Wake County Schools
Wake County public school leaders hold open house for Virtual Academy
Wake County Public School System held a virtual open house for those interested and attending its Virtual Academy this upcoming school year.
Good evening families. My name is Cedric Williams, and I am an area superintendent with the Wake County public school system. I have two other Panelists with us today. One is Dr Ashley Thompson, who serves the as the area soup incentive for essential area within the Wake County public school system. And the other is Crystal Reardon, who serves as the director of school counseling for the Wake County public school system. Thank you. Well, first of all, thank you for joining us this evening. We will be sharing specific information with you about the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy that is intended to provide the information you need in order to make the best choice for your student or students for the 2021 school year. I like to start by highlighting the core goals that have been established for this fully online option for students. As you can see on your screen, we do have three core goals that we've established our first goal. Provide access to an additional instructional option for students where health concerns exist with returning to the school building, go to providing personalized, flexible learning environment to provide students with rigorous standards, a line learning opportunities in an online city. And our third provides students with a certified teacher or that learning experience. I want to mention something. Oven tortoise regarding goal to I mentioned the term personalized. This should be in every environment. It is something we want to provide, definitely in a virtual environment going to our next lot, I want to talk to you. Been about application and enrollment in the process. As you know, the application window for the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy is open now and will remain open until 5 p.m. On July 20th. I would like to call attention to the opportunity families not enrolled in Wake County public schools that have to enroll Anniversary Academy as well. Those families confined information on the Office of Student Assignment website regarding enrolment procedures. Also, once the application window closes, schools will be sending a confirmation letter to family so that you are informed that your child or Children have been a role in the program regarding enrollment. Just a few reminders. As you look at the bullets with me when you're enrolled, you remain a sign to that current school commitment to at least a full semester of learning in this program with a recommendation of a one year commitment. So I repeat that we're asking you to commit to at least a full semester of learning in this program with the recommendation that you commit to ah entire year. Also, K 12 students and families who participate in Diversity Academy will be permitted to participate in core curricular and extracurricular activities, including including athletics through their current school. Moving to our next life, I want to talk to you a bit about in Rome it once more as you can see on our screen. Here we have our numbers. Total students, we up to 38,870 students. As you can see, our K five numbers are higher than our 68 and on 9 12 coming in at 18,500 our 68 at 9920 I nine through 12 at 10,450. I'll say again families will enroll in the Wake County public school system after July 20th. We need to be provided the option at the school level to enroll in the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy. Any current families who wants in row after the application window closes on July 20th will be directed to contact their Children's or their child's school. Principles would determine admission to the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy, based on availability and courses and classes. At that point in time. Last item here in the enrollment families wishing to maintain the continuity of a fully online learning environment, regardless of any decisions made by the state to move it to Plan A, B or C throughout the school year should a role in the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy going to our next? Still, I want to talk a bit about the calendar. I know there have been questions about this. The Wake County Public School System Virtual Count Academy calendar will line with each school's calendar. So therefore, traditional counter schools, the Wake County Public School Overthrow Academy program students will be on a traditional calendar. If you are in a year round Cattle new school, your virtual academy program for your child will be on a on the single track four calendar and lastly for modified calendar schools. The Wake County Public School virtual academy program. Students will be on deep modified calendar. Moving to our schedules. Want to talk to you about that a bit? We know there are a number of questions on the topic of scheduling and instructional day. I'll try to address some of those questions through the content content in this particular section. Those who agreed to the degree possible students will be assigned teachers from their current school. However, in some cases students may be assigned to teachers from different schools within a region toe. Former perform classes also O. K through eight core courses and all high school courses, including accelerated courses. Reply it for graduation will be offered because course offerings from the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy will be built based on the course selections of students who enroll. It is difficult process of the application, one of closing to identify what specific courses will be offered next boat intent and the intent will be to