Richardson ISD will not offer a virtual learning option in the 2021-22 school year, according to district staff.RISD was developing a permanent virtual academy option for students to begin in the fall with an anticipated enrollment of 500-750 students, provided legislative approval for funding was received. However, the regular session of the Texas Legislature ended May 31 without final approval of a bill that would have expanded online learning and provided funding for full-time virtual students. The district continued to explore options for a virtual learning option after the RISD board of directors meeting on June 7, but it ultimately opted not to move forward with the plan, according to the district website.

"The district would like to partner with our families who were looking forward to a remote learning opportunity and encourages parents to visit with their school principal to discuss potential in-person options and strategies that may meet individual student needs," the website reads. "RISD continues to plan for a 2021-22 school year that will offer comprehensive, engaging and enriching instructional opportunities for all face-to-face learners."

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