October 17, 2021

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Virginia family members on the lookout into alternative school strategies as an alternative of in-human being

ROANOKE, Va. – With COVID-19 fears escalating yet again and the mask discussion in universities, some families are wanting for other education options that really don’t consist of understanding in particular person. We’re doing the job for you on what is available.

Alternative 1: Area faculty district on the internet option

Look at with your regional university district, as some are nonetheless letting you to enroll in on the internet courses.

Just about every university system has a distinctive deadline, but for lots of of them, you have to meet up with particular requirements.

Bedford County suggests they have about 90 college students enrolled in Virtual Virginia, the system they are making use of this 12 months.

“Because the mask plan just modified, we are performing to set up protocols for the long term,” mentioned a college spokesperson. “Virtual Virginia is presently closed to enrollment. Our principals are working to obtain facts from college students who would like to arrive again for in-individual instruction, and these who now want to be enrolled just about. Appropriate now it’s a fluid condition that we are working to tackle.”


Botetourt County suggests they’ve viewed an boost in online enrollment requests because past 7 days when the governor said masks would want to be worn in schools to adhere to Virginia regulation. They have 80 learners so significantly and are accepting programs via August 11, or until finally slots are stuffed.

Roanoke County posted on its Facebook web page Friday, “Options for learners seeking complete-time, on the web instruction will also be expanded in grades K-8 to contain an choice for learners who ask for on the net learning but do not have COVID-similar health care documentation as formerly expected. To deliver these expanded solutions, RCPS will use a wide variety of educational supply strategies in addition to Virtual Virginia, and staff is working to make these arrangements. If your youngster is previously on a waiting list for on the web discovering, you will be contacted as soon as arrangements are finalized as shortly after August 12 as is achievable. If your boy or girl is not on a waiting listing now and you would like to use these expanded on line options, make sure you get hold of your child’s college to be put on the listing, by end of day on Tuesday, August 10.”


Solution 2: Virginia Digital Academy

The Virginia Digital Academy, driven by Stride K12, is tuition-cost-free and you continue to have time to enroll. Pupils that are inhabitants of Bland, Botetourt, Bristol, Giles, Norton, Patrick, Radford Town, Tazewell, Stafford (grades K-5), and Washington need to arrive at out to their district specifically to enroll in VAVA.

A spokesperson for Stride K12 says national enrollment went from about 123,000 in advance of the pandemic in the 2019-2020 university calendar year to about 189,000 last university 12 months. They say the percentage of households who are currently enrolled that indicated they are returning is at a multi-yr significant.

“So far, we are looking at the reverse of the mass exodus back again to brick-and-mortar educational facilities that some have predicted,” mentioned a Stride K12 spokesperson.

To enroll: You apply, you are admitted and then you are no lengthier enrolled at your brick-and-mortar school.


You can discover the tale we did previous 12 months on VAVA here, where we crack down what the course of action appears to be like.

Alternative 3: Homeschool

Mothers and fathers, you nonetheless have time to come to a decision to homeschool.

Home Educators Affiliation of Virginia (HEAV) is a nonprofit to help homeschool family members. In accordance to HEAV, a dad or mum must post a Observe of Intent or personalized letter to the division superintendent by August 15 each year you give home instruction. The group indicates applying the recognize on their website due to the fact it only has what the legislation involves and other forms check with for points you do not have to disclose.

There are a lot of sources on the HEAV’s webpage and you can look at out the WSLS 10 Information tale from last year on homeschooling wherever we broke down the process such as how to decide on a curriculum. Come across that tale in this article.


The GRHE (Bigger Roanoke House Educators) is a parent aid group that allows get info out to homeschooling parents about all the distinctive alternatives of co-ops, alternatives & occasions geared for Roanoke & encompassing space homeschoolers to know about. You can test out the Facebook website page right here and the internet site here.

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