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NCVPS 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 NCVPS E-lert.

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[pinned post] 2020-2021 Registration Is Open – Visit our 2020-2021 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.

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] COVID19 Response Plan – Visit our COVID-19 Response Plan for details on Spring 2020 final grades and details on how we are supporting students, schools, and districts during this emergency.

[pinned post] Digital Transition Webinars and Office Hours – 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. The Outreach and Support team is hosting virtual office hours Monday-Friday at noon each day. Drop in anytime during the hour with your questions. Visit our NCVirtual Lunch Hour page to access the meeting.

5/20/20

Early Start and Yearlong – 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.

5/13/20

Middle School Success 101 – We added yearlong sections for our Middle School Success 101 course. You can register for those classes now.

5/11/20

NCVirtual Lunch Hour – The Outreach and Support team is hosting virtual office hours Monday-Friday at noon each day. Drop in anytime during the hour with your questions. Visit our NCVirtual Lunch Hour page to access the meeting.

5/7/20

Midterm Grades in Yearlong Courses – We were prepared to release updated midterm grades for students in yearlong courses. However, DPI’s Home Base released new COVID19 grading details yesterday. Districts were sent this memo:

Updates to 6-8 and 9-11 COVID-19 Grading QRDs

The Home Base team has made updates to the COVID-19 Grading for 9-11 & Non-Graduating Seniors QRD and the COVID-19 Grading for 6-8 QRD. Both updates deal specifically with grading for high school courses in response to questions raised by PSUs.

  1. If a PSU is unable to contact a student to get their preference for a PC19/WC19 vs. a numeric grade, PSUs should insert the PC19/WC19 code. These students will have a 45-day window next school year to provide their preference and have their records updated.
  2. For year-long high school courses, we have confirmed that PSUs may choose how to store the half credit for Semester 2. If a student’s cumulative Final Grade (F1) percentage in a yearlong course is higher than the Semester 1 (S1) or Semester 2 (S2) percentages, PSUs will replace their Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2) percentages with the higher cumulative Final Grade (F1) percentage. PSUs may choose to store either S2 or F1 into the C19 term for the second half credit.
So in light of #2, NCVirtual will not post an updated midterm grade. Any student who resubmitted work from the fall term will benefit from that work in the final coursework grade. Since schools are being directed to store the higher of the two grades, we will let the previous progress report grades stand and only report the final cumulative coursework grade on the final progress report along with the March 10 progress report grade.
Lunch with NCVirtual – Our Outreach and Support Team has new virtual office hours, Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our NCVirtual Lunch Hour page for details and Zoom link.

4/30/20

April 30 Progress Report – We posted a progress report today in our NCVirtual registration system. In this progress report, we are still following our COVID19 Progress Update grading. Here’s how that looks:

Seniors: Pass or Not Passing. Seniors who are not passing can continue to work to improve their grades. Our teachers will grade and provide feedback on all work turned in. We will not give zeros on any work not submitted.

6-11: Mastery, Working Toward Mastery, or Inactive. Similarly, students in 6-11 who are not passing can continue to work to improve their grades. Our teachers will grade and provide feedback on all work turned in. We will not give zeros on any work not submitted.

We will continue this reporting for our traditional calendar courses through our May 14 progress report. Early Start courses will receive their final grade report on May 14.

Final Exams – We will not administer final exams or final projects in spring block course or our yearlong courses.

Final Grade Report – On our final grade report, we will submit to schools two grades for all students 6-12. You will see this data on our final grade report:

• March 10th Progress Report Grade – This is the grade students had when schools were closed.

• Final Coursework Grade – This grade will reflect all work that students submitted for the duration of the course. No zero grades will be given on missed assignments. Only submitted assignments will be graded. Note: Schools will use the highest of the two grades for the student’s final grade, but we want to provide all this data to the school.

• Comments – Teachers will provide written comments as normal.

• Academic Strengths/Needs (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This will help inform the transition efforts of the content teacher the student will have next year.

• Social/Emotional Comments (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This, too will help determine the social-emotional perspective to support transition efforts for next school year.

Schools will need to do the following with our final grades:

• For seniors, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.

