Enrollment Information

You must enroll in the Virtual Academy by July 31, 2020. Students may exit the Virtual Academy after the first semester, and must meet with their counselor to complete the process within the first 5 days of the second semester (January 13-19, 2021). Students who attend on-site classes during first semester may register for the Virtual Academy by contacting their school counselor.  Students and families will receive information about scheduling appointments with their counselors to complete the process.

Instructional Expectations
Teachers will create age appropriate amounts of content-related work each day for their students.  This may include practice, interactions with presentations or lectures, research, or the completion of assignments.  In total, here are the guidelines for the SJSD (from the DESE Task Force for Learning Acceleration):

  • K-1—45 minutes daily; 5 to 10 minute increments
  • Grades 2-3—60 to 75 minutes daily; 10 to 15 minute increments
  • Grades 4-5—90 minutes to 2 hours daily; 20 minute increments
  • Grades 6-8—3 hours daily; 30 minutes per class; build in breaks
  • Grades 9-12—3-4 hours daily; 30 minutes per class; build in breaks


Other Information

  • Grades will be recorded for work during instances of remote learning
  • The SJSD has also developed a fully online virtual academy that allows students to retain access to high-quality instruction under the supervision of certified teachers
  • Virtual instructors will be at a physical site during contracted time and available to answer questions
  • Families will be able to choose the time of day that works best for them to  complete coursework, there is no set schedule 
  • Students can only enter and/or exit the Virtual Academy during the first 5 days of each semester
  • Courses currently developed include a full slate of core and elective courses for grades K-12
  • Parents of elementary students will be enrolled as “observers” in their child’s online coursework
  • The SJSD has developed specific guidelines for course creation, ensuring a quality learner experience 

Virtual Learning Policies


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