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NCVirtual Now brings you live updates on your state’s virtual school. Explore the tabs below to read our latest news, see our most recent grade reports, find guidance for the academic year, and more. For questions, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will route your ticket to the right person. Subscribe to our updates by email via the NCVirtual E-lert.

[pinned post] 2021-2022 Registration is Open – Visit our 2021-2022 Academic Year page for all our registration details. We also have a Summer Session Guide for you. Do you need a yearlong or Early Start section that we don’t currently offer? Submit a request through our Virtual Support Center. We’ll see if we can make that happen.

[pinned post] Partnership Course Program – We supply the courses. Schools supply the teachers! Visit our Partnership Course Program page for all the details on this new program.

[pinned post] Digital Transition Webinars – Visit our Digital Transition web page to find resources and register for upcoming webinars! We have something for everyone, and you can stream our completed webinars.

[pinned post] NCVirtual Lunch-Hour Office Hours – The Outreach and Support team is hosting virtual office hours Monday-Friday at noon each day. Drop in anytime from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. with your questions. Visit our NCVirtual Lunch Hour page to access the meeting.

[pinned post] Teacher Online Training Course – Prepare your teachers for success in the online learning environment. Register for our free NCVirtual Teacher Online Training course.  See all the details on our registration page.  Visit our Teacher Online Training page for details and registration.

December 17, 2021

End of Semester Reminders

Our Early Start courses have finished, and Standard Start is winding down with many students finishing their courses already.

Following these steps will help with the success of your students and help you have grades prepared for your final report cards.

Timeline

Here are the end dates and reporting dates for Fall 2021 block courses:

  • Last Day of Early Start Classes: Dec. 10, 2021
  • Grades Posted for Early Start Classes: Dec. 16, 2021
  • Last Day for Standard Start Classes: Jan. 7, 2022
  • Grades Posted for Standard Start Classes: Jan. 13, 2022

December 16th Reporting

We will publish two grades reports on December 16:

  • Final Grades for Early Start and Standard Start Early Completion
  • Progress Grades for Standard Start and Yearlong Courses

If you had Standard Start students finish their courses early, look for their final grades on the Final Grades for Early Start and Standard Start Early Completion report. All other Standard Start progress grades will be reported on the Progress Report for Standard Start and Yearlong Courses. Please remember, for those Standard Start students expected to finish early, we cannot cut off their course access. They have access to January 7, and our teachers will continue to grade any work that they submit. Local schools must drive the early course completion expectation.

EOC and CTE Testing

Schools must administer all EOC and CTE state tests. (Note: Some CTE courses do not have a state test.) Schools will also need to average the EOC and CTE scores into the grades that we post for those courses. If you’ve not already made arrangements with your school’s testing coordinator, please do that right away.

Grades

Our final grade report will show the weighted coursework grade (80%) and the final exam grade (20%) and final grade. EOC and CTE courses will only show the coursework grades. Schools will need to calculate in the EOC and CTE exam grades. Follow this link to see what the final grade report will look like.

NCVPS Grading Policies

You will want to be aware of our grading policy and how we weight grades, especially for state-tested courses where you will need to calculate the final grade once you receive your test scores. Review our Grades Quick Reference Guide to see how we calculate grades.

Report Cards and Transcripts

Schools must enter grades into PowerSchool. Be sure the data manager has access to the grade report and understands our grade calculations. Be sure to examine the spreadsheet closely to find the final grade. This will be essential when your data manager enters NCVPS grades into PowerSchool to avoid data entry errors.

Middle School Reporting

Middle schools should ensure that they use the NCVPS course codes so that their students can receive high school credit for the courses that they take with us. You can find course codes in our catalog, or in the second column of any grade report.

NCAA Eligibility Center

Please see our Reporting NCVPS Classes On Transcripts for the NCAA quick reference guide here. There are some essential reporting steps to take to ensure a student’s NCAA eligibility.

Grade Questions

If you have questions about a student’s grade, you should send those directly to the student’s teacher or submit a help ticket to the Virtual Support Center.

Extensions

We have a five-day extension period for courses. These extensions do not require approval from our Instructional Directors. Instead, schools will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 5-day extension.

December 8, 2021

Our Early Start classes end on Friday, and final grades will be posted on Dec. 16.

