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Apply for Virtual Learning by May 5; Required Parent Overview Session Now Online
Posted 4/4/21

Editor's Note: Updated April 29, 2021

 

Register for Virtual Learning for 2021-2022

 

Bulloch County Schools' online application for its Virtual Learning Program for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Space is limited by grade.  Apply by May 5 to be included in the lottery drawing for available spaces.

 

All families who are interested in their child begn in Bulloch County School's Virtual Learning Program for the new school year must apply, even if their child is a virtual learner this year.  Families must submit an application online for each child they wish to enroll in the Virtual Program. Students are not automatically re-enrolled in virtual learning.

 

To be included in the lottery drawing for available slots, online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., on Wednesday, May 5.  A process is in place to consider prioritizing applications for hardship situations and for children of our virtual learning program employees.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

The Virtual Learning Program will be for students in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth-grade. The Pre-Kindergarten program is administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.  Bulloch County Schools does not intend to provide a virtual option for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Required Pre-Application Overview Session

To be eligible to apply, parents must have attended one of four available pre-application overview sessions that were held in early April. If you were unable to attend one of the pre-application overview sessions, you may watch a recorded version of the Pre-Application Overview Session and verify that you have done so. Simply select the "I will watch the recorded orientation session," option when you access this link to begin. 

 

After completing this process, you will receive a unique code to complete the registration process.  This is to ensure that all interested parents receive important orientation information and are fully aware of the structure and requirements of the program before submitting an application. Students are not required to attend tor watch the overview session.

 

Access to Watch the Overview Session Again

If you have already completed an orientation and received a unique code, but wish to access the presentation to review, you may view it here for direct access to a recording of the presentation."

 

Parents who submitted an interest survey earlier this year must still apply for the Virtual Program. High school students intending to be fully enrolled in dual enrollment classes (no classes taken at high school) should not submit a virtual program application.

 

Lottery Drawing for the Virtual Learning Program

In the event that more applications are received than spaces available in the program, lottery drawings will be conducted via a live stream event on Friday, May 7. Those not selected for the Virtual Learning Program will be placed on the waiting list in the order drawn.  

 

Virtual Program Open House and Orientation

All students who are selected for placement in the 2021-2022 Bulloch County Schools Virtual Program and their parents will also be required to participate in a 2021-2022 Virtual Program Open House and Orientation. Dates and location for the open house and orientation will be announced this summer.

 

During this orientation, the parents and students will meet their teachers, participate in break-out sessions where they will receive grade level-specific expectations, receive instruction on the digital platforms used, and get help setting up Campus Student and Campus Parent accounts. In addition, technology staff will be available to check out technology devices (Chromebooks) to families.   

 

Is Virtual Learning the best option?

The Virtual Program is not an appropriate instructional model for all students.  Parents should carefully read the school district’s Virtual Learning Program Handbook for Parents and Students and consider whether the Virtual Program is an appropriate environment for their child. If your student was not successful in the virtual program in 2020-2021, the district strongly discourages you from applying for the 2021-2022 virtual program.  

 

Placement will be for the full school year

Parents of students enrolling in the Virtual Program will be required to commit to their choice for the full academic year, which for 2021-2022, is Monday, August 2 through Wednesday, May 25.  This is critical to avoid staffing moves throughout the school year, which cause disruptions for both traditional (face-to-face) and virtual learners.