VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 05/10/18 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 057 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

VBCPS to launch Virtual Learning Days to bank time in 2018-19 school year

In an effort to expand students' academic experiences inside and outside of the classroom and to help bank instructional time to use in cases of school cancelations due to weather conditions, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will implement two Virtual Learning Days in the 2018-19 school year.

The virtual learning will take place on days when students are not reporting to school - the division's Professional Learning Day, Oct. 8, and Staff Day, Nov. 6.

In advance of the Virtual Learning Days, students will be provided assignments that are designed to replicate learning experiences that would happen if the students were in school. The work may be completed on the Virtual Learning Day or over a designated 10-day window of time in order to give flexibility for students and families.

Families should note that these assignments are also designed in such a way that they can be completed either online or using paper and pencil at home, depending on the student's preference and/or need. Additionally, teachers will be given an hour of time during their staff and professional learning days specifically designated to answer any emails or questions from students about their assignments.

With the addition of the Virtual Learning Days, VBCPS will bank the equivalent of two days of instruction which can offset makeup time needed during the school year.

"This is an exciting initiative for Virginia Beach schools," said Dr. Aaron Spence, VBCPS superintendent. "To begin, from the state level, students are required to utilize more non-traditional learning environments in their school careers and this is one way we can help model for them ways to experience learning in and out of the classroom. Secondly, this gives our division an increased flexibility to address any scheduling needs that may arise due to inclement weather. I want to thank our Teaching and Learning department for their leadership in creating an inventive and engaging way to meet our students' and division's needs."

The Virtual Learning Days have been added to the school calendar, which is available now on vbschools.com.

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Department of Media and Communications, vbcpsweb@vbschools.com

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