Understanding of the Academic Day
During a traditional in-person day, a student receives 5.5 hours of instruction. In a long-term independent study program students have a flexible learning program that is equivalent to the in-person day. Students are required to complete coursework both asynchronously and synchronously that would be equal to the 5.5 instructional day.
Successful completion of any enrolled course/class which is provided solely online requires a student to meet the requirements of the course as outlined in the course syllabus, including all projects, writing assignments, and assessments. Support from the teacher, student and family is a required component to ensure success of the student.
All teachers are required to be available to students during the instructional day, 8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday - Friday. Teachers will work with students who have a need to work outside of the instructional day and will work directly to set up time for communication of any necessary instruction or support.
The Virtual Learning Program has two stands or educational options for students to participate in. Our Virtual Learning strand (VL) allows students to participate in most of their instructional time asynchronously, or independently. Virtual Learning students must participate in the schedule or designated synchronous sessions by law. K-5 students participate at least two times a day with a teacher synchronously. 6-8 students participate at least two times per week, per course synchronously. 9-12 students participate at least once per week, per course synchronously. A student does not have the option to only participate asynchronously in this strand.
The second strand in the Virtual Learning Program, is the ACCESS strand (ACS), where students are synchronous with their teachers for a majority (80-90%) of the instructional day. This means that a student must be live with their teachers for the entire instructional day. This strand mimics the traditional in-school setting. Students must be active and engaged during all instructional times.
At the secondary level, grades 6-12, it is possible for a student to be enrolled in both strands. In order for a student to qualify for this, an enrollment conference with the VLP staff must take place. In addition, it is possible for a student to have a part-time enrollment at the in-person school of residence and our online program. This individualized approach requires an enrollment conference with the school site and our program before a student is active in that setting.