This page is where parents and students can find information for all things related to FVS, such as landing pages, supply lists, teacher directory, FAQs, etc. Please check here often for information and news, too.
Updated: Dec. 9: The IRIS Center has created the following two free, downloadable tip sheets for parents supporting their children’s learning at home:
- My child says she doesn’t like online learning. How can I help? This tip sheet offers practical ideas and strategies for helping children adapt to some of the challenges and frustrations of learning in a virtual environment.
- How can I help my elementary child stay focused during online learning? Learning at home via a virtual environment can make it hard for younger children to remain focused. This tip sheet offers some ideas to help.
- K-5 Fully Virtual School Coordinator Carrie Sunkes | 518-399-9141, ext. 85045 | [Fully Virtual Elementary School Website]
- Grades 6-8: O’Rourke MS Principal Colleen Wolff
- Grades 9-12: BH-BL HS Principal Tim Brunson
Fully Virtual School Landing Pages & Teacher Websites
Use these links to access webpages that contains information and additional links for students in grades 6-8 who are attending Fully Virtual School this fall.
- Fully Virtual Elementary School Website
- Grade 6 Fully Virtual School
- Grade 7 Fully Virtual School Landing Page
- Grade 8 Fully Virtual Landing Page
- Mrs. Guba’s Website
- Mr. Kopa’s Website
- Mrs. Neddo’s Website
K-5 Virtual School Supply Lists
- Kindergarten (both Mrs. Goudey & Ms. Cotrupi)
- Grade 1: Ms. Bennice | Mrs. D’Angelo
- Grade 2: Mrs. Bowker | Mrs. Malinowski
- Grade 3: Mrs. Underwood | Mr. Moore | Mrs. Engelhard
- Grade 4: Mrs. Roberts | Mrs. Guba
- Grade 5: Mr. Somoza | Mr. Kopa
- Art: Mrs. Taylor (For students whose teaches are Mrs. Bennice, Mrs. D’Angelo, Ms. Malinowski, Ms. Underwood, Mrs. Guba, Mrs. Goudey, Mrs. Cotrupi, Ms. Roberts, Mr. Somoza)
- Art: Miss Karis | Website (For students whose teachers are Mr. Kopa, Mrs. Engelhard, Mr. Moore, Mrs. Bowker, Mrs. Goudy and Ms. Cotrupi art classes.)
Do you have Chromebook questions? Need technology help?
Visit our BH-BL Remote Learning Support website to resources, guidance, and even to submit a question.
Absentee Procedures: What to do if you child is sick
In the event that your child is sick and is unable to attend Virtual School, please follow that absentee procedures for your child’s home school. For example, some schools ask that you send an email to an absentee address while others require you to fill out an absentee form. Follow this link to learn more about what your child’s home school requires: Absentee Procedures
Fully Virtual School Practices
- Students enrolled in the Fully Virtual School will receive all instruction in a remote setting.
- Students in Fully Virtual School will be loaned a Chromebook laptop, if needed, to use to attend live classroom meets, complete school assignments, complete homework assignments, stay connected to teachers and staff through school email, and access their school-issued Google Drive where they can upload work and share it with staff. As part of the district’s 1:1 Technology Initiative, students in grades 3-12 are loaned a Chromebook laptop throughout the year. In addition, the district has surveyed parents of grades K-2 students to assess which students need device for virtual learning. Furthermore, district’s Technology Department will work directly with students/families who do not have internet access at home to ensure they are provided with a means to connect to the internet to attend Virtual School.
- Students enrolled in virtual school will remain in the virtual program, minimally for the entirety of the first trimester (Grades K-5) or the semester at middle school and high school.
- Parents of elementary students who would like to shift their child to the in-person classroom option for the start of the second trimester must notify District Registrar Mary Ann De Luca of the intent to shift from virtual to the in-person or hybrid models no later than November 6, 2020 (tentative). This will provide time for school leaders to reassign teachers between virtual and in-person instructional assignments as student enrollments shift. Large changes in enrollment may require changes to the overall structure and schedule for all students.
- Parents of middle school and high school students who would like to shift their child to the in-person classroom option for the start of the second semester must notify District Registrar Mary Ann De Luca of the intent to shift from virtual to the in-person or hybrid models no later than January 6, 2021 (tentative).
- This will provide time for school leaders to reassign teachers between virtual and in-person instructional assignments as student enrollments shift. Large changes in enrollment may require changes to the overall structure and schedule for all students.
- Instruction and instructional materials will be provided through a high-quality combination of asynchronous and synchronous modalities. Teachers will connect live daily with students and attendance will be taken. Students must attend all live scheduled aspects of the virtual school program. Several classes, including specials, will be assigned at specific times. It is the responsibility of the virtual student to attend all required sessions.
- While the intention is that all primary instruction will be provided by the teachers(s), parents of younger students will need to be engaged in supporting instruction from home.
- Student attendance will be taken. Student work must be returned to the teacher(s) completed. Students will receive grades and progress reports in the same manner as students in the in-person/hybrid school.
- At the elementary level, instruction will be provided in ELA, math, science, and social studies for each grade level. Students will also have access to weekly lessons for PE, art, music, and library.
- In the event onsite instruction is suspended and the students and all students shift to an entirely virtual setting, students enrolled in the BH-BL virtual school will remain in the virtual program unless the district needs to make a change due to staffing needs.
If students transfer from the virtual school to in-person learning every effort will be made to assign them to their home school. Due to social distancing requirements and the assignment of staff to in-person and virtual classrooms, students returning to in-person schooling may be assigned to schools other than their homeschool only if the homeschool is at max capacity for social distancing requirements.