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Wyoming Virtual Academy

A distance education program offered by Niobrara County School District #1

  • Website: www.k12.com/wyva
  • Enrollment: Fulltime K-12, Supplemental 9-12
  • Medium: Online, Correspondence, Interactive

Resident district expectations

The expectations of the resident district regarding home-based students are outlined in Wyoming Rules and Regulations and will be stated in the Memorandum of Understanding between the resident district and Niobrara County School District #1. The resident district will name a district contact person who will be responsible for maintaining communication among the resident district, the student and parent/guardian, and WYVA staff. The areas where this communication will be critical include:

  • Approval of the Distance Learning Plan
  • Arrange for administration of the state testing program PAWS
  • Coordinate access to resident district extra-curricular activities
  • Coordinate access to school library or other facilities when necessary
  • Coordinate access to special education evaluations and services when appropriate
  • Maintenance of permanent records

WYVA staff will also work with the resident district in situations where the student is not making progress and may be removed from the program.

Training

For home-based students, WYVA staff will make direct contact with the resident district’s contact person with the initial discussion of the student’s Distance Learning Plan (DLP). WYVA will also provide access to and training in the use of the student data management system (Total View). This will allow the contact person to monitor the student’s progress in meeting the academic expectations of the program. Follow-up communication will occur throughout the school year as needed.

Conflict resolution

The following conflict resolution will be included in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Niobrara County School District #1 is interested in achieving and fostering a productive relationship with all program participants and the resident districts of the program participants. The following procedure ensures that grievances are addressed fairly by the appropriate people in a timely manner. Niobrara County School District #1 prohibits discrimination against students/families/resident district staff on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or religion.

To ensure there is a complete understanding of the grievance, the non resident district asks the affected party to address in writing any concern or grievance to the WYVA head of school. The head of school will respond within ten (10) working days. The head of school will also notify the Niobrara County School District #1 Superintendent of Schools of the grievance and the response.

If the concern or grievance is not resolved by the head of school, the filing party may, within ten (10) working days of the head of school’s response, request in writing a meeting (via phone or in person) with the head of school to discuss the concern or grievance. The head of school will investigate and respond within ten (10) working days.

If the concern is not resolved at the meeting with the head of school, the family may file a complaint with the Niobrara County School District #1 Board of Trustees.

All actions by Niobrara County School District #1 and the resident district will be in compliance with the Distance Education Program Rules and Regulations. If the interpretation of those rules changes during the effective dates of this MOU, actions will be changed to maintain compliance.