Virtual Learning Academy

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Shelby County Government understands that many employees are impacted by the required virtual learning model adopted by Shelby County Schools to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is why Shelby County Government has triggered the Exigent Circumstances AWS policy so that Shelby County employees may apply to work from home while supporting their child(ren)’s distance learning. Additionally, we have set up two classrooms in the Mayor’s Administrative Office (160 N. Main) and the Health Department East Office. These classrooms will be limited to students in grades K thru 3 whose parent meets the following criteria: 

  • Parent works during normal business hours and MUST report to a County office to perform their job (i.e. is not eligible for AWS).
  • Parent can reasonably expect the child to perform well with limited supervision and support as the child completes the virtual curriculum outlined by SCS.
  • Parent’s child will be entering Shelby County Schools, grades K thru 3, this fall and will participate in the virtual learning option for the full fall semester. 

All parents will be notified on or before August 18, 2020 about the status of their application to assist you with planning for your child’s virtual learning needs.

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Each socially-distanced virtual learning classroom will include an educator and two assistants to support your child throughout their school day. Hours of operation are 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM and students must be checked in at least 15 minutes before the official start time for their assigned elementary school. In addition to the daily curriculum from SCS, students will participate in after-school extra-curricular learning opportunities under the direction of the Shelby County Office of Education. These opportunities include safe fun outside, STE(A)M Learning activities, and special presentations from elected leaders in County Government.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will be accepted into the VLA?

Shelby County Government will consider the needs of staff, the availability of other suitable programs, and the capacity of our program and resources. Space is very limited and will fill quickly.

Who can participate?

Only children of Shelby County Government employees will be considered. Of these children, any Shelby County School student entering grades K thru 3 who has pre-committed to enrolling in the virtual learning option for the FULL fall semester is eligible.

My 4th or 5th grader requires supervision. Can they attend?

Because of the unique needs of 4th and 5th grade students as they enter more robust testing environments and prepare for transition to middle school, the VLA will be limited to early learners only. We can provide a list of recommended virtual learning sites for other students.

My child does not attend Shelby County Schools. Can they attend?

Due to limitations of the program and a desire to serve all participants at a high level, this program is limited to students enrolled in SCS to ensure consistency in school day schedules, expectations, and resources.

Can I only apply if I work for the Mayor’s Administration?

This program is open to all Shelby County Government employees. Priority will be given to employees based on the needs of their child (and this program’s ability to meet those needs) and the employee’s AWS eligibility without any consideration for which elected official they work for.

Is there a cost to participate?

No. This program is free for Shelby County Government parents. Because of demand, we will adopt a strict attendance policy, which means that if children have any unexcused absences (“no call, no show”), extended excused absences without a doctor’s note, or more than three late arrivals in a 60-day period, they will not be allowed to return to the program. Additionally, parents who pick up their children after 5:30 PM will not be allowed to return.

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