Qualification for Admission as a Virtual Education Student
Virtual education in our state is K-12 courses taught and delivered primarily through technology (W.S. 21-13-330(f)(i)). Instruction is provided by a Wyoming certified teacher (Wyoming Department of Education, 2020) through a contracted virtual education provider. Virtual students are full-time students of CCSD#1 schools and must meet educational, activity, and handbook requirements for those schools. Virtual education requires a great deal of discipline, self-motivation and commitment from both the student and parents. Please consider all of the information available very carefully before committing.
Successful candidates for virtual education are typically students who:
- Are self-motivated and can work independently with little direction.
- Frequently check email and are comfortable using technology, or in the case of an elementary student, have a parent/guardian who assists with this task.
- Consistently meets deadlines and successfully passes or shows proficiency in all courses.
- Can advocate for himself/herself and ask for assistance if he/she is having difficulty with a course.
- Possess solid communication skills needed to interact appropriately with classmates and teachers in an online setting.
Virtual education students may only apply for admission during the dates designated each semester by Converse County School District #1 (CCSD#1). Exceptions may be made with principal approval only. Students must meet these criteria in order to apply for and remain in the virtual education option:
- Student must reside in the CCSD #1 attendance area and have primary enrollment in the school providing the instruction.
- Adequate student progress toward grade-level promotion and timely high school graduation is a condition of enrollment and a continuous expectation. Students are expected to participate in class instruction and work.
- CCSD #1 recognizes the importance of foundational skills established in grades Kindergarten,1st, and 2nd grade for future academic success. Virtual education is strongly discouraged for these grades.
- Students are required to take state-required assessments administered by the district. It will be necessary and required for the student to come to the school to take these assessments.
- Students taking courses virtually are subject to school and district policies, procedures, and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, discipline codes and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying.
- Students with disabilities or other needs are not restricted from participation in the full-time virtual education program nor exempt from meeting entrance criteria. Current Individual Education Plans (IEP) and/or 504 plans of student applicants who meet the entrance criteria will be evaluated by the IEP team on an individual basis in order to determine the appropriateness of the virtual education option.
For more information, review our CCSD #1 Virtual Education Handbook.