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VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPTION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
A virtual education program will be available for Mercer County students in Grades K-12. Mercer County will utilize Proximity Learning, which is different from the West Virginia Virtual Program that was offered during the 2020-2021 school year. With Proximity Learning, students will have 5 days of live instruction each week with a West Virginia certified teacher, set due dates for assignments, a daily class schedule, and access to a local school facilitator. *Please note: The tentative start for virtual students is August 30, 2021.
Applications for the virtual education program can be completed at https://tinyurl.com/virtualapplication2122. The application deadline is August 11, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this the same virtual program that was offered in the 2020-2021 school year?
A: No. Mercer County will be utilizing Proximity Learning instead of West Virginia Virtual School. Proximity Learning offers live instruction. Students will adhere to schedule with due dates for assignments. Instruction is also recorded for students to review at a later date or time. Students will be expected to log in daily, participate in instruction, and complete assignments by deadlines that will be set by the teacher.
Q: Does my child actually have a teacher?
A: Yes, a teacher is assigned through Proximity and you will have live instruction each day Monday through Friday. You may contact this teacher with questions and concerns with the course. If you miss live instruction, a recording will be available.
Q: Will this teacher be a Mercer County Teacher?
A: No, the teacher is a licensed teacher who is contracted through Proximity.
Q: What courses will my student take?
A: Elementary and Middle School students will have a prescribed scheduled based on their grade level. Students still have the option to blend a program of virtual and in-person courses conducted at the district school.
High school students have required and elective options. All courses can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/mercerproximitycourses2122. Please view the graduation requirements and course progression at https://tinyurl.com/mcpshsreqsandprogression. Students still have the option to blend a program of virtual and in-person courses conducted at the district school.
Q: What is meant by IEP and 504?
A: IEP stands for Individualized Education Program and means that your child currently receives services through special education. A 504 plan is a plan developed between the parents/guardians and the school to ensure that students with disabilities receive accommodations. If you are unsure, your child’s academic record will indicate that an IEP or 504 is in place.
Q: What are some challenges my student may have in a virtual program?
A: Students may need support staying organized or maintaining a schedule to complete assignments. Time management is essential. Teachers will also communicate assignment deadlines and concerns with the family.
Q: What are some positive changes I may see as a result of my child being involved in the virtual program?
A: Students have an opportunity to develop organization and time-management skills, develop a sense of responsibility, and take charge of their own learning.
Q: What happens if we have technical issues?
A: Mercer County Schools will provide a device for each student. Internet service is the responsibility of the family. The assigned teacher will be available for initial support and issues within the platform. For device issues, you will have access to support from the district school and Mercer County Schools Technology Department at (304) 487-1551, extension 1234.
Q: What if I do not know my student’s email address?
A: You can leave this portion blank for now. We will be able to obtain the email address at a later date.
Q: What about special education students?
A: The teacher will be made aware of the accommodations that your child currently receives and be made aware of IEP updates. The IEP team will still be involved at the school and district level.
Q: What if my child begins the virtual education program and we discover that this option is not suitable for them?
A: Students will have the option to transition back to the traditional form of school within the first 15 days of school. After the initial grace period, parents/guardians contact the school one (1) week prior to the start of a new grading period to make the necessary schedule changes to transition back to the traditional form of school.
Q: What is the difference between virtual school and homeschool?
A: Virtual school provides the curriculum, access to a licensed teacher, and device. Virtual school also preserves a student’s special education status or 504 plan. Parents have the option to homeschool by providing a notice of intent with the student’s name, grade, physical address, assurance of assessment, and a credential of at minimum a high school diploma/GED. When homeschool is the selected option, parents must facilitate or create a curriculum, and students do not receive special education services/maintain their 504 plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to maintain the assessment requirements set forth in West Virginia
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Community Outreach Buses
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Save the Music Foundation
Congratulations to PikeView Middle School for being a 2022 grant recipient from the Save the Music Foundation. The Foundation provides support for music educators and band instruments for schools.
Promise Scholarship Updates for Graduates and Rising Seniors: 🎓The West Virginia Higher Education recently approve several temporary changes to help students qualify for the merit-based Promise Scholarship.For 2021 graduating seniors, the standardized testing deadline to qualify for the Promise Scholarship has been extended from August 2021 to October 2021.For 2021 graduating seniors receiving the Promise Scholarship for the first time in 2021-22, the test requirements have been lowered:SATSAT composite score – 1080 (regularly 1100)SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score – 510 (regularly 530)SAT Math score – 510 (regularly 520)ACTACT composite score – 21 (regularly 22)ACT English score – 19 (regularly 20)ACT Reading score – 19 (regularly 20)ACT Science score – 19 (regularly 20)ACT Math score – 19 (regularly 20)
Students graduating in 2021 and 2022 will now qualify for super-scoring to achieve the minimum standardized testing scores required to qualify for the Promise Scholarship. Students can take their top scores from sub-sections of different SAT and ACT tests they’ve taken and combine them for a higher overall score.
Are You Eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver?
SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the country may be able to have test fees waived. The code is good for 2 Saturday administrations. SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades 9–12.
You're eligible for fee waivers if you say "yes" to any of the following:
- You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Your family receives public assistance.
- You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
- You are a ward of the state or an orphan.