Virtual Learning Option Guidelines

Last Updated: 9/4/2020 1:41 PM

Virtual Learning Option Guidelines

 
  • The Virtual Learning Option will serve students in grades K-12 enrolled in the Pierce County School System.  

  • This commitment is for the 2020-2021 school year only. Students have the option to return to face-to-face classes at the end of each nine-week grading period (October 14, December 18, March 11).  The option to return to face-to-face classes can only occur at the identified academic breaks for grading and instruction. 

  • Students will follow the Pierce County School System grading period windows.

  • Courses will require a significant commitment by parents/guardians to help facilitate virtual learning. Students must have a responsible adult who serves as the point of contact for the virtual classroom teacher(s).

  • Courses will have instructional expectations and the rigor will mirror face-to-face instruction.

  • Students and teachers will be held to the prescribed learning schedule provided by the Pierce County Board of Education. The Virtual Learning Option students will follow the same calendar and pacing schedule as the face-to-face instruction occurring in the school building.

  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Option will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular/cocurricular activities such as athletics, band, chorus, theater, clubs, etc due to exposure concerns.

  • Courses will be accessed through Google Classroom and other platforms.

  • A teacher will provide a daily and weekly schedule of lessons with the use of Google Classroom. Progress will be monitored frequently by teachers to ensure mastery of academic standards.

  • Courses will not be the same as the “distance learning” experience from this past spring. There will be daily schedules and assignments.

  • Students participating in the virtual learning option will be expected to log in and participate in online lessons and assignments during the school day hours. While the students will not be logged into their computer for the entire time/day, they will have scheduled meetings with their teacher at given times during the school day hours.

  • Students are expected to participate during school hours every day that school is in session.

  • Attendance will be recorded in Infinite Campus.

  • Assignments will be graded, and grading practices appropriate for a virtual classroom will be adopted.

  • Some student online sessions with the teacher will be recorded. Commitment to the Virtual Learning Option indicates agreement to the recorded sessions.

  • Students participating in the Virtual Learning Option may be assigned a virtual teacher that may not be housed at their zoned or assigned school.

  • Students participating in the virtual learning option will be accountable to the rules and procedures set forth in the 2020-2021 Student Handbook

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities for the Virtual Learning Option

  • For the 2020-2021 school year, I am choosing the Virtual Learning Option for my student due to health/safety concerns related to COVID-19.
  • My student will remain enrolled at his/her zoned or assigned school.

  • I understand that some electives and connections/special classes (such as band, music, chorus, drama, dual enrollment lab courses, etc.) may not be available through the Virtual Learning Option. In addition, honors classes and gifted courses may not be available.

  • I understand that students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Option will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular/cocurricular activities such as athletics, band, chorus, theater, club, etc.

  • For most courses, students may be assigned a certified Pierce County School System teacher, but the teacher may be from a school site other than the student’s zoned or assigned school. 

  • I understand that this commitment is for the 2020-2021 school year only. Students have the option to return to face-to-face classes at the end of each nine-week grading period (October 14, December 18, March 11).  The option to return to face-to-face classes can only occur at the identified academic breaks for grading and instruction. 

  • A computing device (has at least a 10” screen or monitor, webcam, microphone, and keyboard) with internet access is required to participate in the Virtual Learning Option. These can be provided by the school system in case of family hardship and/or if the student has documented health issues.