See details below on early course completion requests, our new ELA orientation course, and our new honors-level Economics and Personal Finance course.

Also note that NCVirtual has two dates for final grades this spring: May 12 (Early Start) and May 26 (Standard Start). See the details below.

Early Start Classes End Dec. 10

Our Early Start classes end on Dec. 10. Schools can arrange a short extension to Dec. 17 directly with the NCVirtual teacher. We will post final grades in the NCVirtual registration system on Dec. 16.

Early Start classes end on Friday, Dec. 10. Schools can request a five-day extension for Early Start students. Early Start course extensions will run through Dec. 17.

Course extension requests must come from the school principal, ELA, or another school designee and should be directed to the NCVirtual teacher. The NCVirtual teacher will work with the student granted an extension and relevant stakeholders to ensure the student is supported to complete outstanding assignments during the extension period. Adjusted final grades that reflect the completion of assignments during an extension period will be reported on the following published NCVirtual grade report.

Standard Start Early Course Completion & Final Grades

This fall, we had a process for schools to request an early course completion for students in Standard Start classes. Schools needed to submit the request form for an early completion by Sept. 24. This gave our teachers time to adjust the pacing guide and assignment due dates for those students to finish early, and it gave the students time to adjust to their new accelerated pace. We had fifty schools request an early course completion for their students.

We’ve had a number of schools just recently request early final grades for Standard Start students. Districts, schools, and NCVirtual must remain student-centered in this process. Students must be given adequate time to complete their learning and finish their courses. In this process, we cannot produce final grades on demand.

However, we do have a process that will help some schools. If your school did not submit the early course completion request form, yet you have students who have worked at an accelerated pace and can complete their coursework and final exams by Friday, Dec. 10, NCVirtual teachers will report their final grades on our Dec. 16 Final Grade report. If students have not completed their coursework, teachers will report a progress grade on the Dec. 16 progress report.

Economics and Personal Finance Honors

We have added an honors version of our Economics and Personal Finance course to our catalog. It is available for Early Start and Standard Start this spring.

Spring 2022 Final Grade Report – Choose Your Date!

Starting in our Spring 2022 session, NCVirtual will have a new procedure for receiving final grades based on Early Start or Standard Start enrollments.

First, determine when you need your final grades from NCVirtual. We have two options for you:

May 12

May 26

Next, choose your start date. If you need final grades by May 12, enroll your students in Early Start classes. If you need grades by May 26, enroll in Standard Start (traditional) classes.

Check your Spring 2022 enrollments. If you need final grades by May 12 and have students already enrolled in Standard Start classes, you will need to drop them and enroll them in Early Start classes. If you do not see a course offered in Early Start that you need, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center and request a section.

New – ELA Orientation!

We are excited to release our new E-learning Advisor Orientation course! This course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.

Access the E-learning Advisor Orientation today!

Supporting Students Online – Parent Courses

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials.

The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.

The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.

Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.

Employment Opportunities

NCVirtual has several employment opportunities, both full-time and part-time. We are hiring an Online Professional Learning Coordinator. The Professional Learning (PL) Coordinator position has specialized and professional duties in planning, developing, and managing activities for educational programs at the local, state, and national levels. Follow the link for details.

We are also hiring teachers and course developers. These are part-time positions. See our current openings on the PowerSchool Applicant Tracking platform.

Professional Development

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

We recently published a Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide

Please visit our 2021-2022 Academic Year Guide for details on registration, enrolling, withdrawing, grades, student guides, parent guides, and more!

November 23, 2021

Spring 2022 Final Grade Report – Choose Your Date!

Starting in our Spring 2022 session, NCVirtual will have a new procedure for receiving final grades based on Early Start or Standard Start enrollments.

First, determine when you need your final grades from NCVirtual. We have two options for you:

May 12

May 26

Next, choose your start date. If you need final grades by May 12, enroll your students in Early Start classes. If you need grades by May 26, enroll in Standard Start (traditional) classes.

Check your Spring 2022 enrollments. If you need final grades by May 12 and have students already enrolled in Standard Start classes, you will need to drop them and enroll them in Early Start classes. If you do not see a course offered in Early Start that you need, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center and request a section.

