry-based certification in business management and accounting / financial services pathways .
All courses offered at the Virtual Learning Academy will be on level . Students will not be able to take advanced , advanced placement or dual enrollment courses .
The school will not participate in University Interscholastic League ( UIL ) athletics or fine arts programs , and the academy students may not participate in these activities at other MISD schools .
The use of a district-issued device is required , and a Chromebook will be available for every intermediate , middle and high school student who is accepted into the Virtual Learning Academy .
The capacity of the school will be 100 students per grade level .

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