District Announces K-5 Virtual Academy

Based on the families who have chosen all-remote learning for their elementary children, we are pleased to share that we are establishing a “K-5 Virtual Academy.” This means that students in grades K-5 who will be learning entirely remotely will be assigned to a class with a dedicated remote learning teacher. There are clear academic benefits to a teachers’ planning and instruction being geared toward a group that is entirely virtual. However, based on staffing and the programmatic differences between elementary and secondary levels, K-5 is the only level that we are able to offer this virtual academy for. This means that students in grades 6-12 who are in an all-remote format will join their classes via Google Meets/livestreaming from home.

Please note the following about the K-5 Virtual Academy:

  • Students will be assigned a teacher just as those who are learning in-person are.
  • In order to make this work, some students (both in-person and remote learners) will have a different classroom teacher than previously announced.
    Virtual academy classes may include students from any or all of the five elementary schools.
  • As a result of this change, overall class sizes for some in-person sections will increase, although many have been divided into two as part of the reopening plan and cohorts will generally not be larger than 15 students.
  • Class sizes of students in the Virtual Academy will range from approx 21-27 students.
  • Families who opted for all-remote learning for their child in grades K-5 should expect to hear more details about the Virtual Academy from their school principal next week.
  • The first day of the Virtual Academy is the same as the first day for all students, Sept. 14.
  • The virtual academy will  go from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily with lunch from 11:15 a.m. to noon and time for office hours, English as a New Language instruction, Resource Room and teacher planning from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.