Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Virtual Academy for the 2021-2022 School Year
The registration window for the WCPSS Virtual Academy will open Thursday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m. and close Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to register outside this window will not be guaranteed a seat in the Virtual Academy, due to staffing and scheduling issues.
Families who attended the WCPSS Virtual Academy this year should note some important points and some differences for the 2021-22 school year:
- Students must commit to attend the Virtual Academy for the entire school year. A one-year commitment is necessary to avoid students having to change teachers, whether in the Virtual Academy or in person, during the year. The district will reassess this requirement if vaccination programs are expanded to include children of all ages. The district will also re-evaluate registration in Virtual Academy if the COVID-19 pandemic surges again.
- Specials class offerings (art, music, PE, library) will be impacted because of smaller numbers and the need for them to cover direct students.
- Depending on the number of families registering at Bryan Road, students may be required to attend Virtual Academy with another school.
- Note that virtual academy will be more rigorous next year with a recommendation of 3 hours of live lessons daily and 3 hours of independent work daily.
- Virtual academy is not the ideal learning environment for younger students in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade.
More information regarding the Virtual Academy, along with a link to the registration form and pre-K virtual option and registration information, can be found at www.wcpss.net/VirtualAcademy. The site also includes information regarding the level of commitment we seek, student and family responsibilities, course offerings and FAQs.
Health Screenings at Home
Health screenings will now be completed at home instead of at schools.
Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms:
100.4° fever or higher
New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Diarrhea or vomiting
New severe headache
Early Dismissal for Appointments
As we look towards academic engagement happening from 9:15am-3:45pm, we ask that essential early pick-ups happen between 3:00pm and 3:15pm to avoid congestion in the carpool and bus loops.
Please notify your child's classroom teacher and the office of essential early dismissals.
Kindergarten and New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year
Step 1: Find your base school
In Wake County, students are assigned to a base elementary, middle, and high school for their home address. Find your base school using our address look-up tool. Your base school may have an enrollment cap. You will still register for your base school. Learn more about how an enrollment cap might affect you.
Step 2: Enroll online
Have questions? We encourage you to connect with us through our PowerSchool Community by web or chat for immediate access to our support experts. You can also call us on PowerSchool Enrollment (InfoSnap) Support Line, toll free at (866) 434-6276 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Bring the enrollment materials to your base school
Once you’ve completed the form online, please wait for information from your child's base school regarding the completion of the enrollment process. To expedite your student’s enrollment, upload the following documents:
- A certified copy of your child's birth certificate. (Need a birth certificate? Parents of children born in Wake County may now order certified birth certificates on the Wake County Register of Deeds website.)
- Proof of your Wake County address, which must be one of the following:
- Current water, gas, or electric bill in parent's name that is no more than 30 days old,
- Newly signed lease that is no more than 60 days old,
- Settlement statement or
- Offer to Purchase agreement, in limited circumstances.
- A photo ID of the parent
- Your child's immunization record
- Any custody documents
Once schools re-open, you will be asked to submit hard copies of all required documents at your child’s school. Prior to schools re-opening, some parents may be required to bring documents in person, using safe distancing guidelines. Families will be contacted to schedule an appointment should this be necessary.
Once the school completes the enrollment and provides you with a Powerschool ID number, you can elect to enroll only in the Virtual Academy.
Step 4: Obtain and submit proof of immunizations and NC Health Assessment
State law requires every child entering public schools in North Carolina for the first time to receive a health assessment. The assessment must occur within 12 months prior to entering school. Your medical provider should provide a completed N.C. Health Assessment Form to the school on or before the child's first day of attendance. N.C. Health Assessment Forms are also available at Wake County schools, area doctors' offices or at the Wake County Health Department.
State law requires these vaccinations before a student enters kindergarten and 7th grade.
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