make every effort to ensure that there is a baseline menu of both core as specials or elective courses, course offerings across multiple constant areas. We put specials because we realize that elementary school level we call those classes, specials and an elective courses in middle and high school moments of the next night. Continuing with schedules it is, family shouldn't expect instruction to happen Monday Friday, students will receive approximately 5 to 6 hours of instruction and or instructional activities per day, regardless of the learning environment. At least 2.5 hours of live instruction for a day. Also, I want to make sure I mentioned this, and it's noted here. Time may increase beyond the baseline based on teacher planning. It may be a situation as far as its live instruction that that is happening, that the teacher may want to go into greater detail. Or it may be a situation that she was checking or he is checking for greater understanding. Um, of what is the concept is being studied. Also, students will experience an intentional effort on the part of their school staff to make meaningful connections and to create a true classroom community. That's our goal. Moving to the scheduling frameworks, I will go over these and highlight several. So with elementary school instruction of structures will shift based on what is age appropriate for the student. Also, students will engage in literacy and mathematics instruction daily that that's not me. They're not going to get signed some social studies because they will, but literacy and math will happen daily. Special, such as music and arts, will be included in the Wake County Public Schools and Commercial Academy, as well as I moved to the middle school students. Schedules will include elected as well. Continue access to high school credit courses, and the middle school will be offered as well. Finish it off with high school opportunities to access honors, and advanced placement courses will be available in the Wake County Public School Virtual Academy. We will continue to offer Arts C, T and another specialized elect nous dependent on student enrollment. That is a very big statement. Want to make sure I say that again? We will continue to offer arts C t Another Spice specialized electors, but his pants on student enrollment. What's the next line? I just want to help everybody understand that Yes, we will have students and Plan B where they will have that in person. Um, lessons going on face to face is what some call it. We have students also in Plan B where there will be online instruction taking place and we'll have suit is in Diversity Academy that we're talking about today with all three of these. What I want you to understand is we are attempting, and it is our goal to make sure that no one is better than the other. We want to make sure that students were being silent instruction each day, regardless of the learning environment that they choose and the pay seem. We want to make sure that the pacing is the same for a student that maybe in Plan B or in the Virtual Academy. So I just want to make sure I highlight that with that from that particular slice going to our next lap and talks even more about curriculum instruction instruction in the virtual Academy program. Not only will curriculum instruction be tightly aligned with instruction for students across the learning environment, but we gotta also make sure on some other things as well. Number one Grady structures will be consistent with in person blended and fully online instruction environments and board policy. 3400 classes and course options and 2021 will include standards. I'm instructional content and social emotional support, and I think that's important to make sure we point out across all K 12 great levels. There will be support for a I G SL intervention 504 plants, etcetera, other that will be provided by the students. I signed school reports for suits with eyepiece won't be provided by the current school and determined by I e P goals last not least on this list for magnet school students magnet program and will be implemented to the degree possible in the online environment as well. Next, I want to talk a bit about technology. As we move to the next line through the virtual academy application form, parents can indicate whether their students knee devices and access. We will be working to help meet those needs as we received notification. This is a situation I want to make sure I stay here for just a moment. We want to make sure that students don't have to borrow your device that they have their own, because from day to day as they're working, we want to make sure that when you have to use your laptop, you have to use yours, but your child is able to use a laptop of their own. And if you do not have WiFi or connection, please make sure as you fill it out at form makes you, you know, know, take that as well. The last thing I want to come in on his virtual courses provided through a common online learning management system. We're still trying to nail that down to make sure you know exactly which particular learning management system will go with. We heard you loud and clear from the spring semester, so we want to make sure that we streamline things as much as possible. So that is a next step that we're trying to get final life moving forward to staffing. This has been a big question as well as faras. What will staff and look like for my child? Those were moved to the next slide. You will see these particular items. Individuals teaching in the virtual academy will be staff members based at the school where they are employing next item here, teachers will serve suit. It's a science of them from their school or within their schools. Region principles will sign teachers to to the virtual Academy. District