• For students in grades 9-11 and middle school students in high school courses, schools will choose the higher of the two grades if the student wishes to receive a numerical grade. Or students may choose the PC19 or WC19 options.

• For middle school students in our middle school courses, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.

Upcoming Important Dates – We’ve had a few schools ask for final grades from us, but our semester continues. Please be aware of the following dates:

Early Start Courses
Traditional Calendar Courses
Last Day for Students5/65/27
End of Extension Period5/85/29
Final Grades Reported5/146/4

Extensions – As a reminder, we are only offering a 2-day extension window for students at the end of the semester. Schools will not submit extension requests via the Virtual Support Center, rather they will communicate directly with each impacted teacher.

AP Testing – Students will need access to their email or College Board account to take the 2020 AP Exams. You can help ensure that your students have access in the following ways:

1. Remind students to check the email address they used to create their account on myap.collegeboard.org; students should regularly check this email address for the most recent information about their AP Exams.

2. Students should verify their College Board account at myap.collegeboard.org by clicking on their profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and going to Account Settings. Students should scroll down to verify their information and confirm that their email address is the one to which they’d like to receive the e-ticket to take their AP Exams. If it’s not the correct email, they can update it to an email they check regularly by clicking Update.

You can find more details about AP testing and administration from the College Board on their resource page.

Email Issues – We send our e-lert to our district E-learning Coordinators via direct NCVirtual email. However, for all other stakeholders and for anyone who subscribes to e-lert, we send via Constant Contact. Some districts our blocking our Constant Contact emails, which we also use to send invitations to our Digital Transition webinar series. Districts and schools should whitelist the following sites to receive our Constant Contact communications:

constantcontact.com
r20.rs6.net
rs6.net
s3.amazon.com
files.ctctcdn.com
files.constantcontact.com

4/28/20

NCDPI Grading Workgroup Message:

NC District and School Leaders,

To support your implementation for the COVID-19 statewide Grading K-11 policy, approved by the SBE on April 23, 2020, NCDPI Grading Workgroup announces the following:

• On-demand recorded-webinar reviewing the SBE policy will be released on Wednesday, April 30.
• A survey for submitting questions after viewing the recorded webinar will be released on Wednesday, April 30.
• The CAO Advisory Group will meet with the NCDPI Grading Workgroup to share regional questions.
• Implementation Toolkit will be released on Tuesday, May 5, including:

• Video by Dr. David Stegall reviewing the policy
• Updated FAQ based on survey and CAO questions
• Updated Academic Guidance
• DTL Homebase guidance and recorded directions for PowerSchool
• Presentation for district/principal use in sharing the policy
• Google folder to share LEA/Charter examples of transition documents for grades K-8
• Link to one location with all information gathered, including already-released policy and one-page FAQs (including Spanish translations).

NOTE: We decided NOT to do a large-scale webinar at this time, considering all of the internet issues with bandwidth across all platforms. We felt the on-demand recorded webinar will be a more effective communication tool. However, if needed, we will provide other technical assistance sessions.

As always, we remain grateful for your educational “front line” work during this COVID-19 public health crisis,

Sneha Shah-Coltrane
NCDPI Grading Workgroup Chair
Director, Advanced Learning and Gifted Education

4/23/20

NCVirtual and DPI Grading Update – Earlier today, the State Board of Education approved a temporary Statewide Grading Policy for K-11. We want to share the communications from DPI to ensure that you have accurate information from the authoritative source. NCVirtual will report final Spring 2020 and Yearlong 2019-20 course grades in alignment with this new policy.

Our Instruction team is working through the details including potential changes to our final grade report format. We will provide clarification to our teachers on how our practices will be modified next week. Until then, our teachers will continue with the same instructional and grading practices that they have used for the past 6 weeks.

The new State Board grading policy positively impacts as many students as possible while mitigating negative implications of COVID-19 for NC’s public school students. The policy responds to both issues of equity and excellence and addresses many concerns from stakeholders. Providing feedback and engagement to support continued student growth and well-being and not just evaluation is critical for our students during this unprecedented time.

We have links to four documents for you:

The newly approved SBE K-11 Grading policy

A one-pager capturing highlights of the newly approved K-11 policy

NCDPI/SBE Press Release

Graduating Seniors grading policy

We will send additional details in next week’s e-lert.

