The deadline for switching from Virtual Edmond to the district’s A/B model of instruction was midnight, Wednesday, September 2.
Since the deadline has passed, Virtual Edmond students must remain in the program for the entire semester and will not be able to return to their brick and mortar school even if the number of COVID-19 cases drops significantly, and the district is able to safely return to in-person learning five days a week.
District Launches Virtual Edmond
Virtual Edmond is a unique educational opportunity designed to serve families who desire a customized, robust, virtual education. The program offers the best of a traditional educational experience, coupled with the flexibility of an online program that can be accessed from anywhere at any time.
With Virtual Edmond, students also have the opportunity to participate in on-site extracurricular activities with their peers. The free program aligns with Oklahoma Academic Standards and offers a self-paced education option for K-12 students. Highly qualified, certified teachers provide online instruction and work closely with students and parents to customize lessons as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this program the same as distance learning?
No. In March of 2020, the state Board of Education closed schools in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus pandemic and recommended a distance learning plan that allowed students to complete the school year at home. At that time, EPS developed a learning dashboard and added weekly lessons. Virtual Edmond is not like our previously offered dashboard. Instead, it offers a customized education, taught by certified teachers, that replaces the traditional, in-school learning environment for students who need this option.
Who can participate?
Any K-12 student who is enrolled in Edmond Public Schools, lives within Edmond Public School boundaries, and has a learning coach who can be available to them for assistance is eligible to participate in the program.
Is Virtual Edmond available for PreK?
Virtual Edmond is not available for PreK students; PreK is not a state-mandated grade. EPS is proud to offer a robust PreK program within our district. This program will continue to be offered in the 20-21 school year. In any scenario, traditional in-person, blended or completely remote, enrolled PreK students will receive instruction from their classroom teacher. Lessons will be accessible to families via Canvas, the Learning Management System that all K-12th grade students will be using. Students will also be enrolled in ABC Mouse, an Intelligent Tutoring System. Teachers and students will use ABC Mouse in conjunction with Canvas lessons to support learning and development. Students must remain enrolled in order to receive these services.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate in Virtual Edmond.
How and when do we select Virtual Edmond?
The enrollment period for Virtual Edmond ended July 30.
The last date for any changes out of Virtual Edmond was Sept. 2.
What are the ratios of teachers to students in Virtual Edmond?
The ratios for this learning will be 1/50 students for Elementary and 1/75 for Secondary.
Who teaches the courses?
The instruction is provided through the online platform and is supported by a highly qualified teacher.
What is the role of the parent or guardian?
Parents and guardians serve as the learning coach. In grades K-3, parents should be available to help most of the time, as this age group could need help at any given time. In grades 4-7, parents and guardians should monitor the student’s progress daily, and in grades 8-12, parents should be available to monitor progress several times throughout the week. It is important that parents help the student stay focused and on a schedule.
Do I need to have internet access?
Yes. Reliable, high-speed internet access is necessary to access and complete virtual lessons, grades, and teacher support. If this is a barrier for your family, please let us know or contact Rich Anderson for information on low-cost internet solutions.
Do I need to purchase a computer?
No, the district will provide a device (Chromebook or iPad). More information will be coming out about this soon.
What will my child study?
The subjects in Virtual Edmond are the same grade-appropriate core subjects as those of in school students as well as electives. Elementary students will have health and art one semester and then PE and technology second semester. Middle School electives are set and preselected by grade level. High school students will have a larger number of elective courses based on their individual interests.
What company is providing the curriculum?
Grades 6-12 curriculum is provided through APEX Learning. K-5 is provided through Edgenuity.
Will My Child Be in Front of a Screen All Day?
No. We estimate that Virtual Edmond will require students to spend 3-4 hours a day maximum on the computer and another 3-4 hours on work on activity time. Their screen time could be lessened depending on their course load and the type of subjects they study. The involvement of the learning coach (parent or guardian) will be crucial to ensuring that the student is not spending too much time in front of a screen.
What Electives will be available to my middle school student?
What if we discover Virtual Edmond is not the right fit?
We want to ensure students are placed in a successful learning environment and understand that online learning may not be for every student. A student can drop an online class within the first 14 days without any consequences. The student, parent/guardian, and teacher work together to make this decision.
Is this program a good fit for students who are homeschooled?
Yes! Families who choose to homeschool may enroll in Virtual Edmond while maintaining control of their child’s at-home learning environment. Virtual Edmond offers board-approved elementary, middle, and high school curriculum that is comprehensive and aligned to Oklahoma’s state standards. Grades and transcripts will be issued by EPS.
Can I enroll part of the day in traditional school and part of the day in Virtual Edmond?
No, except for secondary students who wish to participate in an extracurricular activity that is connected to a class. K-8 students and families have to choose between traditional school or Virtual Edmond with the exception of middle school band, orchestra, or vocal music. High school students can take any elective courses in the traditional format that are tied to an OSSAA activity or a Career Tech organization such as football or DECA. High school students who cannot make a traditional or virtual schedule meet their needs such as with travel time to Francis Tuttle, will need to visit with their school counselor about a combination of courses.
How much time do students have to complete courses?
Students have the same time to complete the course as students in traditional school. The program will show if the student is on track to finish on time. It is important to not get behind in the program. However, there is the flexibility to work ahead and take breaks as desired.
Will my child be required to take standardized tests?
Yes. All EPS students must complete state standardized tests. Formative and summative assessments throughout the year help develop the skills needed to perform well on state tests. Virtual Edmond teachers will let you know where and when your child is scheduled to test.
The district requires K-8 students to complete reading and math benchmark assessments three times per academic year.
Can my child participate in athletics, fine arts, or extracurricular activities?
Yes! Virtual Edmond students may participate in extracurricular activities and/or clubs in Edmond Public Schools. For some activities, the student may need to be enrolled in a traditional class such as football or choir in order to participate in competitions or contests. Students also need to maintain eligibility according to OSSAA in order to participate in games or contests.
Do the classes count for NCAA credits for high school?
Yes! But we must know your child is a potential NCAA candidate to make sure they are enrolled in the correct courses.
Do students have access to school libraries?
Yes. Students have access to their school site library during regular school hours.
Is all coursework done on the computer?
No. Students participate in a variety of offline educational activities and projects, which are evaluated by the teacher.
What are the benefits of participation?
In addition to a self-paced, flexible education solution, students have the opportunity to develop skills such as organization, initiative, responsibility, and time management.
What challenges should I consider before deciding to enroll?
Students, with the assistance of the parent, must make a greater effort to stay organized, create a schedule, manage their time, and work toward staying on pace to complete their coursework. As a parent/guardian, you will need to work closely with your child to help monitor their progress.
What if my child has special needs?
Parents of children with disabilities on a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will want to meet with their team to determine which virtual program is the best placement for their child.
Can gifted students participate?
Yes. The program can provide advanced learners with opportunities for accelerated and individualized learning. Since virtual instruction makes one-on-one learning possible with check-ins and chat sessions with a teacher, the student may accelerate the pace of classes in some cases to meet their needs. Advanced Placement courses may also be available to meet your child’s needs.
What computer skills are necessary?
Participating students will need some basic skills with regard to computer use, as it is an important part of the program. In early grades, the parent plays an integral role in interacting with the computer.
What if we have technical issues?
If technical issues arise your child’s online teacher(s) will be there for initial support.
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