Tennessee Virtual Academy parents have been up in arms over recent changes to the class connect standards of the school—but no more. Thanks to an outcry from parents and teachers alike, TNVA administrators have admitted that the new standards were unrealistic for a typical virtual schooling family, and have changed their policies accordingly. While live class connect sessions are still being encouraged, and attendance (or at least watching the recording) is still mandatory, students now once again have the freedom to complete their schoolwork at the times of day that are most convenient for each of them, rather than being forced into a rigid schedule regardless of whether or not it was appropriate for their family’s habits.
For most parents, this is a welcome change. Obviously, there are great benefits to being present during the live class connect sessions, and many parents will still make every effort to have their students in the classroom during these times—but they are no longer forced to do so, and can in fact arrange their days around what they want or need to accomplish, rather than around a set schedule that requires them to be in front of the computer at a certain time each day.
It’s a good thing that the Tennessee Virtual Academy staff has recognized the difficulty presented by their previous requirements, and that they have been willing to listen to the pleas of parents who desperately need this option for their children’s academic success. They are still working hard to ensure that students receive the best education possible—including frequent one-on-one attention from their teachers, interactive sessions that allow them to ask questions and receive feedback, and hands-on learning opportunities—and to prove that each student has been exposed to the mandated state standards through portfolios and other materials.