Supporting Students Online – Parent Courses

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials.

The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.

The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.

Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.

Parent Open Houses

NCVirtual has two upcoming parent orientations. The presentation includes best practices for keeping up to date on your student’s progress and how you can help them finish the semester strong. Find out how NC Virtual supports students beyond the content of the classroom and get answers to your questions.

Audience: Our Parent Orientation is geared to parents and guardians of current NCVirtual students.

Open House dates and times:

November 30 at 6 p.m.

December 2 at 11 a.m.

Visit our Open House page to register.

Employment Opportunities

NCVirtual has several employment opportunities, both full-time and part-time. We are hiring an Online Professional Learning Coordinator. The Professional Learning (PL) Coordinator position has specialized and professional duties in planning, developing, and managing activities for educational programs at the local, state, and national levels. Follow the link for details.

We are also hiring teachers and course developers. These are part-time positions. See our current openings on the PowerSchool Applicant Tracking platform.

Professional Development

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.

 A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

We recently published a Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide

Please visit our 2021-2022 Academic Year Guide for details on registration, enrolling, withdrawing, grades, student guides, parent guides, and more!

NCVirtual E-lert

See our full e-lert for November 23, 2021 here.

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Current Reporting

What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Dec. 2 – Progress Reports Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

Dec. 16 – Early Start and Standard Start Early Completion Final Grades

Dec. 16 – Standard Start Progress Reports Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Reporting Overview

See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.

Progress Reports Action Steps

Here are a few steps you can take with our progress reports and no-show reports.

Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.

Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.

No-Show Reports – Before we post our first progress report, we post No-Show reports during the first ten days of class. This report is an early warning indicator for students who haven’t logged in. Please review the report and contact students who have not logged in yet. They may need some assistance in getting started.

Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.

However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.

Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!

Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.

Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.

Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.

Catalog Updates for 2021-2022

Course Updates for 2021-2022
New High School Courses
Economics and Personal Finance (EPF)
Animal Science
Foods and Nutrition 1
Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
History of the Holocaust
Math 4
World Religions
Social Problems 1: A World in Crisis
Social Problems 2: Crisis, Conflicts, and Challenges
Mythology and Folklore
Reading and Writing for Purpose (real world applications)
Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals

New Middle School Courses
Math Grade 6
Math Grade 7
Middle School Journalism

Courses Not Offered in 2021-2022
Visual Arts Intermediate
Personal Finance
Strategic Marketing
Advanced Functions and Modeling
Latin 1

All OCS courses have “Blended” in the course title. Here’s our current list of OCS courses:

  • Blended American History I / 9247BX0
  • Blended American History II / 9248BX0
  • Blended American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics / 9249BX0
  • Blended Applied Science / 9231BX0
  • Blended Biology / 9232BX0
  • Blended English I / 9210BX0
  • Blended English II / 9211BX0
  • Blended English III / 9212BX0
  • Blended English IV / 9213BX0
  • Blended Financial Management / 9222BX0
  • Blended Intro to Math / 9220BX0
  • Blended Math 1 Part 1 (previously titled “Locally Developed Math Elective”) / 9610BX0
  • Blended NC Math 1 / 9225BX0
  • Blended Civic Literacy (New Standards) / Course Code TBD** 

Please note that the NC Math 1 Standards are taught over a 2-course sequence. Students must take Blended Math 1 Part 1 (previously titled “Locally Developed Math Elective”) prior to taking OCS NC Math 1.

Catalog Updates for 2020-2021

We have some new additions to the 2020-2021 catalog and two courses that are coming out.

New Courses for 2020-2021 Previous Courses Not Offered in 2020-2021
MS Word and PPT Game Art Design AP Art History (Course is being revised. Look for it again in 21-22)
MS Excel Middle School 8th Grade ELA CTE Personal Finance (Offered Summer Only)
Math 3 Co-teaching Middle School 8th Grade Math
American Sign Language 1 Middle School Career Exploration
American Sign Language 2 Middle School Creative Coding
Foundations to Information Technology

 

Catalog Updates for 2019 – 2020

NCVPS has released its Course Catalog for the 2019-2020 school year. We have a few notes to add to the release.

