Jefferson Virtual Academy
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 enhance virtual learning continue to grow and change. JVA students are nurtured by full-time teachers, mentors, and special educators, as well as certified educators who are employed by our approved online vendors.
Inclement Weather: Impact on JVA
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 JVA classes for grades K-6; No JVA homeroom zooms for grades 7-12).
Assignments set to be due on a day when there is a weather closing will simply be due the next school day.
Students may continue to access their course materials in Canvas to catch up on missing assignments if they choose.
While Edgenuity coursework is available 24/7, students will not be penalized for inactivity on days JCS are closed to students.
As with early dismissal on Faculty Senate Days, if there is an early dismissal or delayed opening due to weather, ONLY JVA classes grades K-6 are affected - those teachers will adjust their daily synchronous schedule accordingly. JVA homerooms for grades 7-12 will still meet at their regular time.
JVA 2022-2023 Orientation & Device Distribution
JVA students and guardians are required to watch the JVA 2022-2023 Orientation video posted here in preparation for a successful start to the new school year. Students and guardians must then complete the electronic Memorandum of Understanding using the link on the left of this page under JVA Links to verify the Orientation has been viewed and to acknowledge expectations. Please complete a separate Memorandum for each student.
Please also visit the Important Dates for information on K-6 Meet the Teacher and other events and activities. For those who missed Device Distribution, please contact your mentor for guidance on obtaining a device.
Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate in the Edgenuity Student & Parent Orientation. Edgenuity is the learning management system that will be used for grade 6 Related Arts and the majority of courses for grades 7-12. Please use the link below to access the recording of the Webinar held on 8/9.
Edgenuity Student & Family Orientation
JVA Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year
Students currently enrolled with Jefferson County Schools (JCS) had the opportunity to indicate interest in virtual learning during their school’s annual scheduling process. Now that the scheduling process for the 2022-23 school year is complete for currently enrolled students, requests for changes to/from in person/virtual instruction will be managed through the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process.
For students currently in person or who have requested in person instruction for the 2022-23 school year and wish to change to virtual learning, please contact the administrator, SAT Coordinator, or counselor at your school of record to request a SAT meeting to discuss the change.
For students currently enrolled in virtual learning or who have requested virtual learning for the 2022-23 school year and wish to change to in person learning, please contact the Coordinator of Virtual Learning to request a SAT meeting to discuss the change.
Scheduling for Students NEW to JCS
Students who enroll in JCS after the scheduling process for current student is complete, or after the school year has started, may be considered for virtual learning. The enrollment process always begins at the school of record. The counselor or registrar will then contact the Coordinator of Virtual Learning directly to provide information for students who have requested virtual learning.
Hybrid Schedules and Virtual Summer Courses
Students enrolled for in person instruction but wish to take a virtual course as part of their schedule must meet with their counselor to discuss their request and ensure the selected course aligns with their Personalized Education Plan (PEP). The counselor will then contact the Coordinator of Virtual Learning to arrange the virtual enrollment.
Virtual courses are available for high school credit recovery through the JCS Summer Experience. Click the following link for program and registration information: https://www.jcswv.org/page/jcs-summer-experience
Students may take up to one full credit for original credit during the summer (not including Health or PE taken through Summer Experience). This opportunity is tuition-based with a cost of $100 per .5 credit. Students interested in taking a class for original credit other than Health or PE must make the request through their counselor to ensure the selected course aligns with their Personalized Education Plan (PEP). The counselor will then contact the Coordinator of Virtual Learning to arrange the virtual enrollment.
What Will JVA Instruction Look Like for the 2022-2023 School Year?
Students in grades K-6 will have daily synchronous instruction via zoom with a full-time JVA teacher. (Request for JVA K-6 beyond class size capacity will be considered on a case-by case basis for other virtual options.) Please reference the Daily Schedule and teacher contact information provided in the Elementary JVA section below.
Students in grades 7-12 will have an assigned mentor for daily homeroom via zoom. Instruction will be delivered primarily through Edgenuity, a product of the approved virtual vendor for JCS. Where there are requests for courses that are not available in Edgenuity, other virtual options or a hybrid schedule will be explored to meet those requests if possible.
Certain middle and high electives do NOT have a virtual option (e.g., performing and visual arts, vocational-agricultural education, ProStart). JVA students who wish to take these courses must take them on-site at their school of record and provide their own transportation.
Canvas, Edgenuity, and Other Virtual Learning Tools
Canvas is the primary learning management system for Jefferson County Schools. All students have a Canvas account to access their schedule, course content, and grades. It is also a tool for communicating with teachers and receiving announcements from their school of record. Caregivers can access information about their students’ courses and communicate with teachers through the Canvas Parent App. Step by step instructions are available on the Canvas log-in page on the JCS website.
Middle and high school students will also have an account in Edgenuity, a product of the approved virtual vendor for JCS. Similar to Canvas, Edgenuity is a learning management system where students access course content, submit assignments, view grades, and communicate with teachers. There are also many built-in tools to support student success, as well as a Family Portal for caregivers to monitor their student’s progress. For information and a tour of the Edgenuity student experience, visit https://www.edgenuity.com/resources/edgenuity-help-for-families/#edgenuity.
