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ICON Virtual School program

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To meet the needs of our students who are currently thriving in remote instruction, GISD is in the process of designing a possible virtual school program offering. The launch of a virtual school program in GISD is contingent upon per-student funding by the state and approval by the GISD Board of Trustees. 

What to expect

 At this time, plans for the ICON Virtual School program, include the guidelines and procedures listed below. NOTE: Information is subject to change as program details continue to be finalized.

Daily instruction

  • Students will be required to attend instruction synchronously, daily during regular school hours.
  • Classes will be delivered in a dedicated virtual environment with fully virtual teachers. However, some classes and extracurricular activities will also require students to participate face-to-face for some academic activities.
  • Students must follow attendance and behavior guidelines as defined by GISD policy, as well as guidelines for remote instruction which will include remaining on camera during class time.
  • Students receiving specialized services (dyslexia, language program, section 504, special education, etc.) will still receive their designated program supports.
  •  Virtual students are required to come on-site for local and state testing. 


  • Transportation to on-campus activities will not be provided by the district. This includes required onsite testing, academic activities and UIL or extracurricular activities.


  • Garland ISD is exploring the possibility of providing student breakfast/lunch pick-up pending further guidance from TEA.

Available courses

  • Virtual students who wish to participate in UIL and campus extracurricular activities will be required to participate on-campus, which may include face-to-face classes such as athletics, band, etc. Transportation will not be provided. 

  • Depending on student interest, it is possible that there may be limited elective course options for students in grades 6-12. 

  • HS course electives, CTE, Dual Credit, and AP classes will be offered based on course demand and availability to provide instruction in the virtual setting. If not available to offer via virtual instruction, virtual students will be permitted to participate in face-to-face instruction for these courses, however, transportation will not be provided. 

  • Virtual high school students will be able to participate in GRCTC courses, however, transportation will not be provided. 

  • For the 21-22 school year, students who are currently in magnet seats will retain their magnet seat for the 21-22 school year.  As we evaluate staffing and enrollment, we will notify parents about their magnet options for the 22-23 school year.

Changing between virtual and face-to-face

Once their application for the virtual school program has been accepted, students will be assigned to the virtual instructional setting for their home campus.

Parents who apply for ICON Virtual School are committing to a full year of virtual instruction.  Unlike what students experienced during the 2020-2021 school year, students will receive instruction by a fully virtual teacher during the scheduled class time, prohibiting the fluid movement between remote and face-to-face instruction from day-to-day.

Students can apply for a transfer back to their home campus due to hardship during the school year.  GISD will only grant one transfer per year. Once the transfer is granted, the student must remain in face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the year.

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