Until then, thank you for all you’re doing to support North Carolina students. Over 15,000 educators have attended our Digital Transition webinar series and office hours. That’s an amazing testament to your dedication. We have more to come, and we hope to see you there!

4/9/20

GoOpenNC – Our NCVirtual Curriculum Team has been adding a variety of videos, video playlists, interactive learning objects, and lesson notes for multiple subject areas to the GoOpenNC platform under the keyword tag NCVirtual. Some of the specific items include: a Biology playlist, math Millionaire Maker games, Parts of Speech games, French IV content, Math I, Math II, and Math III. We have already loaded several items and will continue to load more in the coming weeks.

4/6/20

4th-Level Math and Advanced Functions – NCVirtual will offer Advanced Functions and Modeling (Course Code 24002X0) for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 only for students who have already attempted AFM as a part of their graduation plan. All new enrollments for fourth level math should enroll in NC Math 4 (beginning Fall 2020) or Precalculus.

4/1/20

New Grading Requirements Due to COVID-19 School Closures – Visit our COVID-19 page for updates on grading, especially for your seniors.

3/17/20

Progress Reports – Our March 26 progress report has been canceled. More details to come.

NCVPS Talks – See how to transition your traditional classroom into a virtual classroom! Follow the link to register for the March 19 or March 20 event. Five sessions are available. It’s online, naturally!

NCVPS Talks - Transitioning to a virtual classroom webinar. March 19 and 20.

3/16/20

COVID-19 Response Plan – NCVirtual is implementing its COVID-19 Response Plan for all districts.

Current Enrollments

Students currently enrolled with NCVirtual can continue to access their online courses during school closing if they have internet access at home. However, we understand that students may face other burdens in addition to access.

Our teachers will be flexible with assignment due dates. Students will not be penalized for late work. Instructional teams are preparing plans to exempt students from assigned work while at the same time maintaining the integrity of their courses. These modified plans will relieve students of work (and stress) but will still teach the essential standards of the course. We will provide more details on this later in the week.

In OCS and co-taught courses, NCVirtual teachers will follow the lead of the face-to-face partnership teachers. Some districts are providing instruction during the initial closure, others are not. Our teachers will reach out to partner teachers to determine the best plan for communication during the closure and will continue to report on course activity.

New Enrollments

Schools can continue to transfer students into NCVirtual classes. In response to statewide school closures, there will be no cost for these late transfers nor will they impact a district’s projected allotment for the 2020-2021 school year. We do, however, have our own limits based on teacher capacity. We are examining our capacity right now.

Here are the details for transfer enrollments.

• Students must be transfer students, i.e., they are currently enrolled in the course and have had instructional time with a teacher.

• Enrollments will not count toward the district’s instructional projection for 2020-2021, thus not reducing classroom teacher allotment for the next budget year.

• If schools are closed for a short time, the NCVirtual teacher will continue to work with the district teacher in a co-teaching capacity. Schools will continue to have access to the teacher and the course for the duration of the semester.

• Please remember that this is not an unlimited enrollment. Priority consideration for enrollment should be given to your graduating seniors, tested courses, hard-to-staff courses.

To reach us, simply reply to this email or open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will continue to post updates on our Coronavirus COVID-19 page.

3/6/20

20-21 Course Catalog and Registration Date Posted – We’ve posted the NC Virtual 2020-2021 Course Catalog. Registration for 20-21 (including summer) opens on Monday, March 30. On that date, you will see your new 20-21 allotment in the registration system.

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

New Courses for 2020-2021Previous Courses Not Offered in 2020-2021
MS Word and PPTAP Art History (Course is being revised. Look for it again in 20-21
MS ExcelCTE Personal Finance (Offered Summer Only)
Math 3 Co-teaching
American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2
Middle School 8th Grade ELA
Middle School 8th Grade Math
Middle School Career Exploration
Middle School Creative Coding

Visit our course catalog page for our full listing.

Partnership Course Program – Our Partnership Course Program is nearing the completion of its pilot phase and will roll out statewide next fall. What is the Partnership Course Program? Simple: We supply the courses. You supply the teacher. We take care of all the technology and you lead your own teachers to give your district or school tremendous flexibility.

