CSPA is getting rid of its virtual school, expanding available online courses

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – All-virtual learning will not be an option for students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County this academic year.

Albemarle Co. Public Schools had planned to limit the number of people who could enroll in its virtual school, but says families weren’t too interested.

“We actually have so much desire and interest from families and returning in-person students that our virtual school enrollments are actually quite low,” said CSPA’s Helen Dunn.

Dunn says that doesn’t mean the district is scrapping virtual learning, though.

“We thought, ‘Let’s do some of these classes,'” she said. “People can continue to learn online, if it’s a way that really benefits their education.”

ACPS is increasing the number of courses that can be taken virtually.

“Rather than holding a virtual school like we did last year, we are pivoting students who still want to take classes online and enrolling them through their home school,” Dunn said.

It’s a similar story with Charlottesville City Schools: Not enough students signed up for a virtual school. CCS students will have options through Virtual Virginia, an online education plan.

Students can still stay virtual in one form or another, which benefits their own learning style.

“We really understand that students learn differently, and giving students options and choices is the best way for them to learn,” Dunn said.

Dunn says she hopes students will fight back if virtual learning is something they want.

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Perry A. Thomasson