One of the most wonderful things about virtual schooling your child is your (nominal) ability to set your own schedule. You don’t have to worry about sticking to a school’s calendar, at least not completely. Sure, you still have to be in school one hundred and eighty days a year, just like a public schooled student, but at least you don’t have to worry about breaks falling at the most inconvenient time possible anymore….
Except, of course, when they do.
Maybe you planned a family trip long before the school calendar was released for the year. Perhaps you have a major life event (wedding, birth, job change, move) coming up right around the scheduled break, but not right on top of it. On the flip side, maybe you have a very good reason why you want your children to continue working through the particular week that has been set aside as a break.
Here’s the good news: you can change it.
First, notify your teacher. Since class connect sessions are now available as recordings again, you will be able to watch them when you return to schoolwork after your break. However, your teacher does need to be aware that you will be later than usual in accomplishing this.
Next, change your schedule in the OLS. Click on “plan” on your homepage. One of the option is “schedule setup,” and the first thing it should show you is a calendar, conveniently located on the current month. Days that the administration says you should take off are in a peachy-orange color. Click on them, and they will turn back to white—normal working days. Click on a normal working day (white square), and it will turn orange—a break day. This means that nothing will appear on your child’s plan for the day, and you won’t be asked to record attendance.
Just a few things to keep in mind…. This shouldn’t be used just because you “don’t feel like” working for a certain week, or because it’s mildly inconvenient to be working on a particular day. Vacation days are limited. Students enrolled in the Tennessee Virtual Academy are still required to complete one hundred and eighty days of schoolwork over the course of the year, and failure to complete these days can be a problem. Also, for middle school students, whose schedules come out on a monthly basis, it can be very easy to fall behind when taking breaks at the wrong time.
Also, be sure that your teacher is on board with your decision. In some cases (for example, the major life events mentioned above), you may not have any more choice than you would if your child were enrolled in a traditional brick and mortar school. In others, you may have the ability to work something out—for example, allowing your student to attend class connect sessions on time, but not worrying too much about progress during those days.