Department of Defense Education Activity

Virtual Option

DoDEA Virtual School Option for Grades K-12 for SY 20/21

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DoDEA recognizes that students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 may still have concerns about returning to school. To support all students, DoDEA will operate full-time in-person schools and also provide a full-time virtual learning option for grades K–12 students through the end of the current school year.  Parents arriving to DoDEA locations, will have the option to choose the best academic environment for their student (in-person or virtual).

Students currently enrolled in person or virtual  may request consideration by contacting the school principal/district superintendent to request for a change in educational option.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please email the mailbox
for your region virtual school administration.

Special Ed Questions?

If you have questions related to special education please email
the mailbox for your region special education team.

Education Transition Resources

Full-time In-Person School

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Full-time Virtual Learning

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2nd Semester Transition Dates

  • The end of the semester for in person learning is January 14, 2021.
  • The end of the first semester for virtual school is January 13th.
  • Students who are transitioning from in person learning to virtual school for 2nd Semester will return to in person learning after the winter break and transition to the virtual platform at the beginning of the 2nd Semester on January 19th.
  • Students who are transitioning from virtual learning to in person will resume virtual learning on January 4th and will transition to the in-person school setting on January 19th.
  • There are a few exceptions, check with your home school. 

Common Questions About the Virtual Option

The full-time virtual school option is designed to provide students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 may still have concerns about returning to school. The model is constant throughout the school year regardless of changes to public health conditions. Families choosing this option recognize and accept that their children will not have regular in-person interactions with teachers and peers. Rather, they will engage in interactive lessons online. According to its design, this model is intended to be a full-year semester commitment.

  • Students in grades K-6 will be enrolled in five courses: mathematics, English/language arts, science, social studies and one elective. (6th and 7th grades: CTE Course TBD; 8th grade: Health Opportunities and Physical Education). DoDEA procured courses from Florida Virtual School (FLVS) that are aligned to the DoDEA Standards and include syllabi and assignment schedules for each course. The course content is online through Schoology and a packet of learning materials will be provided to students in grades K-5.
  • Students in grades 7-12 in the virtual option for the second semester will work with their local brick and mortar school counselor to register for courses from November 9-20, 2020.

The full-time online model involves independent online learning and teacher-directed synchronous instruction. Students participating in the full-time online model are likely to have larger class sizes than their peers taking the same course under the in-person continuum. Students will be served by dedicated DoDEA teachers in a cohort model with other students from their school, or their geographic region. Courses will be taught using online courseware and digital curriculum resources along with synchronous direct instruction and support from an online DoDEA teacher.

To the extent possible, elementary and middle school students will be served by dedicated DoDEA teachers in a cohort model with other students from their school, or their geographic region. Courses will be taught using online courseware and digital curriculum resources along with synchronous direct instruction and support from an online DoDEA teacher.

Families of full-time online students should be prepared to support their children’s active participation in all online learning activities. They will need to ensure their children have adequate space, materials, and technology access for their daily online instruction, requesting school assistance to provide a laptop and internet service, as needed. Families will need to be ready to follow the established daily learning schedule and will need to work with school staff to arrange for their children to participate in standardized assessments and other mandated educational activities. Families should recognize that full-time online instruction may not be able to support some specialized programs and course offerings that would otherwise be available to enhance student options and experiences.

The end of the semester for in person learning is January 14, 2021. The end of the first semester for virtual school is January 13th. Families who chose to move from in person learning to virtual school will return to in person learning after the winter break and transition to the virtual platform at the beginning of the 2nd Semester on January 19th. Likewise , families who chose to move from virtual learning to in person will resume virtual learning on January 4th and will transition to the brick and mortar school setting on January 19th. There are a few exceptions, check with your home school.  

6th and 7th grade: CTE Course, Coding Fundamentals

8th grade: Health Opportunities and Physical Education

No, DoDEA will not be offering a virtual learning option for PreK students. Virtual preschool does not provide the social and relational interactions that are essential to children’s later development. While technology can be used to enhance or scaffold learning, full time virtual preschool is not a best practice.

