Beginning this fall, Greenville County Schools is expanding its virtual program to allow 5K through 12th grade students to participate in full-time online instruction using software and devices provided by the school district during the 2020-2021 school year. This program was previously available only to middle and high school students.
Virtual program participants will follow a daily schedule just as they would experience in a brick-and-mortar school, during which they will receive face-to-face instruction via livestreaming and coursework through Google Classroom and other platforms. Through technology, the students will be able to see and hear their teachers, ask questions, participate in classroom discussion and small group work, and turn in classwork and tests without leaving their homes.
“GCS is committed to providing school choice options that meet the needs of our students and families,” said Burke Royster, superintendent of Greenville County Schools. “A virtual program is not only a good fit for families who remain concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for those who simply enjoy the benefits of learning from home, while still having access to professional instructors and challenging curriculum.”
In addition, families interested in enrolling students in the virtual program due to COVID-19 concerns or due to a temporary family situation will be able to return their children to traditional school at the conclusion of the fall semester. Students will remain on the roll at their regular school and may participate in extracurricular activities. High school students are also eligible to earn a diploma from their home-based school.
The deadline for fall enrollment for this program is Aug. 1. Additional virtual program information, including enrollment procedures will be available July 6. For more information, email [email protected]ille.k12.sc.us.