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June 15, 2021

NCVirtual E-lert for June 14, 2021 (Preparing for the NCVirtual Summer Session)

The second of two items from this US-based K-12 online learning program.

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  Summer Guide 
2021-2022 Guide
Printable Guides
    Student Help   
  NCVirtual App  

June 14, 2021

Greetings, everyone!

We are in full summer preparation mode!

In the Trending Updates section, see details on the NC State Board’s approval of funding for NCVirtual’s summer school. Many districts and charter schools are already taking advantage of this additional funding.

In Summer News, see how you can prepare your students for the start of our summer session while our teachers are on their 31-day break.

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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State Board Approves Funding for NCVirtual Summer Session

The big news is that the NC State Board of Education approved a measure to fund NCVirtual’s summer school. We sent this information to our stakeholders on June 3, and we wanted to include it again in today’s e-lert.

Based on their ADM, each district and charter school will receive enrollments for our summer session that will not count in their allotment totals. The State Board is covering this cost with its ESSER II funds.

See the allotments for your district or charter on the Summer 2021 Enrollments Covered by ESSER II Funds spreadsheet. Any enrollments beyond the ESSER II funds would count in your NCVPS allotment totals.

Summer ESSER II enrollments can be used for any course in our summer catalog. On our catalog page, select “Summer” for the “CHOOSE SEMESTER OPTION” filter.

Summer News
Preparing for the NCVirtual Summer Session

The state has a mandatory 31-day break for our teachers. Our teachers will not begin contacting students and schools until June 29. However, you can take a few steps to prepare for the start of our summer session.

Direct students to our Getting Started as a Student webpage.

Be sure students and parents have the following printable guides:

We have guides for schools, too:

Summer Contact Information Needed

Districts and schools registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2021 ELA Contact Information form.

NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2021 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or district level so they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.

Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2021, we will need this information.

If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.

New for Summer 2021

In addition to our traditional summer offerings, we have expanded our summer catalog in response to Session Law 2021-7, House Bill 8. Here’s what’s new:

 

OCS – For the first time, we will offer OCS courses during our summer session. In our registration system, search for “Blended” to find the OCS courses.

 

Intervention Co-Teaching – Also, for the first time, we are offering our intervention co-teaching courses during the summer.

 

For both OCS and co-teaching, you will need to have a f2f (face-to-face) teacher.

 

Credit Recovery – We are also offering credit recovery beginning again this summer! We were the first online school in the nation to offer credit recovery, and we are pleased to bring it back. Our program is teacher lead, unlike most credit recovery software programs. In our registration system, look for CR in the course title or search for “CR” in the search box.

Our summer session begins July 1. Here are the key summer dates:

July 1 – First day of Class

July 8 – Last Day to Register

July 15 – Last Day to drop

August 11 – Summer Session Ends

August 19 – Final Grades Posted

2021-2022 Academic Year
2021-2022 Registration

Registration for 2021-2022 is open. Here are our dates for next year:

Summer 2021: July 1 – Aug. 11

Early Start Fall 2021: Aug. 9 – Dec. 10

Standard Start Fall 2021: Aug. 23 – Jan. 7

Early Start Spring 2022: Jan. 5 – May 2

Standard Start Spring 2022: Jan. 18 – May 16

See our Course Catalog page for a full list of our courses.

2021-2022 Guides

Summer 2021 Guide

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide

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.

Current Reporting
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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 28 – Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

July 8 – Summer Day 3 No-Show Report 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.

Upcoming Events: From Remote to Traditional:

Continuing the Best Practices Learned from the Pandemic

Dates and Times: June 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Description: Despite the overwhelming consequences of the pandemic, COVID-19 forced us to rethink how technology can be used to teach and connect with students and families. Although districts across our state have shifted back to traditional teaching, we do not have to abandon some of the best practices learned from the pandemic. District and school leaders and classroom teachers are invited to join us to learn how you can continue to use technology to support student learning, personalize and differentiate learning, and engage with students and families.

