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    SPS Virtual Option Pilot Program
    Posted on 07/22/2021

    SPS Virtual Option Pilot Program for 2021-22

    As students return this fall, Seattle Public Schools will be offering five full days of in-person instruction at all 104 schools for all students. We are committed to working with our community and staff to open schools and welcome back all students who wish to return to in-person learning.

    Our staff, school leaders, and school teams continue to work on what matters most to our students and families for the 2021-22 school year: welcoming and identity-safe schools, safe and healthy learning environments, and high-quality instruction and learning environments.

     

    For Fall 2021, there will be a limited number of students in grades K-12 who can enroll in the virtual learning pilot. SPS will encourage families to consider this option if their student has thrived or could thrive in a fully remote learning setting.  

    This may include:

    • Students with an underlying condition that increases their risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Students who live in a household where someone in the household is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Students who have a mental health issue or other condition.
    • Students who experienced an increased sense of safety during remote learning.

    Virtual Option Pilot Program Leadership

    Superintendent Brent Jones has appointed Janine Roy as the Virtual Option Pilot Program (VOPP) principal for students in grades K-5 and Laura Davis-Brown as the VOPP principal for students in grades 6-12.

    Janine Roy: Principal Grades K-5th

    Janine Roy poses for a photoAfter being a teacher, school principal, and district leader in Canada for 30 years, Janine Roy moved to Seattle in June 2016 to become principal of Queen Anne Elementary. Prior to joining the Queen Anne Elementary community, she was awarded Canada’s Outstanding Principal award in 2006 and started the first global school in Canada in 2008. “With our Creative Approach focus on our Five Pillars, social emotional learning through Positive Discipline, Project Based Learning, and Digital Leadership, Queen Anne Elementary is truly my dream school,” said Janine. “I am so fortunate to be part of this dynamic, enthusiastic community dedicated to empowering students to make a difference in the world and I’m excited to expand our offerings to include the Virtual Option Pilot Program next school year.”

     

    Dr. Laura Davis-Brown: Principal Grades 6th - 12th

    Laura Davis Brown poses for a photoDr. Laura Davis Brown has served in education for over 30 years in various roles in leadership. She has most currently served in the role as the Principal at Alan T. Sugiyama High School at South Lake. “As a leader in the SPS schools, I am committed to creating a learning environment where all children are able to strive toward reaching their potential,” said Dr. Brown. “I am humbled and honored to partner with families in the exciting new endeavor of Virtual Learning!”

    School Building Assignments

    Each virtual student will be enrolled in a current school.

    K-5 grade students will be enrolled in Queen Anne Elementary.

    6-12 grade students will be enrolled in Alan T. Sugiyama High School.

    Students will pick up resources including library books, textbooks, their school issued laptop, and technology supports from the assigned school building.

    School Start and End Times

    Queen Anne Elementary Start time: 7:55 a.m. End Time: 2:25 p.m. Wednesday Early Release: 1:10 p.m.

    Alan T. Sugiyama Start time: 8:45 a.m. End time: 3:55 p.m. Wednesday Early Release: 2:30 p.m.

     

     

     


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will meals be offered to remote students?

    Yes. More information about meals for students in the virtual program will be available soon.

    Can students enrolled in the Virtual Option Pilot Program participate in SPS sports?

    Yes. Middle and High School students can participate in sports at their neighborhood school.

    Will English Learner (EL) services be provided through the Virtual Option Pilot?

    Yes. If a student needs EL services, those services will either be provided through their neighborhood school or the VOPP.

    Will transportation be provided to physical school buildings?

    Virtual learning students that have transportation written into their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will receive it. Services may include transportation to the student’s neighborhood school or assigned VOPP school building if/when it is needed. No other students will receive transportation.

    How will special education services be provided?

    Students that have specialized services written into their IEPs (e.g., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech) will receive them in-person at their designated school or remotely, if requested.

    Will the virtual option include instruction for Highly Capable (HC) students?

    Yes. Students will receive all services to which they are legally entitled through a differentiated approach.

    What courses will be provided at the middle and high school level?

    Core classes including math, science, English language arts, arts, and world languages will be provided. Once enrollment and staffing are complete, SPS will determine the need for additional online courses and resources. Advanced course taking will be supported.

    Will students be able to enroll in courses at their neighborhood school?

    No. If students enroll in the VOPP they must attend 100% virtually except to receive special education or English learner services.

    Can my student transfer back to in-person school during the school year or once vaccines are available for all ages?

    Students who wish to transfer back to in-person learning after enrolling in the virtual option will need to follow the transfer appeal process to return to their neighborhood school. A transfer back to their neighborhood school is not guaranteed.

    Is there an option for my student to do a hybrid schedule, attending a few days per week in-person and a few days per week online?

    No. This is a 100% virtual learning option, 5 days a week, except for students who receive special education or English learner services who may have in-person services written into their IEPs.

    How is the Virtual Option Pilot Program being staffed?

    The district asked educators to submit an interest form. Over 150 educators expressed interest to support this new program. The jobs will be posted online on Monday, July 12 and close Sunday, July 18. The appointed school leaders will be hiring for each virtual school.

    When will students receive their laptop and other supporting technology?

    Late August. Students will pick up their assigned laptop from either Queen Anne Elementary or Alan T. Sugiyama High School. School principals will contact enrolled students directly with information about picking up resources and technology.

    Have additional questions? Please send them to virtualsps@seattleschools.org.