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About Connect! Virtual Academy

Moore County Schools believes that all students, each day, deserve access to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities. Virtual learning provides an opportunity for students and teachers to remain connected and engaged with content while working remotely.   MCS believes parents should have high-quality choices for their child's education and the Connect! Academy program aims to deliver exactly that!

Daily structure of CONNECT! Virtual Academy

  • connect studentTeachers will regularly check in on both student academic as well as social-emotional needs.  Developing relationships between teacher and student as well as student to student will always be our primary concern, whether virtual or face-to-face.
  • Students will learn new grade-level content from a certified and fully-licensed MCS teacher.
  • Virtual students will learn the same grade-level content as their face-to-face peers, paced in the same way.
  • Students will continue to receive all traditional supports (ie, AIG, EC, ESL, 504) virtually. 
  • Students who participate in Connect! will be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities and sports within their home/domiciled school.
  • Students may engage in both live sessions with teachers as well as recorded lessons/materials.
  • Activities and lessons will be grade level appropriate- both in the complexity of the task as well as the amount of time required to complete.
  • Students will experience some hands-on work that does not require a device to complete. 
  • Students will receive a device to keep at home for virtual instruction.  Students without WiFi in their homes will be provided mobile hotspots.

Instruction in CONNECT! Virtual Academy

  • Students will be assigned work and communicated with through a Learning Management System: Canvas (grades 6-12), Google Classroom (grades 3-5), and Seesaw (grades K-2).
  • Work will be graded consistent with current MCS grading policies.
  • Live learning sessions or virtual support will be provided through Google Meet.  Live learning sessions will follow a regular schedule that will be shared with both students and parents.  Live learning sessions will be recorded for students to view later, if unableconnect teacher to attend.  
  • Live learning sessions will be time-appropriate for students, in other words, students will not be asked to sit through live virtual sessions all day long.  These live learning sessions will be balanced with activities and assignments that are completed both individually and collaboratively with classmates.
  • Students will participate in all mandated testing based on their enrollment.  Students will be required to physically come to the school campus for any mandated state testing. 
  • Virtual Teachers will receive ongoing professional development in how to most effectively teach in a virtual environment.  
  • Students or Parents in need of technical support should visit this site:   www.ncmcs.org/virtualsupport 
  • Connect! Virtual Academy
  • 2953 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387
  • 910-947-2678
  • 910-947-2404
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