VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 09/17/18 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 009 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

VBCPS to utilize Virtual Learning Days to make up time lost to Hurricane Florence

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use three Virtual Learning Days (Oct. 8, Nov. 6 and Jan. 28) to make up three of the four instructional days lost because of school cancellations due to Hurricane Florence. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has also decided to waive the fourth day for students by using time built in to the 181-day school calendar.

Announced this year, Virtual Learning Days are not only a way for the school division to build in time to the school calendar, but they also grow students' capacity for independent learning while utilizing online resources. In fact, since 2013, students in Virginia have been required to successfully complete at least one virtual course to help prepare students for college and career opportunities after high school.

Previously, the division was going to use two Virtual Learning Days, but in the wake of this early autumn weather, Spence authorized a third day to take place during the regularly scheduled Staff Day, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

Students will be provided assignments that are designed to replicate learning experiences that would happen if the students were in school. The work may be completed on the Virtual Learning Day or over a designated 10-day window of time in order to give flexibility for students and families.

Families should note that these assignments are also designed in such a way that they can be completed either online or using paper and pencil at home, depending on the student's preference and/or need. Additionally, teachers will be given an hour of time during the day specifically designated to answer any emails or questions from students about their assignments.

For more information about Virtual Learning Days, visit this press release.

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