Rome BOE approves virtual learning academy for 2021-2022

April 13, 2021–9:10 p.m.


The Rome Board of Education voted last night to establish a virtual learning academy for the 2021-2022 school year.

Superintendent Lou Byars said 8% of the 1,700 parents who responded to a survey indicated that they wanted their child to take virtual classes.

Byars explained how the classes will work for parents who choose virtual learning for their child.

“The plan for K through 8 is to have one class of students per grade level,” he said.  “They will be there for the entire year.  That will be a requirement.  K through 8 will be taught by Rome City School System personnel, and there will be live classes each day.  Grades 9 through 12 will be a little different.  The students will register through Georgia Virtual School which provides most of the courses that we already offer at Rome High School.”

The 9th through 12th-grade students will still be able to participate in extracurricular activities and will still be considered graduates of Rome High School.

“Some days they will be on live with a teacher and some days they will work independently based on how the curriculum is set up for that course,” Byars added.  “They do have a teacher assigned to them and they will be checking in periodically and they follow a curriculum to meet the standards of Georgia.”

Applications for the Rome Virtual Learning Academy will go online Monday.

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