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ICON Virtual School program

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The ICON Virtual School program application is now open until December 10.  Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can apply to attend school at the virtual campus. Acceptance will be based on students meeting Senate Bill 15 requirements and the availability of site licenses.

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To better support the diverse needs of our families, we are officially launching the ICON Virtual School program. With ICON, students have the opportunity to get an exceptional education online through our virtual campus.

Students will attend fully virtual classes supported by full-time virtual teachers. Classes will be held at the same time as normal school hours. The program is available for students in kindergarten through grade 6.

How to apply

An online application form for the Icon Virtual School will be posted in your child’s Skyward Family Access. Acceptance will be based on students meeting Senate Bill 15 requirements and the availability of site licenses.

Qualifying for ICON

Students who meet the following requirements may apply:

  • Students in grades K-6 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 fewer than 10 absences.
  • Students in grades K-6 who were enrolled in remote instruction for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with fewer than 10 absences and meet the requirements below:
    • 70 or above in core classes in the 2020-21 school year
    • Passing all STAAR/EOC tests required for their grade level
    • Demonstrate grade-level proficiency on a different assessment that shows grade level proficiency in TEKS

ICON Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If my child did not meet eligibility requirements for ICON due to not passing STAAR, can we substitute the beginning of the year MAP scores? [11/3/21]

No, per TEA guidance.

If my child does not meet eligibility requirements, can I get them tested at another facility that uses MAP? [11/3/21]

No. MAP testing must be done in Garland ISD.

What will happen to Temporary Virtual Learning (TVL)? Will it continue? [revised 11/3/21]

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.

TVL for K-6 will end November 19.

Will you hold my child’s seat at their current campus if they enroll in ICON and decide to return to face-to-face learning? [rev. 10/18/21]

Yes.  Due to changes implemented by TEA, the ICON Virtual School will be a program and not a separate campus. Therefore, students accepted into ICON will hold their existing seats at their face-to-face campuses for the 2021-2022 school year.  This includes magnet programming. Magnet students will be given continuation options during the magnet application period in January.

 

How do I enroll my child in ICON? [revised 11/8/21]

The ICON application is in your Skyward Family Access account. It will be open until December 10, 2021.

How is ICON Virtual School funded?

Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB15 legislation into law on Sept. 9, 2021, which allowed 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.

Why is prekindergarten (Pre-K) not eligible? [9/10/21]

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.

Why is 7-12th grade not eligible for 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.

When will my child take the MAP Assessment? [revised 9/22/21]

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.  

When will ICON start? [11/8/21]

Students who are enrolled by Nov. 19 will begin ICON classes on Monday, Nov. 29. Students who are enrolled by Dec. 10 will begin ICON classes on Monday, Jan. 10.

No applications will be accepted after December 10.

If my child was remote last year and did not pass STAAR is it true they cannot participate in ICON? [9/10/21]

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 my child was remote last year and did not pass their core classes, is it true they cannot participate in ICON? [9/10/21]

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.

 

If I was approved for ICON previously will I need to reapply? [9/10/21]

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.

 

Last year my child was enrolled in a STAAR grade level but missed one/all of the assessments. Can he/she apply for ICON? [9/22/21]

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. Students would need to perform at or above the 41st percentile for each subject in order to demonstrate grade-level proficiency.