SCCPSS opens applications for virtual academy


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) officials have opened up the application process for the district’s first fully online school.

The school board introduced the plan at a meeting in early June.

District officials tell NOW that they already have online learning programs available, but not an entire virtual school.

Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy (SCELA) will solely use online learning for at least 900 students in grades 3 through 12.

Courses will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in labs as well for necessary classes.

All resources, including a Chromebook, will be provided by the district for the virtual academy.

SCCPSS Executive Director of High Schools Bernadette Ball-Oliver says the program is a good alternative to in-person instruction.

“While definitely COVID-19 is probably going to be a primary consideration for parents, there are other reasons that may arise as well,” said Ball-Oliver.

She says SCCPSS has already gotten many emails and phone calls from interested parents wanting to enroll their students in SCELA.

“It may work out for some of our older students for work schedules and other responsibilities,” Ball-Oliver said. “It may be some other types of health concerns or family concerns.”

Meanwhile, the board is still working out the details for reopening schools come fall.

SCCPSS says the registration process for SCELA opened ahead of the original date of July 1. Visit here for more information.

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