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The Virtual Academy is a flexible yet effective, tuition-free online learning approach that is available to any public school student, Grades 3 - 12, whose preferred learning environment is virtual.

Description:

We recognize that virtual learning has become a viable and effective mode of education for many learners. We are happy to offer this option to Beebe School District students in 3rd - 12th Grades. Read more about each level of the Virtual Academy below.

  • 3rd - 6th Grades: Virtual Academy will be taught by Beebe School District teachers. Course curriculum will parallel the curriculum being taught on site, and Google Classroom will be the management system for all course work. The core subjects of Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies will be offered virtually. Students may participate in their activity classes on site or virtually. Virtual students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities if they choose.

  • 7th - 12th Grades: Virtual learning will be offered via Virtual Arkansas. All instruction and course work will be delivered by Virtual Arkansas teachers. The Learning Management System for 7-12 grades will be Canvas, and the interactive video technology used will be Zoom. Students will work with their counselors to enroll in the courses that meet their personal learning goals as well as adhere to Arkansas course credit requirements. Students may enroll in up to 3 courses on site. Virtual students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities if they choose.

Course Selections:

  • All 3rd through 6th Grade virtual students will be enrolled in Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Virtual students will have one lesson from each activity class posted on Google Classroom weekly. IF the student prefers to come on site to participate in activity classes, they must make prior arrangements with the building counselor to allow for scheduling. Activity classes include P.E., Art, Library, and Music.

Enrollment:

  • 2021-22 Virtual Academy Application - Any CURRENT BSD student who wishes to enroll in the Beebe School District Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year MUST submit this application by FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021.

  • After this date, only NEW BSD students will have the option to enroll in the Virtual Academy for the Fall 2021 semester.

  • At the end of the open enrollment period, district personnel will review all Virtual Academy applications to determine students’ eligibility. Letters will be sent on May 20 to inform students and parents of their approval status. Students who are approved will be forwarded to the building counselors. Building counselors will then meet with the students and/or parents to create their schedules for the 2021-22 school year.

  • School Choice:

    • If you reside in another school district and would like to enroll in the BSD Virtual Academy for the upcoming school year, you may complete a School Choice application by May 1st of the current school year.

    • After the May 1st deadline, you must complete a Petition for Transfer form and send to your residential school district. Once approved, it will be forwarded to the Beebe School District. Once approved, you will be contacted by Virtual Academy personnel to schedule an enrollment appointment.

Entrance Criteria:

  • 3rd - 6th Grade students who have been recommended to be retained at the end of the 2020-2021 school year will not be eligible to enroll in the Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year.

  • 7th - 12th Grade students who failed one or more virtual courses in the Spring 2021 semester will not be eligible to enroll in the Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Any student who did not complete state mandated standardized testing in the Spring 2021 semester will be ineligible to enroll in the Virtual Academy for 2021-22.

  • District personnel have the right to deem a student ineligible for enrollment in the Virtual Academy due to their lack of success in a virtual learning environment in the previous school year.

  • Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis by the BSD Virtual Academy Executive Committee.

  • Although not required, recommended virtual student characteristics include the following:
    - Self-motivated
    - Independent Learner
    - Computer Literate
    - Good Time Manager
    - Effective Communicator
    - Personal Commitment
    - Academic Readiness

Transition Requirements:

  • Any student who exceeds the number of absences (8) per the handbook policy for the 1st semester will be required to transition to on site for the remainder of the school year.

  • Any 3rd - 6th Grade student receiving a failing grade in one or more core subjects at the end of a quarter will be required to transition to on site for the remainder of the school year.

  • Any 7th - 12th Grade student with a failing grade in any credit/core course will be required to transition to on site for the remainder of the school year.

  • Mandated transition due to failure to meet requirements (attendance, grades) will occur on an as needed basis.

  • Students/parents may choose to opt out of the Virtual Academy within 10 SCHOOL DAYS of the start of the semester (August 27 & January 14) or at the end of the quarter.

  • Any time a student transitions from virtual to on site (due to their choice or mandated return), they and their parents will be required to complete the Virtual Academy Drop Form.

  • Students may not re enroll in the Virtual Academy during the 2021-22 school year after returning to on site.

Student & Parent Expectations:

  • 3rd - 6th Grade Virtual Academy students will be expected to adhere to all BSD Student Handbook Policies as well as follow all outlined virtual classroom policies and procedures, found here: bit.ly/3-6policies

  • 7-12 grade virtual students will adhere to all BSD Student Handbook and Virtual Arkansas Student Handbook Policies. The Virtual Arkansas Student Handbook can be found here: bit.ly/vastudenthandbook2021

  • BSD Student Handbooks can be found in the Menu at the top of this page under "Parent & Student Resources."

  • All standardized assessments will be required to be taken ON SITE at designated dates, times, and locations set by the district.

  • If approved for enrollment in the Virtual Academy, all students must attend (either virtually or in person) an orientation session to be held the week of Open House (August 9-13).

  • Before school begins, all virtual students must submit a Virtual Academy contract and a chromebook contract. 7-12 students will also submit a Virtual Arkansas Audio Visual Release Form.

  • It is HIGHLY recommended that students who enroll in the Virtual Academy have high speed, reliable internet service at home. In the event that a virtual student needs internet access, the district can provide a hotspot. However, there are barriers for students who use hotspots as their permanent internet source so this would only be a temporary solution. Any student who checks out a school hotspot will need to sign and submit a hotspot contract before receiving it.

District Services:

  • Devices:

    • All students will be issued a district-owned chromebook.

    • Calculators will be available for check out to all virtual students as needed.

    • Temporary hotspots are available to virtual students as needed.

  • Meals:

    • Virtual students may participate in the “Grab and Go” Meal Program to receive weekly breakfast and lunch meals.

  • Special Services:

    • Special Education courses and instruction will be delivered via Google Classroom by a Beebe School District teacher. Curriculum will parallel what is taught on site.

    • Virtual teachers will provide accommodations and/or modifications to students with IEPs or 504s as needed. The virtual Special Education teacher will ensure all special education students receive required special education minutes/services.

    • Therapy services will be available in person or virtually.

  • Gifted & Talented:

    • Beebe School District will follow all Gifted and Talented Program Approval Standards with virtual and face-to-face students.

    • Details about services for Gifted and Talented virtual students can be found here: bit.ly/bsdvirtualgt

  • Mental Health Support:

    • 9-12 students will have the option to enroll in an advisory course to help them stay on track and maintain connections within the district.

    • 3-6 virtual students will have a weekly counseling session provided to them via Google Meet, and counselors will be available for individual and group counseling as needed.

    • 7-12 School counselors will send out a Wellness Check Google Form once per week to all virtual students. Counselors will reach out to any students who do not respond to the form by the end of the week. Counselors will be available for individual and group counseling as needed.

Forms:

Upon approval for enrollment in the 2021-22 Virtual Academy, the following forms will be provided to the student and their guardian(s):

  • Virtual Academy Contract

  • Chromebook Contract

  • Internet Usage Agreement Form

  • Hotspot Contract (If Applicable)

  • Audio Visual Release Form (7-12 grades only)

All applicable forms must be signed and submitted before school begins in the Fall.

You may submit any questions you have about the Virtual Academy to virtualacademy@badger.k12.ar.us.