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All GGUSD students will begin the school year on August 24 th in an online-only distance learning format due to state guidelines that school districts cannot reopen for in-person instruction until their counties remain off of the state’s monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Additionally, GGUSD has developed a Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) for families who are not ready for their children to return to in-person classes yet. 

 The Virtual Learning Academy provides a high quality educational experience for grades TK-12 as an alternative option to distance and in-person learning. GGUSD is offering the VLA option for families who are looking for a year-long commitment to online learning and/or who may be concerned about an in-person return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents/Guardians interested in having their student(s) attend the VLA, need to complete an application.

Commitment:
Parents and students should commit to the VLA for at least one grading period (trimester or semester) with a yearlong commitment being preferred.

Support:
Students will be supported daily by a GGUSD teacher with core subject area content and enrichment opportunities.

At home:
Parents/Guardians will play an integral role in their child’s education as they work through online course materials.

Partnership:
GGUSD has partnered with Edgenuity, a fully-accredited virtual curriculum provider.

 

VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY (VLA) vs. DISTANCE LEARNING

All GGUSD schools will begin the school year with distance learning but will return to in-person learning once the State and County guidelines are met for in-person instruction. Some schools may continue to offer all- distance learning and will communicate that when they send their re-opening plans. GGUSD is also offering the VLA, a separate online program that will last the entire school year, whether health conditions improve or not. What’s the difference? What is the best choice for your family?

BOTH PROGRAMS: Regardless of the program that a student is enrolled in, daily attendance is mandatory and will be recorded by teachers. A-F grades will be assigned to students in middle and high school. Elementary school students will receive grades on a standards-based report card system.

Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)

  • Live teaching from GGUSD teachers
  • Independent learning (parent or guardian involvement is essential)
  • Flexible schedule
  • Prescribed curriculum through Edgenuity
  • Specialized programs (AVID, Dual Enrollment, Dual Language Immersion, GATE. etc.) are not offered
  • Must apply in early August.

Distance Learning (Due to COVID-19)

  • Live teaching from GGUSD teachers
  • Set daily schedule, which is TBD
  • Return to in-person instruction when state/ local guidelines are met
  • Board-adopted, standards-based curriculum
  • Specialized programs offered
  • All GGUSD students will automatically engage in DL through their current school site.