Digital Learning 2020-21

Digital learning for the 2021-22 school year will be offered to students in grades 6-12. All courses will be administered free of charge through Georgia Virtual School (GaVS). The Walton County School District will not offer local distance learning options for students in grades pre-k through 5. This decision is in line with other Northeast Georgia school districts and takes into account students’ academic and social-emotional needs, the improving pandemic conditions, the availability of vaccinations for teachers and other school staff and guidance from health experts and organizations.

To enroll in digital learning, a student must meet the district’s eligibility requirements and have reliable internet access. Since the district is utilizing GaVS, students will not be able to return in person without penalty. Early withdrawal will result in fees to the parent/guardian as described below.

Please read the following information carefully prior to completing the online enrollment application.

Georgia Virtual School

  • All courses will be administered through GaVS.
  • GaVS courses require daily participation Monday through Friday.
  • GaVS is an online instructional program affiliated with the Georgia Department of Education that offers over 100 course offerings in the core content areas, world languages, CTAE, electives and a vast AP course selection.
  • Each course is taught by a certified teacher hired by the Georgia Department of Education.
  • Students enrolled in digital learning will not be assigned or instructed by WCSD teachers.

Academic Eligibility Requirements

  • Students in grades 6-9 must have earned all A's and B's for two prior school years
  • Students in grades 10-12 must have a GPA of 85 or higher

Time Commitment

  • Middle school students must commit to an entire academic year (August-May)
    • The registration deadline for the 2021-22 school year is July 30, 2021. Middle school students who do not register prior to July 30 will not be able to opt in to digital learning for the remainder of the school year.
  • High school students must commit to a full semester (August-December/January-May)
    • The registration deadline for the first semester of 2021-22 school year is July 30, 2021. After July 30, high school students will not be able to opt in to digital learning until the second semester.

Other Important Considerations

  • GaVS is capable of accommodating EIP, Gifted and REP services.
  • Every student, regardless of grade level, will be expected to adhere to the school GaVS academic calendar which may differ from the WCSD academic calendar.
  • Students will be expected to follow the WCSD Student Code of Conduct.
  • Reliable internet access is required in order to participate in digital learning and a district-issued device is available for each student.
  • Sharing devices is not recommended as all students will be required to complete coursework during the day. Each student participating in digital learning is strongly encouraged to have their own district-issued device.
  • Students will be held accountable by the acceptable use of WCSD devices and associated technologies through Student Code of Conduct item 2.11 Inappropriate Use of Technology (GA .05).
  • Students will also be liable for damages to their WCSD-issued device through Student Code of Conduct item 2.13 Destruction of Property ($500 or less) (GA .20).
  • In order to utilize a WCSD issued Chromebook. Parents must purchase a $20 protection plan per device in order to take home a WCSD-issued Chromebook.
Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year has closed.

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