Gainesville Virtual Academy

Thank you so much for your interest in Gainesville Virtual Academy. The response of GCSS families to the opportunity to participate in GVA has been enormous. Unfortunately, we have no more space available to serve student except in situations of medical necessity. If you would like us to consider GVA for your children for health reasons at this time, we will need a letter from your doctor indicating that the student is unable to attend school in person. 

A reminder that Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1, states that a person who fails to send a child to school may be charged with a misdemeanor. For each violation of the statute, a court may subject this person to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, community service, or any combination of such penalties. Each day's absence after the school notifies the person of five unexcused days of absence shall be considered a separate offense of the statute.

GCSS School Board Policy states a child between his/her sixth and sixteenth birthdays shall be considered truant if the child has more than five days of unexcused absences in a school year. A truant student with more than ten days of unexcused absences within a school year may be identified as a child in need of services in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 15-11- 380.

Gainesville Virtual Academy (GVA) is designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a virtual learning environment that does not require the physical presence in a traditional school setting, yet still supplies the support of a certified teacher for instruction. Online courses give a full course educational experience in which instruction takes place primarily over the internet, using an internet-based delivery system to provide access to course content. Although the delivery of course content is virtual, age-appropriate screen-time guidelines will be established and followed. In other words, students (especially those in elementary grades) would not be expected to work in front of the computer for the equivalent of an entire face-to-face school day. In some grade levels or courses, particularly at the lower elementary level, significant parental support may be necessary. In this virtual environment, other students (particularly those in upper elementary grades through high school) should be capable of working independently (setting and monitoring their own schedules in order to complete a combination of assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, and assessments). GVA courses are led by certified teachers, and the grades earned become part of the student's academic record. GVA will be accessed outside of the school building.

For more information see

Gainesville Virtual Academy - Elementary School

Gainesville Virtual Academy - Middle School
Gainesville Virtual Academy - High School

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