K-12 Virtual Learning Program

  
The WCPS Virtual Learning Program (VLP) is an online school choice option that offers K-12 students the opportunity to participate in 100% remote (distance) learning away from the traditional school and classroom. Classes are taught with certified WCPS teachers. For some high school students instruction may be offered through a combination of WCPS Virtual and North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS) approved courses. 

The students best suited for this program are independent, organized, flexible learners who are motivated to remain active and involved in a mostly online environment, with less direct instruction and supervision than is typical in a face-to-face classroom.

Registration has closed for the Virtual Learning Program.  With the exception of principal or district placement due to special circumstances, WCPS can no longer accept new registrations for the Fall 2020 semester for the VLP Program. Applications can be updated or withdrawn by families (if they change their mind and decide not to enroll) by emailing Maguy Yancey at [email protected] no later than August 7, 2020.

All registered students and families will receive further information about the program, and how to sign up for a WCPS loaner device, class schedules, assigned teachers, grading and testing, state attendance policies, and other information by Monday, August 10th. The email address that was used to register for the program must be correct in order to receive this information.
    

VLP Commitment to Excellence

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.
   
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