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DVS Parent Letter Archive

DoDEA Virtual School provides regular updates for students and parents. Updates are archived here and serve as a helpful resource for virtual school planning.

DVS Letter to Parents Oct 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

We have received requests to extend the November 6th cutoff registration date for the second semester education option (virtual school or in-person instruction). Although we all appreciate wanting to know more about what may, or may not, happen with the spread of COVID in the coming weeks, the reality is that this communicable disease is a world health problem with ever changing conditions across nations. Thus, DoDEA planning requires that we provide options within a contingency framework for operations.

A significant part of this effort is identifying which students will be moving to the virtual school, staying in the virtual school, returning to brick and mortar schools, or leaving the DoDEA system. This will involve a delicate balance of ensuring that the staffing needs of the virtual school and brick and mortar schools are met to the greatest extent possible. This process is complicated (and not without challenges), but the goal remains to provide families with an academic option during the global pandemic.

DVS Letter to Parents Oct 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

We are interested in getting some feedback about your, and your child’s, experience with the DoDEA Virtual School this school year.   The feedback provided will be invaluable and will be used to inform changes to the support and educational services provided to students in the DoDEA Virtual School. 

A feedback link will be emailed to you later today.  DoDEA Virtual School students in grades 3 through 12 will also be receiving a link to their DoDEA email account.  The feedback form should take students 5 minutes or less to complete and should take parents/guardians between 5 and 10 minutes to complete, depending on the number of students you have enrolled in the DoDEA Virtual School.   The link that you will receive is unique for you and should not be forwarded to anyone else.  While the link is personalized for each survey participant, you should know that responses are anonymous, and that your/your student’s name, email or any other identifying information will never be attached to your responses.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and want you to know it will be given serious consideration as we evaluate, and work to improve, the support and educational services offered by the DoDEA Virtual School. 

DoDEA Virtual School Team

DVS Letter to Parents Oct 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

DoDEA recognizes that students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 may still have concerns about returning to in-person instruction during second semester. To address parents’ concerns, DoDEA will continue the K-12 virtual option for the second semester of school year 2020-21. Parents that choose to enroll their students in the Virtual School option must agree to remain for the full second semester.

If your child is already enrolled in the DoDEA Virtual School, we ask that parents re-register by logging in to the Aspen Parent Portal using their child’s username and password. This re-registration needs to be completed by the November 6, 2020 deadline.

DVS Letter to Parents Oct 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

In many parts of the United States, the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change and the feel of fall is in the air. The start of this school year has been anything but normal, but what has been wonderful to observe is how our students and staff have made the best of a challenging situation. We’ve reached the midpoint of our first quarter and interim progress reports have been sent with student performance information. This is an opportune time to celebrate your student’s successes and reinforce productive habits to sustain and improve academic student achievement. Information will soon be provided on Quarter 1 Grade Reports and Parent Teacher Conferences.

DoDEA plans to continue to operate full-time in-person schools for the remainder of the school year. DoDEA has put in place numerous safety requirements and precautionary measures that follow The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and DoD guidance to ensure employees and students are protected to the greatest extent possible. During second semester, DoDEA will continue to provide a full-time virtual learning option for students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 or who are concerned about returning to school. You will have the option to choose the best academic environment for your family. Specific details will soon be provided regarding the DVS Option Selection Window, which is anticipated to open later in October.

Thank you for your continued support of our virtual school journey!

DoDEA Virtual School Team                                                              

DVS Letter to Parents Sept 16, 2020

Electives for Middle School Students

Virtual middle school students have been automatically assigned to their elective—Coding for 6th and 7th grade; Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) for 8th grade. These are the only elective courses for DVS students in middle school for first semester. Parents who wish to opt out of the elective to allow students to focus on their four core courses may contact their regional DVS administrator at:

Please include the student’s name, grade level, and home school in your email. Please put “Middle School Elective Course” in the subject line.

Read the full memo for information on Special Education and Advanced Academic Programs and Services.

DVS Letter to Parents Sept. 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

Thank you for visiting the DoDEA Virtual School K-8 Option website for the most updated and comprehensive virtual school information and DVS Administration contact information.

The DVS structure utilizes an asynchronous model with synchronous supports and curriculum that is designed solely for virtual instruction. The DVS procured courseware is designed to optimize online instruction. Students can access and complete coursework at their own pace with a level of independence with teacher and parent support. Our model will provide students with synchronous (live) sessions throughout the day (and the week). Teachers will introduce and reinforce concepts for their students in groups. We are working with our teachers to provide them with strategies for scheduling live sessions that will allow them to introduce and reinforce lessons.

Support services available for DVS students include Special Education, Advanced Academic Programs and Services (AAPS), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Click on the link below to read the rest of the update. Thanks!

DVS Letter to Parents Aug 28, 2020

We are delighted to share that the DoDEA Virtual School K-8 Option website has opened to great success! The website has had over 6,500 visits since it was launched. Please continue to use this resource for the most updated and comprehensive virtual school information.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the update. Thanks!

DVS Letter to Parents Aug 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

We are pleased and excited to announce the launching of the DoDEA Virtual School K-8 Option website. This website is your one source for the most updated and comprehensive virtual school information.

Upon visiting the website, you will find information organized into tabs. These tabs include the virtual school orientation, technical requirements, eligibility/registration, curriculum/courseware, student responsibilities, parent responsibilities, online learning, local school support, library services, grading practices, glossary, and virtual option. The virtual option tab provides a description of the difference between the Remote and Virtual Learning options.

DVS Letter to Parents Aug 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Sponsors,

Thank you for joining us at our opening session Monday. We also want to thank all of you for your gracious patience while we embark on this new journey!  We know that a number of you are requesting additional information about the start of school and specifically, what to expect this week.

DVS Letter to Parents Aug 21, 2020

Dear DoDEA Europe Virtual School Students and Parents,

Please read the attached letter from the DoDEA Virtual School Principal, Dr. Terri Marshall.  It contains specific directions for accessing Monday's (August 24) orientation session. Other attachments include picture directions for accessing the orientation session online and instructions for turning on closed captions and subtitles.

DVS Orientation Information for EU

MS Teams - Joining DVS Orientation

MS Teams Captions and Subtitles Settings