Dothan City Virtual School receives overwhelming response to enrollment survey

Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST
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Despite State Superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey encouraging schools time and time again to return to face to face instruction, Dothan City Schools are doing the opposite, providing families with an alternate option that they say provides flexibility.

“We recognize that of course face to face instruction is the most viable instruction and our research and data supports that for student learning and achievement but for some students the option of a virtual school does offer that flexibility,” Dr. Debra Wright, director of title nine and assessment said.

The virtual school is one of the three part solution called the movement, DCS approved for the 2021-2022 school year. Any DCS student from 7th through 12th grade is eligible to enroll in the virtual school.

“Where students can meet with their teachers online and receive that instruction, that one to one instruction. Whether they do a zoom opportunity one to one for tutorial services or for one to one basic instruction so that they’re still getting the options of meeting with their teacher, having a live person to contact in real time,” Wright said.

The state requires a minimum of 250 students to have a virtual school. But after sending out a survey, DCS received 536 responses of students projected to be enrolled.

“The virtual school option that is required by legislative law since 2015. We’re very confident in what we can offer for our students a robust instructional program that will offer rigor and also relevance for our students, for our teachers and staff,” Wright said.

Wright stated that before Covid they only had 50-60 students enrolled in the virtual program now they currently have 2400 students.

DCS is currently working on staffing the virtual school. So far, current Slingluff Elementary School principal, Christina Johnson has been hired as the virtual school principal.

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