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VIRTUAL LEARNING

For information regarding
Virtual Learning in Hampton City Schools contact:

Virtual Learning Teacher Specialist
757-727-1105

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In an effort to offer our secondary students more opportunities for learning Hampton City Schools has implemented an electronic learning program.  These online, or virtual, classes offer students an alternative to the traditional educational setting.

graphic of a kid on computerStudents who work independently with minimum supervision, have good time management skills and a desire to learn do well in this environment.  A successful student can stay on task and maintain a regular schedule of logging on and keeping up with the readings and course assignments.

Our staff are fully certified teachers who have also received specialized training in order to teach virtual classes.  Teachers are readily available via phone and email.  Mentors are available to help students.  Mentors may work with a student on necessary technical skills needed in the online environment, facilitate communication between teachers, students and parents or find answers to questions the student or parent may have.
   
Each high school has a Virtual Learning lab. Depending on the course and class schedule, students may work in the lab during the school day or may work from a computer outside the building.  All work will be completed online except for the final exam and the End-of-Course SOL exam if applicable. A staff member in a traditional setting will administer these.  Students desiring to work outside the school must provide their own reliable computer and Internet access.

There is no cost to students enrolled in Hampton City Schools for classes offered during the traditional school year unless associated with a specific course, for example, the SAT Prep course offered via Virtual Virginia has a fee of $75.   There is a registration fee for courses taken in summer school.  Tuition will apply for out-of-district students.

Hampton City Schools Virtual Learning Guidelines

Approved Online Providers

Virtual Virginia, a program of the Virginia Department of Education, is the Commonwealth’s online program; it provides Advanced Placement, world language, elective and core courses to students across the state and nation.

HCS students may take Virtual Virginia courses to resolve a schedule conflict and/or to take a course that we do not offer.  There is no cost for these courses if the student agrees to participate in the Early College Scholar program.  To be eligible to become an Early College Scholar the student must be pursuing an advanced diploma while maintaining a B average and planning to take the equivalent of 15 college credits while in high school.  These credits may be earned by taking Advanced Placement, IB and/or Dual Enrollment courses.  See your school counselor for the necessary paperwork to enroll in this program.

School counselors can help determine if students have the necessary course prerequisites and are ready for an online course.  For more details and a list of courses please visit the web site at www.virtualvirginia.org.

Virtual Virginia Brochure 2014-2015
Student and Parent Handbook 2014-2015

HCS Virtual School 
Student/Parent Participation Agreement

Only through continuous communication and effective time management can students be successful in an online course.  The purpose of this agreement is to increase your understanding of the participation requirements of an HCS Virtual School course so you can be better prepared to maintain a regular schedule of logging on and keeping up with the course work.

Within each course, the instructor outlines the daily minimum work requirements.  It is essential that you submit the work on time and that you and the instructor maintain regular contact with each other.  To ensure that our students and parents/guardians are aware of this commitment, the process below will be followed:

       1. If assignments are not submitted within 3 days, you and your parent/guardian will receive a notification call about the unacceptable pace for submitting assignments and the need for timely submission of assignments. 
       2. If you do not respond by submitting assignments within 3 days of this initial contact, HCS Virtual School will send a No-Contact letter to your school principal, you and your parent/guardian.
       3. If you do not respond by submitting assignments within 7 days of the initial contact, it will be assumed that you do not intend to remain in the course and you will be administratively dropped from the course.   
       4. An official final grade report will be mailed to you, your parent/guardian and the local school upon completion of the course.

Once the course begins, students may not drop the course and receive a refund.  It must be understood that for each online course, there are a minimum number of assignments that must be completed each day.  Failure to submit the minimum number of assignments on a daily basis will result in removal from the course as outlined above and will result in a failing grade being assigned to the academic transcript.

This form will require signatures by student and parent prior to enrollment in a virtual class. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is eLearning?
Courses taken in a web-based system of instruction are often referred to as “virtual” or “online” courses.  Our program,
e
Learning in Hampton City Schools
, was implemented to allow additional educational opportunities for our students.  These courses can help a student recover credits from courses previously failed, take courses that do not fit in their traditional school day, or take courses that we do not offer.

What courses are offered?
The following courses will be offered Summer 2012:

    Algebra I
    Algebra II
    Biology
    Earth Science
    English 9
    English 10
    English 11
    English 12
    Geometry
    US/VA History
    Government

Virtual Virginia, provided by the Virginia Department of Education, offers a variety of courses including many Advanced Placement courses.  Each year additional offerings are made available for students.

Will students need a computer in order to take virtual courses?
Most courses are available from any computer at any time. Each high school has an eLearning lab, however, students who desire to work on assignments when not in school, must provide their own computer and access to the Internet.  Students may also work at public libraries.

Is there technical support?
Technical support is available for school equipment only.  If difficulties arise with the D2L system teachers should be notified immediately.

What type student does well in virtual courses?
Virtual learners should be well organized, know how to manage their time and be comfortable with technology.  Students must also be able to work independently and stay focused on the tasks, assignments and due dates.  Most courses offered are at the honors level so students should expect a rigorous curriculum.

What are virtual classes really like?
Prior to taking a virtual class students participate in a face-to-face orientation.  Parents are invited to attend as well.  This orientation gives students and parents a look into the class and what is involved.  The majority are honor level courses, therefore, rigorous and take time to complete with success.

Who teaches these courses?
All HCS Virtual Teachers are endorsed in the subject area and have received specialized training in virtual teaching.

Are textbooks required?
Hampton City Schools will provide all materials.

Do students take SOL tests?
Yes, if associated with the course.  If the SOL has been taken and passed previously there is no need to retake it.

Is all work done on the computer?
All course work will be completed on the computer. The final exam and SOL test, if applicable, will be administered face-to-face with a staff member as well.

How will parents and students communicate with the teacher?
Students will have an internal e-mail address that they must check.  Instructors will contact parents if there is a problem such as lack of participation, falling behind in assignments, etc.

 


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1.     PURPOSE

Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us

2.      DEFINITION

HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies. 

3.      HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, vcarper@hampton.k12.va.us., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, dgulotta@hampton.k12.va.us, and/or the Director of Graphics, mhouser@hampton.k12.va.us.

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.

4.      SELF-MONITORING

HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.

5.       DISCLAIMER

HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.