FAQ

Q: What is Virtual Virginia?
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VVA is a program of the Virginia Department of Education, Virtual Virginia (VVA) that offers online core academic, Advanced Placement (AP), world language, and elective courses to students throughout the Commonwealth and nation. More information about Virtual Virginia can be found here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/.

Q: If a student enrolls in Virtual Virginia (VVA) full time, are they still considered VBCPS students?
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Yes. A student who enrolls in VVA full time will be concurrently enrolled in a VBCPS home school and will have access to extracurricular programming in the home school. VVA staff will communicate with home school staff as needed to ensure success.

Q: What actions are needed to have my student enrolled as a full time Virtual Virginia (VVA) student next year?
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The parent or guardian should expect a phone call from a school counselor or the VVA contact to make course selections in VVA. This will remove them from their home school courses as noted in the course registration process that occurred earlier this year. Please note that a "yes" answer to the survey will trigger a request for additional information so we can contact the student/parent.

Q: Are there any additional costs assessed to parents/guardians?
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No. VBCPS will absorb all costs associated with attending VVA.

Q: Do VVA students have to be full-time virtual?
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Yes. Students must be enrolled in VVA full time. For high school students, full time is taking at least five courses through VVA.

Q: Is selection of VVA for all of school year 2021-22?
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VVA courses are either full year or semester and the expectation is that this choice is for all of school year 2021-22.

Q: Once my child is enrolled in VVA, does my child have to remain for the entire school year?
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Yes. All students enrolling in Option 2 (virtual) are asked to remain as Option 2 students for the entire 2021-22 school year.

Q: Are students expected to attend Virtual Virginia for a full year?
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A. Yes. Students and families are asked to commit to virtual learning for the entire 2021-22 school year.

Q: May a home-schooled child participate in VVA?
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If the child resides in Virginia Beach, is of school age, and enrolls in VBCPS, then he/she may participate in VVA.

Q: If our child is enrolled in VVA would they be simultaneously enrolled in their home school?
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Yes. Students are concurrently enrolled in a VBCPS home school. VVA staff will communicate with home school staff as needed to ensure success of the student.

Q: Will my child have a VBCPS teacher?
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No. VVA has their own licensed teachers. However, students with disabilities served through an IEP will have specially designed instruction provided by a VBCPS special education teacher.

Q: What are the hours for VVA?
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The elementary school schedule is here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/elementary-synchronous/.
The secondary school schedule is here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/secondary-synchronous/.

Q: Will VVA have the same course options as VBCPS?
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No. VVA has a broad selection of course offerings but does not have the same classes as VBCPS. Students may need to make other selections in elective areas. Students will be able to take general education courses in English, math, science, history and social studies, world languages, art, music, physical education and computer science. Students are also able to take a variety of Advanced Placement Courses. A listing of available courses can be found on the VVA website under K-12 Instruction: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/

Q: Where can I find the course offerings for VVA?
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Please visit these links:
Elementary Courses
Secondary Courses

Q: Are VV students able to access sports, clubs and other activities? How is this information shared with students and families? Will they have access to activity busses and other related services?
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VBCPS students participating in VVA will be assigned to a home school based on their address. They will then be able to access extracurricular programming in the home school. Transportation to/from such programs are the responsibility of the parent, unless an activity bus has already been scheduled to transport students home from these activities.

Q: Can a student attend one of the Academies virtually?
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Students who wish to enroll in a specialty program at one of the centers cannot elect to enroll in VVA and must return fulltime in person at their home high school. The schedule for a full time, virtual student does not allow time for the required attendance at these programs.

Q: If we opt in to VVA for the 2021-22 school year, does my student lose their seat at Old Donation School (ODS)?
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Students who wish to enroll in a specialty program, including ODS, cannot elect to enroll in VVA and must return fulltime in person at their home school if they do so. The schedule for a full time, virtual student does not allow time for the required attendance at these programs.

Q: May a full time VVA student take courses at ATC or the Tech Center?
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No. Students who wish to enroll in a specialty program at one of the centers cannot elect to enroll in VVA and must return fulltime in-person at their home high school. The schedule for a fulltime VVA student does not allow time for the required half-day attendance at these programs.

Q: What about chorus, theater, band or CTE?
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If VVA doesn't offer any prospective course for these classes, then the student should not select VVA.

Q: Will my child follow the same school calendar as the face-to-face students?
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No. The calendar for VVA is slightly different from the VBCPS calendar. Generally, VVA begins and ends earlier. The VVA calendar can be found here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/ under the K-12 Instruction tab.

Q: What is VVA's holiday calendar?
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The VVA calendar can be found here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/ under the K-12 Instruction tab.

Q: What does the VVA schedule look like for the synchronous instruction?
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The VVA teacher will facilitate engaging daily synchronous instruction, Q&A sessions, 1:1 and small-group instructional time for learners during the week. VVA teachers hold posted office hours for regular student and parent communication, create weekly instructional videos and content as needed, and facilitate course pacing with opportunities for remediation and enrichment. Synchronous session absences are reported to the local school for record-keeping, per local school policy.

