May 17, 2021
Greetings, everyone!

Our Early Start classes ended May 4, and our Standard Start classes end on May 18. Be sure to check out our End of Semester Reminders.

In our Trending Updates section, please review the following items:

  • Early Start Final Grades Posted
  • Exam Exemptions
  • OCS, Co-Teaching, and Credit Recovery for Summer
  • Extended Course Access for EOC and AP Courses
  • Summer Contact Information Needed

See all the news and highlights below, and forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.
Trending Updates
Early Start Final Grades Posted

Early start final grades were posted last week in our registration system. Look for the report titled "Early Start and Early-Reported Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 (including Health and PE)." This report also includes early reported final grades for standard start students. Schools need to request this in advance and arrange it with their students and our teachers.

Reminder: You will see "null" grades for all co-taught courses and for students who were dropped or withdrawn. In co-taught courses, the classroom teacher will determine the student's final grade.

Exam Exemptions

NCVirtual teachers are expected to give final exams or final projects in non-EOC courses and CTE courses that require teacher-made exams. If your district has a policy to exempt seniors (or others) from final exams, here is the NCVirtual process.

  1. Notify your students and the NCVirtual teachers that your students will not take the final exam based on your district's or charter school's policy.
  2. On the NCVirtual final grade report, we report three grades: Classwork (80%), Final Exam (20%), Final Grade.
  3. If your district exempts students from final exams, you will only use the Classwork grade for your student's final grade.
  4. You will not record our Final Exam grade and the Final Grade for exempted students.
  5. As always, schools may recalculate the final overall grade by adjusting the weighting of the final exam/project to align with local policies.

OCS, Co-Teaching, and Credit Recovery for Summer

We have a lot going on this summer! In response to Session Law 2021-7, House Bill 8, we have expanded our summer offerings.

OCS - For the first time, we will offer OCS courses during our summer session. In our registration system, search for "Blended" to find the OCS courses.

Intervention Co-Teaching - Also, for the first time, we are offering our intervention co-teaching courses during the summer.

For both OCS and co-teaching, you will need to have a f2f (face-to-face) teacher.

Credit Recovery - We are also offering credit recovery beginning again this summer! We were the first online school in the nation to offer credit recovery, and we are pleased to bring it back. Our program is teacher lead, unlike most credit recovery software programs. In our registration system, look for CR in the course title or search for "CR" in the search box.

Extended Course Access for EOC and AP Courses

Students will retain access to our AP and EOC courses through June 11 so they can review materials for exams. Additionally, our partner teachers in our co-taught courses (intervention & OCS) will also retain access through June 11 to allow the classroom teachers to continue using course resources with their students.

NCVirtual teachers will post an announcement at the end of our semester alerting students that the NCVPS teacher will not be available to respond or grade.

Summer Contact Information Needed

Districts and schools registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2021 ELA Contact Information form.

NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2021 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or district level so they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2021, we will need this information.

If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
2021-2022 Academic Year Updates
2021-2022 Registration

Registration for 2021-2022 opens on March 29, 2021. Here are our dates for next year:

Summer 2021: July 1 - Aug. 11
Early Start Fall 2021: Aug. 9 - Dec. 10
Standard Start Fall 2021: Aug. 23 - Jan. 7
Early Start Spring 2022: Jan. 5 - May 2
Standard Start Spring 2022: Jan. 18 - May 16

See our Course Catalog page for a full list of our courses.

2021-2022 Guides

Change in OCS Course Titles

We are updating our OCS course titles to align with DPI guidelines. OCS courses will now be identified as “Blended” in our course catalog and registration system. Be sure to search for “Blended” in our registration system.
Spring 2021 Classes
Important Dates

Early Start Begins: Jan. 4
Standard Start Begins: Jan. 19
Early Start Last Day Drop/Add: Jan. 15
Standard Start Last Day Drop/Add: Feb. 1
Early Start Classes End: May 4
Standard Start Classes End: May 18

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.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 14 - Early Start and Early-Reported Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

What's Next on the Schedule?

May 28 - Standard Start Final Grades Spring 2021 Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

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.
District & School Outreach
Digital Transition Webinar Series
We have a great set of experienced online educators lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments.

Upcoming Event: Knowing Who's Growing: Assessment in the Virtual K-6 Classroom
Dates and Times: May 26 at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Description: Tools to help you develop age appropriate online assessments in the virtual K-6 classroom.
Target Audience: Teachers, Curriculum Coaches & Administrators. All are Welcome!
Presenters: ImplementEd, a NC-based education consulting agency that serves state agencies and education non-profits through a variety of services,
including professional development.
Registration: Please visit our Digital Transition page.

You can also stream all previous webinars on-demand from our Digital Transition page.
Daily Office Hours
The Outreach and Support team has office hours Monday-Friday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. We are prepared to stay longer with visitors who need assistance. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.

Students & Parents - Do you have general questions about our program or concerns about your course? Visit the Outreach team during the lunch hour. We're here to help!

E-learning Advisors - Are you new to NCVirtual? Do you have questions about student performance? Unique enrollment requests? We're here to help!

E-learning Coordinators - Are you leading your district's e-learning program? Are you looking for new ways to partner with us? Drop into the office hours, and let's chat!

Teachers - Want to learn about the Outreach team? Let's talk!

Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Student Activities, Connections, & Networking
iWorkNCVirtual Events
NCVirtual is pleased to host online events through our Culture Café, IworkNCVirtual Speaker Series, and Open House Events.

Here's what we have coming up:

Iwork: Preserving History
Dates and Times: May 18, 5:30 PM
Details: Are you interested in a career that works to preserve historic sites? Are you wondering how tourism can be encouraged while also maintaining the authenticity of the structures and the space? Are you curious about the lives of the Moravians of Old Salem? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, join us for a session with Lola Culler, artist and connoisseur on Old Salem's history.
Presenter: Lola Culler
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Student & School Help
NCVirtual is a support organization, and we are here to help! Check out our guides and support pages below.

Virtual Support Center (Be sure to create an account before you submit your first ticket.)
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!