Vikings Online Frequently Asked Questions

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REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

Who can enroll in Vikings Online?

Vikings Online courses serve kindergarteners through grade twelve students in the Marysville Public Schools.  Students must be enrolled in Marysville Public Schools to participate.

How do I enroll my child in Vikings Online?

  • Complete the Vikings Online Enrollment Form.
  • Once the form is completed, the building principal or counselor will be in contact with you to finish the registration process, including course selection.

What are the registration deadlines?

  • Student Commitment Deadline - Friday, August 28th
  • Elementary Students will be placed in courses based upon their entering grade for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Secondary Students will be placed in courses based upon their Spring 2020 course requests.  Some substitutions may be made based upon course availability within Vikings Online.

Important Dates

Course sessions align with the Marysville Public Schools calendar.

  • Fall Semester 2020 runs from September 8th thru January 21st
  • Spring Semester 2021 runs from January 25th thru June 11th

What if I decide Vikings Online is not for me?

Drop Deadlines

Students may return to “bricks and mortar” schools with no record in Skyward within the first two weeks of courses.

PROGRAM QUESTIONS

Will I receive credit for my Vikings Online courses and classwork?

Yes. Vikings Online courses count just the same as a traditional course. Marysville Public Schools students in grades K-5 will receive the same progress reports as traditional students.  Secondary students will receive a letter grade and credit for courses completed through Vikings Online on their transcripts.

Will I have a certified teacher?

Vikings Online courses are taught by experienced highly qualified, state-certified virtual teachers.  Academic support is available by these experienced teachers virtually as well. Students will also have a Marysville Public Schools On-Site Proctor (mentor).

How is instruction given in a Vikings Online experience?

There are a variety of methods for instruction depending on the particular courses and their requirements ranging from digital textbooks, teacher-led videos, interactive media, online simulations, readings, discussion boards, and assessments.

Why is orientation an important part to being a student in Vikings Online?

Being a student online will be a shift for many learners. Our goal is to provide every possible resource to support your academic success.

What is the workload?

This is a common question for students and parents considering a remote learning experience.  While the coursework and assignments can be done when they fit a student’s schedule, there is still an expectation of regular work in all courses. A general rule of thumb is about 2-3 hours per week for each content area in grades K-8 and 5-7 hours for high school courses.

Do students have to login every day?

Most Vikings Online courses are designed to be primarily self-paced, however the teachers may provide a recommended calendar and timeline to stay on track.  Typically, we suggest spending about the same amount of time each week that the student would be in class, 5-7 hours, to stay on track with course work. Students can choose a time that works best for them during the day, allowing flexibility in their schedule.  

How does grading work in Vikings Online?

Grading will closely align with traditional Marysville Public Schools classrooms, and have both formative and summative assessments. Feedback will be continual and timely in an effort to maintain high levels of student success.

What if students have questions or need help?

Vikings Online has several supports available for students who may need help.

Virtual Teachers are always in communication with students via e-mail, phone, and web conferencing to reteach difficult concepts and ensure students are on track for success.

Concept Coaches are available for middle school and high school students six days per week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

These expert tutors are available on-demand six days a week. Students can directly reach Concept Coaches through online chat tools and interactive whiteboards. When interacting with a Concept Coach, students get real-time, one-on-one tutoring in middle- and high-school core subject areas, helping ensure that they understand the material in their courses and can move on without struggling.

All K-12 students will have a Marysville Public Schools On-Site Proctor (mentor) who can provide reteaching, enrichment, and accommodations from an IEP or 504 plan.

Are Vikings Online students eligible to play on Marysville sports teams or participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes. However, there are requirements that must be met in order to comply with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. If you have further questions, please contact the district athletic director, Erin Schweihofer (eschweihofer@marysvilleschools.us)

QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING

How does online learning work?

Each course is led by a certified teacher who guides students through the curriculum. Vikings Online courses provide a highly-personalized learning path that aims at empowering you to manage your time while providing a structure to keep you motivated and on-track to complete the coursework.

Course curriculum includes modules or units. You have some flexibility in the completion of units/modules, but you are expected to meet the targeted deadlines. Because the coursework requires an ongoing effort, you will need to spend time working in Edgenuity every day.

Why would a public school offer online courses?

The intent of Vikings Online is to replicate as much as possible the rich learning experience that takes place in a traditional classroom, and to supplement this experience with new opportunities for students. Our goal is to provide a world-class remote learning experience that provides students with rigorous course options and increased flexibility in scheduling.

Why should I enroll in Vikings Online?

Marysville Public Schools believes in rigorous remote learning courses.  Becoming a successful online learner is an integral skill that students should master to thrive in the 21st Century. Remote learning through Vikings Online allows you to experience online learning with the guidance of a highly-qualified teacher that is dedicated to ensuring your success in the course and the support of a highly-structured program.

Will I have access to view my child’s progress?

Yes. Vikings Online has a Family Portal site that allows parents access to current information about their student’s progress and performance. Parents will be able to see a range of information such as how much time the student has spent working on their courses, what their grades are, and if they are on track to finish their courses on time.

How can I support my child in online learning?

Encourage your child to use help-seeking strategies if he/she doesn’t understand something. This includes contacting the teacher or concept coach, conducting research to learn more, or rereading the instructions for clarity. To create good study habits, students should set a schedule and set aside uninterrupted time to focus on coursework.

What if my student has an IEP or 504 Plan, will they receive accommodations while enrolled in Vikings Online?

Vikings Online has a special education coordinator who will work with the district special education department to make sure all accommodations are met and documented. The district special education department will contact families to set up team meetings in the fall to ensure plans reflect appropriate virtual supports.  

Are social workers or counseling services available for students who participate in Vikings Online?

Students who attend Vikings Online will still have access to the district counselors and social workers as needed.