Target Audience: Teachers, Curriculum Coaches & Administrators. All are Welcome!

Attend:

Registration: Please visit our Digital Transition page.

You can also 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 two sessions being on July 6 and 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.

Students & Parents Connect with NCVirtual

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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NCVPS Digital Transition Webinars for Educators – June Schedule

The first of two items from this US-based K-12 online learning program.

Welcome to the NCVirtual Digital Transition Webinar Series!
These webinars are open to all educators and
registration is FREE.
Each session is one hour in length.
Certificates of participation are provided to
participants upon completion of an exit survey.
June Webinars
Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D
Kim is Executive Director of the Southwest Learning Community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and English Instructor for NCVirtual
June 22, 2021
From Remote to Traditional:
Continuing the Best Practices Learned from the Pandemic
Description: Despite the overwhelming consequences of the pandemic, COVID-19 forced us to rethink how technology can be used to teach and connect with students and families. Although districts across our state have shifted back to traditional teaching, we do not have to abandon some of the best practices learned from the pandemic. District and school leaders and classroom teachers are invited to join us to learn how you can continue to use technology to support student learning, personalize and differentiate learning, and engage with students and families.
Target Audience: All are Welcome!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

June 8, 2021

NCVirtual E-lert for June 7, 2021 (State Board Funding for NCVirtual Summer School)

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 7, 2021
Greetings, everyone!
The big news is that the NC State Board of Education approved a measure to fund NCVirtual’s summer school. We sent this information to our stakeholders on June 3, and we wanted to include it again in today’s e-lert.
Based on their ADM, each district and charter school will receive enrollments for our summer session that will not count in their allotment totals. The State Board is covering this cost with its ESSER II funds.
See the allotments for your district or charter on the Summer 2021 Enrollments Covered by ESSER II Funds spreadsheet. Any enrollments beyond the ESSER II funds would count in your NCVPS allotment totals.
Summer ESSER II enrollments can be used for any course in our summer catalog. On our catalog page, select “Summer” for the “CHOOSE SEMESTER OPTION” filter.
New for Summer 2021
In addition to our traditional summer offerings, we have expanded our summer catalog in response to Session Law 2021-7, House Bill 8. Here’s what’s new:
OCS – For the first time, we will offer OCS courses during our summer session. In our registration system, search for “Blended” to find the OCS courses.
Intervention Co-Teaching – Also, for the first time, we are offering our intervention co-teaching courses during the summer.
For both OCS and co-teaching, you will need to have a f2f (face-to-face) teacher.
Credit Recovery – We are also offering credit recovery beginning again this summer! We were the first online school in the nation to offer credit recovery, and we are pleased to bring it back. Our program is teacher lead, unlike most credit recovery software programs. In our registration system, look for CR in the course title or search for “CR” in the search box.
Our summer session begins July 1. Here are the key summer dates:
July 1 – First day of Class
July 8 – Last Day to Register
July 15 – Last Day to drop
August 11 – Summer Session Ends
August 19 – Final Grades Posted
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
Summer Contact Information Needed
Districts and schools registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2021 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2021 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or district level so they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2021, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
2021-2022 Academic Year Updates
2021-2022 Registration
Registration for 2021-2022 is open. Here are our dates for next year:
Summer 2021: July 1 – Aug. 11
Early Start Fall 2021: Aug. 9 – Dec. 10
Standard Start Fall 2021: Aug. 23 – Jan. 7
Early Start Spring 2022: Jan. 5 – May 2
Standard Start Spring 2022: Jan. 18 – May 16
See our Course Catalog page for a full list of our courses.
2021-2022 Guides
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.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 28 – Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 8 – Summer Day 3 No-Show Report 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 & School Outreach
Teacher Online Training
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 two sessions being on July 6 and September 1.
Visit our Teacher Online Training page to register. We look forward to seeing you there!
Daily Office Hours
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.
Student & School 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