staff will offer school principals guidance on key qualities to consider when in signing teachers to the program. And last but not least, schools will have a designated Wake County public school system virtual academy contact that will make sure the virtual academy experience is going as well as possible for various students. As I look out our next steps, number one district staffs will work with schools to support staffing and scheduling for the Wake County public school system. Virtual Academy classes Our second next steps. Next step is Families will receive a confirmation letter from the school after the application window closes. So these are the things that will be working through, especially after Monday, when the window closes at five o'clock. Next, I do believe you want to get some some questioning so want to once again let you know who our Panelists are Today? We have a doctor at the Thompson was again representing the central area of the Wake County public school system and Kristen Reardon, who's the director of school council. So first I'll say, we really appreciate all the questions we have received from families about their interest in the Wake County public school system. virtual academy to review the questions to determine the most frequently asked questions. And we will ask those for you this evening taking the first question. In addition, my colleagues will follow up with the additional questions that come our way. I was looking at our first question, said a student enroll in the Wake County Public school system. Versatile academy. If we open in playing, see, I say what I think, Dr Thompson, it is probably the one that has probably already answered this question several different times. So, Dr Thompson, if you don't mind, would you go ahead and answer this particular question? Absolutely. Mr Williams, thank you very much for the introduction. Good evening, families, and and I You're doing well. It's a pleasure to be with you this evening. As Mr Williams said, we really do appreciate the many questions you've asked about participation in the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy. And we did take time to review the many questions that were submitted in advance and really appreciate you taking the time to do that. Those questions really help us in our planning for the academy to make sure we're meeting your needs and so at this time is, Mr Williams said. I will be taking the first question for the evening that you see here on the screen. So the question is, should a student enroll in the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy if we were to open in Plan C, which is fully online instruction? And the answer to that question is, yes. Families who wish to maintain the continuity of a fully online learning environment, regardless of any decisions that may be made by the state to move into plan a Plan B or Plan C throughout the school year, should enroll in the WC PSS Virtual Academy. It's important for parents to understand that we have no way of predicting when the state may need to make decisions regarding when school districts are operating under Plan A, B or C due to safety concerns. And so what? The W. CPS says Virtual Academy provides families is that continuity of a fully online learning environment for a minimum of the first semester of the school year? But I do want to add that we do recommend if you are interested and wish that continuity for the entire year that you go ahead and indicate that off on the application, you have the option on the application of the fall only or the entire year, and we do recommend the entire year when you sign up. At this time, Mr Williams will answer the second question of the evening. Thank you dot It's honest. So our second question if a student signs up for it. Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy for follows Semester on Lee What are the options for the spring? All right, So students for Enrolled for the Fall on Lee will automatically be assigned to this state directed Plan A, B or C, for schools that the semester change students will have the option to apply to continue in the Wake County Public School system Virtual Academy in the spring if they were enrolled for the fall. Acceptance in the spring is not guaranteed, I repeat, is not guarantee but you. If you want that opportunity, you will have to apply again for the spring. Our next question will be answered by I miss really Good evening Wake County families. And to echo the message from Dr Thompson and Mr Williams, we're grateful for your participation this evening, and we look forward to being able to answer some of the questions that you have submitted to us and told us that were important for you to consider when you're making your decisions about your child's attendance in the Wake County public school system next year. So one of the questions that you have submitted several times is can a student return to attending classes at the school if they change their mind? So if a student enrolls in the WC PSS Virtual Academy Aziz, Mr Williams indicated, there they are selecting to attend for fall on Lee or selecting to attend for the full year both fall and spring. Once we get the registrations for the virtual Academy, um, the window closes on July 20th will be taking all of that information and working with our individual schools to build a master schedule that accommodates the desire of each family in the Wake County public school system. So it's an intricate schedule ah, complex schedule, and we do want to work to ensure that it meets the needs of each family and the indication that each family has given us so because of that a student to enrolls in the virtual academy for the fall will remain in the virtual academy throughout that fall semester. There will not be