Classroom Based Virtual Learning Program
Virtual Program Parent Update 12/7/20
Virtual Program Parents/ Guardians and Students:
Here are some important reminders as we near the end of the second quarter:
A distraction free work environment, structured similar to what a student might experience in school is usually most conducive to successful virtual education. Sitting on a chair at a desk or a table, away from distractions like TV, video games, toys, pets or other people talking is usually best.
Students must complete required assignments, readings, videos etc during the day before any Zoom meeting requirements in the evening. Students that do not do this will not be prepared fo the Zoom sessions and could take extra time from the class. Their grades will not be good either. Successful virtual education requires much more than just attending a zoom session. You will not get points, grades or credit in your classes, especially at the 6-12 level, if you do not complete the required assignments and work.
Attendance is critical for success in education. Daily attendance is required for Virtual Program students. Daily attendance is more than just showing up to a Zoom session. Attendance in virtual program courses require students to participate, complete and turn in assignments. If students do not attend, participate and complete work on a daily basis they could be exited from the Virtual Program.
Schools are beginning to send out regular progress reports. You can expect to receive these reports from your student’s regular school. You have access to your students grades and progress at any time through Powerschool.. Teachers update grades on a weekly basis, if not more often. Virtual Program student progress is assessed at the end of each quarter. The end of the first quarter for 6-12 students is Friday, October, 23rd. 6-12 Virtual program students must complete, with passing grades (70%/ C or higher), a minimum of four of five classes in order to remain in the program. K-5 students must be progressing at a reasonable and adequate pace as determined by their teacher.
What are my options if my student is not meeting attendance/ progress requirements at the end of first quarter?
If your student is exited from the Virtual Program you have the following options to continue their education…
- Have them enroll/ attend their regular school in person. All they need to do is show up. Third quarter starts Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.
- If the UCSD #1 Virtual Program did not work out for your student, it is highly unlikely they will be successful in a different one, but there are a few available. You could apply to one of the four WDE approved state-wide virtual schools…
Big Horn 1 - Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA)
Niobrara 1 - Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA)
Park 16 - Tech Trep Academy (only K-8)
307.868.2501 Ext. 220
Sheridan 1 - Cowboy State Virtual Academy (CSVA)
307.655.9541 Ext. 1144
Please return your student’s disabled chromebook to your local school or Horizon if you choose to apply or enroll in one of the state-wide virtual schools.