Cyra offers update on virtual program

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Deputy Superintendent Sherri Cyra provided an update on enrollment in the Fully Virtual program for the 2021-22 school year at the School Board meeting on Monday, June 28 at the District Services Center.

Cyra noted that 101 students selected the Fully Virtual program for the upcoming school year, including 30 at the middle school level and 28 at the high school level. Pope Farm had 21 students selected the Fully Virtual program, the only elementary school with more than nine.

Cyra reminded members that the model selection window closed on May 28. District and building staff then spent the next two weeks cleaning up data and reaching out to families who hadn't participated to find out their preferences.

Employee Services is working on staffing the Fully Virtual program but based on enrollment the District expects four K-8 sections: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8. Staffing will allow for growth should any new students to the District select the Fully Virtual program, Cyra said. Students will be dual-rostered, getting information from their virtual teacher but also their home school.

Cyra added that high school students participating in the Fully Virtual program will have a different scheduling process, similar to what happens for any 9-12 students who sign up for up to two online courses in any school year.