Jefferson Virtual Academy

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Jefferson Virtual Academy (JVA) is designed as a virtual learning environment for students and families seeking an alternative to a traditional, in person learning experience. The JVA program is staffed and designed to support Jefferson County Schools’ mission to ensure that all students achieve academic success, value themselves and others, contribute to their communities, and succeed in a global society.

Jefferson Virtual Academy continues to evolve in response to the changing needs of students and their families, and as our tools and resources to support virtual learning grow and change. For the 2021-2022 school year, our virtual students are supported by full-time elementary educators, middle and high school mentors, and special educators, as well as part-time adjunct faculty who are employed by Jefferson County Schools and certified educators who are employed by our online vendors. Students access their virtual instruction through Canvas, Odysseyware, and/or WV Learns.

For additional information about the 2021-2022 virtual program, please reference the JVA Memorandum of Understanding, JVA Orientation, and JVA Update Webinar links on the left. Details regarding the Jefferson Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year will be coming soon.

How do I enroll in virtual learning? Students and families interested in virtual learning for the 2022-2023 school year can share their interest with their school counselor during the scheduling process.

Requests to change to/from virtual instruction outside the annual scheduling process are managed through the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process. To request a change from in-person TO virtual instruction, please contact your student’s school of record to request SAT meeting. To request a change FROM virtual instruction to return to in-person, please contact your student’s mentor or Mrs. FitzGerald, Coordinator of Virtual Learning, to request a SAT meeting.

JVA / Odysseyware End of Marking Period 2

December 22, 2021, marks the end of second quarter and first semester. Virtual students in grades 3-12 will have their report cards mailed to them the week of January 10th. All classes on a student's schedule will be reflected on the Report Card. Grades for classes delivered through WV Learns and Odysseyware are transcribed as a semester grade. Classes taught by JVA adjunct teachers through Canvas will have a grade for 1st and 2nd marking periods, which will be averaged for the semester grade.

Progress reports for JVA students in K-2 will have their reports sent to them electronically by the teacher. Caregivers, please be certain your child’s teacher has your email address.

Weather Closings and Delays - Impact on Virtual Learning

  • Jefferson County School has snow days built into the calendar, so there is the potential for schools to be closed due to weather. If JCS is closed for students, there is no synchronous virtual learning that day (No elementary JVA classes; No middle or high school JVA homeroom zooms).

  • As with early dismissal on Faculty Senate Days, if there is an early dismissal or delayed opening due to weather, ONLY elementary JVA classes are affected - those teachers will adjust their daily synchronous schedule accordingly. Middle and High School homerooms will still meet at their regular time.

  • If JCS goes to Remote Learning for any reason (weather, COVID), there is no change/impact on virtual learning.

Progress Monitoring

Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in Canvas any time but must have an Observer Code. Instructions for using the Canvas app and obtaining the Observer Code can be found on the Canvas log-in page on the county website.

Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in Odysseyware and WV Learns classes by setting up a guardian account in Odysseyware and / or accessing the Parent Portal in WV Learns.

Odysseyware Guardian Account – contact your student’s mentor to request activation of your guardian account. You will then receive an email from Odysseyware to access your account. Click this link for Guardian Account Information

WVL Parent Portal – click the following link to request access.

JVA Tutoring

Middle and High School JVA Teachers host office hours a minimum of one hour per week to assist students and families with course-specific questions and content support. Please check with your teacher directly for their schedule and zoom link.

An additional resource for students to receive content support is through Tutoring with a JVA Mentor. These sessions are available on a drop-in basis.

w/ Ashley Blumert Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm


w/ Tammy Forte Fridays Noon-1:00pm

Social Studies

w/ Jeffrey Waltz Thursdays 9:00-10:00am

Waltz Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 667 077 6586Passcode: Zd5hnB

English and elementary tutoring can be arranged upon request. Please contact your teacher or mentor to indicate your request.

