Special Needs Support

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) provides accommodations in the online environment for students being served through Special Education, Section 504, ESOL, or hospital homebound services or who have a medical plan in place. To have accommodations implemented in an online class, GaVS must receive a current copy of the student's current 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 provided by the parents 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. If any provisions of an individualized plan are not conducive to the online environment and cannot be implemented by GaVS, the local school district should determine if online placement is appropriate or if the plan should be revised. 

 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 

  • one-on-one access to the teacher 

  • 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 

  • use of 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 

  • regular communication between parents and instructors 

  • 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 or calendars  

  • chunking of larger assignments 

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

Special Needs 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 request that Georgia Virtual School conduct a limited evaluation of the student. To request this limited evaluation, email sarah.newman@gavirtualschool.org with your contact information, student name, and any information you can provide about your child’s disability.

Georgia Virtual School, with the consent of the parent, will conduct an evaluation of any student who is believed to need educational accommodations. The evaluation may consist of input from a team drawing information from observations, data, medical records, grades, aptitude and achievement tests, teacher and parental recommendations. The results of the evaluation will determine what accommodations, if any, Georgia Virtual School is able to make for the student.

Georgia Virtual School can be an excellent match for a student who is being served by a hospital/homebound program. Public school students should provide the hospital homebound paperwork from their local public school. Private or homeschool students should provide a doctor’s note describing the situation. Documentation should be uploaded to the student profile by the GaVS facilitator or emailed in by the parents of homeschool students.

Georgia Virtual School will not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of disability.

It is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure that the system meets all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504. The current Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan must be provided to Georgia Virtual School by the local school system. Georgia Virtual School will follow all applicable provisions in the IEP or 504 Plan, however there may be some provisions that can not be implemented. In such a case, the local school system must determine whether Georgia Virtual School is an appropriate placement.