RICHMOND, Virginia (WAVY) – Virtual Virginia is part of the Virginia Department of Education, and it is becoming more and more popular. With COVID-19 numbers are now heading in the wrong direction, this popularity is already accelerating.
Data from Virtual Virginia shows enrollments – for both full-time and part-time students – increased 75% at Hampton Roads compared to the same time last year, when the pandemic was already tracing back to several months.
This increase in popularity exceeds the statewide rate by about 17%.
Virtual Virginia has offered K-12 courses, professional learning for educators, and has been generating digital content for years. The program manager said this trend was already developing before COVID-19 started to spread.
“We have seen a lot of increase in offerings for students, expanding the catalogs beyond what was available in the physical school, and that was there before the pandemic,” Executive Director Brian Mott said in an interview on Friday. morning.
“People are generally more comfortable with some of these tools and resources than they were a little over a year ago,” Mott said.
Data shows that enrollment at Hampton Roads – now 5,910 students – has jumped 167% from two years ago. State enrollment – 18,322 – increased 103% over the same period.
Now that the COVID-19 numbers are heading in the wrong direction, parents are wondering if they can still enroll their child in Virtual Virginia. Mott says these decisions are made at the local level.
“Obviously, things are changing. We advise any parent, guardian or student interested in Virtual Virginia to first contact their local school to see what their virtual learning policies are, ”he said.
He says school districts try to adapt to special circumstances.
“In particular, medical needs, military families, transfers to school divisions that were not planned at the time of the registration deadline,” Mott said.
Virtual Virginia has two cohorts, one starting this next Tuesday. All school divisions in the state can participate in Virtual Virginia, but so are homeschooled students and private schools.