Q: How will VVA be structured for elementary school students?
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Please note that VBCPS does not recommend virtual instruction for children in kindergarten through second grade. The elementary schedule can be found here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/elementary-synchronous/

Q: How will VVA be structured for secondary students?
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The secondary schedule can be found here: https://www.virtualvirginia.org/secondary-synchronous/

Q: How large are VVA classes?
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VVA follows Virginia Standards of Quality for class sizes.

Q: Will my child have access to academic support if they are in VVA?
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Yes, a student who enrolls in VVA full time will have access to support by VVA staff. VVA staff will communicate with home school staff as appropriate for additional support.

Q: Will the school issue my VVA student a computer? Will a hot spot be issued if needed?
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Yes. Because your child is enrolled in VBCPS, the home school will assign a Chromebook to them. If any internet supports are needed, students\families should refer to this page on the VBCPS Technology Support site.

Q: If a student is not successful virtually will they be required to return to in person learning?
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The goal is to support students, and ensure the enrolling school is informed and involved throughout the time a student is enrolled in a VVA course. VVA teachers and administration partner with the local school mentor, counselor and administrators to support students. VVA initiates student interventions when students are not logging in regularly or attending required synchronous sessions for K–5, and when course performance is below expectation (70%, 50%, or 40%).

Q: How do VVA students participate in SOL testing?
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Students will participate in Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in person at the student's home school. These online assessments are administered under standard conditions unless otherwise indicated in a student's IEP/LEP/504 Plan. Students in grades 3-12 enrolled in VVA will take SOL assessments that are associated with the courses for which they are enrolled. Secondary students enrolled in credit bearing courses will take the SOL assessments needed to earn verified credits for graduation https://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/index.shtml and those assessments required under the Every Student Succeeds Act https://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/index.shtml. For specific details please contact your students school.

Q: Will students continue to be able to participate in APEX/Edgenuity courses or VBDC?
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Yes. Students who need a credit recovery course or an opportunity to accelerate may be enrolled in a VBDC course, or a course provided by one of our vendors, APEX or Edgenuity. These courses will remain asynchronous this year, and students enrolled are assigned a mentor to monitor their progress.

Q: How are attendance and absenteeism handled in VVA?
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An essential component of VVA instruction is regular interaction between teachers and their students, including email and phone communications and synchronous instructional sessions via video web conferencing. Every student is invited to attend synchronous instructional sessions, and sessions are recorded for students to view later. Students must follow VBCPS policies regarding student attendance in recorded synchronous instruction. Participants in a VVA synchronous instructional session are alerted if the session is being recorded and may opt out of further participation in the synchronous session and instead view the recording.

Q: How will information be distributed to families of virtual students about school system happenings?
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VVA families will continue to be in the VBCPS AlertNow system and will receive all division wide communications.

Q: Where can I get technical support?
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A member of VVA technical staff is available to help with VVA-related technology issues through the VVA Tech Support Help Desk. VBCPS staff is also available to assist with VBCPS-tech related issues.

Q: Does Virtual Virginia provide special education services?
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Virtual Virginia does not provide special education services nor classes in a special education setting. Virtual Virginia staff can implement accommodations listed on an Individualized Education Program; however, VBCPS special education teachers and related services staff will be responsible for all specially designed instruction for students with disabilities. Opportunities for the delivery of virtual special education and related services will be separate and after Virtual Virginia staff has provided content instruction.

Students with disabilities who receive instruction in the special education setting for core content instruction will not be able to access instruction through Virtual Virginia. Due to the needs of students served in the special education setting, face-to-face instruction at school may be the most appropriate option to meet student needs. VBCPS will offer a comparable, fully virtual program through VBCPS staff, should the parent choose that option. Students who participate in a fully virtual program will have access to select elective courses.

Q: If my child has a 504 plan, how will he/she receive services and accommodations?
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When a student is enrolled in a VVA course, the enrolling school will indicate that a 504 Plan is in place and share any related documents with VVA. The school will work with the VVA teacher to ensure that accommodations and services are provided.

Q: If my child is an identified gifted learner, how will he/she receive services and accommodations?
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Gifted services cannot be provided in core classes through Virtual Virginia. They can only be provided by the designated VBCPS gifted resource teacher after VVA core content hours. The enrolling school will work to provide time outside of the Virtual Virginia core content hours for instruction and support related to gifted services. Students identified as gifted at the high school level have a variety of challenging classes, including AP courses, for which they may register in Virtual Virginia as long as they have completed any identified prerequisites.

Q: If my child has an ESL plan, how will he/she receive services and accommodations?
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ESL services cannot be provided in core classes through Virtual Virginia. They can only be provided by the designated VBCPS ESL teacher after VVA core content hours. The enrolling school will work to provide time outside of the Virtual Virginia core content hours for instruction and support related to ESL instruction. VBCPS highly recommends that elementary, middle, and high school English learners who have an English proficiency level of 1.0-2.9 participate in face-to-face learning rather than choosing the fully virtual environment.