Elementary JVA

Daily Schedule:

8:30 Teachers logged into zoom to greet for morning arrival

9:00 Instruction begins

12:00-12:30 Lunch break (teachers offline)

12:30-1:00 Physical activity break (teachers offline)

1:00 Instruction resumes

2:30-3:30 Teacher Office Hours; Student independent work


K/1st grade Joslyn Noland

2nd grade Storme Frame

3rd grade Heather Schutte

4th grade Kaitlan Ballantine

5th grade Melissa Purdy 

Middle / High School JVA

Middle and high school JVA students are assigned a homeroom time to log in via zoom every day for attendance and check-in. Instruction is asynchronous through Canvas, Odysseyware, and/or WV Learns.


Middle School Genevieve Longerbeam 

Jefferson High School Jeffrey Waltz 

Washington High School Tamela Forte 

Odysseyware & WV Learns

Most virtual students will access the majority of their courses through Canvas, but many virtual student have courses delivered through Odysseyware or WV Learns.

Students with courses in Odysseyware will receive a welcome message from Odysseyware in their email that includes log-in instructions (log-in page). WV Learns (formerly WV Virtual) no longer sends a welcome email. Students simply log into the WVLearns site using their email and password credentials to access their courses (log-in page).

Each student's assigned mentor will monitor activity and progress, and is the point of contact for general assistance.

Odysseyware (OW) Orientations and resources:

6-12 OW Parent Video (Orientation - General)

6-12 OW Student User Guide

6-12 OW Student Experience (Orientation Video #1)

6-12 OW Jefferson County Schools Parent/Family Orientation Session Recording
: ^LNP5@H4 (please do not copy any spaces before or after the passcode)

How do I know my schedule?

Students can see all of the courses on their schedule in Canvas, regardless of where the course content is delivered (Canvas, WV Learns, Odysseyware). Go to Courses on the navigation bar, then click All Courses. Hint: if the course # has 971, it is a WV Learns course. If it has 951/952/953, it is an Odysseyware course. Courses delivered through Canvas have course tiles on the main page in Canvas. Odysseyware and WV Learns have separate log-ins. Odysseyware sends an invitation to the student’s email to set their log in credentials and access their classes. Students access WV Learns classes by logging in directly at using their email credentials

Schedule Changes (High School)

At the beginning of the second semester, students have two days to request a correction (eg. semester starts Monday, request is due at the end of the school day Tuesday).   

Changes will ONLY be considered for one of the following reasons:

·         Class on schedule is one already passed. 

·         Student would like to change the level of the class (eg. AP to honors; honors to general). 

·         Class is needed to graduate this year. (Seniors only) 

·         Class is not needed to graduate, and student has at least 4 other classes on their schedule. (Seniors only)

Students must have a minimum of 4 credit bearing classes on their schedule to be enrolled as a Jefferson County Schools student. Anything less than a full schedule of credit bearing classes requires approval from the counselor to ensure the student remains on pace for graduation in accordance with their Personalize Education Plan (PEP).

JVA Orientation and Device Distribution

JVA students and caregivers who missed the JVA Orientations may view the recording of the webinar ( Note that the first portion of the webinar provides an overview of the JVA program, followed by Q&A, and the second portion is regarding internet safety and Canvas, followed by additional Q&A.

Please review the 
Memorandum of Understanding under the JVA Links to the left. You may scan signed MoUs to Mrs. FitzGerald at or drop it off at the Board Office to her attention. Orientation and a signed Memorandum of Understanding are requirements of participation in JVA.

Jefferson County Schools is pleased to be issuing 1:1 devices to all students this school year. This is especially important for JVA students so they have the programs, browsers, and filters that are compatible with instructional tools and support a safe virtual environment.

If you missed Device Distribution, please contact your school of record to schedule a device pick-up. You may complete the Device Agreement and Technology Use Agreement forms under the links to the left to take with you.

Trouble with your device or Canvas? Please use the Tech Help link at the very top of the page to submit a request ticket.


Thank you for your patience with JVA communications through Jefferson County Schools website and social media platforms as we make the switch from LiveGrades to Canvas. Please preview the Canvas information using the link at the top of the page, or to the left under Instructional Links.

Sherry FitzGerald, Coordinator of Jefferson Virtual Academy