Virtual Learning Academy Information

Virtual Learning Academy Information

Accessing Courses & Assignments

All content and assignments for the Virtual Learning Academy will be located within ProgressBook in the Bulldog Portal. Students will need to log into ProgressBook and look for the "Activities" tab on the left side of the home page in ProgressBook.

Students will need to click on the "Activities" tab to open all subjects and/or courses within their schedule.

Students will then click on each subject/course to open and view the content, lessons, and assignments. (See video link below).


Login Credentials for VLA - Access through ProgressBook

Progressbook
All students in the Bloom-Carroll Local School District received an email on 8/19/2020 from our IT Department with important information regarding login information and credentials for the 2020-2021 school year.

Grades K-2 Login Information:
Username: student id number
Password: bc + student id number

Grades 3-12 Login Information:
Username: firstname.lastname + last 2 digits of graduation year
Password: bc + student id

If you have any questions regarding logins, please email Mark Thomas, IT Director, at [email protected]

Attendance & Completion of VLA Assignments

Attendance Matters
Students must sign-in electronically to the ProgressBook each day that Bloom-Carroll is in session to be counted for attendance. Students will need to show evidence of progress by completing the assignments for each class by the scheduled due dates. Principals will be monitoring the online activity for VLA students. In order for attendance to be counted, students must login to ProgressBook through the Bulldog Portal (ClassLink). 

Special Education Services & VLA

Special Education Services & VLA
Students in VLA will be assigned to an intervention specialist or related service provider as indicated on the current IEP.

?Communication and collaboration with parents will be essential for this program. Parents need to be aware that during a portion of the school day, intervention specialists and related service providers will be working with students attending in-person instruction as well as other students receiving virtual services. 

Parents will need to make arrangements to have students available to participate in services once designated service times are provided.

Services will be provided during the contractual/designated school day.

Decisions regarding the student’s services will be based on the decisions made by the IEP team. The team may need to meet to discuss and plan the student’s services under these circumstances.

?The district is responsible for abiding by all IEP and ETR timelines. If a student is due for a reevaluation or an annual IEP review, parents will need to work with the school psychologists/intervention specialists and related services providers to accommodate times for testing required to obtain data needed to assess progress, set new goals, and determine eligibility.

If you have further questions, please contact Cindy Freeman at [email protected]


 GENERAL INFORMATION

We know most students do better when they are instructed in-person by teachers; however, we will have a comprehensive K-12 virtual curriculum option available for medically vulnerable students or those with special circumstances. Online learning cannot fully replicate the learning experiences found with in-person instruction.
 
Please consider all pros and cons in your decision.

It is expected that families pursuing this option commit to a minimum grading period (9 weeks) for online/home-bound learning and should not fluctuate back-and-forth between in person and online learning.
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
  1. What are the expectations for students and parents that select the VLA curriculum option for 2020-2021?

    1. The district has created a guidance document defining the expectations for both the parents and the students of VLA.  Click here to read the guidance document on expectations.

  2. If I sign my child up for VLA, will he/she still be a Bloom-Carroll student? 

    1. Yes, your child will remain a student of BC. All students enrolled in VLA will still be included on the regular K-4 class roster or middle school or high school class schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. 

  3. Does this apply to all grade levels? And what is the timeline to apply? 

    1. Yes, any student in grades K-12 may apply for VLA.  The timeline for applications is August 19th. 

  4. Can we opt back into the classroom instruction at any time? If so, what is the process?

    1. Yes. The parents must notify in writing the principal of the building your child would attend prior to the end of the nine weeks to activate any change in educational options.

  5. How and when will my student access the content/courses?

    1. Students will access their curriculum through the ProgressBook portal.

    2. The Virtual Learning Academy will follow the regular school calendar.  Same start and end dates, as well as holidays. 

  6. What will my child’s schedule look like and who are the teachers? 

    1. Your child will follow the regular school-issued class schedule. 

    2. Some BC specials or elective classes may not be available through VLA; however, all core academic classes are offered and will be required. 

