Welcome to AP Chemistry!

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School. My name is John Rolader and I will be your student's teacher.

The student’s first task is to complete the Student Orientation Course (SOC). It is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist. Students must successfully finish student orientation and earn a 100% on the quiz prior to gaining access to class. This must be completed by 8:00 pm (EST) the day before your session begins. Following the completion of the SOC, the date on which students will gain access to the course is dependent upon which schedule was selected at the time of registration.

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Regardless of the start date, the course ends December 6, 2019.

Student work is due weekly on Wednesdays (by 11:59pm EST), but students are encouraged to submit assignments as they are completed in accordance with the pacing guide. Check course schedules for specific assignment due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 2 school days with a 20% late penalty assessed.

Important Parent Information

The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their course. Each Wednesday, beginning the second week of your student's course, you will receive an automated email with your child’s grade range in each of his/her classes. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.

In order to view your child’s progress, you will need to have a parent account within our Student Information System and your account must be linked to your child’s GAVS account. If you already have a parent account, please do NOT create a new one. If you have never created a parent account or you have not linked to your student’s account, follow the steps listed below.

Parent Account Information

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Parents should read the knowledge base articles in the order listed below. The steps must be completed in this order.

During the parent account creation process, you will be required to visit http://www.gavirtualschool.org/ to begin the account creation process.


1. Parent Account Creation

2. Link Child to Parent Account (Student's GTID is needed during this step.)

3. Using My Parent Auditor Account

4. View Student's Weekly Progress

Brightspace Help Sessions

Georgia Virtual School will have Brightspace Help Sessions for students and parents on Jigsaw on the following dates:

Sunday, Aug. 4 @ 3 PM

Tuesday, Aug. 6 @ 7 PM

Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 7 PM

Tuesday, Sep. 3 @ 7 PM

Thursday, Sep. 19 @ 11 AM

NOTE: Students and parents may attend any of the above scheduled sessions

To participate in the Brightspace Help Session, you will

1. Join by entering the meeting as an attendee.

2. Enter your e-mail address as your username.

3. If you are a GAVS student, please use your GAVS email address username@gavirtualschool.org

4. Enter your first and last name.

5. Select continue.

6. Click the browser icon to enter the Brightspace Help Session.

Here is the link to join each Brightspace Help Session: Brightspace Help Classroom

The schoolwide Brightspace Help meetings are separate from individual Welcome Sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend my Welcome Session as well. I will notify you about the date of my Welcome Session meeting.

Additionally, I will conduct synchronous office hours for students one time per week on Monday evenings at 8 pm.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call at the number below. You may also reference the Fall 2019 Student Handbook for additional information and answers to general questions.

The Student Success Site is also a great resource to help you acclimate to your online learning experience at Georgia Virtual School. You will use your GAVS username and password to log in to the Student Success Site.


John Rolader