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The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Missouri School District will hold the following Board Meeting via LiveStream on KCPublicSchools.org, or by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/live

The Public is invited to join by clicking the link below or calling in:By phone 816-418-1000, Webinar ID: 99517794585

The Board of Education building at 2901 Troost Ave, KCMO, is closed in accordance with CDC and Missouri guidelines for handling the COVID-19 virus.
 

Monday, October 26, 2020,4:30p.m. – Special Board Meeting
Tentative Agenda: KCPS School Re-Entry Plans

KCPS to Distribute Devices on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE

The KCPS technology team will now be distributing digital devices for students from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Virtual Academy

Grades K-12

Students access KCPS approved K-12 school courses through vendor provided platforms with vendor provided instructors. Students work independently with the support of a vendor-provided teacher. Because taking online courses is different from taking courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom, it’s good for students to know what courses will entail and what kind of support they’ll need to be successful. Research shows that students who are well prepared and well supported for this new experience do better in their classes.

Why consider Kansas City Virtual Academy (KCVA)?

Virtual Academy can meet specific challenges and student need, including providing:

  • Consistent Education Format, no disruption of learning to transition back into building or out of buildings.
  • Virtual Teachers, dedicated virtual teachers are assigned to each student ensuring all students receive individual support, feedback and instruction
  • Connection Opportunities, students have the opportunity to join scheduled live class meetings to talk to and engage with their peers
  • Communication, guaranteed weekly communication for parents from teacher as well as one-on-one access to program coordinators
  • Flexible Pacing, students can work at their own pace and have access to materials 24/7
  • Open Labs, consistent one labs for students to virtually meet with their peers and teachers
  • Training, parents and students receive live and video training on the learning platform
  • Aligned to Missouri Learning Standards, all education content is aligned with state-wide learning standards
  • Intervention Services, students receive explicit instruction in the areas in which they need the most assistance
  • Devices Provided, all students enrolled in KCVA receive a device to complete their coursework
  • Predictable Format, students have work assigned to them using the same structure and plaform

What courses are available with Virtual School?

Virtual Academy offers more than 50 different courses that are aligned with the KCPS curriculum.

K-12 Course Offerings 

How will students enroll in Virtual Academy?

Virtual Academy enrollment will follow the same process as traditional course enrollment. Students should start by scheduling a meeting with their counselor to discuss online options.

Each semester Virtual Academy secondary students enroll in seven credit hours to meet the requirements for graduation. Online courses are part of this course load to fulfill the needed credits for graduation.

How do I know if Virtual Academy is right for me?

Online learning can be a great option for some students, but this style of learning differs from the traditional classroom experience.

Your Educational Innovation Coordinator can help determine if this course of learning is right for you.

 

Virtual Academy is offered to students of KCPS with approval of the student's school counselor and the Extended Learning advisor. If you are a KCPS student and have questions about KCVA, please make an appointment with your school counselor. If your student is not currently a KCPS student, please contact the Office of Education Innovation at (816) 418-7780.

Additional KCVA Enrollment Information

  • Students and guardian(s) must attend a placement and orientation meeting prior to beginning Virtual Academy.
  • If a student has an IEP or 504 plan, the IEP or 504 plan team will meet to decide if Virtual Academy is appropriate for the student.
  • The enrollment cutoff dates are at the semester midterm date. Students may enroll in a course through midterm of the 1st and 3rd quarter or at anytime with a transfer.
  • Students will be placed on probation for lack of progress after a 10-day period and will be removed from the course after 20 days as it may impact their ability to graduate on time.

Contact

Ann Richards, Coordinator of Educational Innovation - Secondary
(816) 418-2672 arichards@kcpublicschools.org

Leslie Correa, Coordinator of Educational Innovation - Elementary
(816) 418-7444 lcorrea@kcpublicschools.org

Office of Educational Innovation 
(816) 418-7780

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