K-6 Program FAQs
K-6 FAQs 2020
What is Buena Vista Virtual Academy (k-6)?
BVVA is a K-12 school offering online and hybrid (online + on-site) options. Students receive online instruction from an expert online PYLUSD teacher for a portion of the day. The rest of the day will be spent completing online activities and independent work. Schedules vary by grade level. PYLUSD curriculum and supplemental resources are used to create thematic units designed to stimulate student’s engagement in the subjects and excitement for learning. Hybrid (on-site) activities are limited for the 2020-2021 school year, but include special events and in person study sessions supervised by BVVA staff. More information on study sessions is available HERE. BVVA staff hopes to increase on-site support and activities as health and safety restrictions are relaxed.
Does my student need to attend in person?
No, students at BVVA will not need to participate in regular attendance at the school site. However, online office hours will be available for your student. On-site study sessions are available for students who might benefit from in-person support. Each year students will attend an enrollment appointment as well as the required state testing.
Can my student return to traditional school mid-year?
Since BVVA is a school of PYLUSD, students may return to their school of residence, or school that they have choice transferred into, during the school year. Transfers back are planned to coincide with the end of grading periods, trimesters for elementary and semesters for high school. Students who leave the PYLUSD for private or charter schools will have to re-apply for choice transfers if they would like to return.
Where will the school be located?
The k-6 program will be hosted at 4999 Casa Loma, Yorba Linda, CA, however students will not be required to attend on campus meetings.
How do I enroll my child?
Who assigns the grades?
Teachers at BVVA are experts in designing and delivering online instruction. This includes assessing students’ knowledge via online activities and projects. BVVA teachers assign marks for completed work using a PYLUSD report card.
What is the parent’s role at BVVA?
Unlike homeschooling, parents are not teachers at BVVA but they do have an important role in their student’s education. Parents should help their students’ create a quiet space for work as well as protecting time to complete their work. Parents are learning partners and help ensure students are on task and keeping up with their daily work. This assistance with time management is especially important for younger students. Most students require less parental support as they get older.
How long will it take my student to complete their BVVA work each day?
Students will meet with teachers in a virtual format for 30-60 minutes Monday through Thursday. Small groups, individual meetings and office hours will be available on Fridays. In addition, students will complete online lessons at their own pace. Each student is unique and will work through their BVVA assignments at a different pace, however the following is a guideline of time expectations for students.
- K: 3 Hours
- 1-3: 3 to 4 Hours
- 4-6: 4 Hours
Students on IEPs, 504s
Students with active IEPs must be placed at BVVA via the IEP team. The team must discuss and determine that online/independent learning is an appropriate setting for the student. Likewise, students on 504s should discuss their needs with their School Counselor and 504 team to ensure BVVA would be an appropriate setting.
What if my student needs additional support?
BVVA teachers will have weekly open office hours. Students can attend these office hours in person or virtually to ask questions and get assistance with their assignments.
Will my student participate in STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities?
STEAM activities and supplies will be included in a monthly STEAM box. The boxes will be available at a centrally located pick-up station in PYLUSD.
If I choose to enroll at Buena Vista Virtual Academy, do I lose my home school spot or choice transfer agreement?
No. If you decide to participate in a PYLUSD online or homeschool program for Fall 2020, you will not lose your spot at your home school of residence or your school of choice if you are on a transfer agreement. However, if you dis-enroll with PYLUSD to attend another school in a district, you may lose your transfer agreement.
More questions? Watch our informational session (recorded 7/8/20) HERE