June 5, 2021

State Board Approves Funding for NCVirtual Summer Session

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 3, 2021
Greetings, everyone!
The NC State Board of Education approved a measure to fund NCVirtual’s summer school. Based on their ADM, each district and charter school will receive enrollments for our summer session that will not count in their allotment totals. The State Board is covering this cost with its ESSER II funds.
See the allotments for your district or charter on the Summer 2021 Enrollments Covered by ESSER II Funds spreadsheet. Any enrollments beyond the ESSER II funds would count in your NCVPS allotment totals.
Summer ESSER II enrollments can be used for any course in our summer catalog. On our catalog page, you can filter for summer courses:
New for Summer 2021
In addition to our traditional summer offerings, we have expanded our summer catalog in response to Session Law 2021-7, House Bill 8. Here’s what’s new:
OCS – For the first time, we will offer OCS courses during our summer session. In our registration system, search for “Blended” to find the OCS courses.
Intervention Co-Teaching – Also, for the first time, we are offering our intervention co-teaching courses during the summer.
For both OCS and co-teaching, you will need to have a f2f (face-to-face) teacher.
Credit Recovery – We are also offering credit recovery beginning again this summer! We were the first online school in the nation to offer credit recovery, and we are pleased to bring it back. Our program is teacher lead, unlike most credit recovery software programs. In our registration system, look for CR in the course title or search for “CR” in the search box.
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

June 3, 2021

NCVirtual E-lert for June 2, 2021 (Preparing for Summer)

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 2, 2021
Greetings, everyone!
2020-2021 is a wrap at NCVirtual. Our teachers are on their state-mandated 31-day break. If you have questions about a student’s grade, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center.
Our summer session begins July 1. Here are the key summer dates:
July 1 – First day of Class
July 8 – Last Day to Register
July 15 – Last Day to drop
August 11 – Summer Session Ends
August 19 – Final Grades Posted
In our Trending Updates section, please review the following items:
  • Summer Contact Information Needed
  • OCS, Co-Teaching, and Credit Recovery for Summer
  • Extended Course Access for EOC and AP Courses
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
Summer Contact Information Needed
Districts and schools registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2021 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2021 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or district level so they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2021, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
OCS, Co-Teaching, and Credit Recovery for Summer
We have a lot going on this summer! In response to Session Law 2021-7, House Bill 8, we have expanded our summer offerings.
OCS – For the first time, we will offer OCS courses during our summer session. In our registration system, search for “Blended” to find the OCS courses.
Intervention Co-Teaching – Also, for the first time, we are offering our intervention co-teaching courses during the summer.
For both OCS and co-teaching, you will need to have a f2f (face-to-face) teacher.
Credit Recovery – We are also offering credit recovery beginning again this summer! We were the first online school in the nation to offer credit recovery, and we are pleased to bring it back. Our program is teacher lead, unlike most credit recovery software programs. In our registration system, look for CR in the course title or search for “CR” in the search box.
Extended Course Access for EOC and AP Courses
Students will retain access to our AP and EOC courses through June 11 so they can review materials for exams. Additionally, our partner teachers in our co-taught courses (intervention & OCS) will also retain access through June 11 to allow the classroom teachers to continue using course resources with their students.
NCVirtual teachers will post an announcement at the end of our semester alerting students that the NCVPS teacher will not be available to respond or grade.
2021-2022 Academic Year Updates
2021-2022 Registration
Registration for 2021-2022 is open. Here are our dates for next year:
Summer 2021: July 1 – Aug. 11
Early Start Fall 2021: Aug. 9 – Dec. 10
Standard Start Fall 2021: Aug. 23 – Jan. 7
Early Start Spring 2022: Jan. 5 – May 2
Standard Start Spring 2022: Jan. 18 – May 16
See our Course Catalog page for a full list of our courses.
2021-2022 Guides
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.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 28 – Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 8 – Summer Day 3 No-Show Report 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 & School Outreach
Teacher Online Training
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 two sessions being on July 6 and September 1.
Visit our Teacher Online Training page to register. We look forward to seeing you there!
Daily Office Hours
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.
Student & School 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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