Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia is a program, operated by the Virginia Department of Education, that serves students in grades K-12 from across the commonwealth.  Teachers in the program are employed by Virtual Virginia and students learn alongside peers from other Virginia school divisions using Virtual Virginia’s Canvas learning management system.

Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) students taking courses through Virtual Virginia remain connected to their zoned CPS school while receiving instruction from Virtual Virginia teachers.  Students may participate in all school-sponsored sports, clubs, and activities, including graduation ceremonies.  While students enrolled in the Virtual Virginia program can complete their coursework from any location where internet access is available, they may be required to report to their zoned school to complete assessments mandated by Chesapeake Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Education, and/or the College Board.  Because Virtual Virginia serves students across the state of Virginia, their school calendar varies slightly from the Chesapeake Public Schools calendar.

Students considering enrolling in Virtual Virginia courses must be independent learners, self-motivated, able to ask for help when needed, reading and writing at grade level, and able to communicate effectively through writing.  Virtual Virginia provides a daily to-do list for how to be successful in an online course.

The presentation from the family webinar for elementary and middle school students interested in the full-time virtual program for the 2021-2022 school is now available. A full recording of the event is posted on the Chesapeake Public School YouTube channel.

Specific information about the Virtual Virginia program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels can be accessed by selecting the links below.

Virtual Virginia Information

High school students may take courses with Virtual Virginia if the course they are requesting is not available through Chesapeake Virtual Academy. High school students should contact their school counselor for more information about online courses available to students in grades 9-12.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much time will I spend working on an online class?

Students should expect to spend the same amount of time completing work for an online class as they would a traditional class. For most students this means about 90 minutes a day for each course. Some students may work faster while others may need more time.

Can I take an online course as an extra class?

High school students can take a maximum of eight classes in a regular school year. This includes Virtual Virginia courses which must be taken as part of a student’s normal course load.

Can I complete Virtual Virginia courses from home?

Students can complete work from any location where a computer and internet are available. A mobile device is not sufficient.

How is Chesapeake Virtual Academy (CVA) different from Virtual Virginia?

All CVA teachers are Chesapeake Public Schools employees and follow the same district curriculum as students in on-campus courses. In addition, all students enrolled in CVA are Chesapeake Public Schools students.

All Virtual Virginia teachers are employed by Virtual Virginia and there are students from across the state enrolled in the program.

What supports are in place to assist students?

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.

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.

Middle school students who would like to enroll in Virtual Virginia's full-time virtual program for the 2021-2022 school year may submit an application to their home school by June 4, 2021. After June 4, 2021 students who are new to Chesapeake Public Schools may be able to enroll in the program if space permits. Students are making a full-year commitment and will not be able to transfer back to in-person learning at their home school once notified of acceptance into the program. There is no cost to families to participate in the program.

Students who are approved for the full-time Virtual Virginia program were notified of their acceptance by June 7, 2021 and are making a full-year commitment. Families who wish to decline their acceptance should notify the school principal by June 17, 2021.

Before submitting an application, students and parents should carefully review the Virtual Virginia Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook.

Applications are available here and can be emailed to the home school principal or submitted in person at the school.

Applications in Spanish are available here and can be emailed to the home school principal or submitted in person at the school.

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 Chesapeake Public Schools prerequisite requirements the student’s course of study

Who will my child’s teacher be?

Teachers in the Virtual Virginia program are employed by Virtual Virginia and are not connected to 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 six hours of teacher-led instruction three days a week. Thursday is reserved for drop-in question and answer sessions and Friday is dedicated to one on one and small group support. 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?

Many middle school 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 six hours of daily teacher-led instruction, 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 to meet the needs of unique groups of learners.

What courses will my child take?

Students complete courses in English, math, science, social studies, Health and PE, art exploratory, and world languages. Specific courses are listed on the program application.

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 begin 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 help 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.

Elementary students who would like to enroll in Virtual Virginia's full-time virtual program for the 2021-2022 school year may submit an application to their home school by June 4, 2021. After June 4, 2021 students who are new to Chesapeake Public Schools may be able to enroll in the program if space permits. Students are making a full-year commitment 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.

Students who are approved for the full-time Virtual Virginia program were notified of their acceptance by June 7, 2021 and are making a full-year commitment. Families who wish to decline their acceptance should notify the school principal by June 17, 2021.

Before submitting an application, students and parents should carefully review the Virtual Virginia Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook.

Applications are available here and should be emailed to the home school principal or submitted in person at the school.

Applications in Spanish are available here and should be emailed to the home school principal or submitted in person at the school.

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 connected to 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 five days a week. 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, 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 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 begin 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 help 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.