Virtual Academy Information (Updated Frequently)

Virtual Academy Information

If your student is registered for the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) for the 2020-2021 school year, our district wanted to take some time to send some updates, and answer some of your questions.

  • The VLA will start the same day as in person students, August 24th
  • All of you will receive a student schedule prior to the start of school, most likely by email.
  • Please make sure your parent email is updated in Infinite Campus.  If it is not, please call 270-686-1000 or email virtualacademy@owensboro.kyschools.us to make changes.
  • OPS is providing a Chromebook for all students grades 3-12.  If you have your device from last year, you are good to go.  If you need to pick up a device, it will be from your student’s home school.
    • We are not able to provide a chromebook to any K-2 Virtual Learning Academy students at this time. 
    • The requirements for participation in the Virtual Learning Academy in grades K-2 continue to be that you have your own device, and internet access.  
  • The district does have plans to provide a chromebook to your student.  Unfortunately, they are backordered.  We hope to be able to provide them some time in November.  We will keep everyone updated regarding the status of those devices as I get more information.

TIMES TO PICK UP CHROMEBOOKS HAVE CHANGED!

  • Please disregard the chromebook pickup schedule from previous communication.
  • Follow your student’s home school instructions for picking up chromebooks, paying fees, etc.
  • Please contact your student’s home school for more information.
  • Teachers have been selected, and will begin working this week on daily schedules and curriculum for each grade.
  • The expectation is that your student is available and participating in class daily.  Our daily schedule will be very similar to regular school hours.
  • Please be on the lookout for information about the VLA on the OPS home page, Facebook, and TIE text in the coming days.

Owensboro Middle School Schedule Pickup for Virtual Academy

Your schedule is ready to pick up at OMS. Please follow the times below by LAST NAME for drive thru pickup. 

6th grade:  August 17th 
A-F  8:00-9:30 
G-L  9:30-11:00 
M-R 12:00-1:30 
S-Z  1:30-3:00 

7th grade:  August 18th 
A-L  8:00-11:00 
M-Z 12:00-3:00 

8th grade:  August 19th 
A-L 8:00-11:00 
M-Z 12:00-3:00

Thank you for trusting us to provide your student’s education in this manner during these difficult times.  Please direct all additional questions to me at virtualacademy@owensboro.kyschools.us

Brian Benjamin

Director, Virtual Learning Academy

Virtual Learning Academy Update 8-19-20

I wanted to update everyone as Monday is fast approaching.  Please continue to check the link on the OPS homepage, IC messenger, and TIE text for the latest news.  I have broken this message up by grade level.

Elementary

Please continue to work through your student’s home elementary school for information.  I know that many of you have already received chromebooks, participated in registrations and meet and greet events.  Please continue to contact the school for information.  Most of you have made contact with your student’s teacher.  If you have not, I am sure that you will be contacted very soon for information regarding the first day of school, and how to participate virtually

One note about Chromebooks for those that still have questions:

OPS is only providing Chromebooks for VLA students in grades 3-12.  K-2 must provide their own device.  All families are required to provide their own internet access.

I am very sensitive to everyone’s needs.  Please know our district simply does not have devices for everyone at this time.

Middle School

All schedules have been delivered to OMS and iMiddle.  I know that many of you have already picked them up.  Please contact OMS or iMiddle if you still need your schedule.

We will be operating on a 5 period day from 8am-2:45pm.

Please have your students continue to check their OPS student email for information about joining their virtual classes on the 24th.

High School

We are working very hard to complete high school schedules and make them viewable in Infinite Campus.  9th graders should be viewable by the end of the day today, 10th graders tomorrow, 11th and 12th should be done by Friday evening.

Please do not panic if your student cannot view their schedule by Friday!  I fully anticipate some of them being finalized even into the weekend.

Please tell your student to continue to check their OPS email for information regarding class on Monday.  Once again, they might not receive that email until sometime over the weekend.

We will be operating on a 4 block schedule identical to OHS.  Students will be expected to participate beginning at 8:30 daily.

Please contact me at virtualacademy@owensboro.kyschools.us with any other questions.

Virtual Learning Academy Update 8-20-20

I wanted to share some more specific schedule information after some questions yesterday.  

