In the fall of the 2020-21 school year, the Park Rapids Area Schools will be providing students with a fully online learning opportunity, which is available in two different ways. Families with students in PreK-12 who prefer the option of distance learning should register for this program. This option is available to families with children who are four years old through 12th grade regardless of the district’s decision to return to school in an in-person, hybrid, or distance learning scenario.
The Park Rapids Area Virtual Academy (PRAVA) is an educational delivery model that will benefit a significant number of students impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and is uniquely developed to assist those students requiring a completely alternative, and fully online, educational program. This option is available to families with children in grades 6-12. Language Immersion programs, Advanced Placement (AP) and College In the Schools (CIS) courses may be available, along with the rigorous standards and graduation requirements of the Park Rapids Century School and Area High School. In alignment with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) guidelines, our programming will provide education in all required state standards, English Learner (EL) and Special Education services, elective opportunities, and more.
What is the difference between PARK RAPIDS AREA SCHOOLS’ VIRTUAL ACADEMY and DISTANCE LEARNING?
Distance Learning students are placed in a typical classroom setting where they work with their classroom teacher(s) on a school day schedule. Assignments are posted in Google Classroom. Instruction will include virtual face-to-face interactions between teachers and students and within the online classroom. Additionally, individualized, off-line instructional activities will be provided.
Park Rapids Area Virtual Academy students are placed in an individualized curriculum. Middle school courses will be provided in the core content areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Electives will be determined on an individual basis. High School courses will be provided to meet all graduation requirements of the State of Minnesota and the Park Rapids Area School District. Students are expected to complete the minimum number of credits as per policy each trimester to maintain appropriate progress toward graduation.
All students can engage in extracurricular activities at their school of enrollment when/if extracurricular activities become available.
All students will continue to receive qualifying services such as special education, English language services, social work, and counseling.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Regardless of the educational environment programs will follow state and federal health and safety guidelines.
PRAVA Guidelines & Expectations (Printable Form: Please print a copy and send in.)
PRAVA Guidelines & Expectations Registration Link (Online Registration Form)