BY MELANIE WADE –
The Arkansas State Board of Education has approved the Polk County Virtual Academy (PCVA) at their monthly meeting held on Thursday, November 9, 2017. A virtual school consists of online classes that can be completed anywhere, as long as the student has internet access and a device to log on with. Lessons can be watched through videos, homework can be completed and submitted online, and students can work at their own pace. “In order to reach all learners, we have to do something to benefit them,” said Weston. “We are entering an ‘any time, any pace, any place’ educational experience,” which are exactly the benefits a virtual school provides and works much like a charter school.
Enrollment for PCVA will be open to any K-12 aged student in the Mena School area for the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. There is an enrollment cap of 25 students. The district hopes to increase the cap to 200 students by the 2022-2023 school year.
Enrollment information is available to parents and students via the district’s social media and website. Applications will be available beginning January 8, 2018, on the Mena School District Facebook and school websites for download. Printed forms will be able at any of Mena’s four school campuses or at the Mena Public Schools Central Office, 501 Hickory Street in Mena.
All completed applications must be returned to the Central Office by February 16, 2018. For additional information or questions on the Polk County Virtual Academy, call the Central Office at 479-394-1710, or e-mail Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.