ICON Virtual School program
Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB15 legislation into law Thursday, Sept. 9. This allows GISD to open the ICON Virtual School program for kindergarten through sixth grade. SB15 would fund and accredit ICON, under specific guidelines. Please note that Pre-K is not eligible for fully funded remote learning under SB15. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released an update on SB15. Please review this important information online at the TEA Senate Bill Update.
ICON Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Students in kindergarten through 6th grade who were enrolled in face-to-face learning for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance.
- Students who are medically fragile.
- Students who have been placed in a remote learning setting by an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee.
- Students in kindergarten through 6th grade who were enrolled in remote instruction for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance and meet the requirements below:
- 70 or above in core classes in the 2020-21 school year
- Passed STAAR/EOC in the 2020-21 school year
- Demonstrate grade level proficiency on a different assessment that shows grade level proficiency in TEKS
Prekindergarten is not included in the final SB15 legislation. Since Pre-K will not be funded, we will not be able to offer it in ICON.
GISD has focused on kindergarten through sixth grade as the priority for 2021-22, as this is the grade range for which there is no approved vaccine at this time. As we look ahead to expand the ICON program in 2022-23 and beyond, we will explore offerings for all grades K-12.
Students who are currently participating in TVL and meet eligibility requirements will have to apply for the ICON Virtual School program. Once ICON has begun, TVL will no longer be available. Any student who was enrolled in TVL that is not approved for ICON will be required to return to face-to-face learning on their home campus.
Students already took the MAP Assessments at the beginning of the school year, in August. They will also take the middle-of-the-year assessment in January and the end-of-the-year in May.
We are working to finalize the logistics and the timeline. The ICON Virtual School program does not have a start date at this time; however, we understand this is a priority for our community. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.
If your child participated in face-to-face instruction for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child is eligible to participate in ICON regardless of STAAR/EOC performance.
If your child participated in remote Instruction in 2020-21 for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child must have a passing score on STAAR/EOC.
If your child participated in remote Instruction in 2020-21 for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child must have passed all core classes.
Yes, an application for the ICON Virtual School program will be required for all interested students, regardless of their previous application status, because the rules in SB15 are different from the guidelines that were previously in place.
The ICON application window for the current school year (2021-22) will take place before the magnet application. There will be a separate application for the 2021-22 year only.
Students who wish to remain face-to-face for the 2021-22 school year, but want to apply for ICON in the 2022-23 school year will be able to apply on the Garland ISD magnet application in January.
Students who are accepted to ICON in 2021-22 will have the opportunity to continue in the program in 2022-23 without submitting an additional magnet application.
The magnet application window will begin in January for all Garland ISD residents enrolled for 2022-23. When magnet application dates are finalized, they will be posted on the Magnet Application Process and Timelines page.
An online enrollment form will be coming soon and details will be sent to families when available. There will be an application and a window for completing the application.
No. ICON will be its own campus, and students will lose their prior seats to be assigned to ICON. If a family decides to return to face-to-face learning, they will have to go through the choice process again.
If a STAAR assessment was not administered but the student was in a grade/subject which STAAR should have been administered, a different assessment can be used to determine grade level proficiency.
Garland ISD uses the NWEA MAP assessments for Reading and Math. Students would need to perform at or above the 41st percentile for each subject in order to demonstrate grade-level proficiency.