“We are pleased with the way the Partnership courses are completely aligned to NC state standards. Other programs did not have a curriculum that was robust enough to support student learning. This was confirmed by their results on End-of-course tests and NC Final Exams. We are excited to have this option and what it has meant for our math teacher. NCVirtual Partnership Courses will continue to be our primary course platform for our students.” –Stephanie Hood, Ed.S., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Virtual High School

Visit our Partnership Course Program page for all the details!

3/4/20

Coding Club Meeting – Do you have students interested in coding? If so, they should attend our next NCVirtual Coding Club meeting on March 12 at 7:30 pm. The coding club is open to any middle or high school students. They do not have to be registered for classes with NC Virtual. Visit our NC Virtual Coding Club page for details.

3/2/20

Scholarship Opportunity – The Future of School (FoS) 2020 Student Scholarship Program is open! Here are the details:

Application Deadline is March 16.

AWARD: Up to $10,000 awards for HS seniors going on to attend accredited, post-secondary schools next year. Includes all types– community college, vocational/tech/trade programs, four-year universities.

ELIGIBILITY: High school seniors who have completed a minimum of five (5) blended and/or online courses during their last two year of school and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate student.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Criteria is based on a numeric ranking that includes the following:

  • 20% academic performance
  • 20% letters of recommendation
  • 40% breadth and depth of online courses
  • 20% extracurricular activities

For more details and to apply, visit the Future of Schools scholarship page.

2/20/20

2020-2021 Calendar – We have posted our 2020-2021 NC Virtual School Calendar. You will find the Key Dates and a Google spreadsheet version below the 2019-2020 Key Dates. You can also subscribe to our NC Virtual School Calendar.

2/13/20

Semester Success with NC Virtual – Registration is over, and we’ve posted our first progress reports. We have a great list of best practices to follow that will help you facilitate student success at your school. Visit our Semester Success with NC Virtual page for all the details.

Progress Reports Posted – What’s Next? – 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.

2/03/20

Summer Health and PE – We usually have two sessions of health over the summer, but we have a shortened summer session in 2020, so we will only have one session. Here’s what we will offer this summer

One session of health for .5 credit.

One session of physical education for . 5 credit.

One session of health + physical education for 1 credit.

Each session will run the length of summer school from July 7 to August 17. Make note that students who take the combined full-credit course will have twice the work as the individual half-credit course. They need to be prepared for that.

Economics and Personal Finance and Social Studies Standards – We are creating and revising the following social studies courses, which will be offered in the 2021-22 school year.

  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • Founding Principles of the United States and North Carolina: Civic Literacy
  • American History
  • World History

These courses will align with the new state standards and requirements. You can read DPI’s announcement for additional details.

1/29/20

Now Hiring – We have four postings on the NC Schools Jobs board! Follow the links for details.

AP Art History – Curriculum Course Outliner.

Discrete Math – Curriculum Course Outliner.

Seventh Grade Math – Curriculum Course Outliner.

Sixth Grade Math – Curriculum Course Outliner.

See our Develop for Us page for additional details.

1/22/20

Calendar Subscription – You can subscribe to our School Calendar if you use Google or a compatible system.

Initial Teacher Contacts – NC Virtual teachers have begun contacting the spring students. If you’ve just dropped a student, our teachers may not have received that notification yet, so they may contact that student. However, that doesn’t mean your student wasn’t dropped. You can confirm a student’s status with a new enrollment report download from our registration system.

Spring 2020 Resources – Here are our essential resources for Spring 2020 classes:

1/15/20

Weeks 1 & 2 Access Check – Schools have a few important checks during the first two weeks of class:

  • verify rosters
  • review status reports
  • ensure students have logged in
  • be aware of enrollment opportunities

See our Weeks 1 & 2 Access Check and Enrollment Options page for all the details.

