FAQ: IUSD Virtual Academy (TK-12)

 

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IUSD Virtual academy (tk-12)

Q: What is the IUSD Virtual Academy program?

A: IUSD’s Virtual Academy at San Joaquin is a TK-12 online school open to all IUSD students.  Students enrolled in the IUSD Virtual Academy will attend virtual classes taught by a certificated IUSD teacher. Students will receive standards based instruction and curriculum and assessment.  

 

Q: Is the IUSD Virtual Academy program a homeschooling program?

A: The IUSD Virtual Academy provides students the opportunity to learn at home, with both synchronous (real time), and asynchronous (flexible time) requirements. Students in this model use the curriculum designed and supported by IUSD. The IUSD certificated teacher will determine the pacing of instruction and assignments.

 

Students enrolled in the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) should expect to spend at least as much time on their assignments as they would for courses in a traditional school setting, and all students will be assigned work commensurate with their grade level.

 

Q: What are the synchronous (real time) requirements for the program?

A: Students will participate in live (synchronous) sessions with their teachers.  IVA students grades TK-12  will be required to attend virtual class sessions with their teacher at designated times.  AP and lab science courses may have additional live (synchronous) time requirements. In addition, teachers at all grade levels will be available on school days for student targeted instruction/intervention, communication, and additional content support. 

 

Q: What classes will be offered at IUSD Virtual Elementary?

A: Students enrolled in the elementary virtual academy will participate in a standards based curriculum designed to prepare them for the next grade level. The content will be taught by an IUSD certificated teacher.

 

Q: What classes will be offered at IUSD Virtual Middle School?

Q: What classes will be offered at IUSD Virtual High School?

Q: What accreditation does the IUSD Virtual Academy at San Joaquin hold?

A: IUSD Virtual Academy at San Joaquin falls under San Joaquin High School.  San Joaquin High School holds WASC Accreditation, A-G/UCOP course approval, as well as NCAA course approval.  The San Joaquin A-G course list can be found here: San Joaquin A-G list.

Q: What is the role of the parents in the virtual learning program?

A: Parents will help facilitate the instruction provided by the certificated teacher, and serve as their learning coach. Parents will need to designate protected time for the student to complete schoolwork daily. This includes ensuring students attend live (synchronous) class sessions with their teacher, helping to structure their child’s day for effective learning, and communicating frequently with the teacher regarding assignments, academic progress, assessments, and any needed content support.

Q: How will the classes appear on my high school student’s transcript at IUSD Virtual Academy at San Joaquin?

A: IUSD Virtual Academy classes will appear as “San Joaquin High School” on a student’s official transcript.  San Joaquin High School is WASC accredited and its courses have A-G and NCAA approval.

Q: Will high school diplomas be from students’ home schools or from IVA?

A:For the 2020-21 school year, seniors will be able to graduate from their assigned high school. The diploma and transcript for graduation will state that students graduated from their assigned high school.

Q: How do I select the IUSD Virtual Academy at San Joaquin for my child?

A: Parents will be asked to select their student’s preferred academic model through Aeries (Parent Portal).  More information will be provided when available.  Families new to IUSD, please click here for enrollment in our District.

Q: What are the residency requirements for the Virtual Academy?

A:  Students must reside anywhere within the IUSD boundaries to select the Virtual Academy option, and maintain residency throughout the school year.  To check if you reside within the IUSD boundaries, please check the IUSD website boundary information.

Q: My child has special needs (IEP or 504 plan). Is my child eligible to select the Virtual Academy?

A: 

Early Childhood Learning Center:

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Elementary School Students:

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Middle School and High School Students:

  • Students with IEP’s who are in Co-Teaching, Collaboration Classes or Directed Classes may choose between the Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Blended.
  • Students with IEP’s who are in Moderate/Severe or Autism Specific Programs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.

Irvine Adult Transition Program:

  • Students with IEPs may choose between Virtual Academy, Hybrid, or Traditional.
  • When school resumes, the school site team will contact you to discuss how your child’s accommodations and services will be implemented.