For students seeking instruction from the DVS who are, or may be, eligible for a 504 Accommodation Plan, the 504 Accommodation Team of the student’s normally assigned brick and mortar school will convene to develop (or modify) the student’s 504 Accommodation Plan. The 504 Coordinator of the brick and mortar school will remain the case manager for students who have a 504 Accommodation Plan and are enrolled in DVS. The 504 Coordinator of the brick and mortar school, in close collaboration with the DVS, will monitor the student’s progress and meet with the teachers as needed. The 504 Accommodation Team will follow the policies and procedures outlined in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2500.14 and will work with the DVS to provide the virtual and/or physical accommodations necessary for a student with a disability to have access to DoDEA educational programs and services.

For students who receive special education services, the DVS provides specially designed instruction utilizing special education teachers and related service providers. The DVS special education teachers will provide specialized instruction, consultation, and accommodations, as needed, to students with individualized education programs (IEPs) in order to access the general education curriculum while addressing targeted goals. While the DVS does not offer separate special education classes as a replacement to any general education course, the DVS special education teacher will provide synchronous special education services. These services may include direct or small group instruction that does not replace the general education curriculum. Each student is responsible for completing asynchronous sessions, submitting assignments, and attending synchronous sessions with the student’s general education teacher, SPED teacher, or related service provider.

Students in grades K-5 continue to receive the appropriate level of services provided by the school-based AAPS-RT in collaboration with the Virtual School grade level teacher. Students in grades 6-12 may continue to receive the appropriate differentiated services and accelerated course options if those options are available in the virtual school.

Parents of students whose first language is not English and who are identified as in need of ESOL services will receive these services from a certified ESOL teacher assigned to the DVS. DVS ESOL teachers provide support according to the level of English language proficiency of each student. The supports provided by DVS ESOL teachers will vary in frequency according to each student's English language learning needs. DVS ESOL teachers will also provide support by reinforcing for their students age and grade-level appropriate language and academic concepts. DVS ESOL teachers may work remotely with students individually or in small groups. DVS ESOL teachers will monitor also work with their "brick and mortar" counterparts to identify students who are in need of ESOL services, and to assess how the students are making progress towards proficiency. ESOL teachers will recommend linguistic accommodations to DVS grade level classroom teachers (elementary) and/or content area teachers (high school). Parents will receive communications regarding DVS ESOL services in multiple ways, to include; directly from the DVS ESOL Teacher, the DVS Principal or Designee, and through announcements at the DVS Website. Parents who have questions regarding ESOL services should first contact their DVS ESOL teacher. Some helpful student and parent resources for English and academic language development include:

No, JROTC will not be offered by the DoDEA Virtual School. JROTC will be offered for in-person instruction.

DoDEA was only able to obtain authority for PCSing families to continue in the virtual school until the end of the first semester (Jan 30th 2021) with late PCS season and last minute decision making processes taking place in public school districts as rationale. Now that district plans are more clear and there is time for a family to prepare for their transition, families should plan to transition to the school district where they will be stationed/residing. DoDEA is committed to facilitating warm hand-offs to any family needing transition assistance through school liaison officers or reaching directly to the receiving school if necessary. Please contact for support.

Yes, please coordinate this transition with the registrar at the brick and mortar school that your child is assigned to at the losing installation and they will facilitate the transfer of your student’s records. You will also want to coordinate with your child’s teachers and the virtual school administration.

The virtual school instructional model differs from the remote learning. The virtual model does not attempt to replicate the face-to-face classroom; the virtual model provides a fully developed curriculum with teacher support.

K-5: Teachers have daily synchronous sessions at various times during the day. These sessions are recorded for students who are unable to attend. Please note there is no bell schedule in this environment. Teachers also offer daily office hours to meet with students and parents.

6-8: Teachers have sessions throughout the week based on student need. Please note there is no bell schedule in this environment. Teachers also offer daily office hours to meet with students and parents.

9-12: Teachers have office hours in each time zone for students to ask questions. Depending on the student, teachers may offer small group instruction. In this environment they work mostly one on one based on student need. The model is asynchronous instruction with synchronous support. Please note there is no bell schedule in this environment.

Students currently enrolled in person or virtual may request consideration by contacting the school principal/district superintendent to request for a change in educational option.

Technology for the Virtual Learning Option

If families and students do not have an adequate laptop or computer at home, students may request to check out a laptop from their local school.

Students will have to have access to a computer to use the DoDEA Learning Management System, Schoology. Students will not be able to use a phone or tablet to fully access the materials of the course.

As with laptops, families and students may request and check out a hotspot from their local school.