NCVPS Now

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.

[pinned post] Registration is open for Spring 2020.

[pinned post] Request for Sections - If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!

[pinned post] Building Your Partnership with NCVPS - Schools typically register with us because of our high-quality courses, N.C. certified teachers, and great flexibility. However, those are standard features for us. We can do so much more! See all the ways we are helping students, schools, and districts across the state on our Partnership page.

[pinned post] NC Virtual Innovators Conference - Join us at the North Carolina Virtual Innovators Conference! The NCVPS VIC2019 will bring us together to connect, share, and learn about online and digital learning. The conference is October 19, 2019, at Moore Square Middle School, beginning at 8:00 am. Register now!

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 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.

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.

6/28/19

NCVPS Virtual Open House - NCVPS is hosting a virtual open house on August 20 and 22.  Come to the presentation to learn about who we are, how we teach, how students learn. You'll get an opportunity to meet with teachers, see our online classrooms, and ask questions. Follow this link for registration details.

Last Day to Drop - Friday, June 28, is the last day to drop students from our summer session. Schools can withdraw students after this date, but the enrollment will still count in your allotment totals.

6/20/19

Student Status Report - The Day-3 Status Report has been posted in the registration system. This is not a progress report. This report shows whether students have or have not logged in yet. The report serves as an early warning alert for students who may need assistance. Please reach out to the students who have not logged in yet. Be sure they have their usernames and passwords and direct them to our Getting Started as an NCVPS Student web page.

Last Day to Register - Friday, June 21 is the last day to register for the summer session. Registration remains open for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

6/19/19

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

zoom. us

ncvps.zoom.us

6/6/19

Final Grades - Final grades have been posted in the NCVPS registration system.

6/3/19

Internet Explorer - Upcoming Change: On August 3, 2019, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser. Internet Explorer was previously downgraded to a functionally supported browser in March 2018. NCVPS requires Google Chrome for use with Canvas. Please continue to use Google Chrome to access your courses. Thank you and good luck this semester!

5/31/19

Printable Guides - We have two new printable guides for schools. See our Printable Guides page to download our Guide for Accessing NCVPS Enrollment Report. Enrollment reports provide student enrollment status, student usernames and passwords, teacher contact information, and teacher SAR data. Also see our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports and No-Show Reports.

5/30/19

Peer Tutoring Tech Support Center - The Peer Tutoring Center is happy to announce the opening of our PTC Tech Support Center!! The PTC Tech Support Center provides video tutorials and asynchronous as well as synchronous support for our students pertaining to common technology issues including navigating Canvas and using Web 2.0 tools. This service is not intended to replace our outstanding Virtual Support Center, but to provide an additional level of help to our students. Like all of our services, the Tech Support Center is staffed by our knowledgeable and dedicated student volunteers.

Students may access the PTC Tech Support Center via the Peer Tutoring Center or Upswing (search for Tech Support.)

5/23/19

District Survey - It's time for out  stakeholder  survey! This survey is designed to assess NCVPS customer service, processes, and partnership efforts. If you are district or school personnel, please participate in our  NCVPS District and Stakeholder Survey.

The results of this  survey are one component of the on-going process for improvement in our collaboration with districts across the state. Results of this  survey will provide insightful information to create positive change, improved processes, and optimal customer service. Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit your responses!

5/16/2019

Early Start Final Grades - Final Grades for Early Start courses have been posted in our registration system. Please export these grades now. This report will temporarily close in two weeks while teachers update the report with final grades for Traditional Calendar classes. When that final report is posted, you will see final grades for both Early Start and Traditional Calendar courses.  Thanks for your efforts in downloading Early Start grades now so you will not be inconvenienced during this additional reporting period.

Chrome and Computer Programming 1 - 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.

5/13/2019

Physical Education Sections - We have added Physical Education to the fall Early Start calendar.  This is the 1/2-credit PE course.

5/10/19

German Courses - All four levels of our German courses are not offered on the Early Start calendar for both fall and spring. That includes a yearlong Early Start option.

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Current Reporting

What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Oct. 3 - Progress Report Posted in the Registration System

What's Next on the Schedule?

Oct. 17 - Progress Report Posted in the Registration System

Oct. 17 - Final Grades for 1st Session Early Start Health and Early Start PE Posted in the Registration System

Oct. 17 - Day 3 Status Report for 2nd Session Early Start Health and Early Start PE Posted in the 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.

2019-2020 Academic Year

 

Key Dates 2019-2020
Semester Summer 2019 Early Start Fall 2019 Traditional Fall 2019 Early Start Spring 2020 Traditional Spring 2020
Start June 17 Aug. 12 Aug. 26 Jan. 6 Jan. 27
Drop/Add Last Add: June 21
Last Drop: June 28
Aug. 23 Sept. 9 Jan. 17 Feb. 7
End Aug. 9 Dec. 13 Jan. 10 May 8 May 29
Last Day for Extension Requests Aug. 14
Extensions End Aug. 23

Registration Process
Enroll students through the NCVPS registration system. If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center.

If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the "My Info" tab when you log in to update your information. Please remember that there is only one login per school. If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.

If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, watch our NCVPS Registration Video to help guide you through our enrollment process. You can also print our Quick Registration Guide.

Enrolling into OCS Courses
See our new OCS Program page before enrolling into NCVPS courses. We have streamlined the process. Watch our OCS Registration Video to help with the OCS registration process.

Enrolling into Intervention Co-Teaching Courses
We have a new Intervention Co-Teaching Program page that gives details on the program and enrollment process. Watch our Intervention Co-Teaching Video to see the enrollment process.

Enrolling into Heath and PE Courses
If you're registering for our Health and PE courses, you'll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school.  You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Heath and PE page for details.

Early Start Students in Traditional Calendar Courses

It's absolutely fine to register early start students into our traditional calendar courses. Contact the NCVPS teachers right away and let them know when your students need to finish the course. NCVPS teachers will adjust the pacing guide for your students, but our teachers need to be aware of this early in the semester. They can't make that adjust late in the semester.

Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our Canvas Orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.

Calendars
View our full 2019-2020 Calendar.

Catalog Updates
Our 2019-2020 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.

Courses at Capacity and Course Closings
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.

Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts page for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.

SAR Data
Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!

NCVPS Cafe
The NCVPS Cafe is free webinar series open to everyone. Topics include world languages, future careers, college, and STEM. See our NCVPS Cafe page for details.

Canvas Parent App
Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student's progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.

NCVPS App
Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for "NCVPS" in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.

Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS page for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.

Printable Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.

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

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)