Other virtual learning tools approved by Jefferson County Schools will be utilized by JVA teachers and mentors as needed to support instructional goals and meet student learning needs.
JVA students in grades K-5 will have daily, live instruction with their teacher via zoom. It is important that families provide a physical learning space that provides low distraction and age-appropriate supervision to support virtual learning. Students are expected to be active participants in learning, follow teacher directions, and complete assigned work just as they would for in-person learning.
Teachers logged into zoom to greet for morning arrival
12:00 PM - 12:30PM
Lunch break (teachers offline)
12:30PM - 1:00PM
Physical activity break (teachers offline)
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Teacher office hours; student independent work
Individual teachers will organize their instructional blocks to include direct instruction, whole group, small group, and independent work as appropriate for grade level and subject matter.
Middle / High School JVA
6th grade JVA students will have daily synchronous instruction with their teacher via zoom similar to the Elementary JVA schedule above. The 6th grade JVA teacher will provide instruction in the core subjects. The Related Arts will be delivered through Edgenuity.
7th and 8th grade JVA students will be assigned a time to log in via zoom every day for homeroom with their mentor for attendance, announcements, team-building, and general monitoring. Instruction for all courses will be delivered through Edgenuity.
Middle School Courses
Core Subjects - All Year
Reading/English Language Arts
Related Arts - Semester 1
Related Arts - Semester 2
PE & Art
Health & Career Exploration
PE & Music
Health & Career Exploration
PE & Computer Applications
Health & Career Exploration
Mentors will monitor students’ progress in their courses in Edgenuity and communicate regularly with caregivers regarding their student’s progress. While coursework in Edgenuity is asynchronous and there are not prescribed class times, students are expected engage with each course an average of 45-60 minutes per school day in order to cover the course content and complete the required assignments. Assignments will have due dates to assist students with pacing their learning.
High School JVA
JVA students in grades 9-12 will be assigned a time to log in via zoom every day for homeroom with their mentor for attendance, announcements, team-building, and general monitoring. Unless otherwise indicated by the student’s schedule, courses will be delivered through Edgenuity.
While coursework in Edgenuity is asynchronous and there are not prescribed class times, students are expected engage with each course an average of 45-60 minutes per school day in order to cover the course content and complete the required assignments. Assignments will have due dates to assist students with pacing their learning.
JVA Tutoring & Supports
Teachers and mentors are the first line of support for providing information and insights regarding student progress. They will provide grade/course-specific information regarding office hours and other opportunities for one-on-one synchronous feedback.
An additional resource for students to receive content support is through Tutoring with a JVA Mentor. Mentors will host content-specific tutoring and/or study groups open to any JVA students. Sessions are available on a drop-in basis, and one-on-one time can be scheduled upon request.
Drop-in Tutoring Schedule
Students with courses in Edgenuity have access to LiveChat tutoring directly through that platform.
The JVA Counselor will provide personalized student planning (PEP), integrated delivery of WV Student Success Standards, and responsive services for students in need of academic, behavioral, or social emotional supports. Students may access the counselor through the virtual Counseling Office in Canvas or by contacting her directly.
Counseling Groups (Drop In – no appointment necessary!)
Friendship Goal: To help students' ability to strengthen and form meaningful relationships with their peers.
ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors:
Create positive and supportive relationships with other students.
Demonstrate ethical decision-making and social responsibility.
Stressed Out Students (SOS) Support Group
7th / 8th Grade
SOS Goal: The group goal isn't to eliminate stress and anxiety, but help students manage it.
ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors:
Belief in development of whole self, including healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being.
Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem.
Demonstrate ability to manage transitions and ability to adapt to changing situations and responsibilities.
IEP/504 committees will meet to determine appropriate accommodations and services for students who have an IEP/504. Synchronous Resource Sessions via zoom will be provided by JVA special educators to support students with specialized needs.
A Student Assistance Team (SAT) meeting can be requested by the caregiver, teacher, or other staff member for students experiencing academic, behavioral, or social-emotional difficulties. Requests are to be directed to the Coordinator of Virtual Learning or the JVA Counselor.
Additional supports and services are available through the Jefferson County Schools’ Social Emotional Support Department.
Progress Monitoring & Grade Reporting
Progress Reports for JVA students in K-2 will be sent to caregivers electronically by the teacher. Hard copies are available upon request. Caregivers, please be certain your child’s teacher has your email address.
Report Cards for students in grades 3-12 will be mailed. Caregivers, please be certain your child’s teacher or mentor has your current mailing address. Only classes delivered through Canvas (grades 3-6) will have grades reflected on the Report Card. Grades for courses delivered through Edgenuity will only be reflected on second and fourth marking period report cards.
Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in Canvas by connecting to their student’s account with an Observer Code. Instructions for using the Canvas App and obtaining the Observer Code can be found on the Canvas log-in page. Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in Edgenuity courses through the Edgenuity Family Portal. Log-in credentials and instructions can be provided by your student’s mentor.