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August 24, 2021

NCVirtual E-lert for August 23, 2021 (Standard Start Classes Begin Today!)

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August 23, 2021

Greetings, everyone!

Our Standard Start classes begin today!

See our Trending Updates section for details on whitelisting NCVirtual domains, our parent orientation, new advanced math courses for middle school, and the process to have Standard Start calendar students complete their courses in December.

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.

Updates and News

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Whitelist Our Domains

NCVirtual has two domains that need to be whitelisted for students to receive emails from our teachers and Virtual Support Center:

ncpublicschools.gov and help.ncvps.org.

Please share this with your school’s or district’s technology officer.

Parent Orientation

We are hosting an orientation for parents on August 31 at 6 p.m. September 2 at 11 a.m. See the details in the NCVirtual Parents Orientation section below, and please share with your NCVirtual parents.

Public School Parents

We’ve had a number of public school parents who have tried to enroll with us directly this past week. They said their schools directed them to do so. Please note that public school parents must enroll students through their local public schools.

Middle School Advanced Math

We have added two new middle school advanced math courses to our catalog. Look for Advanced Math 6 and Advanced Math 7 in our registration system.

Advanced Math 6 is a compacted course comprised of all the Math 6 standards and a portion of the Math 7 standards. Students enrolled in Advanced Math 6 will complete the Math 6 EOC at their enrolling school upon completion.

Advanced Math 7 is a compacted course comprised of a portion of standards from Math 7 and a portion of standards from Math 8. Students enrolled in Advanced Math 7 will complete the Math 7 EOC at their enrolling school upon completion.

Early Course Completion Requests in Standard Start Courses

Our Fall 2021 Standard Start courses end on January 7, 2022, and final grades will be reported on January 13. Schools may choose an early completion date for their students enrolled in Standard Start courses. Early completers in our Standard Start courses will finish their courses on December 10, the same date as Early Start students, and their final grades will be included in the Early Start final grade report on December 16.

We have a two-step process for requesting early course completion:

Step 1: Districts and schools must submit our Early Course Completion form. This form will close on September 24, 2021. Please make your decision for early course completion by that date.

Step 2: Communicate your early completion 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. Schools must also communicate the early completion date to their students, as well. They will have ten fewer days of class time to complete their courses.

Communications between the school, student, and teacher are essential in this process. Students will have access to the course until its original end date, January 7, 2022. Districts and schools must drive the expectation that their students finish early. If they continue to submit work after December 10, our teachers will continue to grade it.

After the Early Course Completion form closes on September 24, NCVirtual will contact each school and district identified in the form submission, plus our teachers.

This process is for Standard Start classes only. Our Early Start classes will report on their original end date.

Here are the important dates for final grades this fall:

December 10: Early Start Classes End

December 10: Standard Start Early Course Completion

December 14: Final Grades Due from Teachers

December 14: Progress Report Grades for Students Finishing in January Due from Teachers

December 16: Final Grades Posted for Early Start Classes and Standard Start Early Completion

December 16: Progress Reports Posted for Standard Start Students Not Finishing Early

January 7: Standard Start Classes End

January 11: Final Grades Due from Teachers

January 13: Final Grades Posted in the Registration System

New Middle School Courses

We are pleased to announce that we have added 8th Grade Science to our course catalog. Our middle school core-course offering now includes 8th Grade Math, ELA, and Science, along with 7th Grade Math and 6th Grade Math, plus seven electives. 8th Grade Science will be offered as a yearlong course in the fall and block in the spring.

We also have some great middle school electives. “Exploring Personal Character & Careers & Employment” is an exciting middle school course with great reviews last year! Check this one out for your middle schoolers:

Course Description: Do you want your middle schoolers to learn more about a variety of career fields, along with what skills are needed to be successful in those fields? In this course, students will discover careers including business and finance, manufacturing, engineering, and many more! Students can begin gathering information for their journey down a career path today!

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide
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.

Registration Details

Registration for fall and spring courses is open.

Enroll students through the NCVirtual 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 NCVirtual Registration Video to help 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.

Enrolling in OCS Courses

See our new OCS Program page before enrolling in NCVirtual courses. We have streamlined the process. Watch our OCS Registration Video for help with the OCS registration process.

Change in OCS Course Titles

We are updating our OCS course titles to align with DPI guidelines. OCS courses will now be identified as “Blended” in our course catalog and registration system. Be sure to search for “Blended” in our registration system.

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.

Enrolling in Health and PE Courses

If you’re registering for our Health and PE courses, you’ll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school. You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Health and PE page for details.

Early Course Completion Requests in Standard Start Courses

Our Fall 2021 Standard Start courses end on January 7, 2022, and final grades will be reported on January 13. Schools may choose an early completion date for their students enrolled in Standard Start courses. Early completers in our Standard Start courses will finish their courses on December 10, the same date as Early Start students, and their final grades will be included in the Early Start final grade report on December 16.

