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    How will families enroll? Will there be a transfer form?

    If your student is currently enrolled in Oak Harbor Public Schools, we will be reaching out to all families to fill out a survey to indicate their preferred instructional model for the 2020-21 school year. During this process, you would indicate Oak Harbor Virtual Academy.  Families who are brand new to the district who are NOT currently enrolled can select Oak Harbor Virtual Academy during the New Student Enrollment Process. 

    What is the Oak Harbor Virtual Academy (OHVA)?

    OHVA is a web-based educational program of Oak Harbor Public Schools that provides instructor-led online courses to students. All instructors have valid state certification in their subject areas. OHVA also presents students with an interactive learning experience, not a textbook online.

    Can elementary students use OHVA, or is it only for middle school and high school students?

    OHVA has the following courses for elementary students:

      • K-6 English Language Arts
      • K-6 Math
      • 1-6 Social Studies
      • 1-6 Science
        *Fitness, art, and music classes would be held at your neighborhood school or on your own


    Can my student take some in-person classes and some OHVA classes at the same time?

    For grades K-6, this program provides students all of their instruction and cannot be blended with the other models (other than homeschooling). However, in grades 7-12, students may opt to take select courses up to a full-load through OHVA. This allows students in grades 7-12 to access some in-person or hybrid classes while taking other courses online. Parent support and involvement are the keys to student success in this program. All courses necessary for students to graduate are offered through OHVA. 

    What if my student doesn’t like OHVA? Can they re-enroll into our school of residence?

    OHVA may not work for all students. Therefore, a 21-calendar day trial period (three weeks) occurs for each semester to assess a student’s ability and desire to complete OHVA coursework. 
    Students who meet our participation standards (contact and progress) during the 21-day trial period continue with OHVA and are fully vested in their courses of study.

    During the trial period, students who do not meet the contact and progress standards may withdraw from OHVA without penalty.

    However, a student who withdraws or is dropped from an OHVA course after the 21-day trial period and does not enroll in the same class in their home school will receive a semester grade of an “F.” Please note: Students who withdraw from OHVA courses cannot be guaranteed room for placement in courses in their home schools.

    Can my student join OHVA mid-year?

    OHVA offers semester-long classes that are approximately 18 weeks in length. It can be challenging to catch up in a class if enrolled after the first few weeks. For this reason, we recommend students enroll at the beginning of each semester. Typically, the first semester starts in September, and the second semester begins in February.

    What kind of course offerings does OHVA have available?

    Please refer to the course offerings section on the
    website or in the OHVA Student-Parent Handbook. 

    How rigorous is the online instruction?

    Oak Harbor Virtual Academy (OHVA) serves students in grades K-12 and is a full-featured replacement for in-person instruction using a well-established and successful online learning environment. It does not align with our district curriculum but does meet all state and federal standards.

    Is OHVA strictly online?

    Yes, all OHVA classes are fully completed in the online platform using Blackboard.

    What if I don't have access to technology or the internet? Can I still use OHVA?

    In order to be successful, access to technology is a student’s responsibility. However, we understand that access and technical issues arise. If this happens to you, please communicate with your teacher and consider any of the following to stay on task in your course:

    • Computer at your home school
    • Computer at the public library
    • Computer at a friend or relative’s house

    What’s the difference between OHVA and HomeConnection?

    OHVA is a web-based educational program of Oak Harbor Public Schools that provides instructor-led online courses to students. All instructors have valid state certification in their subject areas. This is not an online textbook or virtual worksheet program. Instead, OHVA presents students with an interactive learning experience.

    HomeConnection provides families a way to homeschool while receiving district support through the curriculum, enrichment classes, core classes (5-12), activities, advisors, and other resources to complement their learning at home. Essentially, HomeConnection is a parent-partnership program that links families with Oak Harbor Public Schools’ services designed just for them. 

    Who are the instructors for OHVA?

    All instructors have valid state certification in their subject areas and are not OHPS teachers. Each student will have an OHPS teacher advisor available to assist students when they need additional support throughout the semester. Advisors help monitor student progress, assist with intervention, and ensure each student is placed in the best learning environment to help them thrive. 

    Does the grading system align with other OHPS schools?

    Instructors of individual courses establish a grading system for the classes they teach. Grading is scheduled at the end of each semester with final grades recorded on the student's home school report card. OHVA abides by the Oak Harbor Public Schools Official Secondary Grading Scale below:

    Percentage **

    Letter Grade

    Grade Point *

    100-93

    A

    4.0

    92-90

    A-

    3.7

    89-87

    B+

    3.3

    86-83

    B

    3.0

    82-80

    B-

    2.7

    79-77

    C+

    2.3

    76-73

    C

    2.0

    72-70

    C-

    1.7

    69-67

    D+

    1.3

    66-60

    D

    1.0

    Below 60

    F

    0


    Is there a limit on how many people can sign-up?

    At this time, there is not a limit to the number of students that can take classes at OHVA. However, each class in the course offering list may not be available each semester or may be canceled due to lack of enrollment or not having an instructor for the class. 

    Can an OHVA class be finished early?

    Yes, an OHVA class can be completed early. You will need to work with the instructor on how to finish a class before the semester ends.

    As a senior can I graduate at OHHS if I take all OHVA classes?

    For the graduating class of 20-21 you can take the majority of your classes through OHVA and still graduate and walk in the ceremony at OHHS, as long as you take the advisory class from OHHS.