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.

Enrollment for virtual programs for the 2021-2022 school year has closed. Referrals for virtual instruction must come through the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process. Should you wish to seek a virtual alternative, please contact your school of record to request a SAT meeting.

Please stay tuned here for updated information and resources for JVA 2.0!

JVA / Odysseyware End of Marking Period 1

Friday 10/15/2021 marks the end of first quarter. Virtual students in grades 3-12 will have their report cards mailed to them the week of October 25th. 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. Click here for End MP1 Parent Letter

All classes on a student's schedule will be reflected on the Report Card, but only JVA classes will have a grade listed. The grades for WV Learns and Odysseyware classes will be blank. Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in these classes by setting up a guardian account in Odysseyware and / or accessing the Parent Portal in WV Learns. Grades for these courses will be transcribed at the end of the semester and reflected on the second quarter Report Card.

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.

Canvas Observer Code – Caregivers can monitor their student’s progress in Canvas any time, but must have an Observer Code. Click the following link for instructions on obtaining the Observer Code.

(Observer Code Link )

TIP: 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. 

Requests for Placement Change

Requests to change to/from virtual instruction are now 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, Director of Responsive Education, to request a SAT meeting.

Schedule Changes (High School)

Schedules for first semester have been finalized.

At the beginning of the second semester, students have two days to request a correction (eg. semester starts Monday, form 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 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.

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.

f you missed Device Distribution for JVA students, please contact Sherri Slusher in Technology at 304-885-5005 to schedule device pick up. If you are registered to be a full-time student through the virtual alternative with Odysseyware, 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.

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 School Genevieve Longerbeam 

Jefferson High School Jeffrey Waltz 

Washington High School Tamela Forte 

Middle and high school students are assigned a homeroom time to log in via zoom every day for attendance and check-in.

Odysseyware & WV Virtual

Students registered for the virtual alternative with Odysseyware will access all or most of their classes through the Odysseyware platform (log-in page). Where requested courses were not offered by Odysseyware, students were scheduled through WV Virtual if the course was available there (log-in page).

JVA students will access most of their courses through Canvas, but their electives will be accessed through Odysseyware or WV Virtual.

Students will receive a welcome message from Odysseyware in their email that includes log-in instructions. 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.

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

Below are links to the Odysseyware parent/family orientation that was held Friday 9/3, along with additional resources.

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

6-12 OW Parent Video (Orientation - General)

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

6-12 OW Student Experience (Orientation Video #2)

6-12 OW Student Experience (Orientation Video #3)

6-12 OW Student User Guide


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, Director of Responsive Education