For School Divisions
Under legislation approved by the 2010 General Assembly, school divisions offering online instruction to students in multiple divisions must do so – beginning in school year 2011-2012 – through a private organization, educational institution, or nonprofit virtual school organization approved by the superintendent of public instruction to operate as a multidivision online provider.
Criteria for approving and monitoring multidivision online providers were approved by the Board of Education on November 18, 2010. These criteria and processes are designed to ensure that Virginia students receive high quality educational services and that instruction and courses offered by multidivision online providers are aligned with the Standards of Learning and presented by highly qualified teachers.
A virtual school or online program enrolling fewer than 10 percent of its students from outside the sponsoring school division or consortia of divisions is not required to secure approval as a multidivision online provider.
Virtual school programs, including private entities, school divisions and nonprofit organizations that wish to provide services to Virginia students in multiple divisions, can find information, definitions, approved accrediting agencies and the application process on the Multidivision Online Providers Web page.
Resources for School Divisions
- Local Division Model Policies and Procedures (PDF)
- Best Practice Considerations for Divisions Using Online Schools (PDF)
Online Teaching Methodology course available through WHRO's Consortium for Interactive Instruction – a course is designed to provide training to those who wish to serve as online instructors or course developers for online learning. This is a 60-hour professional development online course provided at no cost to Virginia educators.