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Virtual Education

Online learning image showing computer surrounded by learning tree with symbols for goals, time management, rewards etc.Thanks to so many our of our families for completing this spring’s virtual learning interest survey. The vast majority of families indicated that they prefer 5 days/week in-person learning, an option required by the state.

In addition, we are offering a limited fully virtual program for students in grade 3-8.  CHS will continue offering some virtual classes (see below).

Based on state guidance, virtual learning will look different this fall — with more screen time (synchronous learning), a “screen on” policy, and more.

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Read the CCS Virtual Learning Expectations/Agreement Here

All Virtual Learning Approvals DEPEND UPON:

  1. Completion of the CCS Virtual Instruction application. For priority consideration, apply by July 12, 2021. Applications received after July 12, 2021 will be considered as space is available.
  2. Meeting the established criteria/expectations for virtual instruction
  3. Availability of CCS learning courses, capacity, and adequate demand for virtual learning
  4. Demonstrated appropriate student conduct, meaningful effort, engagement, and success in virtual classes
  5. Yearly renewal of the virtual application

CCS Virtual students are required to attend school daily by attending their synchronous sessions and logging in to CANVAS (as directed). Students must attend synchronous sessions to be counted as present.

When a CCS Virtual student cannot log in and attend synchronous sessions, due to illness or extenuating circumstances, the parent/guardian must contact their child’s virtual teacher and follow their school’s attendance procedures. For extended absences, families must send an excuse note for the absence to their child’s school.

CCS Virtual Students and Parents/Guardians Must Agree to the Following:

  • The student must adhere to the CCS Code of Student Conduct and Acceptable Use Policy while participating in virtual instruction.
  • The student and parent/guardian must attend their assigned orientation session at the beginning of the school year and participate in regular communication with the virtual teacher throughout the school year.
  • The student must have consistent dependable access to an internet service. (Charlottesville City Schools can offer assistance.)
  • The student must take all Virginia SOL tests in-person at the school building for any SOL courses taken virtually.
  • The student must log in to CANVAS and complete assignments by due dates.
  • The student must log on to their Zoom / Google Meet sessions as per their schedule (Please note that there is an increased amount of screen time (synchronous learning) from the 2020-21 virtual instruction.)
  • The student will have their camera on during all synchronous sessions unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.
  • Students are still considered CCS students and will be held to the same standards and policies set forth by Charlottesville City Schools and their school’s student handbook, including activities and athletics.
  • The younger the student is, the more support they will need to be a successful virtual learner.
    • Families must designate a responsible individual for their child in grades 3-5 to provide this support. The responsible individual will need to:
    • Ensure the student dedicates a scheduled time to work on their courses
    • Ensure the student attends all synchronous sessions at the assigned time and has needed materials ready when necessary
    • Be digitally available to communicate with the teacher via emails, messages or announcements in the child’s course, especially if the child needs help from the teacher
    • Monitor and support student’s comprehension and progress, making sure they are completing lessons and assignments to a high standard
    • Ensure the student demonstrates positive characteristics of digital citizenship and academic integrity at all times
  • I understand that if my student is not successful in virtual learning, the school will reassign my student to in-person learning.

Think that Virtual Learning is What Your Student Needs?

For priority consideration, apply by July 12, 2021. Applications received after July 12, 2021 will be considered as space is available. Per state guidance, students who are good candidates for virtual learning this year are those who demonstrated success with virtual learning last year.

To allow us to finalize preparations for the new school year, applications closed Sunday, August 15 at 8pm.

In addition to your application, a committee will review your student’s academic records, attendance, and past performance in virtual learning environments to assist with their decision regarding the approval status of the application.


Students in grades K-2 or 9-12

Based on the survey, we found very few students in K-2 or 9-12 who were interested in fully virtual learning.

  • If you have a child in K-2 who needs virtual instruction, please check with your school as soon as possible
  • If you have a student in grades 9-12 who needs virtual instruction, please check with your student’s counselor as soon as possible to see how to adjust your schedule to include virtual classes offered by CHS or Virtual Virginia (as available, see below)


Virtual Learning at Charlottesville High School

CHS student at computerThe Charlottesville City School Division offers some classes virtually to students in grades 9 – 12.

Students may choose to take an online course as part of their regular course load or in addition to a traditional seven-period day as well as during summer school. These courses are available anytime, so students are able to complete coursework before, during, or after the regular school day.

  • There are limited virtual offerings at CHS in areas such as Health/PE and Economics and Personal Finance. Note: space may be limited, or if there is insufficient demand, the course may not be offered.
  • Students were also be able to enroll in classes offered through Virtual Virginia, which has closed to additional registrations.

To explore virtual classes at CHS for the 21-22 school year, please contact your CHS counselor as soon as possible!


    • Speak with your CHS counselor
    • See a complete list of CCS virtual course options in the Program of Study (Virtual Offerings begin on page 32)
    • Additional questions? Contact:
      • Jessica Brantley, Health/PE Virtual,