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January 13, 2021

NCVirtual E-lert for Jan. 12, 2021 (Final Grades Posted Thursday)

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January 12, 2021
Greetings, everyone!
We have completed our fall block classes. Here’s where we are with fall grades:
Fall Early Start Final Grades: Reported Dec. 17
Fall Standard Start Final Grades: Will Be Reported Jan. 14
For Spring 2021, our Early Start classes have already begun, and Standard Start classes begin on Jan. 19.
See Trending Updates, End of Fall 2020, Start of Spring 2021, and webinar sections below.
See all the news and highlights below, and forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.
Trending Updates
Funding Formula and Payment Options
If your district is near the end of its NCVPS allotment funding, you have several options.
Districts can apply to use NCVPS reserve funds. This funding is not unlimited, however. We have a $2 million reserve for all districts and charters to use once they’ve exhausted their allotted funds. We do have reserve funds remaining, though.
Districts can use CARES Act funding for NCVirtual enrollments. This funding can be used for spring enrollments OR used retroactively for fall classes. This would reduce your allotment usage. You can also use certain other state, local, or federal funds for enrollment.
Partnership Course Program
In the Partnership program, NCVirtual provides the courses, and schools provide the teachers. Districts are using this program for remote instruction, virtual academies, and for teachers who are unable to return to the classroom for various reasons. Visit our Partnership Course Program page for all the details on this program.
Co-Teaching Update
Please remind your co-teaching teachers in the face to face schools that the ONLINE partner teacher for your students class will be contacting you to set up a welcome call as well as giving you the log-in and password for their course. They may not have access to this course until closer to the start date of the semester as the teachers are still being assigned and the sections are being created.
Once a section is created, it may take approximately 48-72 hours to get everyone assigned and ready to go. For new sections created during the drop/add period, please expect this same 48-72 hour turn-around. Thank you for your patience and partnership!
For those schools who are needing resources before the spring NCVPS Classes begin, please find this PRE-INSTRUCTION Resource for Students documents as some resources for your students to use in the meantime.
End of Fall 2020 Classes
All fall block courses have ended.
Following these steps will help with the success of your students and help you have grades prepared for your final report cards.
Grades
Our final grade report will show the weighted course work grade (80%), final exam grade (20%), final grade. EOC and CTE courses will only show the one marking period grades. Schools will need to administer all state tests and calculate the test scores. Follow this link to see what the final grade report will look like.
You will want to be aware of our grading policy and how we weight grades, especially for state-tested courses where you will need to calculate the final grade once you receive your test scores. Review our Grades Quick Reference Guide to see how we calculate grades.
Grade Questions
If you have questions about a student’s grade, you should send those directly to the student’s teacher or submit a help ticket to the Virtual Support Center.
Spring 2021 Classes
New to NCVirtual
If you’re new to NCVirtual, please visit our Getting Started for Schools page. It will explain our program and give you the necessary details to run a successful online program at your school.
Class Start Dates
Early Start: Jan. 4
Standard Start: Jan. 19
Registration Details
Registration Dates
Registration is open for Spring 2021 classes. The last day to drop or add students:
Early Start: Jan. 15
Standard Start: Feb. 1
Registration Process
Enroll students through the NCVPS registration system. If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center.
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information. Please remember that there is only one login per school. If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, watch our NCVPS Registration Video. It will guide you through our enrollment process. You can also print our Quick Registration Guide.
Note: Do you need a yearlong or Early Start section that we don’t currently offer? Submit a request through our Virtual Support Center. We’ll see if we can make that happen.
Home and Private School Parents
If you are a home school or private school, visit our Home & Private Schools page.
Waitlist and Course Capacity List
NCVirtual is not a software program. Our online courses are teacher-led, and we are mindful of their class sizes. If your student is waitlisted for a course, that waitlist is usually temporary. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they should open a new section or increase the size of a current section. However, each semester, we have a few courses that reach their maximum enrollment capacity. To see courses that have capacity issues, visit our Course Capacity List.
Co-Teaching Update
Please remind your co-teaching teachers in the face to face schools that the ONLINE partner teacher for your students class will be contacting you to set up a welcome call as well as giving you the log-in and password for their course. They may not have access to this course until closer to the start date of the semester as the teachers are still being assigned and the sections are being created.
Once a section is created, it may take approximately 48-72 hours to get everyone assigned and ready to go. For new sections created during the drop/add period, please expect this same 48-72 hour turn-around. Thank you for your patience and partnership!
For those schools who are needing resources before the spring NCVPS Classes begin, please find this PRE-INSTRUCTION Resource for Students documents as some resources for your students to use in the meantime.
Enrolling in OCS Courses
