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Plans go forward for virtual school / July 15, 2021

Halifax County Public School Virtual Learning Coordinator Melanie Hastings updated the Halifax County School Board on the logistics of online education this fall, which about five percent of the student population has chosen as its preferred instructional platform.

“I am excited we can continue to offer a virtual learning option for our students,” said Hastings.

Some components of virtual learning will remain the same while others will be new. Hastings said students and teachers will continue to use Canvas, the online platform used during the pandemic, as a learning management system.

Several changes in online learning will go into effect with the new school year. Teachers will no longer teach students both face-to-face and virtually at the same time, and there will be no hybrid option — instruction will either be online-only or in-person. The coming school year will include more virtual participation in a live classroom, with cameras turned on to foster greater student involvement.

“Students and teachers will have more frequent meaningful interactions,” said Hastings.

In another change, all online elementary students will participate in Virtual Virginia, whose teachers are licensed but they are not local. However, Hastings is working with the middle and high school teachers to create their master schedule with available resources.

Currently, there are 236 students enrolled in the virtual academy which is five percent of the HCPS division population. The breakdown by grade is as follows: 53 elementary students, 59 middle school students, and 124 high school students. Some of these numbers could still fluctuate one way or the other.

“I have personally called every household that has chosen virtual to ensure students and parents are aware of expectations,” said Hastings, adding there are 30-some more calls to be made on Tuesday.

It was previously stated through email that the deadline was June 16 to enroll in the Virtual Learning program. Students will be given the option to change their learning method at the end of the first semester or under extreme circumstances. For additional information, contact Hastings at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 434-476-5518.

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Reality sets in after portraying a successful Virtual school year where the highest rates of failure among students was recorded.We couldn't have a football season for HCHS cause almost all of teh senior players were failing even though they tried to hide the real reason why the football season did not occur, blaming no season to "injuries", etc. BS. Highest rates of failure ever! Now they want to require Broadband specs before you can commit to Virtual.
This area is in a state of emergency,we lack neccessary Broadband services and company's such as MBC gobble up grants& do very little to improve broadband . Other company's grabbing Broadband rnot held to deliverable timeline& thus have several years before they have 2 connect 1 household with broadband. The big story here is that these funds are being squandered and bloated invoices of services of Broadband will be submitted.

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