4. The School

Every student in Ontario is required to remain in secondary school until they reach the age of eighteen or obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Virtual High School aims to provide each student with the opportunity to achieve success according to the student's own interests, abilities, and goals. By providing a quality online education within the student's greater educational community, Virtual High School can offer the student more choice in their educational endeavours. While Virtual High School may have changed the form of the school in which this mission is carried out, we have not changed the provision of providing quality education to the student.

4.1 Student - Teacher Interaction

The student from anywhere in the world can interact in meaningful ways with their Virtual High School teacher as long as they have an internet connection. A host of communication tools and procedures have been developed by D2L within the Brightspace Integrated Learning Platform to facilitate this essential communication component of a quality education. These include email, threaded discussions, ePortfolio, assignment feedback through the dropbox, and testing feedback. A Virtual High School student has many ways of communicating with their teacher and the teacher has many options to communicate information and ideas back to the student.

4.2 Student - Student Interaction

A host of communication tools and procedures have been developed by D2L within the Brightspace Integrated Learning Platform to facilitate student – student interaction, an essential component of a quality education. A student has many ways of communicating with other students in their course. These include email, chat, instant messaging, sharing ePortfolio files and threaded discussions. Students may also respond to discussion threads from students who may have completed a course before them.

4.3 Student - Administration Interaction

With multiple tools at their disposal, the Virtual High School Principal and administration may intervene early in managing attendance, proper conduct, and other problems within the various courses. The goal is to ensure that the technology does not become a deterrent to effective learning. Prompt and early intervention solves small problems before they become impediments to the learning process. The student has quick and easy access to the principal and other staff via their Classlist and the Contact Us page.

4.4 Student - Resources Interaction

The student has access to quality online courses and can easily view resources to enhance their learning experience. The student will also have access to both career information, which is being built into every course to meet with Ministry Program Consideration expectations, as well as more general career information provided on an 'as-needed' basis. In addition, Virtual High School provides access to myBlueprint for all students whose Ontario Student Record (OSR) is held at Virtual High School. This program allows students to plan their education, review their options for post-secondary programs, and assists in the course selection process.

4.5 Parent - School Interaction

The parents or guardians of students under 18 and the parents or guardians, with the permission of adult students, may have access to the student's online course including assessment and evaluation items. If the student does not share the access directly with the parent, the parent can contact the Virtual High School Principal for information. This allows the parents to become more involved with the education of their child. An online, transparent electronic grade book, electronic report cards, online conferencing, and direct phone contact with the Virtual High School Principal, also promotes parental involvement.

Periodic news items are posted online at the Virtual High School website by the school to an area viewable by parents and the broader community. (https://www.virtualhighschool.com/blog/).

With Virtual High School, parents have the responsibility and opportunity to work with their child in the planning of their secondary school education. The final decision of the course selection of students under the age of 18 rests with the parents. All students and their parents should consider seriously the advice and recommendation of the school. The consequences of course selection can be extremely important whether students plan to work or attend college or university. Detailed courses of study are available at the school website. (https://www.virtualhighschool.com/courses/)

4.6 Hardware and Software Requirements

Brightspace is an online Integrated Learning Platform and requires an internet connection to be accessed. In order to login and use the service your browser is required to have JavaScript and Cookies enabled, and it should be set to allow pop-ups and redirects from virtualhighschool.com.

Brightspace Learning Environment continuously updates and is supported on the following platforms with the latest browser versions.

Desktop Browser Support:

Platform Apple® Safari® Google® Chrome™ Microsoft® Edge Mozilla® Firefox®
Apple® Mac OS® Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft® Windows® No Yes Yes Yes

Tablet/Mobile Browser/Operating System Support:

Platform Apple® Safari® Google® Chrome™ Microsoft® Edge Mozilla® Firefox®
Apple® iOS® for iPhone® and iPad® Yes No No No
Android™ OS for Android phones and tablets No Yes No No

Some courses also require the use of additional software that is provided in the course. Some courses may require additional hardware such as a camera, a microphone, or speakers. Please refer to the specific course outline to determine if any additional software or hardware is required or provided in the course.