an option to return to the classroom during that whole window simply because the schedule will be difficult to accommodate for that, the same is true for a student who chooses or elects to attend the virtual academy for the full year. Once enrolled in the virtual academy, we do. For the full year, we do ask that you remain in the virtual academy for the duration of the 2021 school year a to the end of the 2021 school year. There are opportunities to return back to the school in which you're currently enrolled as a reminder. Families will not lose magnet seats or applications school assignments. Alot of those assignments will remain the same. But just to some, a ah family that enrolls their child for fall will remain in the virtual academy for fall. Ah, family that enrolls for the entire school year will remain for the entire school year, and when the 2021 I'm sorry, 2122 school year are rolls around, then there will be new opportunities to either remain in the virtual academy or to move back into the regular school setting. I believe question number four Mr Williams is going to be taken by you, so thank you. Yes, ma'am, Thank you. So our next question will services be provided for students with disabilities and the answer that is absolutely on Students with disabilities with individualized education programs whose parents choose the virtual academy will engage online with their teachers and or instructional assistance. Here's with thy peace. Who Participating general content instruction will receive instruction instruction as developed by schools within the teaching. Scheduled uh, students. Teachers will contact parents to discuss implementation of I P goals and how to implement strategies within the online instructional setting. I need Teoh go a bit further to talk about students and the regional programmes because in Wake County, we do have a variety of regional programs, so students they're reasonably programs including students participated in the extended extended content standards will receive instruction on content and I i p goals. As developed by the special education teacher, the students will engage virtually with their teachers and or instructional assistance students, teachers will contact parents and or guardians to discuss how to implement i e P goals strategies for implementation in the online instructional setting as well. Um, another. I want to make sure I mentioned with this is our related services Related services that do not require in person implementation will be delivered through until a therapy, in accordance with I p expectations and the ability to implement in a virtual environment related services related service providers will contact parents guardians to discuss the implementation of related services in the online instructional setting as well. So that's the piece or the answer to questions regarding students with disabilities disabilities. Our next question. We're going to ask Mr Dr Thompson if you will answer this question for us. Thank you, Mr Williams. So this next question question number five is what will a typical virtual academy school day be like for students? Parents and students can expect that students will have some learning experiences for which they will need to be in attendance and attentive during specific hours of each day. Further, students and families should expect that instruction will happen Monday through Friday. Each week, students will receive approximately 5 to 6 hours of instruction and or instructional activities per day with at least 2.5 hours of live instruction per day may increase beyond at baseline based on teachers planning, It felt like it was important. Toe have a baseline of expectation for families, particularly with live instruction, because that does require students to be in attendance at specific times built into the day. There will be flexibility for students to work at their own pace on some activities, Um, and on their own schedule on those activities over the course of the day, depending on family needs, consistent daily schedules will include online instruction that will be a combination of live and recorded sessions. So, as I said, 2.5 hours of live instruction per day as a baseline. But beyond that, an additional 2.5 2 3.5 hours where students will be participating in a variety of experiences learning experiences, instructional activities and so that is where on this self pace will come in. In addition, it's really important toe have device free breaks, inflexible times for students to meet virtually in smaller groups. Those opportunities will also be built into the schedule and it's also important to know that we have taken into account on the social, social and emotional wellness of students. Lastly, our intent is to align the virtual academy student experience with the instructional experience, get super participating in Plan B, which is the current plan in which our district plans to open. Mr. Williams showed you an image in an earlier slide in his presentation of the students, all holding up the same standard, the same less in the same unit. And so students in all learning environments will experience the same standard same unit, same learning experience. So that's important for you to know. The amount of time that a student will spend in front of a device will depend on the age of the student and which courses they are taking. And there will be ample time for independent learning activities, as I mentioned and breaks including lunch and physical activity, and all of that will be built into the schedule. At this time. I will turn it back over to Miss Reardon, who will respond to the last question on this slide. Thank you, Dr Thompson. So, families you heard Dr Thompson's overview of what the typical virtual academy school day would be