Kanawha County Schools is now accepting applications for the new virtual online school pilot program, which will begin during the second semester in January. The pilot program will allow 30 Kanawha County 9-12 graders to participate in a full-time or part-time virtual school program. This program is free and designed for students who are currently being homeschooled, students participating in other non-accredited programs, or public school students in Kanawha County who’ve been identified by their school leadership as a good candidates. Applications are available at the Kanawha County Schools board office or on the KCS website.
“With our pilot, students have the flexibility to be a full-time or part-time virtual student, work toward their degree and also participate in clubs, sports and take advantage of counseling and other helpful services,” said Kanawha County Schools Executive Director of Virtual School, Valery Harper. “Students can access the courses 24/7 to meet their schedule needs. We look forward to receiving feedback during the pilot and we will use that feedback as we build our virtual program that we hope will be available to any student during the 2018-2019 school year.”
The Kanawha County Schools virtual program, and other virtual programs across the state, are possible after state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 630 – the Accessibility and Equity in Public Education Enhancement Act – during the 2017 regular legislative session. The bill allows for the creation of virtual programs by county boards.
The Kanawha County Schools Virtual School Policy is open for comment through December 6, 2017. More information is available on our website under “Proposed Policies.”