UPDATE published 6/15/21: Texas legislators considered but ultimately did not pass House Bill 1468, which would have funded the Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) at Duncanville High School. As a result, the virtual program will not be offered for the 2021-2022 school year. This past school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) authorized remote learning through disaster-based waiver authority and conditions but that authority does not extend to the upcoming school year.
Those who have applied for VIP will receive an email and phone call explaining that the program will no longer be offered.
There is a possibility that legislators will convene a special session and reconsider authorizing local remote learning programs. If this happens, Duncanville ISD will revisit the Virtual Instruction Program and consider enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year.
Duncanville ISD is planning to establish a fully online program of choice for selected students in grades 11 and 12 for the 2021-2022 school year.
The launch of this virtual program is dependent upon decisions being made at the state level where Texas lawmakers will determine if virtual learning will be approved and funded for the next school year.
If the state allows, the program – Choice Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) – will give high school juniors and seniors who have done well in an online learning environment the opportunity to continue to learn virtually.
Students will attend school 100% remotely for the school week. Teachers who support the VIP program will teach virtual students in separate class periods exclusively offered for remote learners. Some teachers may teach remote, online classes and also a few in-person classes at separate times. Course schedules will vary.
Enrollment will be limited to 200 students. Eligibility will be based upon a student’s grades, attendance and behavior and whether college readiness standards and graduation requirements are on track to be met.
Students enrolled in Early College High School, P-TECH and T-STEM are not eligible for the Choice Virtual Instructional Program. The VIP is not recommended for students who participate in other programs that require in person learning activities.
Students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular programs outside of the regular school day as long as they provide their own transportation.