like. But many of you have asked us what the specific course offerings will look like. And so I want to carry you through both elementary, middle and high school because it will vary across the levels. But as I go through the different levels in the course offerings, I want you to be assured that were working for our students to be able to have the accessibility of the content and coursework in the virtual academy that they would have in a regular school day if they were attending in person. And so know that we're working diligently to maintain that accessibility for our students who enroll in the virtual academy. So at the elementary level, our students enrolled in the Virtual Academy will engage in instruction in English, language arts and mathematics every day. E. L. A. In math will be part of their course of study Every day. Our students in elementary throughout a typical week will engage in science and social studies. While that might not be every day, it's typically not every day in a regular school year in an in person environment and so we're gonna maintain that flexibility. Teachers will work to build their schedule so that students have the maximum opportunity for engagement in the lessons being being shared and and in which the students are engaging. So every day will be mathematics and English. Language arts, science and social studies will be part of their course work every week. And we are also maintaining opportunities for students in the virtual academy to engage in specials. And for those families that Aaron magnet schools and the magnet electives and so in the Wake County Public School Systems Virtual Academy are our friends in elementary school, our students in elementary school will continue there, of course, working all of the core subjects. In addition to that, they will have access to their specials rotation, and they will have access to magnet electives if they are enrolled in a magnet school. We do know that is part of the virtual academy. There will need to be some flexibility, and so we will work with our principles and with our school based staff in order to encourage maximum flexibility so that students maintain that direct access. But again, you know, we know that as we're is. We're embarking on a blended schedule of Plant Be, which includes some in person instructions of remote instruction and then for students in the virtual Academy. It includes virtual instruction that we will. We want to ensure that our families have continuous access, but possibly in a flexible, more flexible manner for our students who enrolled in grades six through eight at the middle school level, our students will engage in the record coursework in there l A mathematics, science and social studies. They will also have access to their electives. Um, we know that in any typical school year, the master schedule at any given school must be flexible based on student interest in the course based on the availability of teachers certified teachers to instruct that course and based on the overall staffing in the building. And that will not change this year, we will maximize our staffing. We will look at the certification of all teachers that are employed in that school, what coursework there certified to offer and what the students interest are in those elective courses. And when we put all of that together, we will include a schedule that allows our students who are in part of Plan B that in person, on remote blended instruction to access. They're elective choices to the degree possible. We will also maintain that opportunity for our students who were enrolled in the virtual academy. Senator students in middle school who were enrolled in the Virtual Academy will continue to engage in their four core courses on a daily basis, and they will also have the opportunity to engage in the electives that they have chosen to take again as long as the availability of that elective courses. They're based on the certified teacher and the level of interest in the course so that we were able to distribute and maximize the the staffing, as well as the students across the course loads at the high school level. And we know there are a lot of you who have questions about course offerings at the high school level. Courses offered at the high school level are part of our high schools approved program planning God. They include a multitude of both core curriculum courses that are required to meet graduation requirements, as well as elective courses that can help improve the students access to rigor that can help develop their college and career readiness that can help influence their their interest in what they might study postsecondary. And so we know that it's important to maintain that access to those elective courses. So I'm going to start with the core courses that are required to meet graduation requirements. Any course that is part of the students, um, required coursework for graduation will continue to be offered in the virtual academy. Those include English courses, math courses, specific science courses and social studies courses. No student in the virtual academy always access to any of those courses. Just as a student in a traditional high school setting, I would not lose access to those courses. Traditional graduation requirements can include academic level courses on hers level courses and advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses. In some cases, students take honors level or 80 level in order to meet their graduation requirements. Just as we do in any year of high school scheduling, we want to maximize the opportunity for students to take more rigorous coursework, and so we are planning diligently to ensure that students still have access to those honors courses as part of the virtual Academy and that they still