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Virtual Academy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the virtual academy look like?

The WUSD Virtual Academy will be an online instructional program taught by WUSD certificated teachers and staff. Students will have a daily schedule with synchronous whole-class instruction (direct student-teacher contact in a Google Meet or Zoom call), live small group or one-to-one support, and asynchronous/independent learning time. Students will receive core instruction, VAPA, PE, ELD, and electives (6-12th grade) from a WUSD certificated teacher. 

Can students go back and forth between in-person and virtual learning?

At this time, we are asking for students to commit to staying enrolled in the virtual academy for the entire 2021-2022 school year. A structured SST process will be followed for students who want to transition to a different learning model. 

What will be the class sizes for Virtual Academy for Elementary?

Class sizes will be determined based on student enrollment, but the plan is to follow the current class size ratios for all grade levels. 

Will the virtual academy have different teachers than our current ones?

Staffing for the Virtual Academy will be based on student enrollment, and current staff will be utilized to the greatest extent possible. 

Will the virtual academy eliminate the need for the "zoom to the room," providing teachers who cannot return an alternate job opportunity?

There is no plan for simulcasting or “Zoom to the room” for simultaneous instruction to in-person and virtual students. Instead, the Virtual Academy will be for the families who choose to remain virtual for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Will the virtual be done the whole year or just during the first semester?

The Virtual Academy will be a full-year program.

Will virtual eventually take over the independent study program?

The Virtual Academy will not replace the current independent study program at the high school. 

Will sports and band be allowed in the virtual academy?

Students who are enrolled in the virtual academy will be able to participate in extracurricular events at their home school, such as sports, dances, etc. At this time, no decision has been made regarding band instruction for students in the Virtual Academy. 

Can my student be enrolled in both Dual Immersion and the Virtual Academy?

At this time, the Dual Immersion program will remain in-person only at Elkhorn Village. If you have additional questions regarding Dual Immersion, please contact Elkhorn administrators.