Frequently Asked Questions

  • What grades does the DDTwo Virtual Academy serve?

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    The DDTwo Virtual Academy will serve students in grades 4 through 12th grade.

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  • Why aren’t you offering a virtual option for K-3?

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    The early childhood years of elementary school, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, are paramount in building foundational skills in reading, writing, and math as well as skills in peer relationships and social-emotional development.  As a school district, our belief is that these foundational skills are most effectively taught with face-to-face instruction.

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  • Does my child have to be a resident of Dorchester Two to be a part of the DDTwoVA?

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    Yes. You must be residing in the Dorchester Two School District to participate.  

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  • Will every student that registers during this window be accepted into DDTwoVA?

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    No, please review the entrance requirements. Students have to have been successful in eLearning/virtual learning and/or demonstrate they are academically able to learn virtually. Students with truancy/attendance concerns will not be accepted.

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  • How much does the program cost?

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    There is not an additional cost for students who enroll in the DDTwo Virtual Academy. The only cost to families is the regular registration cost of $20 and the technology fee of $20.

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  • Do I need a computer or other textbook resources?

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    Yes, Dorchester School District Two will provide an electronic device to students enrolled in the DDTwo Virtual Academy. There will be a pick-up date for parents to receive student devices and any other supplies needed for instruction. A technology and resource tutorial will be required for both parents and students.

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  • Do I need internet access?

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    Students will need reliable internet access. High speed internet is highly recommended as this provides the most reliable connection and best quality for video and streamed content. If your family does not have high-speed internet, local internet providers have low cost options for qualifying families.

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  • What academic support systems are in place for virtual students?

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    Your student’s teachers will be available via email, office hours, scheduled class, or individual scheduled sessions.  Your student’s teachers will provide live virtual academic instruction and support and learning opportunities. Additionally, teachers, school counselors, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and administrators will provide social-emotional support regularly.

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  • Can a student with an IEP or 504 attend the DDTwo Virtual Academy?

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    Yes, your child’s IEP or 504 team will meet to review and identify individual services and supports necessary to meet your child’s unique needs.

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  • Will Gifted and Talented services or advanced courses be offered in the DDTWO Virtual Academy?

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    Yes, we will offer Gifted and Talented services to students who qualify. We will also offer honors courses at the middle/high level for students meeting the appropriate criteria.  We will offer some Advanced Placement courses based on student course requests.

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  • Are all courses offered in the DDTwo Virtual Academy?

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    In middle school all core courses will be offered.  Related arts courses will be limited.  We will not be able to offer all high school courses.  While we will be able to offer all required courses for graduation, we may not have sufficient enrollment to offer all elective courses or the content of the courses might not be suited to be taught virtually. Review the course offerings closely to ensure the DDTwoVA program meets the needs of your student. The district will work with educational partners such as Trident Technical College, ECPI, VirtualSC, Apex Learning and/or Edmentum to fulfill some course requests.

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  • Will attendance be taken?

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    Yes, South Carolina regulations regarding mandatory daily attendance will be followed.

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  • What calendar will the program follow?

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    The DDTwo Virtual Academy will follow the normal school calendar and observe all holidays. All DDTwo schools are part of the state’s eLearning initiative meaning instruction will continue even if the district is closed due to emergency closure.

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  • Do I have to commit for the entire year?

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    Yes, those opting for instruction through the DDTwoVA are required to commit for the entire 2021-2022 school year.

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  • Will families be given an opportunity to withdrawal or enroll into DDTwoVA at the semester?

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    No, enrollment in the VA is a full school year commitment. 

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  • Why do we have to commit so early?

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    Staff and resources are allocated based on student enrollment. In order to accurately assign staff and resources to the DDTwoVA and in-person classes, the district must determine the needs for both instructional models. This is done in advance during the budgeting and staffing process for the 2021-2022 school year, which is currently in progress.

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  • What does asynchronous and synchronous learning mean?

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    Synchronous learning happens in real time/live. This means that you and your instructor interact at a specific, set time. Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. While your teacher will provide materials for reading, lectures/labs/tutorials for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you can access and satisfy these requirements on your own schedule, so long as you meet the expected deadlines.

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  • If we register for DDTwoVA, will my child be required to go into a building to complete assessments?

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    Yes- middle school students must take SC Ready, PASS, and other assessments in a school building. Additionally, high school students must take the PSAT, ACT, SAT and Ready 2 Work assessments in a school building. High school and 8th grade students that are enrolled in a class with an End of Course (EOC) exam must come into the building to take the exam (Algebra 1, Biology, US History, English 2). Students that are English Language Learners will have to come into a school building to complete the ACCESS assessment. Elementary students are also required to come in for state and other assessments throughout the year.

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  • Will my child be a student of the DDTwoVA or a student of their current home school?

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    DDTwoVA is a program of the Dorchester Two School District and is not a separate school. 

    Students will remain enrolled in their home school in PowerSchool and can participate in their home school’s extracurricular activities and athletics occurring after the school day has ended.

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  • Can students participate in extracurricular activities?

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    Yes, students may participate in after school extracurricular activities at the school where they are enrolled. Transportation to participate in extracurricular activities, special programs, events, and athletics is the responsibility of the parent. High school students will also be able to participate in out of school activities such as prom, graduation, etc.

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  • Are DDTwo Virtual Academy courses NCAA approved?

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    Student-athletes who wish to attend an NCAA Division I or II college or university must ensure courses offered using a digital curriculum for initial credit and credit recovery meet NCAA guidelines. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has very strict guidelines regarding credit for courses taken online, including courses offered by Dorchester School District Two. Many online courses ARE NOT APPROVED by the NCAA. Be sure to consult with your high school’s athletic director and your school counselor to determine if the online course is approved for credit by the NCAA.

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  • Can my student graduate from Dorchester District Two?

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    Yes, all DDTwo Virtual Academy students will remain fully enrolled in their regular school, which means seniors will graduate from their zoned high school. Students will receive a high school diploma from their home school.

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  • How does a virtual student workload compare to a regular classroom?

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    Every effort will be made to maintain relevant and appropriate workloads, but virtual learning often requires more independent work and attention from students to balance the absence of a structured classroom. Students will be provided schedules to assist in scheduling specific times for daily tasks.

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  • What will my student’s schedule look like?

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    The school will operate on a five (5) day schedule. Students will be engaged in online learning, class assignments, and independent activities for six to seven hours per day.

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  • Do students need to attend scheduled sessions, or can they work at their own pace?

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    Students need to attend their daily scheduled classes online as attendance will be taken daily for each course. There will be class and course requirements for all students. Students will participate in virtual whole class, small group and/or individual meeting opportunities. Scheduled classes and support opportunities are available and may also be scheduled individually based on student’s needs. Students may also complete assignments independently at their own pace but must maintain appropriate progress and meet all deadlines. 

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  • What are the grading requirements?

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    All DDTwo Virtual Academy courses will follow the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy regarding grading and Dorchester School District Two’s Board Policy.

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  • How do I enroll my student in DDTwo Virtual Academy?

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    Applying for enrollment in DDTwo Virtual Academy is a two-step process.

    • Step 1: Parents may apply for the DDTwo Virtual Academy by logging into parent portal. The application window opens on Thursday March 11 and closes at midnight Thursday March 25, 2021. Completing the application does not guarantee your student will be enrolled in the Virtual Academy. All decisions will be made on case-by-case based on the enrollment criteria. Parents/Guardians will be notified of acceptance or denial into the program.
    • Step 2: Once the school district registration window opens for 2021-22, all new and returning students to Dorchester District Two must also complete the online registration for their zoned school of residence.
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