Texas legislature killed funding for remote learning in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, meaning that children will have to do in-person schooling again.

Because of the increased spread of the delta variant of COVID and the lack of approved vaccines for smaller children, I'm deeply worried about in-person schooling.

What are my legal options to avoid sending my child to school? Is it possible to convince / force schools to provide remote learning due to the increasing health risks?


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Yes, it’s possible

Education is compulsory in Texas for children between the ages of 6 and 18 (unless they have a high school diploma) subject to a number of exemptions that don’t seem applicable.

This can be met by:

  • attending a public school - which has the problem you identified,
  • attending a private school - some of these may be offering distance education. These obviously cost money - median for Texas is about $10k pa.
  • home schooling - which obviously meets the issue but may not be something you can do.
  • Thank you - your answer pretty much confirms what I thought was the case.
    – xxbbcc
    Jul 27, 2021 at 13:27

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