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Senate Bill 15 - Virtual Program 2021-2022

Senate Bill 15 - Virtual Learning Program at Santa Maria ISD

Santa Maria ISD will be offering a Virtual Learning Program to 10% of
students starting on Monday, September 27, 2021.

Application for this program will start on Friday, September 10, 2021, and close upon reaching the
10% enrollment limit.

You must be a student from Santa Maria ISD to apply.
Students admitted to the Virtual Learning Program will be notified starting on Thursday, September
23, 2021, with the first day of virtual instruction starting Monday, September 27, 2021.

This program will be available for the 2021-2022 school year and will follow the guidelines by the
Texas Education Agency.

As per Senate Bill 15, these students must meet ALL 3 of the following requirements:
o Must have passed the STAAR or EOC State Assessments during 2020-2021 School Year or passed a local approved assessment.
o Had less than 10% of unexcused absences (18) during 2020-2021 School Year.
o Grade of 70 (C) or above in Foundation Courses (English Language Arts and Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies) during 2020-2021 School Year.

Note: PK students do not qualify for Senate Bill 15 - Virtual Learning Program.

In addition, students will be admitted using the following criteria:
o SMISD Student (family member within the household) with medical conditions who does not qualify for Homebound, but puts them at a higher risk.
o SMISD Student who does not qualify to receive vaccine (K-6th grade).
o SMISD Kindergarten through 2nd Grade students will need to qualify using local assessment (Istation/Renaissance Learning) criteria during the 2020-2021 School Year.

Participation Acknowledgements:
o All students, regardless of learning option, will have to take mandated assessments in-person
o Santa Maria ISD will monitor and evaluate students in the Virtual Learning Program and require students who are not making adequate academic progress to return to In-Person Instruction at School.
o Students must have less than 10 unexcused absences in a six-month period in the current school year while enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program.


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