CCSD Virtual Learning Information 2021-2022
Plans for the Upcoming School Year
Charleston County School District’s preparation for the new 2021-22 school year in August is encouraged by the growing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, continued decline in virus transmission rates, and proven protocols that have helped keep schools safer and healthier than the larger community. Based on current and improving conditions, our expectations are for a full return to in-person instruction for students on August 18, 2021.
Currently, around 75% of CCSD students are learning in-person five days a week; around 24% of CCSD students are online learning remotely from home, and around 1% are enrolled in the CCSD Central Virtual Academy. This year has been a time of adjustment and transition as we learned more about running schools safely during this pandemic. Medical advisors and school data show that during this entire school year, students have been safer at school than in the community at large.
As a result, beginning August 2021, CCSD will no longer offer the online learning remotely (also referred to as temporary remote) option where students remain at home but are included in a class made up of both in-person and online students taught by a teacher at their neighborhood school. Students will either attend school in-person or enroll in our virtual academy option.
K-8 Virtual Academy
The Charleston County School District virtual academy option will be offered for a limited number of students in grades K-8 for the upcoming 2021-22 school year that begins in August. This current year’s online learning model was utilized by many students as we made adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current delivery model will continue to run through the end of the school year in June. For students who benefit from the continuation of the online learning experience, CCSD will have a limited number of seats available in the 2021-22 virtual academy. In order to be considered, students must apply using the application found here (Spanish language version)
The following is a brief description of the features of the 2021-22 virtual academy for grades K-8:
- The virtual academy will be a high-quality, K-8 virtual/online school program to launch in Fall 2021 as a tuition-free online public school program for a limited number of students.
- Students will take core courses in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and electives in a high-quality curriculum taught by certified teachers. The teachers will only teach online students.
- Students will enroll in a regular school grade or course and participate in all required district and state-mandated testing.
- All virtual course curriculum is aligned to South Carolina College and Career State Standards for elementary grade levels and to specific courses at the middle school level.
- Students will learn in a hybrid model with both scheduled virtual class time with a teacher (synchronous) and independent assignment work-time (asynchronous).
- Gifted and talented and other special program services are also included in this virtual program option.
- Students will remain enrolled in their CCSD home school and be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities and events at their home school, but they will be full-time virtual academy students rather than being enrolled in a class online with a teacher at their home school.
K-8 application process
Beginning March 23, interested families should complete an application which will remain open from March 23 - April 11, 2021. Application submission will not guarantee acceptance. Parents will be notified about acceptance as expeditiously as possible following the close of the application process. Decisions about acceptance will be made on a case-by-case basis for limited seats. CCSD will review its applicants and encourage families to make a balanced decision that considers the rationale for applying and the most effective instructional model to ensure students’ academic success. Students who have not demonstrated success with virtual instruction are discouraged from considering this option. A student will be served through the K-8 Virtual Academy when this option is determined to be more appropriate and effective than in-person learning.
High school virtual academy
High School students interested in committing to a full-time virtual school program will work with their home school counselor to schedule the appropriate online courses to ensure on-time graduation. High school students will leverage CCSD and state-provided course platforms, such as VirtualSC, Edgenuity, CCSD Online Virtual Franchise, and distance learning courses. Online dual credit courses through Trident Technical College may also be available. Students who meet district graduation requirements will receive a diploma from their enrolled neighborhood school. Application through the district is not required.