Woodridge Virtual Academy will be taught by district's teachers

All-online students can still participate in extracurriculars; those going to the buildings can use online courses for enrichment

April Helms
Kent Weeklies
Superintendent Walter Davis talks about the various types of facial coverings, including masks where the mouth is still visible, at the school board's July 21 meeting.

CUYAHOGA FALLS —  The Woodridge Virtual Academy will use the Jefferson County Educational Service Center’s internet-based curriculum, with lessons being taught by Woodridge teachers, said Superintendent Walter Davis. The school board unanimously approved the contract with Jefferson County ESC at the July 21 board meeting for 12 months.

Davis said the district would provide Chromebooks and assistance with internet to families who wanted to use the online option and would need assistance with the technology.

Families wishing to enroll one or more of their children online are asked to commit to a semester, Davis said. This is due to staffing needs, as some staff will be reassigned to teach the virtual academy courses. Families can have some of their children attend in person and some online if they wish.

Albert DiTommaso, the assistant principal at the middle school, is the coordinator for the Woodridge Virtual Academy, Davis said. DiTommaso can be reached at Woodridge Middle School by calling 330-928-7420.

“Student schedules will be created and aligned as closely as possible with regular Woodridge course selections,” Davis said. “Students will move through the course work sequentially, completing the lessons and assessments one by one.”

However, their curriculum and teachers will not change should the entire district have to go to online learning, Davis said.

Students enrolled full time in the Woodridge Virtual Academy program will have the opportunity to participate in district sponsored athletics, clubs and programs.

Davis said that students attending classes in the schools still can participate in the online academy’s virtual classes for enrichment.

“Maybe just try a higher level of math or science, not for a grade but just to try,” Davis said. “Some of them are really unique, and as a science teacher, I would have been really excited to provide this to my students.”

Families are encouraged to email questions to comments@woodridge.k12.oh.us.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com