Policies & Procedures

 
Attendance
Students in the WASD Virtual Academy follow the district attendance policy.  Attendance is taken every day by the online homeroom teacher.  Special exemptions are provided for students with attendance challenges, such as illness, work, sports practices and other considerations. 
 
Communication
There are a variety of communication tools and techniques that are utilized in the virtual academy.  First, students are required to meet with their homeroom teacher in the virtual classroom each day.  This helps to keep students on track to complete their coursework on time.  Homeroom is also an opportunity for district announcements to be conveyed to keep virtual academy students abreast of the happenings within the district.  Finally, homeroom teachers also meet with students individually to review their progress, address any areas of improvement, and identify artifacts that students may consider including in a portfolio.
 
In addition to homeroom, students have the opportunity to meet with their core content-area teachers in the virtual classroom.  Students may either stop by the virtual classroom during the open Office Hours sessions that are held Monday through Friday or schedule an appointment with their teacher ahead of time.  These sessions enable students to ask specific questions about their coursework and receive one-on-one assistance.  Our teachers use the webcam, microphone, and whiteboard to make the classroom "come alive" and deliver the same type of experience as if the teacher and student were face-to-face.   
 
Grading
Grading and feedback is provided by the Williamsport Area School District Virtual Academy's highly-qualified, Pennsylvania-certified teachers.  While some grading is done automatically within the learning management system, there are a variety of assignments and assessments that students are required to complete each week on which our teachers provide constructive feedback within 72 hours of submission.  Students and their parents/guardians have access to the online gradebook to view the student's overall grade in a course as well as his/her scores on individual assignments.  In addition, students and their parents/guardians may download their graded artifacts to review their teachers' feedback.
 
How to Enroll
Enrollment in Williamsport Area School District Virtual Academy is quick and easy!  Simply download an enrollment form by clicking this link:  Williamsport Area School District Virtual Academy Application for Enrollment.  Upon completion, please contact Christine Rosenkrans to schedule an appointment to discuss the registration process, review any specific needs the student may have, and prepare for the student to transition into the virtual academy.
 
Stephanie Pardoe
Virtual Academy Coordinator
570-323-8411, ext. 60514
 
Please note:  If your student is currently enrolled outside of Williamsport Area School District, you will also need to complete the district registration process before enrolling in Williamsport Area School District Virtual Academy.  
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