• Online School

    Virtual School is Here to Stay: A Kid’s Guide to Online Learning | State

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PrepNet Virtual Academy (PVA), a fully online school managed by National Heritage Academies (NHA), is offering an education experience that fuels student success in life, college, and beyond. Through the Early College Program, students can receive a kindergarten through associate degree education for free at PVA. An educator for 18 years, PVA Principal Melissa VanKlompenburg knows what it takes to make a virtual school tick and support student success. She has served in various roles ranging from teacher to coaching and learning consultant to school leader to school leadership development specialist. In her most recent position as remote learning lead, VanKlompenburg led…

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    ‘Massive steps backwards’: Florida reins in virtual schools

    State lawmakers say this under-the-radar policy shift, approved by the Legislature during the 2021 session, was necessary to rein in the enrollment surge that hit virtual charter schools and similar programs during the pandemic. Digital campuses that serve students outside of their county would be better off under the Florida Department of Education instead of local school districts, according to state education policymakers. Yet opponents decry the new limits as “almost unbelievable.” Groups that typically praise Florida’s school choice stance argue the change ultimately restricts online options for parents and students. That flies in the face of the expansive policies for private and charter schools typically backed in the Sunshine…

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    Some parents are seeking out permanent virtual school for the fall

    “When the pandemic first hit, online school was a bit messy for everyone,” Lucero, a stay-at-home mother from Colorado Springs, told CNN Business. “But my older daughter did so well with it. She started participating more with teachers and became more comfortable than when she was in a school setting. Her grades were amazing.” Her daughter, 13, is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, conditions that often make it harder for children to communicate, socialize and adapt to environmental changes, such as distracting noises in the classroom. When the Colorado Springs School District announced plans earlier this year to launch a permanent online school option, called…

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    Virtual Exchange Program Connects Students Across the World

    At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when virtual learning became the norm, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the Education Office of the Consulate of Spain came together to create a virtual exchange program for students.  Connecting young people across the globe, the Dos Orillas Intercultural Exchange Program partnered schools in San Diego County with schools in Spain to provide students and teachers with authentic opportunities for meaningful interaction and collaboration in world languages.  In the 2020-21 school year, more than 1,100 students with 38 teachers participated in this linguistic, cultural, and educational exchange. The Dos Orillas Intercultural Exchange Program aims to expand intercultural understanding and…

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    Texas school districts roll back options after lawmakers fail to extend life of virtual learning

    Nearly 1,000 students told Frisco ISD administrators that they wanted to continue with online learning next school year, but now that’s not going to happen. On Tuesday, Frisco Superintendent Mike Waldrip announced that the district had to cancel plans to open a virtual school this fall because funding to continue the option wasn’t clear. Numerous other districts, including Round Rock and Hays, also have scrapped plans. “With no signs that the Texas Education Agency will act soon to grant districts a waiver, Frisco ISD has no choice but to discontinue planning for this option in the coming school year,” Waldrip said in his letter to families. The future of online…

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    Katy Families Discuss Virtual School Amid Uncertain State Funding

    KATY MAGAZINE NEWS June 7, 2021 By Natalie Cook Clark Katy ISD’s Virtual High School will not take students this fall unless the State passes a bill for funding or further guidance is provided. Local families discuss virtual school options while the District will continue to offer virtual supplemental courses. Bill for Virtual School Funding Does Not Pass The Texas Legislature session ended on May 31and the bill that would have provided school districts funding for virtual funding didn’t pass. This is why Katy ISD halted the planned June 1 enrollment for their Virtual High School. No Katy Virtual High School in the Fall Katy ISD will not be able…

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    After COVID, is online school over? These states keep virtual option

    During the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents, weary of monitoring their children’s online classes, yearned for schools to reopen. Then vaccines expanded, schools reopened in many cities, and teachers returned – but huge numbers of students didn’t. Weeks passed; safety protocols became routine. President Joe Biden’s administration urged in-person attendance. And still millions of students stayed remote, their parents concerned about the virus, not to mention bullying, racism, misbehavior and child care. As fall approaches, many schools are ending virtual programs and trying to return children to classrooms five days a week. New York City, the nation’s largest school district, eliminated remote options for next year. New Jersey’s governor announced schools must fully open in fall with no remote…

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