Accommodations Support

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) provides accommodations in our online classrooms for students who have a current Special Education, Section 504, EL/TPC/English development, hospital homebound or medical plan in place. To have accommodations from an individualized plan implemented in a GaVS course, GaVS must receive the current copy of the student's individualized plan each semester the student enrolls with GaVS. The current plan should be uploaded to the student profile by the GaVS facilitator at the local school/district or be provided by the parent of homeschool students. After a student is enrolled and the current plan is received, stakeholders are notified of the accommodations Georgia Virtual School can provide.

There may be some provisions of an individualized plan that are not conducive to the online environment or GaVS model and cannot be implemented in the GaVS online classrooms. While Georgia Virtual School provides accommodations relevant to the online class as outlined in the individualized plan, the local public school will continue to maintain all aspects of the individualized plan, to include progress monitoring towards goals and providing instructional and related services. For English learners, the local school will need to provide required ESOL language instruction services.

While Georgia Virtual School staff will work with the local school or parent/guardian to determine if placement is appropriate in individual cases, ultimately the local school or homeschool parent is responsible for making placement decisions. Our online STUDENT ONLINE READINESS SURVEY is a tool offered as one indicator. 

Parents of Georgia Virtual School students are strongly encouraged to create a PARENT ACCOUNT. Parental involvement is vital to student success and parent accounts furnish parents/guardians with a window into student progress and the learning environment. 

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Our online courses naturally provide supports commonly outlined in individualized plans, such as: 

  • a flexible work schedule 

  • clearly outlined due dates for the entire semester 

  • ability for parents and school facilitators to easily monitor student progress 

  • personalized and specific feedback 

  • opportunity to preview course content 

  • ability to work in a quiet environment with limited distractions 

  • review and study activities are integrated into the course content 

  • ability to plan and prepare for upcoming assessments in advance 

  • ability to use course content, resources, and self-checks as much as needed to complete and prepare for graded assignments and assessments 

  • rubrics 

  •  variety of communication tools 

  • option to utilize OS accessibility tools (text-to-speech, dictation, spelling/grammar check, color filters, etc.) 

Examples of accommodations conducive to the online environment include: 

  • extended time on timed assessments 

  • second attempt on tests and quizzes 

  • use of a calculator 

  • use of a word-to-word dictionary 

  • use of graphic organizers 

  • clear, consistent expectations and policies 

  • use of organizational devices, such as to do lists, pacing schedule, or calendars  

  • chunking of larger assignments 

*If you have any questions regarding accommodations, please contact sarah.newman@gavirtualschool.org.

Accommodations FAQs

Students enrolled with Georgia Virtual School who are private school or homeschool students will be provided with appropriate and reasonable accommodations required under Section 504.

Students who have previously been identified as having an impairment, should make Georgia Virtual School aware so necessary steps can be taken to provide services and accommodations.

If a parent of a homeschool or private school student enrolled with Georgia Virtual School feels their child may have a disability, the parent should contact sarah.newman@gavirtualschool.org to request information related to Section 504 and provide the concern, parent/guardian contact information and student name.