Support Center Update – Be sure your district whitelists the following two URLs to ensure you receive our help desk messages:

  • https://ncvps.teamwork.com
  • sendgrid.net

1/5/20

Spring 2020 Important Dates 

Early Start
  • Jan. 6: Early Start Classes Begin
  • Jan. 9: Early Start Day-3 No-Show Report Posted
  • Jan. 15: Early Start Day-7 No-Show Report Posted
  • Jan. 17: Last Day to Drop/Add Early Start Courses
  • May 6: Early Start Classes End
  • May 14: Early Start Final Grades Posted
Traditional Start
  • Jan. 27: Traditional Calendar Classes Begin
  • Jan. 30: Traditional Calendar Day-3 No-Show Report Posted
  • Feb. 5: Traditional Calendar Day-7 No-Show Report Posted
  • Feb. 7: Last Day to Drop/Add Traditional Calendar Courses
  • May 27: Traditional Calendar Classes End
  • June 4: Traditional Calendar Final Grades Posted

New Virtual Support Center – We launched our new Virtual Support Center on Jan. 5, 2020. It is linked on our homepage at the top and on various support pages. It will have several new features, and it’s intuitive and easy to use. Here are some new features:

  • Each user will create an account. This will help you better track the tickets you submit.
  • You can see the progress of your ticket in real-time.
  • Because you have your own account, you will no longer receive a confirmation ticket when you first submit a ticket, but you will get an email when you review a response.
  • Users can view all of their previous tickets.

Be sure your district whitelists the following two URLs to ensure you receive our help desk messages:

  • https://ncvps.teamwork.com
  • sendgrid.net

Here a short video overview, and be sure to bookmark the new site.

Day-3 and Day-7 Student Status Reports – Each semester, we post a Day-3 and Day-7 Student Status Report in our registration system. (See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports.) These reports are early warning notifications that identify students who have not logged into their courses during the first week of classes. We realize some students are registered the same day we generate the report, and they’ve not had a chance to log in yet. That’s not an issue. Other reasons can be problematic, however. If students fail to log in for any of the following reasons, the school should take action:

  • Do not know their username/password
  • Unsure how to log in
  • Unaware they are registered
  • Do not intend to take the course
  • Registered by mistake

Please make contact with students (and their parents) who have not logged in. Determine the next steps for them. Sometimes, students need help getting started, and then they are good from there. If you confirm that the student is not going to take the course, please drop them from the course in the registration system. This will help other students move off the waitlist.

If students need help getting started, we have lots of help for them and for facilitators and parents, too! Visit our Printable Guides page for details.

12/13/19

Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) convened a B-12 Literacy Team with cross-divisional/cross-area involvement to examine the alignment of policy, legislation, instructional practices, initiatives, and programs to support literacy in NC Public Schools. Subsequently, and in line with the focus to improve student reading proficiency in the early grades, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted a Collaborative Guiding Framework for Action on Early Reading. NCDPI is developing action steps for each of the priorities, including new or revised SBE policies, NCDPI initiatives using existing resources, and legislative recommendations, including both recommended statutory revisions and appropriations requests.

The first action of the framework is to develop a definition of high quality reading instruction that is aligned with the National Reading Panel and current research to guide state policy and practice in reading, from Birth – 12th Grade. NCDPI has also held three regional stakeholder meetings to gather feedback on a working definition of high quality reading instruction. Stakeholder groups were comprised of Administrators, Advocacy Group Leaders, Faculty from Institutions of Higher Education, Practitioners, Parents, District and State Leadership, Organization Leaders, and Literacy Leaders.

From December 11, 2019 – January 11th, 2020, NCDPI is launching the Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey for widescale public review. The survey results will inform the final state definition of high quality reading instruction, Birth – 12th Grade.

Survey Link:

https://ncdpi.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aUZP5pakex194aN

Thank you for your time and input on the Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey.

Early Start Additions – We’ve added three courses to our Early Start calendar for Spring 2020:

      • English 1 Honors
      • English 2
      • English 2 Honors

You can register for both courses now.

Reserve Funds – Did you know that if your district or charter school uses all its allotted funds, you can continue to enroll using NCVPS reserve funds? Contact us as you near the end of your allotment. We have a short request form for your district e-learning coordinator or charter principal to complete.

Anticipated/Expected EOC/CTE Scores – We will report anticipated/expected EOC/CTE scores for Early Start and Traditional classes in our progress reports on the following dates:

Early Start Classes: Dec. 5, 2019

Traditional Classes: Dec. 19, 2019

State Testing – See all the details about how NCVPS grades and the EOC, CTE, and NCFE state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.

