Bright and early August 11, 2021, Fauquier County Public Schools reopened its doors to five days a week of in-person learning. While thousands of students returned back to their schools, others logged on to the newly-launched FCPS Virtual Academy.
In March of 2020, COVID hit, shifting learning online nearly overnight. Zoom, webcams, synchronous, and asynchronous all became part of the daily routine. Students and teachers alike couldn’t wait to get back to the good old days of face-to-face learning. But for some, the virtual setting was right where they needed to be.
While face-to-face, in-person instruction is best for most of our students, we realize it is not best for all. Some students thrive in a virtual learning environment and can benefit from a stand-alone virtual program.
FCPS Superintendent David Jeck advocates for giving each student what they need in order to succeed. “If we truly believe that kids learn differently, then we need to continue to provide opportunities tailored to meet their needs. The Virtual Academy is a great example,” Jeck said.
The FCPS Virtual Academy serves as another personalized learning path to provide an engaging, student-centered alternative learning experience where traditional barriers of time, place, and availability are removed.