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2021-2022 School Based Virtual Learning Program
  

The application for the Fall Semester (August 2021-December 2021) closed Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The application for the Spring Semester (January 2022-May 2022) will open December 2021.

Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) will implement a School Based Virtual Learning Program during the 2021-2022 School Year to provide parents with the flexibility of a full time at-home learning option for their child(ren). The School Based Virtual Learning is for students in Grades K-2 as well as students in Grades 3-12 and is tuition free. Students who are accepted into the School Based Virtual Learning Program will still be enrolled in their zoned school (or admitted school choice); however, they will receive all of their instruction online from certified teachers in Clayton County. Students will be expected to engage in daily synchronous (live and virtual) and asynchronous (independent learning) learning activities. 

Important: Students who are enrolled in the School Based Virtual Learning Program must continue with this instructional delivery model for at least one full semester (August 2021 to December 2021 or January 2022 to May 2022).

2021-2022 School Based Virtual Learning Handbook: CCPS School-Based VLA Parent Handbook.docx (1).pdf

Courses Not offered in the School Based Learning Program

   

Magnet Schools Not Offering School Based Virtual Learning

Elementary 

Secondary

Kay R. Pace School of the Arts

Kilpatrick Elementary School (Magnet Only)

Mount Zion Primary (Magnet Only)

Mount Zion Elementary (Magnet Only)


Elite Scholars Academy

M.D. Roberts School of the Arts (Magnet Only)

Rex Mill Middle School (Magnet Only)

Jonesboro High (Magnet Only)

M.E. Stilwell School of the Arts

Morrow High (Magnet Only)

Mundy's Mill (Magnet Only)



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Translated School Based Virtual Learning Program FAQ Vietnamese)  https://tinyurl.com/3mt8buyt 


Translated School Based Virtual Learning Program FAQ (Spanish)--https://tinyurl.com/h764hrz6 


 

QUESTION: What is the School Based Virtual Learning Program? 

ANSWER: The School Based Virtual Learning Program is for families who would like their child to receive instruction from home for at least one full semester (August 2021 to December 2021 or January 2022 to May 2022). Under this model, students will be taught virtually by a certified teacher in Clayton County Public Schools. The School Based Virtual Learning Program is for students in Grades 3-12 and is tuition free. Students who are accepted into the School Based VLP will still be enrolled in their home/zoned school; however, they will receive all of their instruction online. 


QUESTION: How do I submit an application for my child to attend the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER:  Students interested in applying for the School Based Virtual Learning Program must complete an online application via the School Choice application portal at www.applyclayton.com. The deadline to complete the application is May 14, 2021.  If you need assistance in completing the application, please contact your school’s parent liaison or the Clayton County Public Schools International Center.  


Please email questions related to the Virtual Learning Program to schoolchoice@clayton.k12.ga.us.


QUESTION: How do I register my child for the School Based Virtual Learning Program if I am new to the Clayton County school district?

ANSWER: If a student is not a current student in Clayton County Public Schools, he/she will be able to complete the application. Once the final approval is given, parents will need to complete the Online Registration process.


QUESTION: What if I need to make edits to my Virtual Learning Program Interest?

ANSWER:  Edits are not allowed after submission. Once you submit, you will receive an error message asking you to review your information prior to submitting.


QUESTION: What are the requirements to attend? 

ANSWER: For a student to participate in the School Based Virtual Learning Program, the family must have reliable Internet access and a computer device (e.g. laptop, desktop, tablet). A student must be able to engage in independent learning, keep pace with the weekly lessons, remain organized, check-in and participate based on the CCPS Attendance and Participation Guidelines, have the appropriate supervision and support at home for success, and remain in the School Based Virtual Learning Program for at least a semester. 

Important: Final acceptance is determined by a school-based team and other factors that will support a high-quality, virtual learning experience. 

Question:  Will Pre-K students be allowed to participate?

"Georgia’s Pre-K Program is built upon a developmentally appropriate, play-based, interactive instruction and classroom environments. DECAL will place a priority on having students physically present in all Pre-K classrooms for the 2021 – 2022 school year. However, DECAL acknowledges that the level of COVID-19 community spread may necessitate the closure of Pre-K classrooms and instruction will need to be provided through distance instruction."

 

QUESTION: What are the technical requirements?

ANSWER: Minimum technical requirements are as follows: 

Chrome, Windows-based, or Apple computer, laptop or tablet

Reliable Internet Connection with a recommended minimum 3 Megabits per second download speed

Internal or external microphone 

Internal or external speakers or earbuds

Internal or external web camera 

Google Chrome Browser

Adobe Acrobat Reader


QUESTION: I have more than one child who attends a CCPS School.  Can they use the same device, or do I need a device for each child?