    3. VLA is a student-led learning environment.  As addressed in the VLA Parent/Student Expectations, students have access to their teacher; however, the teacher’s first responsibility is to supervise and instruct students attending in-person.  BC teachers will monitor and respond to questions from VLA students as their schedules permit. 

  7. How do students and parents contact teachers of the courses?

    1. Email is the preferred method.

    2. Students and parents will still receive group communication from the BC teachers through various apps (DoJo, Remind, etc.) 

  8. How will attendance be determined?

    1. Students will be expected to log in on days when the district is in session and make progress on assignments. 

  9.  How will parents check student's progress/grades?

    1. Parents will be able to log in to ProgressBook to check on assignments and grades.  It will be the same process as those student’s receiving in-person instruction. 

    2. Students in VLA will receive a district issued grade card.

  10. Will the BCLSD Grading Policy be used for VLA courses?

    1. Yes, the same grading scales will be used for in-person and VLA instruction.

  11. Can VLA students still participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities?

    1. Yes.  Students enrolled in VLA may attend after school sports, band, club activities, homecoming, open houses, etc..

  12. Are there school fees or textbook resources that I would need to purchase?

    1. There are no specific fees or costs for VLA.  However, the BCLSD fees still apply to VLA students as they have access to all BC materials. School fees include course specific materials at the MS and HS but can also include a technology fee, student planner/agenda, science supplies, art supplies, calculator. VLA students may still receive these items or use them upon return to in-person instruction.

  13. How will my child take state-required assessments?

    1. If the Ohio Department of Education is requiring assessments, the student will return to the school to take the assessment.  States assessments will not be taken from home. Your child will be notified if needed to take state assessments. 

  14. What do I do if my child is struggling with the online content?

    1. If a student has an instructional question related to an assignment, the student or parent, depending on the development level, should contact their assigned teacher - the instructional expert and licensed individual.  Students should not contact the teachers with procedural or technical issues.  Those issues should go through building admin or the curriculum director.  In the parent/student VLA expectations, we have communicated that teachers will respond when they can, but their first priority is supervising and instructing in-person students.

  15. What if I have internet access issues?

    1. Families will need a solid high speed internet connection to participate in VLA.

    2. If you have internet access issues, you will need to contact your internet provider.

    3. The district will not be providing a hot spot for families.

  16. Will my child receive a district issued device?

    1. Yes, if your family does not have access to a device.  Please contact the District’s IT Department. 

    2. The District is not responsible to resolve technical issues due to problems with personal devices or poor internet connection

  17. What courses are offered for students? 

    1. Students will take courses that align to the district curriculum and course offerings.

    2. Note:  Some electives offered at BC are not available through VLA.  In those situations, elective teachers may use traditional curriculum materials by making those available through Google Classroom and on the District Website (K-4) or Schoology (Grades 5-12).  In some instances, schedule changes may be necessary in middle school and high school. 

  18. How is this different from formal homeschooling?

    1. Formal homeschooling requires approval from the Fairfield County ESC and does not include access to district curriculum and resources.  Homeschooled students are not enrolled BC students. 

    2. VLA is a district provided option and is not considered homeschooling.

    3. http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-Education-Options/Home-Schooling

    4. https://www.faircoesc.org/Content/homesch

  1. If we choose to start the school year on VLA, can my child still attend open houses?

    1. Yes. VLA students may attend BC events. 

  2. Will my VLA child have access to other school resources and programs?

    1. Yes.  The primary curriculum will be VLA lessons; however, students still have full access to other school curriculum resources.  Teachers may supplement VLA lessons with other district resources (AR, RazKids, Journeys/StudySync, Pearson Math Successmaker, Lexia, etc.)  

  3. If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

    1. General Questions:  Jodi Ranegar, Curriculum Director [email protected] 

    2. Technical Questions”:  Mark Thomas, Instructional Technology Director [email protected] 

    3. Special Education Services: Cindy Freeman, Special Ed Director [email protected] 

    4. Classroom Course work & assignments: Classroom Teacher

    5. Internet Issues:  Your internet provider


Special Education Questions Regarding VLA 


  1. If parents choose the VLA option will the student continue to receive special education services ?

  1. Yes, the district is required to provide FAPE (Free  Appropriate Public Education) to students currently receiving IEP services.