Course Extension – Our process for extension requests is changing for the Spring 2020 semester, but for Fall 2019, the process will remain the same. NCVPS will grant two-week course extensions for the following reasons:

      • medical (family medical reasons included)
      • IEP/504 reasons (IEP modifications for extended time on assessments does not meet the requirement for course extensions)
      • senior graduation issues

Extensions Requests – Instructional directors will review extension requests on the following dates:

Early Start: Dec. 9, 2019 through Dec. 18

Traditional: Jan. 6, 2020 through Jan. 15

If large portions of the course are missing, an extension will not help the student. We will, of course, work with student situations as we get closer to the end of the semester. We want our students to be successful. What we need now is for the student to work steadily and make progress in the course.

Course extension requests must come from the principal. The principal should include the following information in the ticket to the Virtual Support Center requesting an extension:

      • Student’s name
      • School’s name
      • Course name
      • NCVPS teacher’s name
      • Grade level
      • Reason for extension
      • The final end date being requested for the extension (within the two-week time frame)

An ELA can open the ticket for the principal. Just be sure to include the principal’s email address in the ticket.

11/26/29

Spring Calendar Adjustments – NCVPS is adjusting its Spring 2020 calendar to meet the Office of State Human Resources requirements for NCVPS teachers. Our teachers must take a mandatory 31-day break in service from NCVPS annually to align with NC General Statute § 126-6.3(b). During the mandatory break in service, our teachers are not allowed to complete any tasks (paid or unpaid) for NCVPS.

To meet those requirements, we are ending our Spring 2020 semester two days early, shortening our spring course extension period, and pushing back the start of our summer school.

Here are the adjustments to our calendar:

Spring Classes End Dates

Early Start Original: May 8, 2020
Early Start Adjusted: May 6, 2020

Traditional Original: May 29, 2020
Traditional Adjusted: May 27, 2020

Spring Course Extensions

We will have a two-day extension period for Spring 2020 courses. Schools will not submit extension requests via the HelpDesk. Instead, they will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 2-day extension.

Final Grades Posted

Our dates for posting final grades have not changed:

Early Start: May 14, 2020
Traditional: June 4, 2020

Extension grades will be entered on the final grade report (not a reopened grade report).

Summer School

Moving forward, we will have a shortened summer session. Summer school for 2020 will begin on July 7.

11/21/19

Courses Added to Spring 2002 Early Start Calendar – We have a number of Early Start courses that we would like to highlight. These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these courses.

AP Courses – Beginning our spring block AP courses on our Early Start calendar allows students to have more instructional time in the course before the AP test. Here’s what we’re offering:

      • AP Statistics
      • AP Biology
      • AP Calculus AB
      • AP Environmental Science
      • AP Government and Politics US
      • AP Psychology

CTE Courses

      • Career Management
      • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
      • Strategic Marketing
      • Marketing
      • Computer Programming 1
      • Principles of Business and Finance

Health and Health & Physical Education

      • Health (9-weeks for .5 credit)
      • Health & Physical Education (semester length for 1 credit)

Electives

      • Success 101

Math 1 Honors – This is a new course for us in the spring. It is only on our Traditional calendar at this time. If you need an Early Start section, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to submit that request.  We will see if we can make that happen.

11/15/19

Upcoming Dates: We have a few important dates coming up:

  • Nov. 20 – Last Day to Transfer into Fall Block Courses
  • Nov. 28-29 – We will not post progress reports during Thanksgiving week. Our next progress reports will be posted on Dec. 5.

NCVPS Cafe – Join us Nov. 19 for this free online presentation

11/13/19

Spring Block AP Courses – In case you missed it, we have six AP block courses this spring on our Early Start calendar.

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • 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.

CTE Courses Added to Spring Early Start – We have added the following courses to our Early Start calendar in January:

  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance

11/6/19

Early Start Health – We have added our 9-week Health course to the Early Start calendar for Spring 20. You can register for the option now!

