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Virtual Program Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Virtual Platforms
    • The school district will use SchoolsPLP for grades K-5 and Edgenuity for grades 6-12. 
    • Parents are asked to commit to one platform or the other for the semester. It is in students' best interest not to randomly switch back and for between the traditional and virtual models.
    • The traditional and virtual models course curriculum will both use the same instructional pacing guide.
    • Edgenuity has been used successfully in the school district for more than 10 years for course credit recovery and course acceleration. 
    • For most courses students will be provided with whole group instruction through the platform (SchoolsPLP or Edgenuity).
    • The SchoolsPLP and Edgenuity courses are not taught by Bulloch County Schools' teachers, but will be monitored by the school district's certified teachers, and they will monitor progress, schedule periodic check-ins to check students' well being, and provide supplemental instruction (such as small groups, remediation, or enrichment) through Google Classroom and/or the platforms. 
  • Course Offerings:
    • Edgenuity Course Catalog    Edgenuity national course list    Edgenuity State Course List
    • Returning students have already registered for their classes for the 2020-2021 school year. This was done prior to schools closing in the spring. 
    • The school district's protocol for students whose parents choose the virtual learning program is to then follow up with a mandatory academic advisement with the student. School counselors will discuss any alternative course options then if needed to ensure students remain on their grade-level and graduation track.
    • Most courses are available in the virtual learning program, but there are a few exceptions.
    • Most core content courses and most Advanced Placement courses that are currently taught in our high schools are available.
    • The school district will develop courses for STEM and gifted.
    • Some elective courses may use a blended model since all areas are not available in Edgenuity and SchoolsPLP. The school district will develop honors courses, fine arts, and Career Technical & Agricultural Education courses as well as connections, specials, and exploratory classes.
    • Traditional academic classes will be offered through the virtual program.
    • Gifted services will be available for students in the virtual instruction model.  For elementary and middle school students in the gifted Quest program, the district will utilize the existing curriculum with which the students are already familiar for both virtual and traditional instruction:  Noetic Math and Envisions units for elementary students and the Renzulli Learning System for middle school.  These curriculum resources are used in many gifted programs.
  • Course Supplies: Virtual courses in Edgenuity and SchoolsPLP may require certain materials to be printed.  These resources will be provided to students by the school district. Families will not be expected to print or provide these materials.
  • Parent Orientation: The school district provided parents an orientation video and a dedicated Orientation, Technical Support & Resources webpage  with how-to videos, parent and student guides, and whom to contact for assistance or just to talk.  Parents and students will not have access to the virtual platforms until August 17.
  • Athletic Eligibility: Courses within the Edgenuity virtual platform for grades 6-12 are NCAA approved.  We have altered some of the Edgenuity courses, but we have taken the necessary steps to ensure these courses remain approved.
  • Student Support Services & Special Education: Our school district is mandated to provide the support services students need to be successful in school and receive a quality, basic education whether that is in our virtual or traditional instruction model. 
  • Student Support Services & Special Education: The virtual option is available for students who receive special education services, but there are limitations.  Our Special Education Department is available to speak to families directly about their child's specific needs   Speech therapy and occupational therapy will be offered virtually, but delivery is determined by a student's individual need.  If the parent selects the virtual option for their child who receives special education services, this will necessitate an amendment to the child's individualized education plan.  The school's individualized education plan committee will then meet with parents to determine the best delivery method of services.
  • Student Support Services & Special Education: If your child needs evaluation/testing for special needs services and supports,  or if you have specific questions about how your child's special education needs will be provided, please contact either the special education coordinator at your child's school or the school district's Special Education Department.
  • Pre-Kindergarten: Bulloch County Schools received approval from Bright from the Start to allow  parents of the school district's Pre-K students the individual choice of either virtual or traditional instruction. Our school district's Pre-Kindergarten Department will contact parents of registered Pre-K students directly to inform them of available instruction models. If you did not receive a call, please contact our Pre-K Department to ensure we have your correct contact information or contact your zoned elementary school. 
    • The virtual instruction for Pre-K will not be within the SchoolsPLP platform that will be used for K-5 instruction. 
    • Pre-K teachers will use a combination of livestreamed whole group lessons via Google Meet and pre-recorded whole group lessons that will be posted to Google Classroom.
    • Google Meets and Google Classroom are existing instructional technology tools within the school district's Google G-Suite for Education programs used by all teachers and students.
    • Small group Pre-K activities and independent meetings will be scheduled during the school day and conducted via Google Meet. 
  • Teacher Training: The school district began professional development in virtual instruction methods for teacher leaders this summer. This training includes how to use the virtual curriculum platforms to enhance our virtual instruction and remediation. Teacher leaders and district staff will deliver additional training to all administrators and teachers during pre-planning. 
  • How will teachers and paraprofessionals be assigned to work in the virtual format? 
    • First, the district will make an effort to place teachers and paraprofessionals who have reported to Human Resources a documented reason why they are unable to return to the traditional environment. The district will attempt to place them at their current schools.
    • Second, the district will place teachers who submitted an application to teach in the virtual program and try to assign them to work with students from their current school who enrolled in the virtual program.
    • Teachers who choose to work with the virtual program are not guaranteed to be able to move back to their previous placement. However, when the position opens up, the district will follow it's normal job transfer process and those teachers will have priority for those positions.
    • These assignments are fluid and will shift as needed for the second semester. 
  • Expectations for Bulloch County Schools' Teachers in the virtual format: 
    • Not responsible to provide initial direct instruction for grade level content. This will be done through SchoolsPLP (K-5) and Edgenuity (6-12).
    • Monitor each student's progress weekly and provide remediation and enrichment for students as needed.
    • Adhere to required office hours to be available to students who may need to contact teacher for assistance.  Office hours will need to include times that are in the afternoons or evenings to accommodate families. Office hours may be required to be conducted at the school.
    • Effort will be made to place teachers assigned to the virtual program so that they can work with students from their school.