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At Virtual Elementary School (VES), many of us are parents too and so we understand the importance of your child's education and wellbeing. We have identified areas that parents are interested in learning more about, such as student safety, the learning environment, why homeschooling is a great option, and how a parent can audit their child’s learning without interfering with his or her independence. Learn about how we address these questions below.
As is the case with other schools, VES requires that our teachers submit police background checks upon hiring. We also help our teachers to understand the tremendous responsibility involved with teaching. As well, we use a course review process through which all courses undergo regular and systematic reviews. Age appropriate content is examined carefully as part of this review process. Finally, to ensure a safe experience in the learning environment, each student receives a unique login to access the course material.
VES courses are presented on Brightspace™ by D2L™, which is a safe and secure learning environment. This learning environment is password protected and each student is given their own unique login. The VES learning environment does not feature any advertising so all you will see is course material. VES has an anti-bullying policy in an effort to protect your child from harm. Additionally, all discussions are monitored to ensure that the anti-bullying policy is followed and that your child’s contributions are respected.
Homeschooling education is becoming increasingly popular throughout North America for many reasons. Some of these reasons include a desire for an alternative to traditional schooling, differences regarding religious or political beliefs, and a need for flexibility for professionals and their children when they are travelling.
Furthermore, parents and students are looking for an opportunity for personalized and individualized experiences that foster creativity and prepare students to become 21st century, digital citizens. Parents often choose VES in order to gain access to homeschooling resources. Another common purpose is to provide students with additional material to supplement their bricks and mortar classroom thereby accelerate their children’s learning.
You will be provided an individual login to your child’s VES course. This login will allow you to track your child’s progress, view course content, and communicate with your child’s teacher. This valuable feature allows you to stay involved in your child’s learning, while giving him or her an increased sense of personal responsibility and autonomy.