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Synchronous Instruction, Grades 6–12

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Select Enrollment

Students Choose Courses and Instructional Times

Virtual Virginia’s Select enrollment options allow students in grades 6–12 to choose not only their VVA courses, but also the meeting times for their daily synchronous instruction. Select enrollment supports part-time and full-time online learning needs across the Commonwealth.

View the complete Select schedule of courses and available instructional times (via Google Docs)

Select enrollment allows a full-time student to create a personalized schedule of courses from VVA’s catalog and allows a part-time, in-person student to enroll in one or more courses at times that align with their daily schedule at the local school. Additionally, school divisions facing teacher shortage areas can use Select enrollment to ensure their students have live access to Virginia-certified educators during the school day.

All daytime meeting times are scheduled for Monday through Friday. The 5:45–6:30 p.m. meeting time is scheduled for Monday through Thursday.

Note that for most courses, each time-based section requires a minimum of 40 enrollments. If a course section doesn’t meet this minimum, then any students enrolled in that section will be offered their next choice of time-based section. Courses with typically lower enrollments may have fewer time-based sections, and in some limited cases, there will be only one time-based section available.

Students are expected to attend all synchronous sessions for the time-based section in which they enroll. However, synchronous sessions are recorded, and recordings are posted in the Virtual Virginia courses. All students are responsible for the content presented during the synchronous sessions.

Asynchronous Option

Virtual Virginia acknowledges that not all students in grades 6–12 may be able to attend scheduled synchronous sessions for the 2022–2023 school year. Therefore, VVA now offers an asynchronous option for students in grades 6–12 who need increased flexibility in their schedules. 

Asynchronous students may watch session recordings in the place of live attendance and set up regular 1:1 meetings with their teacher(s) during the teacher’s office hours to review the material and address any questions. 

Designated school counselors and division/school coordinators may request an exception to attending synchronous sessions for students in good standing. In this case, the counselor or coordinator will select “Asynchronous” for the available meeting time during course registration. 

If you have already registered students and would like to change their course meeting time to asynchronous, please follow these instructions:

  1. Using your counselor ID and password, log in to the Genius SIS. If you can’t remember your password, click the “forgot password” link.
  2. Click the Students tab at the top of the page.
  3. Click the name of the student for whom you wish to request an enrollment change.
  4. Click Enrollment Change Request under Enrollments on the left side of the page.
  5. Click the Pencil/Paper icon to the left of the course for which you wish to request an enrollment change.
  6. Click the dropdown menu and select “Live Session Time-Slot Change.”
  7. Change the time slot to “Asynchronous.”
  8. Click the Save Changes button.
    1. The following confirmation message should appear: “Thank you for your request. You will receive an email when it has been processed.”
    2. Please allow up to 48 hours (excluding weekends) to receive an email notification about approval or denial of your request.
    3. If the change you request is a duplicate request, a message containing the text “already under review” will appear.
  9. Click the Close button.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

More About Secondary Instruction

Virtual Virginia promotes meaningful interactions between K–12 learners and instructors through time-based or task/product-based measures of attendance. A meaningful interaction is defined as two-way engagement with a student and staff that allows some sort of feedback or input from the student on successes and challenges.

For secondary students (grades 6–12), interactions with teachers or appropriate school staff are structured to support daily engagement through a variety of formats, including daily synchronous instruction sessions, synchronous 1:1 instruction, email communications, assignment feedback, and engagement in a course discussion board, in addition to logging in to the VVA learning management system.