See our new OCS Program page before enrolling in NCVPS courses. We have streamlined the process. For help with the OCS registration process, watch our OCS Registration Video.
Enrolling in Intervention Co-Teaching Courses
We have a new Intervention Co-Teaching Program page that gives details on the program and enrollment process. Watch our Intervention Co-Teaching Video to see the enrollment process.
Registering Early Start Students in Standard Start Courses
If you are an early-start school, you can still register your students into our Standard Start courses. If you need your students to finish early before the May 18 end date, please proceed to the next process.
Early Final Grade Reporting for Standard Start Classes
Our spring Standard Start courses end on May 18, 2021, and final grades will be reported on May 28. Districts and schools can opt for early reporting on May 14 by submitting this form.
In addition to completing that form, it is essential that you communicate your end-date expectations to your students and our NCVirtual teachers. Do this early in the semester so that our teachers have time to adjust the pacing guides for your students. Please do not surprise your students or our teachers with a request for an early finish at the end of the semester. The communication here is essential.
Calendars
Class Details
Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our NCVirtual Demo Course for an orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.
Getting Started
Direct students to our Getting Started as an NCVPS Student page before classes begin. This page will help students get oriented and answer all their questions on how our courses work.
Support Features
Weeks 1 and 2 – Access Check and Enrollment Options
Visit our Access Check and Enrollment Options page for essential details to ensure your students have a successful start.
Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS page for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.
Printable Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Canvas Parent App
Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student’s progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.
NCVPS App
Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Dec. 17 – Early Start and Early-Reported Standard Start Final Grades Fall 2020
Dec. 17 – Standard Start Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Jan. 14 – Standard Start and Early Start Final Grades Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
NCVirtual’s Teacher Online Training Course
Prepare your teachers for success in the online learning environment. Visit our Teacher Online Training page for details and registration. The course is free!
The next course begins on Feb. 1, 2021. Additional start dates will be based on interest from individuals and districts.
This course is asynchronous and facilitator-led. Facilitators have many years of experience in online learning and are specially trained to work with educators transitioning to this environment.
* Participants work in cohorts to complete five modules.
* A cohort is 35 to 50 educators.
Open Webinars
NCVirtual is pleased to host online events through our Culture CaféIworkNCVirtual Speaker Series, and Open House Events.
Here’s what we have coming up:
Culture Cafe Event – Holocaust Survivor Tale ~ “Inheriting the Role of a Witness”
Date and Time: Feb. 9, 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
Iwork Event: Finance
Details: What does it take to excel in the world of finance? Join us for a Career Connection with Angela Adkins. Ms. Adkins holds a Masters of Public Administration from NCCU and is a Business Analyst for a top professional services firm.
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Iwork Event: Information Technology Software Engineer
Details: Would you like to know more about the field of information technology and what it takes to be a software engineer? Join us for a Career Connection with Gabriel Nyante. Mr. Nyante is a software engineer with the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Date and Time: Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Iwork Event: Information Technology
Details: Join us for a Career Connection with Ian Parks. Mr. Parks is a military veteran who has served five years in the United States Air Force. He’s currently a software engineer at IBM but makes time to work with teenagers within his community through his own non-profit organization, After School Special, to help teens reach their full potential in life.
Date and Time: Thursday, January 25, 2021 – 10:00am to 11:00am.
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Iwork Event: Family and Children Resources
Details: Join us for a Career Connection with Dr. Rhonda Paul. Dr. Paul serves as an Education Specialist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the growth and development of child welfare workers and social work students through planning, developing, coordinating informative workshops, programs, community events, course interactions, and innovative technology use.
Date and Time: Thursday, January 26, 2021 – 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Daily Office Hours
The Outreach and Support team has office hours Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.
Students & Parents – Do you have general questions about our program or concerns about your course? Visit the Outreach team during the lunch hour. We’re here to help!
E-learning Advisors – Are you new to NCVirtual? Do you have questions about student performance? Unique enrollment requests? We’re here to help!
E-learning Coordinators – Are you leading your district’s e-learning program? Are you looking for new ways to partner with us? Drop into the office hours, and let’s chat!
Teachers – Want to learn about the Outreach team? Let’s talk!
Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Help
NCVirtual is a support organization, and we are here to help! Check out our guides and support pages below.
Virtual Support Center (Be sure to create an account before you submit your first ticket.)
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

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