  1. How will special education services be provided to students currently on an IEP?

  1. Students will be assigned to an intervention specialist and/ or related service provider as indicated on the current IEP.

  2. Communication and collaboration are going to be essential . Parents need to be aware that during a  portion of the school day intervention specialists and related service providers will be working with students attending in person and other students receiving virtual services,  limiting times available for services, With this being said parents will need to make arrangements to have students  available to participate in services once designated service times are provided. Services will be provided  during the contractual/designated school day.

  3. Decisions regarding the student’s services will be based on the decisions made by the IEP team. The team may need to meet to discuss and plan the student’s services under these circumstances.

  4. The district is responsible for abiding by all IEP and ETR timelines. If a student is due for a reevaluation or an annual IEP review,  parents will need to work with the school psychologists/intervention specialists and related services providers to accommodate times for testing required to obtain data needed to assess progress, set new goals, and determine eligibility


Quick Link to the Virtual Learning Academy Application 

Back-to-School Information for VLA Students

First Day
The first day of school for VLA students in grades 1-12 will be Monday, August 24th. Kindergarten students will begin their first day of VLA on Monday, August 31st.

Students will begin by logging in daily to the VLA program through ProgressBook on their first day of virtual school. All assignments will be posted each week in ProgressBook for students to access and complete for each grade level and/or course with the exception of K-4 electives (Art, Music, and PE).

All assignments for specials in grades K-4 can be found each week on our website at the following link :K-4 Specials Assignment Webpage (VLA)


As stated in the guidance documents shared in the application form, the Virtual Learning Academy program is a student-led learning environment. Students will be expected to log into ProgressBook each week and complete assignments by the due date listed on the Activities page.

VLA Parent & Student Expectations

We know most students do better when they are instructed in-person by teachers; however, we will have a comprehensive K-12 virtual curriculum option available for medically vulnerable students or those with special circumstances.  Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) consists of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards.

In order to effectively manage the delivery of VLA parents and students must understand the following:

  • VLA, or another online curriculum, cannot fully replicate the learning experience found with in-person teaching.

    Parents and the students accept additional responsibility in an online (at-home) learning environment.

  • The District expects parents choosing this option for their child to commit to at least a quarter - (nine weeks).  Students should not be switching back-and-forth between online learning and in-person attendance frequently.  This provides for consistency for our teachers and students.

  • Teachers may not be available to assist students as frequently as the online student or their parents may desire.  VLA is a student-led curriculum.  Teachers will be instructing and supervising students in-person within our school buildings.  Teachers may not be available to assist students outside of their contractual work hours.

  • Parents and students should expect up to five (5) days before VLA lessons are available.  Once a choice is made to access learning through the VLA platform there are set-up procedures that need to take place prior to lessons being available.

  • Students must comply with assignment due dates.

  • If a building or district switches to a red or orange status level, students may not then enroll in VLA if the student is not already enrolled in VLA.  Students stay in the cohort group they were assigned to at the time of the closure.

  • Attendance: Students must sign-in electronically to the online learning platform (ProgressBook) each day Bloom-Carroll Schools are scheduled to be in session to be counted as in attendance and make progress in each class on assignments.

  • Lessons/assignments may be different for online VLA students than those assigned or provided to students attending in-person instruction; however, the lesson/assignment will address the same concepts and standards of instruction.  Not all District Courses are offered online through VLA..

    • K-4 Electives (Art, Music, PE) - One lesson each week.  Access K-4 Electives at https://www.bloom-carroll.k12.oh.us/K-4Specials.aspx

    • MS Electives -  VLA electives will be available through VLA and posted in ProgressBook

    • HS Electives - schedules may be changed so that VLA students take VLA elective courses that correspond to BCHS electives.  


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