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D6 Virtual Academy FAQs

The District Six virtual academy was created to meet the diverse needs of our students and families and to continue to expand opportunities for personalized learning. District Six understands that the needs of families are all different. Parents may not be comfortable with the idea of returning to in-person instruction yet. Our District Six Virtual Academy will provide an option that will allow students to stay at home and receive all instruction off-campus with a certified teacher.
 

Virtual Academy students will begin school on August 17th, 2020. They will utilize the same school year calendar as students who chose in-person learning. 

Yes. Parents who wish to enroll their child in our virtual academy must still complete student enrollment to register their child in District Six schools. The District Six Virtual Academy requires parents to complete an additional short registration form that can be completed by clicking here. (Click here to use our Spanish registration form.) The platform for student enrollment was rolled out before the virtual academy was even an option for parents so the two cannot be merged for this particular school year. 
 
 
The deadline to register children for the District Six Virtual Academy is July 29. It is important for us to know how many students plan to use this option so that we can plan accordingly
Yes. There will be in-person opportunities for virtual academy students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities we are allowed to offer this school year. Students may need to come to campus in order to participate. 
We will schedule a time for virtual academy students to pick up meals if parents are interested. For current meal prices, click here. 
Distance Learning/Remote Learning -  refers to learning that takes place during the time a school building is closed to students. There may be times during the school year that a students may need to transition from in-person learning to distance/remote learning, based on advice from public health professionals. This means that learning will continue while the district or a school building is closed until we are advised to reopen. Once students return to the building, the teacher will continue on with in-person learning. 
 
Virtual Academy - This learning model is a consistent platform of virtual instruction.  Virtual Academy students will never have to switch back-and-forth between education models, even if we are advised to close a school building for safety precautions. Our virtual academy is a semester-long commitment and learning will continue with assigned teachers. 
 
 
 
 
Elementary school students will log in from 7:45am-2:15pm. Live instruction will take place throughout the day and includes ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Related Arts. Because the social/emotional health of students is important to us, students will also check in with a guidance counselor each day. Students will break for lunch from 11:00-12:00 each day for lunch/recess.
Middle school students will log in each morning at 8:30 a.m.  The District Six Virtual Academy for the middle school will be a teacher-supported, student-driven model using the APEX program. Each student will work on courses including ELA/reading, math, science, and social studies. Because the social/emotional health of students is important to us, students will check in with a guidance counselor routinely.  Content area teachers will be made available to advise and support students in their learning. 
The District Six Virtual Academy for the high school will be a teacher-supported, student-driven model using the Apex program. Each student will work on courses specifically needed for graduation with the oversight of an advisor. Teachers from different content areas will be available to advise and support students in their learning. The instruction for each course taken, however, will come from the computer-based Apex Program. 
Attendance will be taken based on students logging in, being engaged, and timely completion of assignments.

 

High school students that attend the virtual academy will still be allowed to take courses at R.D. Anderson if they can attend those courses in person. Students could take other courses online from home in the virtual academy, but they would need to attend R.D. Anderson courses face-to-face.

Virtual students will be on the same calendar as students who choose face-to-face instruction. Students will not be required to check in on those days. However, many classes for middle and high school students will be self-paced so students may choose to continue to work on assignments on holidays should they wish to do so.
The virtual academy requires a semester-long commitment. That means students who attend the virtual academy will be enrolled from August 17th until December 23rd. You may choose to transition your child back into the classroom at the beginning of the second semester on January 7th. We want to make sure this is a smooth transition for both students and our teachers. 
Yes, each student in our virtual academy will receive a laptop. Students will not have to share a laptop.