Welcome to Class!

Spring 2017

Dear students, parents, and facilitators.

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School. I am Ms. Jill Stassie and I will be your student's teacher. As a team, we will work together for a successful semester. Please contact me by email or phone to introduce yourself.

Student Orientation Course: Must be completed prior to gaining access to your GaVS Course.

The student’s first task is to complete the Student Orientation Course. It is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist.

The following items are required for the completion of the Student Orientation Course (SOC):

  • students complete all sign off
  • students complete all agreement quizzes
  • students make a 100% on the final Student Orientation Quiz.


  • Students may choose to opt out of the Student Orientation Course; however, students who elect to opt out of the Student Orientation Course are still responsible for all content presented in the course.

Students must finish or opt out of the SOC before gaining access to the course. Following successful 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.


Schedule Start Date Initial Course Access

18 week August 8, 2016 August 8, 2016

16 week August 22, 2016 August 15, 2016

14 week September 6, 2016 August 29, 2016

12 week September 19, 2016 September 5, 2016

Syllabus Acknowledgement Form

After reviewing the syllabus with your parents please take the time to download and sign the Syllabus Acknowledgement Form. Upon your first day entering the class, please upload the signed form (signed by both you and your parents) to the corresponding drop box. You will receive a bonus point on your first assignment for doing so.


Upon the enrollment on the first day of class, you are assigned an email address, username@gavirtualschool.org Using your Georgia Virtual School email account is essential since it is the primary form of communication you will use with your instructor and classmates.

Watch this Video to Learn How to Access Your GaVS Email


Review the Student Handbook

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call at the number below. You may also reference the Fall 2016 Student Handbook for additional information and answers to general questions.


Course End Date and Due Date Information

Regardless of the start date, the course ends December 9, 2016. Student work is due bi-weekly on Thursdays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 3 school days with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Friday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is considered 1 day late
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Late Work Policy - New this semester!

Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments. Extensions past the last day of school will NOT be granted. Student work is due weekly on WEDNESDAYS at (11:59 pm) EST. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 3 school days following due date with a late penalty assessed.

Late penalty begins on Thursday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Late work submitted Friday is considered 2 days late. Late work submitted Saturday through Monday is considered 3 days late, and will receive a 30% deduction. Late work submitted after Monday will not be accepted. For weeks where Monday is a holiday, the late work policy will not change. The late work policy is enforced from the original assignment due date. Therefore, if a student is granted an extension and the extended assignment due date is after the original late work window has expired, work submitted after the extended due date will result in a grade of zero.

At the end of the semester, all class work must be submitted prior to the final exam period. Thus, if the final exam period begins Wednesday of the last week of school, all assignments which can still be accepted based on course schedule due dates, must be submitted by Tuesday of the last week of school.

Late work policy example: David turns in an assignment at 3:15 pm on Sunday which is considered three days late. He scores a 7 out of 15 on the assignment. David will lose 30% of the total assignment value, which is 4.5 points on this assignment. The score recorded in the grade book is 2.5/15. A note should be made in the grade book detailing the late work deduction.

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Wrong File Type

Sometimes students submit a file that the teacher is not able to open. When that occurs, the teacher will leave feedback notifying the student, and a zero will be entered into the gradebook. The student then has up to three school days Fall and Spring semesters (up to two school days Summer semester) to submit a readable version of the file without penalty. Students are expected to submit all subsequent assignments in a properly formatted file type. Three school days Fall and Spring (two school days Summer semester) after the teacher has notified the student of the file issue, the standard late policies apply.
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Important Parent Information

Parent Account Information

Parent helpdesk articles

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

GAVS Help Videos

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Brightspace Help Sessions

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

Tuesday, August 9 @ 7pm

Tuesday, August 23 @ 7pm

Tuesday, September 6 @ 7pm

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to join each Brightspace Help Session:

Adobe Brightspace Help Classroom

The schoolwide Brightspace Help meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well. Your teacher will notify you about the date of that meeting.

AP Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available during the fall and spring semesters only. While most courses offer 12, 14, 16, and 18 week schedules, AP courses do not have a 12 week option. Due to the increased rigor and time requirements inherent in AP courses, students are strongly encouraged to work on either the 16 or 18 week schedule. Students taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course with Georgia Virtual School should use our school code with the AP test for proper reporting. Our school code is 000033.

The College Board administers AP Exams each year in May. Students who complete AP Exams with GaVS are encouraged to take AP Exams; however, College Board AP Exams are optional for GaVS students. All GaVS students take final exams in AP courses. College Board AP Exams do not affect grades in GaVS courses.

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Synchronous Welcome Session

I will meet the students in synchronous classes once a week, on Tuesdays for my AP Gov't. course and Wednesday's for my Economics classes at 8:30 pm. Students will receive information about upcoming lessons and assessments, be able to answer questions, and take part in activities that can lead to bonus points.

If you miss a session, you can view the recordings. The link is located under the "links" section of our course homepage.