School districts find virtual schools convenient places to “park” students that need more individualized planning. Some of those students did BETTER with remote learning during pandemic shut-downs, and now face old learning difficulties in the regular school schedule. Most districts are terminating their teacher-led, “blended” learning programs, unwilling to add staffing for these special achievers. In other cases, such as students with behavioral challenges in the regular setting, districts resolve by sending students home for parents to educate their child remotely with a district-approved virtual provider.
Many of these virtual schools operate on a for-profit basis, regardless of what happens to your child. Questions about curriculum and performance should be answered BEFORE you agree to engage your child in a virtual academy, even if the district foots the bill.
Learn what questions to ask in the Executive Summary of the report, “Virtual Schools in the U. S. 2021”, bulleted recommendations on page 4.