10/30/19

Upcoming Dates – We have a few dates to highlight:

School-Based Peer Tutoring –  NCVPS has a nationally recognized Peer Tutoring Center, and Peer Group Connect is ready to help schools establish their own peer tutoring program. The Center for Supportive Schools is hosting a free event for school-based peer-to-peer mentoring. PGC is a peer-to-peer group mentoring model that trains and mobilizes older, more experienced students – our schools’ most underutilized resource – to help ease incoming students’ transition into school and that improves school culture, climate, and safety. This free event is on Wednesday, November 20 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the McKimmon Center (1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC). For more details and registration, follow this link.

10/25/19

College Board’s Advanced Placement Join Code – Students taking AP courses through an online provider, such as NCVPS, must be enrolled in 2 AP Classroom sections for each course taken online.  (NOTE: Students taking AP courses face-to-face enroll in only one AP Classroom section.  This may potentially cause confusion for students taking both online and face-to-face AP courses.)  All NCVPS AP teachers have created their AP Classroom sections and have provided the join code to all students enrolled in their section.  AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools create “EXAM ONLY” AP Classroom sections and must provide the join code for that section to students.  Joining the “EXAM ONLY” section is necessary for schools to order AP exam materials, but it does not grant students access to AP study resources for the course.  NCVPS students must join the AP Classroom section associated with their NCVPS teacher in order to have access to valuable study resources.

Special Note regarding AP Exam Fees for School Staff:  North Carolina requires students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order for those students to receive state funding for their exam. Students solely enrolled in an exam only section for a given AP subject won’t receive funding in this case. For example, students taking AP courses at a virtual school must be enrolled in both the exam only section at the school where they’ll be taking the exam and a class section for the corresponding course through their virtual school. AP Coordinators at face-to-face schools should confirm that their students are enrolled in both the exam and class section to avoid having their school charged for the corresponding exam registration fees.  AP Coordinators should have students not enrolled in the class section contact their NCVPS teacher immediately to get the join code.

10/24/19

NCVPS Talks – Our next session, “Are Your Students Creators Of Content Or Simply Consumers Of Content?,” is scheduled for November 12, 2019, 10 AM.  Join Brian Whitson as he shares how to deepen student engagement and take learning to the next level with Design Thinking and Challenge Based Learning. Brian brings practical experience guiding teachers and classes through the process of creating real-life examples and solving new problems. Follow the link to register!

10/17/19

Virtual Support Center – We are having some technical issues with our Support Center. Please use our temporary Support Center URL to open a ticket until we’ve resolved the issue.

10/16/19

Calendar Updates – We have added a few dates to our NCVPS Calendar each semester. We have included the following:

  • First day to request a course extension
  • Last day to request a course extension
  • Date course extensions end
  • Date course extension grades are posted

We have always announced these dates in our E-lert in the past, but we thought it would be more helpful to have them listed in our NCVPS School Calendar.

10/9/19

CTE Courses Added to Spring Early Start – We have added the following courses to our Early Start calendar in January:

  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance

Registration is open now for Spring 2019 classes.

10/5/19

Scholarship Opportunity – Essayontime has launched an international scholarship contest with an opportunity for applicants to win $1000 intended for educational purposes. The scholarship can be used for tuition, college books, or equipment. Visit https://essayontime.com.au/scholarship/ for details.

9/27/19

Parent Contact Information – NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. We can only get that information from the school. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, too!

9/19/19

2-Click Help for Students – If students need help of any kind with their NCVPS classes, they can visit the homepage of their course or our website for assistance. Help is never more than 2-clicks away!

See our Student Help page for details about how students can find assistance through our website, the Virtual Support Center, the Peer Tutoring Center, and their NCVPS teachers. We also have help for advisors, facilitators, parents, and mentors.

9/26/19

Semester Success with NCVPS – Be sure to check the Sept. 19 progress report to see how your students are performing. The report is posted in our registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.

If you have underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. It’s still early in the semester, and students have a lot of 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.

9/10/19

Enrollment Options – We can help schools with enrollments throughout the semester. Even after our regular enrollment period ends, we have these options available:

Transfer Students – We can accept transfer students after regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have seat time with an instructor, and have a passing grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer. Contact the Virtual Support Center to transfer students. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:

      • student’s name
      • PowerSchool ID#
      • school name
      • transfer grade
      • course needed
      • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher

Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.