ANSWER:  Each student is required to have his/her own device.  This will support timely check-ins and keeping pace with daily lessons and timely submission of assignments.  


QUESTION: How much time will my child be expected to be online? 

ANSWER: The times will vary for different grade levels.  More information will be provided by the school. There will be an expectation for online instruction, offline instruction and completion of tasks assigned by the teacher.  The school will specify the amount of screen-time vs. non-screen time. The school will explain specific time requirements prior to beginning the School Based Virtual Learning Program. 

QUESTION: What will a school day look like for a virtual learning student?

ANSWER: It is important to note that the specific daily schedule will be based on the final count of students for the School Based Virtual Learning Program. This determines the specific learning model. More details will be provided in May. 

QUESTION: What is the role of the parent/guardian in the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER: 

To monitor their student’s assignments completion and grades daily

To ensure their child attends all required live classes

To monitor their student when taking assessments and tests to ensure that no ‘additional help’ is provided 

To communicate with their student’s teacher(s) or counselor, whenever they feel that a student is struggling or needs additional support


QUESTION: Will my child be able to participate in extracurricular after-school activities (clubs, athletics, band, etc.) while enrolled in the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER:  School Based Virtual Learning Program students will have the option to participate in after-school activities at their enrolled school. However, parents will have to provide transportation for students enrolled in virtual instruction. 

QUESTION: Will my child be able to participate in Dual Enrollment while enrolled in the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER: Yes, students may participate in Dual Enrollment.  Students will have to adhere to the college’s course requirements, which may include in-person attendance.  When school starts, school counselors will be able to assist students and families with questions and concerns.


QUESTION: Who will teach my child in the School Based Virtual Learning environment?

ANSWER: Students will be taught by a certified Clayton County Public Schools teacher. It is the district’s goal for students to be taught by virtual teachers from their enrolled school; however, it is contingent upon the number of students who enroll in the School Based Virtual Learning Program.  Therefore, at this time, we cannot guarantee that your child’s virtual teacher will come from your child’s school.  


QUESTION: How is the School Based Virtual Learning Program different from the virtual learning experience that occurred in the 2020-2021 school year? 

ANSWER: The School Based Virtual Learning Program will be more rigorous with more expectations for students. Students will be taught using the grade-level standards and learning expectations. There may be expectations for students to be online to receive instruction from the teacher.  There will be a combination of online and off-line work and projects to complete and turn in with due dates. Students who are struggling to master standards/skills or have demonstrated a proficiency level below their assigned grade level may be required to attend live classes (virtual) on a set schedule. Teachers will give grades that will count.  The same promotion requirements for students in the traditional setting will apply for virtual learning students.


QUESTION: How will students get additional help?

ANSWER: The teacher will monitor the students’ progress and communicate with parents on a consistent basis.  The teacher will provide additional help as needed by setting up conference times and small group sessions virtually.  The teacher will also have designated office hours to provide additional assistance.


QUESTION: How will parents and students become familiar with all expectations?

ANSWER: The schools will host a mandatory School Based Virtual Learning Program orientation before school begins.  Students in grades 3-12 will receive a district issued Chromebook from the school.  Parents will have to sign a user agreement form.  


QUESTION: Will my child be able to participate in electives courses (Fine Arts, CTAE, Physical Education, etc.)? 

ANSWER: Yes, students will be able to participate in some elective courses.  Schedules will be finalized after we know exactly how many students will participate in the School Based Virtual Learning Program.  


QUESTION: My child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.  Will his/her accommodation be provided during the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER:  For students on Individualized Education Programs (IEP) or a 504 Plan, the plan will be implemented in the Virtual Learning Environment. All students with IEP or 504 services will have a follow up IEP/504 meeting once preliminarily accepted into the School Based Virtual Learning Program to review data, determine the appropriate services, review accommodations, and determine virtual implementation of the IEP/IAP based on each child's individual needs.


QUESTION: My child is on a Tier 3 Plan for RTI (in the Student Support Team process).  Will he/she continue to receive remediation?

ANSWER: Yes, students who were scheduled to receive interventions will receive additional services from a classroom teacher.


QUESTION: My child is in the Gifted program or takes Advanced Placement Courses.  Will he/she be able to participate in these courses during the School Based Virtual Learning Program?

ANSWER: Yes, students who were scheduled to receive gifted services will be provided to students as long as the school has the certified gifted endorsed teacher.  Students scheduled for Advanced Placement courses will be able to participate in almost all AP courses virtually.  There are a select few of the courses that will be offered face-to-face due to the format of the class, such as, Capstone Research and Seminar or Studio Art.  


QUESTION: My child is served in the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.  Will he/she continue to participate in the ESOL program?

ANSWER: Yes, English Learners will be able to continue to receive ESOL services in the School Based Virtual Learning Program.