Virtual Learning for 2021-22

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Portsmouth Public Schools has partnered with two outside organizations to provide virtual learning opportunities for students. The first, Virtual Virginia, is the state's virtual learning platform. The second, Edgenuity, is the most recent platform that was added for families who missed the Virtual Virginia fall registration window. Learn more about the platforms below.

Edgenuity
Families who missed the registration window for Virtual Virginia, and who are now considering virtual learning, have one last alternative. The division has recently contracted with Edgenuity, an outside virtual learning provider, to give families another virtual option. Please note that while PPS staff is working closely with Edgenuity, due to the high volume of interest in this program, Edgenuity staff is unable to guarantee the number of slots we have available to begin the school year.

With Edgenuity, the instruction is asynchronous, which means students are given pre-recorded videos and assignments to complete on their own. There is not a designated teacher online with students each day, but students and families have a live chat option available daily and opportunities to schedule teacher conferences or one-on-one tutoring assistance during the day. Please note, again, these teachers are not PPS staff but Edgenuity employees.

To learn more about Edgenuity, you can view this informational video.

If families select the Edgenuity option, due to the payment structure of the program, they will have to commit for a full semester of virtual instruction – regardless of the child’s preference for the platform or even any potential changes to the division’s instructional delivery.

Families who have already registered for Virtual Virginia cannot leave for Edgenuity as their registration spots in Virtual Virginia have already been secured and paid for by the division.

Registration for Edgenuity is available now at this link and will remain open through this Thursday, Aug. 26. Once registration is closed, there will not be other opportunities to opt into a virtual learning platform. If families have signed up for Edgenuity, but now would like to withdraw their request for the Edgenuity Virtual Option, please fill out this form by noon on Friday, Aug. 27. Families submitting this form will be re-enrolled at their home school for in-person learning.  

Virtual Virginia
Virtual instruction will be available for students in grades K-12. Registration is closed for the fall. The deadline for spring registration is Dec. 15, 2021.

Virtual learning will not be in the same format as the students received in 2021-2022. Instead, all instruction, grading and parent/teacher communication will be provided by Virtual Virginia for students who choose to learn virtually. Students must be approved by PPS before registering with Virtual Virginia. It is important to note that Virtual Virginia will operate on a different school calendar than PPS. You can access the Virtual Virginia calendar here.

PPS will monitor students’ progress in Virtual Virginia. Students must maintain at least a C average while enrolled in Virtual Virginia. Any student who wishes to return to in-person learning must do so at the end of a grading period (Nov. 9; Jan. 28; or April 5). Only one change will be allowed.

Please note: The PPS Bright Start Preschool Program will only offer in-person learning. There will be no virtual option for preschool students. For more specific questions, see the following information about Virtual Virginia below:

Elementary School (K-5):

  • Students will remain affiliated with the zoned school
  • Students in the K-5 Elementary program are enrolled full-time and must enroll in the full Math, Reading,

Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and STEM program

Middle and High Schools:

  • High School Courses – Grades 9 to 12 (English, Math, History/Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health & PE, World Languages)
  • Middle School Courses – Grades 6 to 8 (English, Math, History/Social Sciences, Science, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health & PE, World Languages)
  • Recommendations on instructional placement are the responsibility of the student’s school counselor. Counselors will review prerequisites and make sure students understand the expectations for online courses selected.
  • PPS will provide required textbooks and supplemental materials for Virtual VA courses at no charge to students/parents.
  • Enrollment Fees – There is no cost to the student/family
  • Full-Time Program – Students enrolled in Virtual VA program remain affiliated with the zoned school. Students may enroll Full-time or as a supplemental enrollment for individual courses. Virtual Virginia offers a full-time program to approximately 200 students each year.
  • Synchronous Instruction – Sample Schedule
  • FAQs
  • Parent Auditor Account – This account will be created upon enrollment and enables parents/guardians to access teacher contact information, monitor student login activity, and view course grades, all within the VVA Student Information System (SIS).
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