Pasco eSchool has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help parents understand a little more about our school. You can click any of the questions to be automatically scrolled down to the question’s answer or casually scroll down the page to read all questions.
What is the difference between Pasco eSchool and FLVS?
Pasco eSchool is a franchise of Florida Virtual School (FLVS). This means that we offer courses written and supported by Florida Virtual School, but taught by Pasco County teachers.
Pasco eSchool employs local, highly-qualified, Florida-certified teachers, and each high school has a learning lab where students can connect with Pasco eSchool teachers. Because of these factors, we are able to provide a personal touch and special opportunities, such as field trips, tutoring, in-person connections, and special events.
We also offer a large variety of courses from other partners or written by our own faculty creating unique opportunities for students. Here are some reasons why we think you should choose Pasco eSchool:
Pasco eSchool offers the same great courses as FLVS and even MORE course options than any other program in the State of Florida
- Our pace chart requirements are the same (Up to 18 weeks per semester course. Students are always allowed to work ahead).
- We have no waiting lists for course placement. Once guidance approval is given, students are classroom assigned within 24 hours. Students requesting courses with FLVS are placed according to their institution’s procedures and capacity.
- eSchool offers a 28-day grace period (penalty free drop period). FLVS offers a 14-day grace period.
- Our school-wide success rate is 95%.
- Teachers and counselors are local and actively communicate with the student’s school counselor, parents, and lab facilitators.
- A team of Pasco eSchool teachers is assigned to each school’s learning lab and schedules regular visits to support students.
- Students taking eSchool courses have first priority to seats in the learning lab.
- Pasco eSchool does not “cap” courses and the eSchool courses do not “close”.
- AP students get their grades posted to the district’s Student Information System upon completion, as the course grades are posted. Pasco eSchool teachers are local and highly qualified.
Does my child have to log in at a specific time?
No. For each online class, there is a pace chart that breaks down what work should be done each week. As long as your child sticks to this pace and completes work each week, there is not a specific time or day that they must be online.
Can my child work on the weekends?
Yes. One of the benefits of taking online classes is that students can work during non-traditional school hours such as evenings and weekends.
Can my child finish the class early?
Yes. Another benefit of taking online classes is that students can work ahead of schedule and finish classes early.
If my child spends part of their school day at a brick and mortar school (i.e. a traditional school), can he/she work on their online classes there?
Yes. Your child will most likely be assigned a period(s) during the day where he/she can go to the media center/computer lab/etc. to work on their online classes. We highly encourage students to use this time.
When can my child enroll?
Students taking eSchool courses on a part-time basis can register at any time for a course. Registration deadlines are in effect for full-time eSchool students. Please see our registration page for the latest information on upcoming registration deadlines for full-time students.
Can my child still participate in sports, school activities, etc.?
Yes, full-time eSchool students can participate in all sports and school activities at their zoned school. Taking part-time eSchool classes does not impact a brick and mortar student’s ability to participate in sports and school activities.
Is there a graduation ceremony?
Yes, Pasco eSchool hosts its own graduation ceremony, including all of the traditions that make the occasion special for family and friends.
How often do I need to make contact with my child’s online teacher(s)?
You will have contact with your child’s online teacher(s) at least once a month to discuss their progress. It will be very important that you supply your child’s online teacher(s) with a phone number and email address that you can be reached at. You can contact the online teacher(s) at any time as well with questions.
Our family will be out of town for a period of time. Can students work on their online classes out of state?
Yes. As long as a student has a computer and internet access they can continue to work in their online classes wherever they are.
What are some challenges I might expect with my child taking online classes?
With online classes, students (with the help of their parents/guardians) must make a greater effort to stay organized, create a schedule and manage their time, and work towards staying on pace with work. As a parent/guardian, you will need to make sure you are periodically going online to check the progress of your child.
What are some positive changes that I might see in my child as a result of them taking online classes?
Students have the opportunity to develop skills related to organization and time management, develop a sense of responsibility, as well as take charge of their own learning.
What do we do if we have technical issues?
If technical issues arise, your child’s online teacher(s) will be there for initial support. You will also have access to a technical support team if the issue extends beyond the teacher’s ability.
What if my child starts an online class and discovers that this style of learning is not right for them?
This situation is okay. Online learning may not be for everyone. A student can drop an online class within the first 28 days without any negative consequences. The student, parents/guardians, and teacher work together to make this decision. Ultimately, we want to make sure that students are placed in a learning environment that is right for them.
A computer is required. What if I can’t afford a computer or internet service?
A computer is required for students enrolled in Pasco eSchool courses. The school district will make arrangements to provide access. For students taking Pasco eSchool courses while co-enrolled with another school, computers and internet access are available on the campus of local schools in our Media Centers and school labs or classrooms. Full-time Pasco eSchool students may qualify for technology assistance if the family satisfies the technology hardship provisions outlined by Florida State Statute 1002.45 and HB 7197.
Technology Requirements for Enrollment in Pasco eSchool Courses
Students will need a modern laptop or desktop computer. Lightweight devices such as Chromebooks and tablets may not have the ability to perform all tasks required in a course.
Canvas System Requirements: View the Browser and Plugin Requirements here https://guides.instructure.com/m/67952/l/720329-which-browsers-does-canvas-support
FLVS / Educator System Requirements: View the Hardware Requirements here http://www.flvs.net//areas/faqs/pages/hardwarerequirements.aspx