have access to those Advanced Placement or International baccalaureate courses as part of the virtual academy, particularly when those Advanced Placement Courses, or I D courses are meeting graduation requirements, core graduation requirements, post graduation or past graduation requirements. We also offer a multitude of elective courses to students in our high schools. Some of those elective courses include career and technical education courses, which are CTE courses. Some of those include um, arts courses, and some include courses that are part of core content English language arts, math, science or social studies, but that aren't required for graduation. And those courses can be offered at the academic level at the honors level and at the A P or I D Level. And so it is important again for students to be able to diversify their access to courses so that they can explore interest for college and career readiness, and so they can access more rigorous coursework to improve their skills and communication, their skills and collaboration in critical thinking and in creativity. And so we want to assure our families that students who are enrolled in the virtual academy will continue to have access to those more rigorous courses, even in the elective setting our courses that are CTE courses, we do have to look at the content standards to ensure that it is safe and realistic for a student to engage in that coursework in a virtual environment. But beyond that, we do want students to have access to those CTE courses. We're exploring ways that students can engage in their courses in the arts and have a fulfilling and rigorous experience in those arts courses on DSO, we fully expect our our array of arts courses to be available in the virtual Academy as well, and R. A, P and I. The courses that are part of a student's elective course of study will be offered to the degree that we have accessibility through a sort of a teacher and through student interest. So the way that it works when we're building a master schedule is that we have to have enough students to meet the expectations of assigning that teacher to that learning environment. So if one or two students are interested, that might not be realistic to be able to assign a teacher to that course. Um, if we have 10 to 15 students interested, then that's definitely realistic. One of the things that we are looking at is whether or not we can blend students from several school settings into one virtual classroom with one teacher. That teacher may not be based at that students particular school, but they will be a certified teacher in the district. And in order to maintain access to higher level coursework, and in order to maintain access to some of our elective courses, we may explore the blending of classes across schools. So we have shared as part of our ethic use on the website that to the degree possible, we want to keep students engaged in coursework with their teachers in their building, even if they're enrolled in the virtual academy. But we want to use again maximum flexibility. And so it is possible that we might enrol students in courses that are blended across schools. In order to fulfill that, students desire to engage in that course Aziz part of their four year course of study and graduation plan, and in order to keep them connected to the rigorous coursework that they desire to take eso a very long answer to the shortest question that we have so far. But we have several levels to cover, and we want to make sure that all of our families are getting the information that they need in order to make the best decision for their students and for and for themselves, as a family moving forward. So we have another set of six FAA cues that we're going to move into next. Hey, and I believe that the first question on the next slide is Mr Williams, and so I'm gonna tell us it back to him. Thank you, ma'am. Appreciate it. Our next question. How much time will a student be expected to spin in front of a computer? Will the schedule or Team B the same every day? Well, first thing I'll say is, um, we don't expect students to be in front of a screen all day. That is not the expectation, but the district or we are recommending that five hours of daily engaged learning time for each student. That's what we're recommending and saying where 2.5 of those hours consists of live interaction with teachers for virtual academy and depending on the schedule created by the school this time could be spread throughout the day, and now not all occur consecutively in one city. Also, the student would be then being gazed in independent learning and activities for the remaining 20.5 hours, depending on the assignments provided by the teacher. Some of these may be paper and pencil away from the computer, and others would be online activity. So it could be a variety of activities that your child may end up seeing and experiencing during that particular time period. So I question to I'm going to toss it back to Dr Thompson. Thank you, Mr Williams. The next question is, what are the expectations of a parent or guardian regarding ensuring student participation? This question is a little bit challenging to answer, because it varies greatly depending on the individual child. But in general, we would say that students will need varying levels of support in online instruction, and typically younger students need closer supervision and assistance. And that supervision might con Verma, parent from a guardian from a grand parent, an older sibling, maybe, or other members of a child's support system at home. Older students would be would be expected to be able to likely work Mawr independently, and we want you to know that we will work with families to ensure that they have the support they need to help support their