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.

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

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.

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



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.