WS/FC Schools Will Offer New Online Learning Program For Students

WS/FC Schools Will Offer New Online Learning Program For Students

3:56pm Jun 02, 2020
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education recently approved a new virtual option for students for the 2020-2021 school year. KERI BROWN/WFDD

School districts across the state are planning the return of in-person learning this fall. Buildings have been closed since March because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is among those that will continue remote learning options for students as well.

The school system is launching a virtual academy in the new academic year. The project had been in the works before the pandemic, but leaders feel now is a good time to start it.

The application process began this week and is open to all students in the district.

Anissia Scales, principal of the new academy, says elementary and middle school students will run a traditional four quarter schedule. High School students will run a semester schedule.

She says the program will be flexible and personalized.

“We will have a schedule and I think that’s what separates us now with what we are doing with our eLearning,” says Scales. “And we are requiring for our teachers to have face time with our students daily.”

District officials say classes will be taught by WS/FCS teachers unless there is a special circumstance that requires otherwise. In those cases, a fully certified North Carolina teacher will be utilized.

Guilford County Schools is also planning a similar program. Last week, the school board approved the district to move forward with pursuing two virtual academies — one for grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12.

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