  • We will be delivering live instruction 4 days per week like the rest of the district.  Wednesdays will be for independent work.
  • The Virtual Learning Academy Middle School will be operating on a 5 period day:
    • 8:00-9:00 1st Period
    • 9:15-10:15 2nd Period
    • 10:45-11:45 3rd Period
    • 12:30-1:30 4th Period
    • 1:45-2:45 5th Period
  • The Virtual Learning Academy High School will be operating on a 4 period day:
    • 8:30-10:05 1st Block
    • 10:10-11:45 2nd Block
    • 12:30 – 1:45 3rd Block
    • 1:50 – 3:15 4th Block
  • Students will be REQUIRED to participate DAILY during those times at the middle and high school level.
  • Please continue to check your student email for information regarding first day of school procedures.
  • Please remember, we have made clear from the start that VLA course offerings will be much more limited than what is offered at other district middle and high schools.  While we will make sure all students have required courses, we do not have the staff or capability to offer courses other than what your child has on their schedule.
  • We will do our best to complete any necessary schedule changes by the end of the first week of school.  I am asking for your patience on this.

Virtual Academy Update 8-21-2020

Virtual Academy Students and Parents:

We are all excited about Monday.  I know you are too.  I wanted to provide a couple updates before we head into the weekend.

Elementary Students: Please work with your teacher and home elementary school for information about getting started Monday if you have not done so.  Everyone has a teacher with a Google Classroom that is expecting to see your face Monday morning.  

Middle and High School Students All schedules are viewable in Infinite Campus!  Please check that and be ready to join your first teacher’s classroom Monday morning.  Please keep checking your student email for class information.

We are aware that there will be schedules that need to be changed.  We will be using a Google Form for you to request those changes.  Please do not submit schedule requests via email as we will be working from the Google Form.  I have included a link.  Please attend the class on your schedule as we work through those.  

Google Form for Schedule Changes

Virtual Academy Update 8/22/2020

Middle and High School Virtual Learning Academy Parents:We are starting to get many questions about schedule changes at this time, and want to do our best to accommodate everyone.  Please follow the link and complete the Google Form so that we may review your request.

We have had several questions regarding Honors and AP courses not being on schedules.  We are definitely offering these courses and your schedules will be adjusted some time during the first week of school to reflect that.  Please be patient as we work through the process of getting those correct.  In the meantime, please have your student follow their existing schedule. At this time the only AP courses we will not be able offer are AP European History and AP Chemistry.

Virtual Academy Update 8/24/2020

  • Elementary school parents, continue to contact your student’s home elementary school with any issues.  Your best resource is your child’s teacher.
  • Middle and high school parents, your daily schedules are below.  All schedules are viewable in IC, and students are enrolled in Google classrooms.
    • The Virtual Learning Academy Middle School will be operating on a 5 period day:
      • 8:00-9:00 1st Period
      • 9:15-10:15 2nd Period
      • 10:45-11:45 3rd Period
      • 12:30-1:30 4th Period
      • 1:45-2:45 5th Period
    • The Virtual Learning Academy High School will be operating on a 4 period day:
      • 8:30-10:05 1st Block
      • 10:10-11:45 2nd Block
      • 12:30 – 1:45 3rd Block
      • 1:50 – 3:15 4th Block
  • High School will be operating on the RED day schedule for the first nine weeks
  • Continue to fill out the Google Form for schedule change requests.  We will be working on that all this week.

Virtual Academy Update 08/26/2020

Please submit any schedule request changes on the Google Form below by the end of the day this Friday the 28th.  Please use the following guidelines as you make requests:

  • Only request changes for core content classes (math, english, science, SS),  or classes required for graduation.
  • We cannot change any elective courses.  We are only staffed to offer electives through Edgenuity.
  • We are not able to offer any visual or performing arts classes at this time.
  • All Spanish courses will begin next 9 weeks when we switch to a black day schedule.  There is no need to request a change at this time.
  • Masonry and Carpentry will be offered on black days provided it can fit into the existing student schedule.
  • We are aware of Honors and AP requests, and are working to make those changes by the end of the week.
  • Any off campus courses (WKU, OCTC, etc.) will have to be coordinated through OHS.  Please contact them and they will inform us regarding any changes.
  • No student is eligible to return to the AB schedule at OHS until the end of the first semester.

Please continue to reach out to me with questions at virtualacademy@owensboro.kyschools.us