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FAQ's Virtual Academy
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  1. What are the general expectations for attendance and behavior?

Participation in the Virtual Learning Academy requires the highest of standards for attendance, assignment completion, and behavior. The following guidelines outline the Academy’s policies as they relate to attendance, assignments, assessments, and overall student behavior.

Attendance: Regular, active participation is required in the Virtual Learning Academy. Attendance in an online school is as important as attendance in a traditional classroom. In order to learn, complete courses, and graduate you'll need to login and participate on a regular basis. We expect that students are actively engaged, dressed appropriately, and prepared for a day of learning each morning.  Students will be expected to turn in assignments each week.  While online teachers take attendance, online learning is also flexible.

Assignments and Communication: In an online setting, it is vitally important to keep pace with assignments, reach out to instructors and tutors for support, and communicate when life circumstances prevent assignment completion.

Assessments: Students may be required to come onto their neighborhood school campus for select assessments that can’t be administered virtually. All health and safety precautions will be put into place on these select occasions.

Behavior: Student behavior in an online setting needs to be positive, supportive, and focused. There will be a virtual school code of conduct presented to all families at the start of the program year.

  1. If I enroll in the Virtual Learning Academy, can I transfer back to my neighborhood school for in-person instruction at any time?

        Students can transfer to and from the Virtual Learning Academy when space is

available at semester (secondary) and trimester (elementary) breaks and  depending on circumstances of need.

Within a few weeks from the beginning of the school year, you will be able to request a change to/from the Virtual Academy. Each decision is a one-semester commitment.

  1. My child is available for free and reduced lunch. Can they still receive a meal daily?

        All students in the Virtual Learning Academy will still have access to the free

and reduced lunch program. Families will need to pick-up their lunch at a

designated location beginning in fall of 2020. As a reminder, meals are being offered Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9am-12pm at A.E. Wright Middle School all summer.

  1. Can students with disabilities  be part of the Virtual Learning Academy?

        Students with disabilities who have a 504 or an IEP will be afforded the same

            opportunities as their general ed counterparts. In some cases, an IEP may

            need to be convened to determine if a student’s needs can be met in a virtual

            setting.  

  1. Will students have access to the same curriculum used at LVUSD school sites?

        Yes, students will pick up instructional materials at the beginning of the year.

They will be engaging in instruction at the same pace as students in our in-person setting.

  1. What will the curriculum be? Will there be consistency?

All teachers will use the district-adopted curriculum to ensure pacing with the

traditional program. Students will have a consistent schedule for the week with virtual direct instruction and asynchronous group, 1:1, and small group activities.

  1. How will you monitor the courses for rigor?

Course grades will serve as a data point in addition to common assessments that serve as benchmarks for growth. Administration will hold regular virtual faculty meetings and provide time for grade-level collaboration to ensure consistent implementation. Both the virtual school and the traditional school will be calibrated for equal rigor.

  1. How will science labs be conducted?

        Students will use home supplies and virtual labs to meet the course

requirements. There are many models of this in the digital landscape.

  1. Who are the teachers?

        All teachers in the LVUSD Virtual Academy are LVUSD teachers. While there is

no guarantee, we will be trying to place students with their home school teachers whenever possible.

  1. What is the training for teachers?

        Many teachers have been engaged in summer coursework on Virtual Teaching

as well as all will be receiving ongoing professional development throughout the year..

  1. What are the schedules by grade level?

Please reference the tables below which were assembled based on

developmental readiness.

Elementary School Schedule

Secondary School Schedule

  1. What are the LIVE teaching minutes I can expect by grade level?

        Please reference the tables below which were assembled based on

developmental readiness.

        Elementary:

        Secondary, Per Class period.

  1. When will I see my child’s schedule on Aeries?

Our counseling team is working tirelessly to finalize the scheduled and ensure it works in concert with our school sites. We hope to have it “live” on Aeries on Friday, August 14th.

  1. Can my student participate in sports?

Schedules will be aligned with high school sports so students can participate in athletic activities throughout the Virtual Academy.

  1. Can my child participate in AP courses

Yes. AP courses are offered through the Virtual Academy. GPA for AP courses is calculated just like for classes taken on campus.

  1. Will the Dual Immersion programs be offered throughout the VA?

Yes. Dual Immersion classes in the Virtual Academy will take place at the same time as those classes on campus so students can collaborate with their peers.

  1. How will tests work online?

Students will take tests while on Zoom so that teachers can proctor and monitor the tests taking process. Students may be required to share their screen while taking a test.

  1.  When/where do we go to register and get books and other materials?

Registration will be at your regular school site, following this schedule:

Elementary: Dates vary by site; see communication from your home school.

Middle Schools: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Calabasas High School: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Agoura High School: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Please refer to communication from your home school for specific times.

  1. Can my child switch back to on-campus instruction for the spring semester? Can a student switch from on-campus to the Virtual Academy?

Within a few weeks from the beginning of the school year, you will be able to request a change to/from the Virtual Academy. Each decision is a one-semester commitment.

  1. What Special programs are offered and which are not?
  1. AME is offered through the Virtual Academy.  Classes are scheduled at the same time as the on-campus classes so students can collaborate with their peers.
  2. Dual Immersion is offered through the Virtual Academy.  Classes are scheduled at the same time as the on-campus classes so students can collaborate with their peers.
  3. IB is not offered through the Virtual Academy. Please contact your counselor at AHS for more information.
  4. ECA is offered through the Virtual Academy, but not for 9th grade. Please contact your counselor for more information.

  1. Are VA courses NCAA approved?

        Yes. Just like the on-campus classes.

Updated: 8.20.2020