Elementary Virtual Learning Program

Elementary Virtual Learning Program

The NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program is an online learning program for students in grades K-5 which will offer a blend of synchronous (live), and asynchronous (independent) instruction led by NNPS teachers. All classes will follow the Virginia State Standards of Learning, NNPS curriculum, and pacing. State and local assessments will be given, and all students must come in person to take their assessments. Students in the program will remain affiliated with their "home" school. Click here for information on the middle and high school Virtual Learning Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Responsibilities

Attendance: NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program students are still bound to the attendance requirements outlined in Virginia state law and stated in the Rights and Responsibility Handbook. Students are expected to attend school in the virtual setting daily, provide emailed notes from the Parent when absent, and make-up work within a reasonable period as outlined.

Ethics: The rules of conduct for students in NNPS extend to a reasonable degree of enforcement over students enrolled in the Elementary Virtual Learning Program, including more restrictive, or adjusted expectations of students consistent with the program's mission and design. NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program students recognize the unique circumstances of their learning environment and are committed to working honestly, will avoid cheating, and other acts of misrepresentation. Students that are chronically unable to adhere to expectations may be considered for a change in educational assignment to include withdrawal from the NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program, the steps of review are outlined in the Rights and Responsibility Handbook.

Enrollment: Students enrolled in the NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program remain a member of the student body of their zoned. The NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program classes will follow the Virginia State Standards of Learning, NNPS curriculum, and pacing. State and local assessments will be given, and all students must come in person to take their assessments. Practical arrangements such as transportation and scheduling will be communicated in advance to students and families.

Safety: NNPS is committed to providing a safe and encouraging learning environment even in a virtual setting. Students and families can support these efforts by being mindful and maintaining appropriate electronic communication whether in virtual classes, chats, breakout rooms, or sending an email. Any forms of cyberbullying will not be tolerated.

Technology: All NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program students are expected to sign on and participate in daily instruction using a school division-issued laptop; WiFi hotspots are available to students without internet connectivity. The devices remain the exclusive property of NNPS. Elementary Virtual Learning Program students have the responsibility to adhere to the Technology Device Agreement, and the Acceptable Use of Computing Systems by Students. In addition, students must promptly make their teachers aware of needed repairs, technical issues, or internet challenges that interrupt the learning, or prevent assignment completion.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

The role of the parent/guardian is absolutely essential to the successful academic growth of the student.

  • The parent/guardian is to be an essential collaborative coach to ensure students are successful in the program. Adult supervision will be required when students are participating in virtual classes. Students and parents will need to sign a contract indicating their commitment to fulfilling all requirements of the virtual learning program.

  • The parent/guardian is to be an active participant in the delivery of resources provided by the virtual school.

  • The parent/guardian is responsible for maintaining a schedule of instructional opportunities and ensuring that the student is progressing at a pace that is meeting the individual needs of the student.

  • The parent/guardian is responsible for keeping scheduled appointments and maintaining contact with teachers and staff throughout the school year.

  • The parent/guardian must utilize an active ParentVue account to review current academic progress and communication with teachers and staff. NNPS staff will work with the parent/guardian to assist students in achieving their maximum academic growth in all required subject areas throughout the school year. Go to ParentVue.

How to Apply for Elementary Virtual Learning Program

Students are selected for the NNPS Elementary Virtual Learning Program through an application process. The steps to apply are as follows:

  1. Interested families should contact the home school where the student is currently enrolled to express interest in the program.

  2. Next, your school counselor will reach out to have a conversation that explores the reason/need for virtual learning.

  3. Lastly, complete the official online application.

    • The application window opens Monday, April 11, 2022.
    • All applications are due by Friday, April 29, 2022.
    • Families will be notified of their acceptance via email by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Faculty and Staff

Principal Chris Smith
Assistant Principal Stephanie Bean
Virtual Learning Specialist Samantha Sissell
EVP K-5 School Counselor Leah Horrigan-Smith
EVP Kindergarten Toymeka Raymond
EVP 1st grade Crystal Sizemore
EVP 2nd grade Molly Stearn
EVP 3rd grade Bailey Brantley
EVP 4th grade Sharon Daniel
EVP 5th grade Jacklyn Haas

Virtual Education at Newport News Public Schools