Frequently Asked Questions

Starting School

Where is/How do I...?

  • The Academy understands technology can be inconsistent due to weather, technology glitches, or service providers. However, it is imperative for all families to create a plan when technology doesn't work properly.

    Tips:

    1. As soon as you become aware you are not able to log in, contact your student's homeroom teacher or call the OVCA office.
    2. Find another location to school such as neighbor's house, local library or eatery with free internet. This will allow the student to continue to attend online classes and complete online assignments.
    3. Each week, print off/review the entire week's assignments. You may work offline in workbooks/texts and log in completed work when back online.
    4. Connect with families on Facebook/Social media to stay aware of any updates/tips to online schooling.

    If internet will be out for longer than 2 days, you MUST contact your OVCA teacher or the OVCA office to create a plan for your student. We want to work together so your student doesn't fall behind in coursework and continues to be successful in this environment.

  • Once the student has withdrawn, K12 reclamations will send an email with return labels and a list of what needs to be returned. The parent/learning coach will need to provide their own boxes for shipping if the original K12 boxes were not saved.

    The shipping will be free if the return labels are used for the return http://help.k12.com/support-topics/materials/returning-materials. If you have any additional questions please contact the administrative office at 405-259-9478.

    More Information on returning materials can be located here - http://help.k12.com/support-topics/materials/returning-materials

  • Knowing that two way communication is essential to the partnership of success for OVCA students, we want to ensure we have current contact information for the parent/LC/student year round. Please call the administrative office at 405-259-9478 and speak with the registrar to update your contact information. 

    You may also update your information by logging into the learning coach account and clicking "my account" and editing the information there. Directions for updating your information in "my account" can be located here: http://help.k12.com/support-topics/account-information/update-your-contact-info

     

    **Proper proof of residence will be required in order to update address information.  Such documentation may include proof of utilities (ie gas, electric or water/sewer billing), payment of ad valorem taxes, local agreements or contract for purchasing/leasing housing, or mortgage statements. Utility cut-off notices, telephone or cable bills cannot be accepted.

  • OVCA enjoys working with all students. We understand the virtual option is not the perfect fit for everyone. If you need to withdraw your student you will want to contact your Homeroom Teacher in grades K-8 and your HS Advisor in grades 9th-12th. He or She will collect the necessary information from you in order to process the withdraw paperwork. Once the withdraw has been processed you will be sent packing labels for you to ship back the curriculum and materials at no charge to you.

  • K12/OVCA clothing and other gear is available at http://gear.k12.com/

    OVCA may also hold fundraisers during the school year selling OVCA specific gear and clothing items. Keep an eye out for communication sent in email for when those sales may occur.

  • You can change your Learning Coach or student’s username or password in My Account. My Account is accessible through the Online School (OLS). Learn how to update your username and/or password.

What is...?

  • The state testing window is April 10th – May 5th, 2017.  All students in grades 3-5 must participate in two days of state testing.  Exact testing dates and locations will be communicated closer to the testing window.

  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literary Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized individually administered measures of early literacy and development.  They were designed and created as a way for teachers and parents to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.  DIBELS provides a clear picture of students’ literacy skills and allows teachers to identify areas in need of more assistance and direction. DIBELS will be administered to students at three times during the course of the school year: at the beginning of the first semester, in the middle of the school year, and at the end of the second semester. These assessments will be administered using Blackboard Collaborate where students will meet one-on-one with their teacher to complete them independently.  Struggling readers will have additional assessments through the year.  Regular reading assessment of students is required by the No Child Left Behind Act and by the Oklahoma Department of Education and full participation in these assessments was agreed to during enrollment.

  • The purpose of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) is to ensure that all Oklahoma students are reading on grade level at the end of third grade.  RSA supports Oklahoma children in Kindergarten through third grade.  The Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) took effect in the 2013-2014 school year and involves the promotion of third-grade students based on reading scores. The Reading Sufficiency Act (OS 70-1210.508C) will require students with a reading deficiency to not be promoted unless reading deficiency is remediated by end of the third grade unless the student is exempt for good cause.  The results of the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT) are the initial determinant of promotion to the fourth grade; however, they are not the sole determiner of promotion.

  • A Learning Coach (LC) is the responsible adult in the home monitoring each OVCA student daily. The LC ensures the student completes the required daily work (both online and offline), attends online class connects (Live instruction), and communicates with OVCA staff. The LC actively communicates with OVCA teachers and staff as often as necessary to ensure the student is actively engaged in the learning process. The LC does not have to be the parent or guardian, but it must be a responsible adult that is able to work with the student daily.

Getting Organized

  • Preparing for the upcoming school year may look different for each and every family but is still very important.

    Important things to consider as you and your student are getting organized include:

    • Where will the student school in the home? Is the space a shared space? If so where will the materials be stored during non schooling hours?
    • Are there minimal distractions near this schooling space?
    • Does the student have a desk?
    • Internet and Computer Access?

    Another important piece to begin planning and getting organized is what the schedule will look like each day for the student. Until you see the live class schedule for your student you may not be able to finalize this perfectly, yet you can still determine a start time, end time, lunch time, etc. for your student each day.

    For more tips and tricks on getting organized you may contact Nicole Ellison at nellison@k12.com

FAQs About Your Computer and Using the Internet

  • The Academy understands technology can be inconsistent due to weather, technology glitches, or service providers. However, it is imperative for all families to create a plan when technology doesn't work properly.

    Tips:

    1. As soon as you become aware you are not able to log in, contact your student's homeroom teacher or call the OVCA office.
    2. Find another location to school such as neighbor's house, local library or eatery with free internet. This will allow the student to continue to attend online classes and complete online assignments.
    3. Each week, print off/review the entire week's assignments. You may work offline in workbooks/texts and log in completed work when back online.
    4. Connect with families on Facebook/Social media to stay aware of any updates/tips to online schooling.

    If internet will be out for longer than 2 days, you MUST contact your OVCA teacher or the OVCA office to create a plan for your student. We want to work together so your student doesn't fall behind in coursework and continues to be successful in this environment.

  • The Online School (OLS) works best on a laptop or desktop computer. We do not recommend using tablets for coursework at this time. You may be able to complete some parts of your work on a tablet (i.e. reading e-books). However, a tablet will not be sufficient for the majority of the work that you need to complete.  

    Please make sure your computer is OLS-compatible prior to school starting.

    Also, be sure to refer to the list of preferred browsers to use with the Online School (OLS).

Quick Reference

Other Questions

  • OVCA works to help coordinate school planned events throughout the school year where students and LC's have the opportunity to meet each other and meet teachers/staff in person. These events will be advertised in our weekly newsletters and classes. They are generally held in the OKC and Tulsa metro areas, but sometimes vary in location. Attendance is optional, but we highly encourage families to attend and become part of the bison family!

    Our school also provides an in-person enrichment program at Tinker Air Force base that is available to any student that has military base access.  Contact our Military Base Site Coordinator to get connected! Christine Nichols at cnichols@k12.com

    Outside of school planned events OVCA families may plan their own co-op's or activities. LC's may connect on the OVCA social media sites, in person, or during Parent Workshops online. The family directory also helps families near each other connect.

     

Quick Reference

Please keep the web pages below handy for quick reference, as they contain school-specific information, such as upcoming events and information dates. You can also find resources to help you navigate the Online School (OLS), use OLS tools, and hear about new features and improvements to your learning environment.

Other Questions?

Visit the "Support Topics" page of the K12 Customer Support website to search for more information.