OVA Connector

January 6, 2023

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Important Dates to Remember

  • January 9: HS Course Extensions Complete, New Courses Enrolled
  • February 13-17: No School, Intersession (More info. to come)
  • February 6-10: MS & HS Conferences (More info. to come)
  • March 9: End of Trimester I- Pearson work must be completed
  • March 10: No School
  • March 13: Beginning of Trimester III

Course Extension Reminder

If your 1st trimester course dates have been extended to January 9 due to a course failure, you only have the weekend to complete those courses. Some of you are SO close. You will have your new courses by Tuesday of next week at 8:00 a.m.

I have been in contact with multiple students who were transparent about not being able to complete those courses. Your final grades are in for trimester 1, and you now have your trimester 2 schedule. Make this trimester a good one!


This link is very important for HS students!


Our district uses Capturing Kids' Hearts processes and curriculum to increase students' social-emotional awareness and skills. This month's focus is respect.

What is Respect?

  • Respect is the willingness and ability to act professionally and thoughtfully with ourselves and others. Leaders can deal respectfully with opposition and provide space for both dignity and differences to coexist.

Why focus on Respect?

  • Respect contributes to a positive culture. People feel safe, supported, and engaged in the context of thoughtful social, emotional, civic, and intellectual interactions.
  • Respect decreases conflict. Respect helps us, and others, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated, or discriminated against.
  • Respect encourages empathy. Respect helps us to understand each other and put ourselves in someone else shoes.

How will you show respect to your virtual teachers, mentors, and others around you?

Please Review!

In our handbook, we have listed reasons why you may be denied of continuing or completing courses here at OVA.


Enrollment in a virtual course may be denied for any of the following reasons:

a. The district determined that the enrollment is inappropriate for a pupil who is enrolled in any of grades K-5.

b. The pupil has previously gained the credits that would be provided from the completion of the virtual course.

c. The virtual course is not capable of generating academic credit.

d. The virtual course is inconsistent with the remaining graduation requirements or career interests of the pupil.

e. The pupil has not completed the prerequisite coursework for the requested virtual course or has not demonstrated proficiency in the prerequisite course content.

f. The pupil has failed a previous virtual course in the same subject during the two most recent academic years.

g. The virtual course is of insufficient quality or rigor. A district that denies a pupil’s enrollment request for this reason shall enroll the pupil in a virtual course in the same or a similar subject that the district determines is of acceptable rigor and quality.

h. For a course selected from the statewide course catalog, the cost of the virtual course exceeds the amount allocated to a course under Section 21f (6.67% of the minimum foundation allowance for the current fiscal year as calculated under Section 20 of the State School Aid Act (MCL 388.1620)), unless the pupil or the pupil's parent or legal guardian agrees to pay the cost that exceeds that amount.

i. The virtual course enrollment request did not occur within the same timelines established for enrollment and schedule changes for regular courses.

j. The request for a virtual course enrollment was not made in the academic term, semester, trimester, or summer preceding the enrollment. This does not apply to a request made by a pupil who is newly enrolled in the district.

k. The course has reached capacity and the district has restricted enrollment to resident applicants.

l. The district does not support the enrollment in more than two (2) virtual courses in an academic term, semester, or trimester.

Very Important Attendance & Truancy Reminders

As we wrap up our first trimester here at OVA, we're looking to make sure that our virtual students are following the attendance procedures and policies outlined in our handbook. Being a virtual student takes a lot of self-direction! We want to ensure our students' success; a big part of that success is showing up, virtually, every day. Please review our procedures and policy around attendance and truancy.


Attendance is an integral component in a student's education. Learning takes place in collaboration with OVA teachers and engagement with the OVA curriculum. Regular attendance/engagement is always essential for doing your best work in school. Employers will be interested in your attendance record some day. Students who are under the age of eighteen are required to attend school under the State Compulsory Attendance Law.

For a student to obtain credit and to keep parents informed of student absenteeism, school personnel have set up a minimum standard of attendance. Every effort should be made by students and parents to see that absences are limited to reasons of personal illness or a grave, family emergency.

Please remember that our weekly (Wednesday-Tuesday) attendance requirements are as follows:

  • Students in grades K-12 are required to participate in at minimum two, two-way contacts per week with their mentor or classroom teacher. Parents and students in grades K-5 can work collaboratively with the OVA mentor teacher to accomplish the two, two-way via zoom, email, or phone call. This means, the teacher initiates contact via Pearson, Remind, Google Classroom, Zoom, email, text message or phone call and the student responds, then the teacher responds (teacher-student-teacher). These two-ways will be logged, and two per week must be completed for a student to have positive attendance marked. Students & parents need to be on the watch for contacts by their mentor and respond to all contacts.
  • Students will submit an assignment every Wednesday.
  • Students will log in regularly to the appropriate Pearson platform and be working toward completion of their coursework.

Unexcused Absence:

An absence is considered unexcused when a child misses both 2 way communications in a week. When that happens, we check to see if they submitted a Wednesday assignment and if the child has logged in regularly over the course of the week, Wednesday to Tuesday.

OVA Truancy Procedure, p. 11:

Student has 1 unexcused absence Otsego Virtual Academy Director or designee checks in with the child’s teacher/mentor regarding Wednesday assignments and checks login history in Pearson. Communication is sent to the child’s parent/guardian about the requirements for virtual learners at OVA and communicates with local district support personnel about the unexcused absence.

Student has 2 unexcused absences Otsego Virtual Academy Director or designee sends an email/letter to the family. The truancy support at the local district is notified, if applicable.

Student has 3 unexcused absences Otsego Virtual Academy Director or designee sends a second email/letter to the family. Otsego Virtual Academy Director or designee schedules a meeting with the family. The truancy support at the local district is notified if applicable. The Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA) Truancy Officer is notified.

Student has 4 unexcused absences Otsego Virtual Academy: Student Handbook The student is dropped from OVA and sent back to the local district or school. A parent meeting is scheduled with the local district or school regarding truancy and paperwork is completed for documentation.

Our handbook is linked on our OVA website if you would like to read more about attendance and truancy.

OVA Classroom

OVA has a classroom now! We are still located inside the Otsego Middle School building, but our new room is located directly off of the cafeteria. There is a single door located just north of the custodian overhead doors on the west side of the building (facing the high school). Please use this door if you are coming to the classroom. If you do not have a scheduled time with a teacher or administrator, please use the OMS office door, as the OVA office is not currently staffed at all times.

All About Pearson

Important OPS & OVA Links

OVA Contact Information

OVA Coordinator/Mentor: Amanda Nast anast@otsegops.org

K-8 Virtual Teacher: Kassie LaDuke kladuke@otsegops.org

High School Mentor: Merry-Beth Scott mscott@otsegops.org

High School Mentor: Ashley Leneway aleneway@otsegops.org


If you are a high school student or parent, please click this link to read Otsego High School's newsletter for important information!