OCS Enrollments – We can still enroll OCS students into existing sections. We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though.

Flex Learning – We have Flex Learning options available throughout the semester. Contact our Virtual Support Center to enroll students into Flex Learning courses. Be sure to include the student’s name PowerSchool ID#, school name, and course needed.  You can include any details that will help us better support the student.

Semester Success – Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes our current enrollment options.

504 and IEP Information – If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.

9/6/19

Waitlisted Students in Co-Taught Courses – If you are enrolling students into any of our co-teaching programs (OCS and the intervention courses), please review these notes on waitlisted students:

Students Added to Waitlist for Co-Teaching Sections During Drop/Add Period

If your school created a co-teaching course section in the NCVPS registration system and didn’t enroll students by the first day of class, NCVPS staff changed the enrollment cap for the section to “0”. If you attempt to enroll students in the section during the Drop/Add period, you will receive the message “Student Name added to waitlist” as seen in the image below. In this situation, your students will be added to the waitlist. Your school’s section will be re-opened as teacher capacity allows.

Waitlisted Screenshot 1

Schools Creating Co-Teaching Course Sections After Drop/Add Period

The NCVPS registration system allows schools to create co-teaching course sections for the current semester after the drop/add period has ended. When this happens, you will receive the message “Student Name no room on waitlist” as seen in the image below. We would like to remind our partners that the creation of a section in the registration system does not imply or guarantee that NCVPS can accommodate additional enrollments. If your school needs to enroll students outside of the drop/add period, please submit a ticket via the Virtual Support Center. NCVPS staff will work with you to try to accommodate the enrollment request.

Waitlisted Screenshot 2

9/1/19

Drop/Add Date Extended – Due to school closings, we have extended our Drop/Add date to Sept. 11.

Hurricane Dorian – We have posted an Inclement Weather Announcement in response to Hurricane Dorian. We have a plan in place, and we will add updates to this page as they come in.

8/30/19

Spring Block AP Courses – In case you missed it, we have six AP block courses this spring on our Early Start calendar.

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • 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.

Zoom Online Classroom – NCVPS has a new host for our live classrooms. It’s Zoom, which has replaced Adobe Connect for us. Please have your technology department make sure the following sites are not blocked:

zoom. us

ncvps.zoom.us

8/28/19

AP Bio – We have added AP Bio to our Early Start Yearlong catalog! The course is open for registration now.

8/12/19

English 1 Honors – We have added English 1 Honors to our Early Start Yearlong catalog! The course is open for registration now.

8/1/19

End of Semester Tips and Reminders: We’ve made it to August, and the summer session is winding down! The last day of class is August 9, and final grades will be posted August 15. See our End of Semester Tips and Reminders page for full details on how to successfully close out the semester.

7/24/19

NC Math 1 Honors – We are pleased to announce that we have a new course offering! We will offer NC Math 1 Honors for the first time in the spring of 2020. You can enroll into the course now.

7/15/19

System Maintenance – NCVPS technology will be performing our annual End-of-Year (EOY) data sync Friday, July 19, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM. During this time, the NCVPS Registration System will be offline. We anticipate the system being unavailable for 3 to 6 hours.

7/11/19

Semester Success – Do you have students this summer who are struggling or underperforming? Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page to see how to jump start student performance.  We have a lot of built-in supports for students and schools.

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Current Reporting

What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 14 – Final grades posted for Early Start courses.

May 14 – Progress reports posted for traditional calendar courses.

What’s Next on the Schedule?

June 4 – Final grades posted for Traditional Calendar courses.

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 2020-2021

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

New Courses for 2020-2021Previous Courses Not Offered in 2020-2021
MS Word and PPTGame Art DesignAP Art History (Course is being revised. Look for it again in 21-22)
MS ExcelMiddle School 8th Grade ELACTE Personal Finance (Offered Summer Only)
Math 3 Co-teachingMiddle School 8th Grade Math
American Sign Language 1Middle School Career Exploration
American Sign Language 2Middle 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

SystemStatus
CanvasOnline
Registration SystemOnline
Virtual Support CenterOnline
Web SiteOnline
Yuja MediaOnline
UpSwing TutoringOnline

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)