WCPSS Virtual Academy

WCPSS Virtual Academy

Enrollment in the WCPSS Virtual Academy

    • Students will remain enrolled at their current school as assigned by WCPSS Student Assignment. 
    • Supports from Special Education Services will be provided by qualified teachers and related service providers. 
    • Students will continue to receive updates and services via their assigned school. These services include but are not limited to AIG, ESL, Intervention and 504 services.
    • K-12 students & families who participate in the Virtual Academy will be permitted to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including athletics through their current school.
    • Parents of students not currently enrolled in WCPSS should go to the Office of Student Assignment website for enrollment procedures prior to submitting an application for the WCPSS Virtual Academy. Once a student is enrolled in a school, the assigned school will provide families with the option to enroll in the WCPSS Virtual Academy.

Daily Structure in the WCPSS Virtual Academy

  • Students who choose fully online instruction should expect the following to be true across all grade levels:

    • To the degree possible, students will be assigned teachers from their current school.  However, in some cases, WCPSS may assign students to different schools within a region to form classes.
    • Students will experience a daily school schedule that includes the same components of the school day as their grade level peers participating in face-to-face or blended instruction to the degree feasible.
    • Students will receive counseling and social emotional support from their current school staff.
    • Students will experience an intentional effort on the part of their school’s staff to make meaningful connections and to create a true classroom community.

Instruction in the WCPSS Virtual Academy

  • Students who choose to engage in fully online instruction should expect the following to be true across all grade levels:

    • Students will experience the WCPSS core instructional program online.  Instruction will be standards-aligned and focused on ensuring student mastery.
    • Students will either be assigned to a teacher within their school or their school’s region.  Structures will be in place to communicate needs and progress to a student's current school if they are assigned to a teacher within the region.
    • Grading structures will be consistent with in-person and blended instruction environments and Board Policy 3400.
    • Any specialized services (Special Education, ESL, 504 Plans, Intervention Plans) will be implemented by staff at the student’s current school to provide continuity of service from 2019-2020.
    • For magnet school students, magnet programming will be implemented to the degree possible in the online environment.
    • Teachers will work in collaboration with other school staff members to align instructional practices and expectations.
    • It will not be feasible to offer all specials/elective programs in a fully online environment.  Students who choose the WCPSS Virtual Academy program option may need to adjust specials/ elective schedule choices.
    • Students and families will have support from a Student Help Desk for technology assistance.
    • Students and families will have access to library media services.

Updates

  • check   Families who apply must commit to at least one semester, with a recommendation of a one-year commitment.

Student Profile

Students will benefit by being independent, organized, flexible, and motivated to remain active and involved in an online env

Virtual Academy FAQs

  • Can students with an IEP sign up for Virtual Academy?

  • Should a student enroll in the WCPSS Virtual Academy if we open in Plan C (Fully Online Instruction)?

  • If a student signs up for WCPSS Virtual Academy for fall semester only, what are the options for spring?

  • Can a student return to attending classes at the school if they change their mind?

  • On which calendar(s) will the Virtual Academy operate? >

  • What will the typical Virtual Academy school day be like? >

  • What will the course offerings look like? >

  • Will AP and Honors courses be offered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy? >

  • How much time will a student be expected to spend in front of a computer? Will the schedule/routine be the same everyday? >

  • What are the expectations of a parent or guardian regarding ensuring their child is participating appropriately and effectively in virtual learning? >

  • How is actual teaching going to be handled when a student is doing online instruction? >

  • How is technology going to be handled? Will students get laptops/wifi if they don’t have access? >

  • Will special services be provided virtually, too? >

  • Will all courses offered in schools be offered in the Virtual Academy? >

  • If a student chooses WCPSS Virtual Academy, are they committed to continuing online learning in 2021-2022? >

  • If a student starts in Plan B, can they switch to Virtual Academy at any time? >

  • Will a student lose their magnet seat for the future if they enroll in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for 2020-2021? >

  • Is WCPSS Virtual Academy an option for Pre-K learners? >

  • Can students who participate in WCPSS Virtual Academy also participate in athletics and student activities at their assigned school? >

  • If a student doesn’t choose WCPSS Virtual Academy now, what is the default choice? And, can they change their mind later to participate? >