​​​WHAT IS VIRTUAL EDUCATIO​N?

Blue Valley Virtual Education provides students with the opportunities to design their own personalized learning. Students who participate in web-based instruction are participating in courses with students across the district. Virtual classrooms allow students the freedom to work on the coursework when and where they have time. The online classrooms contain a variety of technologies including: discussion forums, assignments, quizzes and virtual textbooks. Each web-based course is designed to align with Blue Valley Schools curriculum and the Kansas state standards.​

2017-18​ COURSES

Virtual courses available for enrollment through the high school counseling office: Computer Applications, Contemporary Communications, General Physical Education, Government, AP Government, Health & Wellness, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Personal Finance, Emerging Technologies, Psychology, Modern World History, U.S. History, AP U.S. History​

*Credit Recovery courses available as needed.​

COURSE OFFERINGS

  • Advanced Placement Government
  • Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Placement Microeconomics (virtual only)
  • Advanced Placement U.S. History
  • Algebra I (credit recovery only)
  • Algebra II (credit recovery only)
  • Biology (credit recovery only)
  • Business Essentials
  • Computer Applications
  • Contemporary Communications
  • Emerging Technology
  • English Language Arts 9 (credit recovery only)
  • English Language Arts 10 (credit recovery only)
  • English Language Arts 11 (credit recovery only)
  • General PE
  • Geometry (credit recovery only)
  • Government
  • Health & Wellness
  • Modern World History
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • U.S. History

​Virtual Education classes will be offered contingent on a minimum enrollment and staffing availability.

CREDIT RECOVERY

High School students, enrolled in Blue Valley Schools, are eligible for credit recovery courses if they have previously failed the course. Students and parents must complete a student contract, available from the counselor, prior to beginning the course. The fee for credit recovery courses is $250.00 per course per semester.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday, January 8 - First day of course
  • Friday, January 12 - Online PE heart rate monitor checkout/orientation - BVSW Room 604/606 at 3:30pm
  • Friday, January 19 - Last day to withdraw with a refund (if taking as 11th hour)

FINAL EXAMS - SPRING 2018

  • Tuesday, May 1 - BVN Students - Room 312/315 at 3pm
  • Wednesday, May 2 - BVNW Students - Room 702/704 at 3pm
  • Thursday, May 3 - BVW Students - Room 251/255 at 3pm
  • Friday, May 4 - BVSW Students - Room 604/606 at 3pm
  • Monday, May 7 - BVHS Students - Room 503/505 at 3pm

FAQ​

Who can enroll?
Virtual education courses are available to any high school aged student or student who has completed their 8th grade year and is enrolled in Blue Valley Schools.

What computer skills are required?
Students should be familiar with basic computer features, Microsoft Office software, email and the internet.

Computer requirements
Mac

  • OS9 or X
  • Internet access
  • Safari or Firefox (Firefox is recommended)
  • Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011 or iWork (files must be converted to Microsoft Office files before submitting for grading)
  • QuickTime, Flip4Mac, iTunes or Windows Media Player for Mac
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

PC

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Internet access
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (Firefox is recommended)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (students enrolled in computer courses are required to use Microsoft Office 2007)
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

What about internet security?
Students will be provided with a username and password. Online content is not accessible without a virtual education account.

Can students work from home?
Virtual education courses can be accessed from any location with internet access. Final exams are password protected and must be completed in a proctored setting.

How do I enroll?
During the traditional school year, the high school counselor completes virtual enrollment. Only high school counselors can make revisions to student schedules during the fall and spring semesters. Summer class enrollment is completed online through the Blue Valley Summer School website. Summer enrollment opens around March 1st and remains open until classes filled. The district's summer program if funded through student enrollment fees. Course offerings are based on student enrollment.

What are the fees?
During the school year students can elect to enroll in a virtual class as part of their daily schedule (7 hours) without paying the virtual fee. Virtual courses taken in addition to 7 classes have a fee of $250.00 per class per semester. Fees are paid at the high school registrar's office or through BV Parents Online. Summer classes are paid online at the time of enrollment.

What is included in the virtual classroom?
Courses include video, audio, online quizzes, discussion forums, blogs, assignments, and projects. All virtual education courses require students to submit their work through the online student management system - Blackboard. Students are not allowed to submit assignments through email. Textbooks and supplemental resources are also available. Students who require an actual copy of the materials can obtain them through the high school libraries.

How do I communicate with my instructor?
Virtual education instructors communicate with students through the collaboration tools and announcements located in the student management system and through email.

What technical support is available?
Virtual Education staff members provide technical support to virtual instructors, students and parents. At the beginning of each semester, staff members meet with each student for a mandatory orientation. During the orientation session, students receive access to course materials and information about course specific requirements. Each virtual course contains a Get Help section that includes handouts and tutorials covering the virtual course tools. Technical support is also available to students at Jodie Johnston or (913) 239-4339.

How much time is required?
Students should plan to spend approximately 4-6 hours per week on each virtual course. Students enrolled in online Physical Education courses are required to complete additional requirements that will extend the time associated with the virtual course.

How do I access my course?
The website is Canvas and all users are required to have a username and password. Students will receive their account information during the orientation session.

Are courses self-paced?
Yes, students are provided with pacing guidelines to keep them moving through the coursework and stay on track. Courses have specific end dates. Any student who requires additional time must contact their instructor to discuss possible extensions.

How will I receive my grades?
Students will have access to grades through the virtual classroom. Final grades will be posted and accessible to students and parents via the Parent Login. Progress reports and final grades are released at the same time as traditional classes. Upon request, parents may obtain access to their student's virtual course.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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