students have a successful experience in the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy. With that, uh, this next question on question three on this slide will be answered by Miss Reardon back again. I only so if a student doesn't choose the W C P SS Virtual Academy. Now, what is the default choice? So currently, the Wake County public school system is opening under a Plan B scheduled, and any student who doesn't select the Wake County Public School Systems Virtual Academy will be enrolled under the Plan B schedule. The Plan B schedule is a blended schedule where students would attend in person instruction for one week at a time, with with their teacher in the classroom setting, and for the following two weeks they would be at home or in a remote setting. So it's a three week rotation in order to ensure that we're meeting all safety standards and that we can have social distancing in our classrooms and keep our classrooms safe and healthy. So currently Plan B is. Students would be attending the in person instruction for one week. They would be in remote setting for two weeks, and it would be on a rotation with other students in the school. They would keep a consistent rotation when there in person, learning they would be in person learning with the same cohort each time. And then they would go into remote learning with the same cohort each time. Um, families keep in mind that, um, our response to covet is ever changing. And we do receive weekly guidance from the state, um, around safety standards and what is healthy and safe for our students and our families. So it is possible that at any time the state or the district could move into an alternate learning environment. Um, if things declined, we could move to plan, see where that all students or in a remote learning environment In that case, students who are enrolled in the WC PSS Virtual academy would remain enrolled in the virtual academy. Students who do not enroll in the Virtual academy would move into all remote learning through the Plan C option. Um and more guidance would be provided to families if that were to occur. It is also possible that as the school year progresses that things might improve. And if that's the case, we could very well find ourselves down the road in a plan a where all students are invited back into the building for in person learning. In that case, students who are not enrolled in the virtual academy could move into the in person learning. Under plan A students who are enrolled in the virtual Academy would be able to stay. Remain would be able to remain enrolled in the virtual academy, as indicated by the agreement. When families choose to enroll, being enrolled in the virtual academy allows for continuity. And so the virtual academy is stable learning environment for families throughout the year. If not enrolled in the virtual Academy than families, as the default choice would be a part of either Plan B, which were currently in or plans air. See if we move into either one of those plans throughout the year. I believe our next question, um, is going to be answered by Dr Thompson. Dr. Thompson. Yes, thank you, Miss Reardon. This next question is one we have definitely received many, many times. And the question is, will a student lose their magnet seat for the future if they enroll in the Wake County Public School System Virtual academy for the 2020 2021 school year? And the answer to this question is no students who wish to return to their current school, including magnet schools for the 2021 school year May may do so. It's important for Send that enrollment in the de BCPs s virtual academy means that a student is still remaining assigned to their current school. Their school assignment does not change. And that is why the magnet seat can be maintained for the following school year. Moving on to question five on this slide. Uh, believe we're going back to Miss Reardon for this one. Indeed. Yes. Thank you, Dr Thompson. So can virtual academy students also participate in athletics and student activities at their song school? Um, and the answer to that is Yes. Mr. Williams referenced this on an earlier slide, but I won't elaborate a little bit and also offer the benefit of this response to families who may have joined late. So being enrolled in the virtual academy is the designation for the learning environment. It will be a virtual learning environment for students who were enrolled in the WC. PSS Virtual Academy again as a reminder, will maintain continuity through at least the fall semester if not through the entire year, even if the district moves in and out of plans A, B or C. However, students who elect to participate in the virtual academy can continue to participate in athletics and student activities at their Asan school because they remain enrolled and an active member of that school's roster. So students aren't un enrolled from their school. When they go into virtual academy, they remain enrolled. They will continue to receive updates from the principal. They will continue Teoh be able to be a part of any clubs or activities that are offered athletics. The families can still be a part of the P. T. A s on DSO. It's important that students, even in the Virtual Academy, remain connected to and feel connected to their school family and their school environment. So it is, um, fair to say at this point that we don't know throughout the remainder of the school year. What athletics may look like that's ever changing. But should athletics be a part of the Sylvester's of our upcoming school year than students do have the ability to participate? I think it is important for families all levels elementary, middle and service to every for identified students who are E. C. For English learners, and it might just be for students not.