We have a two-step process for requesting early course completion:

Step 1: Districts and schools must submit our Early Course Completion form. This form will close on September 24, 2021. Please make your decision for early course completion by that date.

Step 2: Communicate your early completion 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. Schools must also communicate the early completion date to their students, as well. They will have ten fewer days of class time to complete their courses.

Communications between the school, student, and teacher are essential in this process. Students will have access to the course until its original end date, January 7, 2022. Districts and schools must drive the expectation that their students finish early. If they continue to submit work after December 10, our teachers will continue to grade it.

After the Early Course Completion form closes on September 24, NCVirtual will contact each school and district identified in the form submission, plus our teachers.

This process is for Standard Start classes only. Our Early Start classes will report on their original end date.

Here are the important dates for final grades this fall:

December 10: Early Start Classes End

December 10: Standard Start Early Course Completion

December 14: Final Grades Due from Teachers

December 14: Progress Report Grades for Students Finishing in January Due from Teachers

December 16: Final Grades Posted for Early Start Classes and Standard Start Early Completion

December 16: Progress Reports Posted for Standard Start Students Not Finishing Early

January 7: Standard Start Classes End

January 11: Final Grades Due from Teachers

January 13: Final Grades Posted in the Registration System

Calendars

View our full 2021-2022 Calendar.

Course Catalog

Our 2021-2022 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.

Course Updates and Alerts

See our Course Updates and Alerts page for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.

SAR Data

Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!

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.

Student Life

NCVirtual has numerous ways for students to get involved online and stay engaged. Visit our Student Life page to see all the clubs, online meetings, and support features available to them.

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.

Be sure students and parents have the following printable guides:

We have guides for schools, too:

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.

NCVirtual App

Download the NCVirtual app to receive notifications on your smartphone. The NCVirtual app is a great companion app for parents. The app is used for NCVirtual “front office” communications to parents. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our NCVirtual App page for details.

Current Reporting
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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

August 19 – Summer Final Grades Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

August 26 – Progress Reports for Early Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

August 31 – Day-5 No-Show Report for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual 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.

District and School Outreach

Digital Transition Webinar Series
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We have a great set of experienced online educators lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments.

See upcoming events and

stream all previous webinars on-demand from our Digital Transition page.

Teacher Online Training
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TOT (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.

Our TOT course, “An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development,” is not a “how to” or “instructional” guide for Canvas, but focuses on the best practices for teaching and learning using any platform. Topics include the following:

  • Assessment Tools
  • Teacher Talk & Clear Expectations
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Maintaining an Online Presence
  • Adapting and Placing Content
  • Engaging Through Feedback

Our next session begins September 1.

Visit our Teacher Online Training page to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Daily Office Hours
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The Outreach and Support team has office hours Monday-Friday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. We are prepared to stay longer with visitors who need assistance. 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.

Connecting with Students & Parents

Please share the following updates with students and parents. Thank you!
NCVirtual Parent Orientation
Learn what to expect during the fall semester and how to best support your student through this rigorous term. Learn how to use the Canvas Parent App, Observer Access, Peer Tutoring Center, and many other student supports!

When: Tuesday, August 31, 6 PM – 7 PM or Thursday, September 2, 11 AM – 12 PM

Where: The event will be hosted in an NC Virtual online classroom. Details will be sent following registration.

Presenters: NC Virtual staff, teachers, and students.

Topics: The presentation will include how to use the Canvas Parent App, what to expect during the semester, student supports, and an opportunity to chat with NC Virtual teachers and students.

Audience: Our Parent Orientation is geared to parents and guardians of current NC Virtual students.

Register for the session that best fits your schedule.

August 31, 2021 at 6 PM

September 2, 2021 at 11 AM

Culture Café
The Culture Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. The presentations are delivered by the faculty of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVirtual) as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, culinary, historical, geographic, and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.

Join all live sessions through our Culture Café page.

Check back next week for upcoming sessions!

Student Research Alliance
The NCVirtual Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for high school students to conduct original research on topics of interest related to NCVPS courses. The goal of the program is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content.

For more information about the program, reach out to Señor Hall at herman.hall@ncpublicschools.gov.

IworkNCVirtual
NCVirtual hosts its IworkNCVirtual speaker series that includes presentations about career paths and jobs by those working in the field. We feel that it is never too early to start thinking about your future, and we are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths while still in middle or high school.
NCVirtual App
NCVirtual has an app! This is a great companion piece for parents and educators who want NCVirtual alerts for important dates, announcements, and news. See our NCVirtual App page for details.

Parents should also download the Parent Canvas App to see course grades and communicate with their child’s teachers.

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Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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