Schools to resume full time this fall

Published 12:50 pm Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) will open its doors to five days of in-person instruction in August and free up its educators from virtual learning.

According to CCPS Superintendent Robbie Mason, a virtual learning option will be made available to eligible students interested, but CCPS educators will not teach those classes.

“A remote option will be available through Virtual Virginia, but only students who were successful with remote instruction this year will be eligible.” Mason said, “Virtual Virginia will provide remote instruction with their own teachers, not CCPS teachers using Canvas.”

Mason said virtual learners will remain students of CCPS and will be held accountable for all attendance regulations.

As a Virginia Department of Education program, Virtual Virginia (VVA) offers online Advanced Placement (AP), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students throughout the commonwealth and nation.

The Virginia Department of Education has a long history of providing distance-learning opportunities for middle and high school students. In the 1980s, the Virginia Satellite Education Network (VSEN) offered AP and world language courses via satellite television to students throughout Virginia. VSEN’s primary mission was to serve students in rural and underserved regions by providing courses unavailable because of a lack of highly qualified local instructors for those courses or because student enrollment would be too low to offer the courses locally. Thousands of students in Virginia and across the nation completed courses through the VSEN program.

In the mid-2000s, VDOE added web-based course delivery via the Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School (VVAPS). Shortly thereafter, VDOE decided to embrace online education fully and merged the VSEN and VVAPS programs to form Virtual Virginia.