New Offerings

We have a number of new courses offerings in our 2019-2020 catalog:

  • English II Co-Teaching
  • Biology Co-Teaching
  • AP World History 1200 – Modern Times
  • Python Programming I

Returning to the Course Catalog

  • Arabic I

Spring Block AP Courses

We’ve added six AP courses to the spring block Early Start calendar:

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology

These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these Early Start AP courses. These courses also have yearlong offerings.

Course Updates

Accounting 1 and Accounting 1 Honors – Both courses will be off the catalog for Fall 2019 in order to revise for the new course blueprint. The current course will run during Summer 2019, and the new version will run Spring 2020. There are no course code changes.

AP Mandarin – This course will remain off the catalog until revisions are complete. We are updating the courses for standards alignment and design.

AP Music – This course will remain off the catalog until revisions are complete. We are updating the courses for standards alignment and design.

AP U.S. History – This course will remain off the catalog until revisions are complete. We are updating the courses for standards alignment and design.

AP World History – The College Board has divided AP World History into two courses, Ancient and Modern Day. NCVPS will offer the Modern Day course, which has a new course code. We will look at developing the Ancients course in the future.

Arabic I – Arabic I is  now back in the catalog. Arabic I will have limited enrollment in the fall of 2019.

Arabic II – Arabic II will remain off the catalog until further progress can be made. We will definitely have Arabic II ready by Fall 2020. If you have seniors enrolled in the Arabic I course, they wouldn’t be able to get that second credit by graduation. We can’t guarantee that at this time.

Computer Programming I and Computer Programming I Honors – Both courses will remain in our course catalog. DPI will continue to support the standards through 2020.

Computer Programming 1 Chrome Update – Computer Programming 1 cannot be taken with a Chromebook. The software for Visual Basic requires a Windows-based environment and Chromebooks do not officially support Windows. If you are looking for a programming course for next year that can be taken on a Chromebook, we recommend SAS Programming or our new Python Course.

French III and IV now have yearlong options. Updated 4/12/19.

Music Courses – This course will remain off the catalog until revisions are complete. We are updating the courses for standards alignment and design.

Python Programming I – Enrollment is now open for Python Programming I; however, seating is limited. We will expand the course capacity each semester.

SAT Prep and ACT Prep – Summer 2019 will be the last time we offer these courses. We are working on a way to include both courses in an open commons that schools can use them as resources.

Spanish III and IV now have yearlong options. Updated 4/12/19.

Workforce Ready now has summer option. Updated 4/12/19.

System Status

System Status
Canvas Online
Registration System Online
Virtual Support Center Online
Web Site Online
Yuja Media Online
UpSwing Tutoring Online

Reported Outages

2/17/20 – Reported out of NC Virtual Registration System at 8:47 a.m. Service restored at 11:08 a.m.

2/13/20 – Reported out of NC Virtual Registration System at 7:45 a.m. Service restored at 8:30 a.m.

11/6/19 – Report outage of Canvas at 8:46 p.m. Canvas services restore at 9:01 p.m.

10/11/19 – Report outage of the registration system and Virtual Support Center. Updates: The registration system outage was resolved on 10/12/19. Users are advised to email support issues to helpdesk.ncvps@ncpublicschools.gov. A temporary link was opened for the Virtual Support Center on 10/17/19 until the technical issue is completely resolved.

6/19/19 – Reported server outage. Issue resolved.

5/13/19 – Reported server outage that was affecting some of the notes portion of modules in Canvas. Issue resolved.

Planned Maintenance 

4/13/19 -We will be conducting maintenance to our main content servers beginning Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10 PM. During this time, we will be pushing updates and security patches to the Server OS. We will also be clearing access logs and restarting all services. This crucial maintenance keeps these heavily used servers in top shape. This will impact some modules in Canvas. Maintenance should last no longer than (3) hours.

Web Page Updates

See our new and updated pages.

Summer Session Guide for Schools(New 6/6/19)

Summer Session with NCVPS – A Parent’s Guide (New 5/31/19)

End of Semester Tips and Reminders(Updated 5/8/2019)

Getting Started Video (New 4/4/19)

Student Help (Updated 4/2/19)

Intervention Co-Teaching Program (New 3/2019)

OCS Learning (Updated 3/15/19)

Support (New 3/1219)