Richland One Elementary Virtual School Program

  • Richland One offers a yearlong Elementary Virtual School Program for students in grades K-5 and a Secondary Virtual School Program for students in grades 6-12.  Applicants are selected using a lottery for both programs based on available slots.   

    In the R1 K-5 Virtual School Program, students interact with certified Richland One teachers daily during live Teams meeting sessions.  In the 2022-2023 school year, the sessions will be virtual 4-5 days per week from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Face-to-Face instruction will be provided 1 day per week (optional).  Classes will be a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning activities for all types of learners.  Students in grades K-3 will receive approximately 2-3 hours of virtual instruction per day, and students in grades 4-5 will receive about 3-4 hours of virtual instruction per day.  It is essential to adhere to a flexible and balanced schedule that promotes rigor, responsibility and opportunities for socialization, collaboration and community.   

    Students must:  

    • Reside in Richland County and be enrolled in a Richland School District One School;
    • Have demonstrated academic success in the previous school year (Recommend grades of C or better in all courses; 
    • Have maintained good attendance in the previous year; and
    • Have the desire and ability to work in a variety of formats. 

    The goal of Richland One Virtual School Program is to provide children and their families with high-quality virtual learning experiences necessary for school success.  

  • Virtual School Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Can you tell me more about the new Richland One Virtual School Program?

  • Q. What will the daily schedule be?

  • Q. If my child is accepted, how will the classes be structured?

  • Q. If I choose the Elementary Virtual School Program for my child will s/he remain assigned to her/his zoned school?

  • Q. Does my child have to remain in the Virtual School Program for the entire year?

  • Q. What if we do not have a computer or internet access in our home?

  • Q. What curriculum will be used while my child is in the Virtual School Program?

  • Q. How do I know if my child is “right” for this program?

  • Q. What are the steps to applying, and how is my child selected?

  • Q. If I completed an application this past spring or summer for my child’s traditional zoned school, do I need to complete the Virtual School Program application?

  • Q. What curriculum will be used while my child is in the Virtual School Program?

  • Q. If my child is selected to attend the VSP, can a sibling attend as well?

  • Q. What are the steps to applying, and how is my child selected?

  • Q. What role will parents play in the VSP?

  • Q. What support will be provided to help students and parents gain confidence in using their devices and accessing digital content used in the classroom?


  • Example Schedule for grades K-2

    (One day a week optional face-to-face day) If opting out, an asynchronous learning day will be scheduled.

    • 7:30-8:00 A.M.
      Breakfast, morning prep, office hours


    • 8:00-8:30 A.M.
      Morning meeting with students, synchronous live update conversations, social & emotional activity, review daily plan, highlight learning


    • 8:30-10:30 A.M.
      ELA & Social Studies Block Combination of synchronous, direct instruction, modeling, checking for understanding, breakout groups, brain and body break/snack, work 1:1 with students, small group work, asynchronous learning tasks

    • 10:30-11:30 P.M.
      Lunch/Exercise/Virtual Yoga

    • 11:30-12:15 P.M.
      Related Arts (Music, Art, P.E., Foreign Language)

    • 12:15-2:15 P.M.
      Math and Science Block STEAM/PBL: Combination of synchronous direct instruction, modeling, check for understanding, breakout groups, brain and body break/snack work 1:1 with students, small group work

    • 2:15-2:30-
      Wrap-Up/Closure

    • 2:30-4:30 P.M.
      After-school virtual CRP (Comprehension Remedial Program)

  • Example Schedule for grades 3-5

    This schedule outlines 25-3.5 hours of directed learning and 2-3 hours of flexible learning time.

Example schedule
  • Q. How will I know what assignments are due?

  • Q. Will students sit at computers for long periods listening to lectures?

  • Q. How will I know if my child is progressing?

  • Q. Will good attendance matter during the Virtual School Program?

  • Q. Will my child be tested in the Virtual School Program?

  • Q. Will meals/snacks available? What will be the process be?

  • Q. What school supplies/materials will I need?

  • Q. My child has an IEP. How will his/her needs be addressed?