Barre Virtual Academy

For Chromebook and/or technical difficulties, please email helpdesk@buusd.org

Please power off your school issued chromebook each night to allow software updates to install.

BVA Students can now access their home libraries! See the procedures below for checking out library books and picking them up!

We have heard from a lot of BVA families about how they are not receiving emails from the virtual academy. Please do the following to ensure that you are receiving all of our important updates.

  1. Check your spam/junk folder.

    1. Select and mark email as “not spam” or “not junk.”

  2. Check your email contact you have listed in Infinite Campus. If your email is not correct in Infinite Campus, you will NOT receive emails.

    1. Barre City Families- Call/Email Andra Holbrook- (802) 476-6541 x.4318

    2. Barre Town Families- Call/Email Betsy Pearce - (802) 476-6617 x 6306

If you have not received emails up to this point, please click “Communications from Coordinators” to see ALL emails that have been sent. Please also see this link to see the information and orientations required for this week.

At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, BUUSD will be offering a full-time virtual learning experience, called the Barre Virtual Academy, for BUUSD students in grades K-8. We have partnered with the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC) who is now offering a K-12 program option for students. The VTVLC provides the district with the structure, platform, training and curriculum in order to create a consistent high-quality educational experience for full-time 100% virtual learners. The language of "Virtual Academy" is meant to showcase that these are still BUUSD students but will be enrolled into a program through the VTVLC.

What is the BVA?

  • 100% virtual learning in a caring, supportive community. The VTVLC program offers online face-to-face interaction with potentially primarily BUUSD teachers in K-5 and a mixture of BUUSD and educators from all over Vermont for 6-8.

  • High-quality classes led by highly-qualified, certified teachers who have completed additional training in virtual instruction.

  • Consistency for continuous interactive learning regardless of uncertainties of the pandemic and potential of school closures due to COVID-19 related issues or severe weather.

  • A comprehensive online educational program that provides the support and services students need to succeed. BVA students can still access support service providers that they would have in their physical schools. Special Education teachers and therapists within the district also will provide virtual supports for students who qualify.

What else do I need to know?

  • All students will be given a Chromebook to use if needed.

  • Students will be held accountable for their learning and will receive grades just as they would in other BUUSD schools. Teachers will be able to monitor and assess student engagement and progress in real time.

  • The first day of school for BVA is Tuesday, September 8th.

Important Note: When electing to sign your child up for the Virtual Academy partnership with the VTVLC, we are asking that you are committing to this program for the full 2020-2021 school year, to provide stability and consistency in your child's educational experience. In the event that the program does not work for a student, families will be asked to reach out to their child’s virtual learning teacher to make accommodations. The Virtual Academy Coordinators can assist in problem solving if the accommodations are not successful. Students may unenroll at the end of the first semester if necessary or if there are extenuating circumstances.