BOWIE (KFDX/KJTL) — According to a press release from the Bowie Independent School District Superintendent Blake Enlow, Bowie ISD will no longer offer virtual learning as of Tuesday, Nov. 3.
All students who were participating in distance learning will need to return to face-to-face instruction.
The press release states that students who would like to continue to participate in virtual instruction may, “enroll in a private school, call other districts and request a transfer, enroll in online school, or withdraw to home school.”
The press release also states that the decision was made after the administration had been in constant contact with the school board, parents, teachers and community members about the effectiveness of virtual learning.
Enlow said this decision comes after much thought and consideration of how students are performing under the virtual circumstances.
At the end of the three-week period progress check for the second six weeks, 65% of Bowie high school virtual students were failing two or more classes.
About 10% of the students do virtual learning.
“Our goal is to educate our kids and there was just so much overwhelming data that they were struggling,” Enlow said. “At the end of the first six weeks we made lots of phone calls to parents and families and some of the kids came back then, and we saw good growth.”
Those who aren’t ready to return in person can enroll in a private school, request a transfer, enroll in an online school or withdraw to homeschool.
Enlow said they’ll gladly welcome those students back whenever they decide the time is right.