The School District Will:
- Provide Virtual Program certified teachers.
- Provide Chromebooks and limited wifi hotspots (as needed), as well as other necessary resources (e.g. textbooks, printed materials).
- Provide ongoing training for teachers, and support for families.
- Provide guidelines and schedules for synchronous (at a specific time) and asynchronous (on the student’s own schedule) instruction.
- Monitor and evaluate VLP teachers for effectiveness.
- Provide technology support for families if equipment malfunctions.
The Virtual Learning Program Will:
- Provide a personalized, flexible learning environment and rigorous, standards-aligned learning opportunities in an online setting.
- Some projects and work may also be assigned and completed offline, particularly for younger students.
- Provide students with fully certified teachers and approved standards-aligned curriculum.
- Provide instruction and support in Core Academics and some limited Elective courses.
- Utilize the Canvas Learning Management System as the “virtual classroom.”
- Administer required assessments. NOTE: Students may be required to take some state assessments face-to-face, as mandated by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Virtual Program Teachers Will:
- Be employed by their base school while they are assigned to teach in the Virtual Learning Program. (After their VLP assignment ends, teachers will return to teaching in a WCPS classroom, though their base school assignment may change.)
- Teach a standards-based curriculum that meets all state requirements.
- Provide regular (at least weekly) communication with each student, to give descriptive feedback on student progress and check in with families about their students’ academic needs.
- Connect students and families with district support services staff (counselors, social workers, school nurses, etc.) as needed.
- Provide regular written progress reports, feedback on student work, and grades to students and parents.
- Be available for virtual meetings and office hours, phone conferences with parents, email correspondence during posted, flexible office hours.
- Be monitored by their assigned principal.
Virtual Learning Program Students/Families Will:
- Continue to be registered at and assigned to their current base school.
- Commit to at least one full semester of learning in the Virtual Learning Program. (Future semester options will be based on need and student success in the program.)
- Sign in and actively participate in daily VLP classes, complete and turn in all work assignments and attend to due dates.
- Seek help, when needed, for academic and other related concerns.
- Ensure all parent and student contact information is kept current, including mailing address, phone numbers, emergency contact information, email addresses, and all relevant parent/guardian information.
- Provide some adult oversight for students to ensure their full participation in the VLP.
- Manage and take care of all district-loaned equipment and use only in accordance with district guidelines.