Q: How will GATE be implemented in the elementary Virtual Academy?

A: Instruction for students in specialized programs (GATE, ELL, etc.) will follow traditional patterns with students being clustered together in groups and appropriate instruction provided.

Q: May my child transition back to my neighborhood school at some point?

A: Continuity of learning is of high priority when considering a school change or when returning to a neighborhood school. School changes may take place at the academic term changes (trimester or semester) to support successful transitions. Students will retain priority at their neighborhood school or prior approved school of choice. If a family wishes to transition back to their neighborhood school, they should contact the school counselor or administrator.

Q: Can my high school student participate in athletics and events at our assigned high school?

A: Students may have an opportunity to participate in athletics and attend events at their assigned high school.  Students will need to be eligible to participate in athletics following District and site eligibility guidelines.

Q: Where can I get additional information about the IUSD Virtual Academy?

A: To obtain additional information, please check our website iva.iusd.org, or you may contact us at virtualacademy@iusd.org

 

Q: Who are the teachers assigned to the IUSD Virtual Academy and what is their experience teaching online learning?

A: IVA teachers are IUSD teachers who have selected this 100% online model through a similar academic model selection process as IUSD families.  Our goal has been to meet the needs of our families and staff to the greatest extent possible.  IVA teachers are experienced IUSD teachers who have a variety of instructional tools and techniques to be successful in the program. All have experience teaching in a distance learning environment from the spring of 2020. 

 

Q: What is the training IUSD teachers will receive in online instruction for both the IUSD Virtual Academy and Distance Learning (hybrid, traditional and blended models)?

A:  IUSD has developed training specifically to support effective learning and promote student engagement in a virtual environment for both the IUSD Virtual Academy and Distance Learning for the in-person models.  The training includes a focus on strategies to build and maintain relationships with and between students, tools to support live interaction and peer collaboration, and methods for delivering direct instruction in a virtual environment.  This training is part of our Compass professional learning platform and is available to all teachers on demand to support learning needs whenever they arise. 

 

Q: Now that it appears all IUSD academic models will start in online learning for the 2020-21 school year, what is the difference between the Florida Virtual curriculum for IVA and the curriculum for distance learning (Hybrid/Traditional/Blended models)?

A:  Both the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) and distance learning will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction from highly trained and qualified IUSD teachers and staff.  The IUSD Virtual Academy utilizes the Florida Virtual curriculum as a foundation and IUSD teachers supplement with additional district instructional materials and teacher created content.  In distance learning, the classroom teacher adapts the normal classroom instruction to a virtual environment so that in person instruction may resume with as little interruption to instruction as possible.  Teachers in our traditional, hybrid and distance learning models will also be able to access the curriculum and resources offered through our Virtual Academy.

 

Q: Why is there a separate curriculum for IVA students and students in Distance Learning (hybrid, traditional and blended models) and will there be parity and the same level of rigor? 

A: Although the foundational instructional materials may differ between IVA and classroom distance learning, both programs are aligned to the same essential standards and rigorous learning targets.  All curricular and instructional resources are available for teachers within the IUSD Virtual Academy, traditional, hybrid, or distance learning models to use and share.

 

Q: Will students in the IUSD Virtual Academy be grouped by school and grade level and also receive instruction from teachers at their neighborhood school?

A: To the greatest extent possible, elementary and middle school students will be in cohorts by grade level and by their neighborhood or assigned school (including IVA students). While IUSD will try our best to keep high school students together, it may be more challenging due to course sequencing and schedules.

 

Q: What is the difference between starting school in the IUSD Virtual Academy (IVA) versus in-person option?

A: Just as our Virtual Academy will provide rigorous, high quality differentiated instruction, distance learning will also provide tightly structured and standards aligned lessons, with frequent synchronous learning, individualized support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and an infusion of new learning resources. Regardless of the format, IUSD students will receive the rich instruction, support, and connection they need from highly trained and skilled IUSD teachers and staff.

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