Fall 2020 FAQ: Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA)

Posted by Bethel School District on 7/15/2020

Q: If I sign up for BVA, will I lose my spot at Elk Plain?

A: We are working on a model for Elk Pain that would allow parents wishing to take advantage of the Bethel Virtual Academy to still retain their seat at Elk Plain once school is back to normal. The logistics involved with this decision have a number of moving parts, so we will follow-up with parents in early August as to what this will look like. Please feel free to make the best decision for your child and family without the concern associated with reapplying for a spot at Elk Plain.

Q: I completed the form for BVA. Am I signed up?

A: The form we are currently collecting is to inform us of your intent to register for BVA. It is helping us get a student count, and from what grade level/buildings students may be moving from.  However our full registration process will happen in August, and we will reach out to everyone who filled out the form to get the detailed registration information we will need.

Students enrolled in BVA will need to complete the entire quarter (elementary) or trimester (secondary) of learning. If at the end of a quarter/trimester a parent wants to return their student to their home school, space availability will be determined prior to them being moved. As soon as space is available, a student would be allowed to return to their home school. 

Q: How will BVA work for students with IEPs?

A: Just like our brick and mortar schools, we will have special education teachers to monitor and be case managers for specially designed instruction for students with IEPs.   

Q: Will students keep the teachers they were given for the upcoming school year?

A: Students enrolling in BVA will be assigned teachers that are on the BVA staff, so they would not have the same teachers they may be assigned to currently.  

Q: Will their home school principal be the principal for the online schooling?

A: No, the BVA will have its own administrators.

Q: Will the students be given the technology needed for the schooling?

A: Currently every student in the Bethel School district has an iPad, and that will continue for BVA. We are also looking into what other technology needs our students might need to be successful for 100% online learning.

Q: Can BVA students attend school for extracurricular activities?

A:  Yes, a BVA student will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities in their home school.

Q: If I enroll my student in BVA, does the school provide everything my student needs to learn or will I need to be the one that has to plan what to teach her?

A: The answer to this question differs based on the age of the students. A secondary student will need the support of their parent/guardian to help them establish a routine for school and monitor their engagement. However, teachers will provide all the instruction necessary for a student to excel. An online curriculum (that is currently being used in established online schools in the state) is being purchased and will support the work of the student and teacher. 

At the elementary level, younger students will need to work in partnership with their parents. A classroom teacher will be available and providing instruction for the student and parent. A kindergarten student will need a great deal of parent involvement to be successful in BVA. The need for parent involvement will decrease for older elementary students.