MCSD Virtual Academy
Marion County School District has created a Virtual Academy program to serve students in grades K-12. Students will still be officially enrolled at their base school, but by participating in the Virtual Academy, families are committing to the online learning format for the 2020-2021 school year. Because staffing the virtual program requires the removal of teachers from traditional classrooms, we are asking parents to commit to a full year of virtual instruction. However, if a family requests a transfer back to brick and mortar instruction before or at the semester break (January), we will work for a mid-year transition, as long as appropriate space is available.
Virtual Academy students will follow a daily schedule. They will be required to meet with their teacher at designated times. These students will be responsible for district and state assessments that will be given online whenever possible. Marion County school teachers will facilitate instruction.
Teachers in the Virtual Academy will provide face-to-face instruction through combined methods including, but not limited to, live-streaming and coursework through digital programs such as Lexia Core 5, Zearn, ALEKS, Edgenuity, Microsoft Teams, SC Virtual Schools Franchise Program, and other platforms as needed. Unlike eLearning, which was implemented during the emergency shutdown last spring, students in the Virtual Academy will follow a daily schedule just as they would in a brick and mortar school. Thanks to technology, they will be able to see and hear our Marion County teachers deliver high quality instruction using standards-based content. Students will be able ask questions, participate in classroom discussions and small group work, demonstrate performance objectives, and turn in assignments all from the safety and comfort of their homes.
Students in our Virtual Academy will be taught by South Carolina certified teachers who meet specific virtual educator criteria. Our district is committed to providing ongoing professional development and training to our virtual educators as well as our in-person teachers so that we can continue to emphasize and encourage the developmental skills of the 21st century learner.
A virtual program is not only a good fit for families who remain concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for those who simply enjoy the benefits of learning from home, while still having access to professionally certified instructors and a challenging, high quality curriculum.
If you have questions about the Virtual Academy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.