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Virtual Learning Plan (VLP) Application

The Virtual Learning Plan (VLP) Application must be completed and submitted to the principal of the student’s school to be enrolled in the VLP.  An IEP meeting may be necessary to consider acceptance into the VLP.  This is to ensure everyone involved understands the requirements and responsibilities necessary for the academic success of your child. When an application for the VLP is submitted, the parent is acknowledging that, if accepted, his/her child will be enrolled in the plan for a minimum of one nine (9) week grading period . Requests to transfer back to traditional learning will only be considered immediately prior to the next nine (9) week grading period interval. 

VLP Applications to begin the 2020-2021 school year in the VLP program are due by midnight, Friday, July 24, 2020.

*All questions in the application are required. An application must be submitted separately for each student that the parent is applying to enroll in the VLP.

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Student's Grade*
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Home Address

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Do you have a reliable home internet connection that will support high quality video?*
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What type of connection is your primary (main) home internet connection?*
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Does your child have a computer device at home available for personal use? *Please note that a cell phone does not support online/virtual learning activities.*
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What type of personal device does your child have access to at home? (check all that apply)
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Expectations for Tennessee Schools for the Deaf Virtual Learning Plan
Knoxville, Nashville, and Jackson 

  • All students receiving virtual instruction are required to participate in 6.0 hours of instruction per day; 30 min lunch; a combined total of 6.5 hours as required by state law.  Students in Kindergarten are required to participate in 4.0 hours of instruction per day.
  • Before being approved for virtual instruction it is mandatory that the student and parent review the VLP document and sign the Virtual Learning Plan application. No student will be approved for virtual instruction without an approved application. An IEP meeting may also need to be scheduled. It is mandatory that any student who is approved for virtual instruction to have current internet access, either provided in the home or by the school. 
  • Students will be required to successfully complete and submit all virtual assignments in the required amount of time allotted.
  • All students receiving virtual instruction shall be required to periodically report to school in person for scheduled formative, summative and/or benchmark assessments, as well as any other required meetings.
  • Daily attendance is mandatory and will be taken for all students receiving virtual instruction.
  • Each virtual instructor will have set virtual “office hours” where virtual students have access to their instructor for academic related questions.
  • Students are required to notify their teacher immediately of any issues that would prohibit that student from participating in that day’s lesson.
  • Students who do not follow the expectations above will be required to either physically enroll in their home school or find an alternate accredited virtual provider at their own cost to complete course requirements in their assigned grade as required by law.
  • All students will be required to complete their work with honesty and integrity.
  • All students pursuing TSD’s virtual learning plan are still considered TSD students and will be required to sign and follow TSD’s policy and procedures. All virtual students will also be required to sign and submit their AUP (Acceptable Use Policy).
  • I understand that by enrolling in TSD’s virtual learning plan that I may not re-enroll in physical school until the end of the nine week grading period, at the earliest. Students will only be permitted to enroll back into physical school immediately prior to the start of each nine-week grading period or semester. Once a student re-enrolls back into the traditional learning environment, that student will be required to re-apply for the VLP should the need arise. 
  • I understand I do have the option of beginning in the traditional setting and transferring to the virtual learning plan at any time.
  • Virtual students must have a signed TSD Responsible Use Policy (RUP) on file with the school.
  • Students are expected to follow the TSD RUP when utilizing technology. Proper behavior, as it relates to the use of computers, is no different than proper behavior in other aspects of school activities. All users are expected to use the computers and computer networks in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner. TSD reserves the right to monitor all technology device/resource activity.
  • Virtual students will continue to follow and maintain all expectations contained in the TSD RUP.
  • Students are responsible for the content posted through their login and account activity. Sharing or using usernames and passwords with others or using other’s usernames and passwords is strictly prohibited.
  • Follow TSD grade-level expectations for digital citizenship.
  • Students are expected to check teacher communication formats daily. 

By submitting the VLP Application online, you indicate you have read the Virtual Learning Plan (VLP) and will adhere to the requirements and expectations listed in the VLP and the application.  

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