Elementary students who would like to enroll in Virtual Virginia’s full-time virtual program for the 2021-2022 school year must submit an application to their home school by May 21, 2021. Students are making a full-year commitment to the program and will not be able to transfer back to in-person learning at their home school once notified of acceptance into the program. Seats are limited and students in grades 3-5 are given priority. There is no cost to families to participate in the program.
Before submitting an application, students and parents should carefully review the Virtual Virginia Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How are students selected to participate in the full-time Virtual Virginia program?
Applications for the full-time Virtual Virginia program will be evaluated using three distinct criteria. First, students must have earned passing grades in all core courses (English, math, science, social studies) in quarters one, two, and three in the 2020-2021 school year. Second, students must exhibit adequate attendance by having 18 or fewer daily absences (excused or unexcused) in the 2020-2021 school year. Third, students must be eligible for Virtual Virginia’s course offerings as determined by the student’s course of study.
Why is priority being given to students in grades 3-5 for the full-time Virtual Virginia program?
Chesapeake Public Schools believes it is important for our youngest students to learn in person due to the hands-on nature of our curriculum. Students in grades K-2 may apply for the full-time Virtual Virginia program and will be considered if seats are available.
Who will my child’s teacher be?
Teachers in the Virtual Virginia program are employed by Virtual Virginia and are not affiliated with Chesapeake Public Schools. We have no way of knowing ahead of time who your child’s teacher will be or where they will be located.
Will my child be in class with students from his or her home school?
Virtual Virginia serves students across the state of Virginia so students will learn alongside peers from all over the state. There is no guarantee your child will be in class with other students from their home school.
Will my child use Schoology?
Students in Virtual Virginia use Canvas as their learning management system.
How will attendance be taken?
Students are required to attend at least four hours of teacher-led instruction each day Monday through Friday. Students who do not participate as required may be removed from the program and will be considered truant. A daily sample schedule is available on the Virtual Virginia website.
Are students required to turn their cameras on?
Yes. Students are required to participate in synchronous instruction with cameras on for the entire time.
What role do parents, guardians, and caretakers have?
Elementary age students require direct supervision in order to be successful in a fully online program. Parents, guardians, and caretakers must ensure students login for at least four hours of daily teacher-led instruction five days a week, complete additional independent learning assignments, have access to a computer or Chromebook and internet access, and engage in routine communication with Virtual Virginia teachers and the school-based Virtual Virginia mentor.
How can I monitor my child’s progress in the program?
Parents are given a parent auditor account that allows them to monitor student progress in Virtual Virginia’s Canvas learning management system.
Will students have to report to campus?
Students must be on campus at their zoned school to complete standardized assessments mandated by Chesapeake Public Schools and/or the Virginia Department of Education.
Will students follow the same curriculum as Chesapeake Public Schools?
Students in the full-time Virtual Virginia program will follow Virtual Virginia’s curriculum. While Virtual Virginia’s curriculum and Chesapeake’s curriculum are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning, they may differ in order to meet the needs of unique groups of learners.
What courses will my child take?
Students complete courses in math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, and STEM.
Will students need textbooks?
In most cases, all content is embedded digitally into the course and textbooks are not required. In the event that Virtual Virginia does require a textbook, it will be provided by Chesapeake Public Schools.
Will students be issued a Chromebook?
Students must have their own computer and internet access or use a Chromebook and/or hotspot issued by Chesapeake Public Schools.
When do Virtual Virginia courses begin?
Virtual Virginia courses being August 24, 2021. Because Virtual Virginia serves students across the state, their calendar differs slightly from the CPS calendar. The full Virtual Virginia calendar can be accessed here.
Can students with an IEP or 504 participate in the full-time Virtual Virginia program?
If a student meets the requirements for participation in the Virtual Virginia program, then the student may participate regardless of disability status. If a family applies and the student is approved for the Virtual Virginia program, the student’s IEP or Section 504 team will meet to consider if additional special education and related services or supports are required for the student’s participation in the virtual environment. Virtual Virginia instructors are not Chesapeake Public School employees and do not provide special education instruction. Therefore, where determined appropriate, eligible students who require specialized instruction will be provided with opportunities to attend additional online instruction provided by a Chesapeake Public Schools teacher to receive any necessary special education services.
Can students receiving EL and/or gifted services participate in the full-time Virtual Virginia program?
If a student meets the requirements for participation in the Virtual Virginia program, then the student may participate regardless of EL or gifted status. Virtual Virginia instructors are not Chesapeake Public School employees and do not provide EL or gifted instruction. Students who receive EL and/or gifted services will be provided with opportunities to attend additional online instruction with a Chesapeake Public Schools teacher to receive services.
What happens if my child experiences challenges in the full-time Virtual Virginal program?
Every student is assigned a mentor at their home school who can assist if a student is struggling. The mentor can connect students to tutoring opportunities, provide social and emotional learning support, and assist families as they navigate virtual learning.
Who do I contact if I need tech support?
Chesapeake Public Schools staff is available to assist with technical problems associated with CPS-issued devices. Virtual Virginia tech support is available by phone or email Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.