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Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study Program

Short Term Independent Study Program

Program for students who need an alternative setting for fewer than 15 consecutive days.

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Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study Program

Program for students who need an alternative setting for 15 or more consecutive days.

Information for the 22-23 school year will be posted soon.

Which Program is Right for Your Child

  Short Term Independent Study Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study Program
Program for students who need an alternative setting for fewer than 15 consecutive days  
Work assigned by a classroom teacher  
Daily instruction provided by Parent/Guardian/Caregiver ✔   
Due to COVID health concerns – family not comfortable sending child/ren to school  
Desire daily interaction with an MSD staff member  
TK - 3rd grade students will receive daily synchronous instruction provided by a certificated MSD employee  
4th - 6th grade students will receive daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction by a certificated MSD employee  


Additional Information

Enrolling, Disenrolling and Re-Enrolling

Once you have determined that you would like to pursue Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program you can begin the enrollment process by following the instructions below:

  • Attend Parent Information Meeting
  • Complete Online Enrollment (if new to Magnolia School District)
  • Review and Sign Independent Study Agreement
  • Attend Orientation Meeting

If your child is enrolled in Independent Study and would like to return to in-person instruction, please follow the instructions below:

  • Notify Magnolia School District of your intent to disenroll from the Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program and return to in-person instruction.
  • Please be advised that your child may not be able to return to their previous school/teacher depending on space availability.
  • Your child will transition to in-person instruction from Independent Study within five instructional days.

Once disenrolled, should you need to return to Independent Study you are required to adhere to the re-enrollment process by following the instructions below:

  • Attend a Parent-Teacher Conference with current teacher, Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program Teacher and District Designee to discuss independent study program’s impact on the student’s achievement and well-being
  • Review and Sign the Independent Study Agreement
  • Attend Orientation Meeting

Please understand that failure to meet the requirements of the Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program will result in the student’s reassignment to in-person instruction in the Magnolia School District. If a seat is not available at the student’s home school, the student will be administratively transferred to another school within the district.

Instructional Time

The goal of our Independent Study program is to provide an alternative to in-person instruction for students whose health may be put at risk by attending class in-person. As such, Independent Study is an educational program that provides instruction based on the state-adopted content standards by certificated teachers. There are specific requirements for instructional time that may include both synchronous and asynchronous work. These expectations will also be outlined in the written Independent Study Learning Agreement, which must be signed.

Instructional Time Description Length & Frequency
Synchronous Instructional Time Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications and involving live, two-way communication between the teacher and student.  Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher(s) of record for that student. TK - Grade 3: Daily instructional time for 30 minutes

Grade 4-6: Weekly instructional time for 30 minutes
Live Interaction Interaction between the student and school classified or certificated staff, and may include peers, provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness including but not limited to: wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services and instruction.  This interaction may take place in person or in the form of internet or telephonic communication. Grades 4-6: Daily live interaction for 30 minutes
Asynchronous Instructional Time Forms of instruction that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that are not being delivered in person or in real time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations. TK – Grade 3: 3- 5 hours daily in order to complete assignments.

Grades 4 – 6: 4-6 hours per day in order to complete assignments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program is a TK-6 school offering online education. Students will receive live interaction and synchronous online instruction from a Magnolia School District teacher for a portion of the day. The rest of the day will be spent completing online activities and independent work. Schedules vary by grade level. Magnolia School District will utilize the online curriculum from Florida Virtual Schools Global, which is a nationally recognized, standards-based online curriculum.
Live interaction is interaction between the student and a classified or certificated staff member, and may include peers, provided for the purpose of maintaining school connectedness, including, but not limited to, wellness checks, progress monitoring, provision of services, and instruction. The interaction will take place virtually.
Synchronous instruction is classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered virtually, and involves live two-way communication between the teacher and student. Synchronous instruction will be provided by the teacher of record.
No, students enrolled in the Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program will not participate in regular attendance at the school site. Each year students will attend an enrollment appointment as well as the required state testing.
Since the Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program is a part of the Magnolia School District, students may return to their school of residence, or school with available openings, during the school year upon written request. Transfers back are planned to coincide with the end of grading periods; trimesters for elementary school. Students who leave Magnolia School District for private or charter schools will have to re-apply if they would like to return.
The K-6 program will be hosted by Magnolia School District, however students will not be required to attend in-person meetings.
Please fill out this Interest Form.
The program will follow the traditional school calendar.
Yes. If a student needs a device, they can request one from their school of residence.
The Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program will use an online curriculum from Florida Virtual Schools Global, which is a nationally recognized, standards-based online curriculum.
No, Magnolia School District is committed to ensuring that the Dual Language Immersion program is a high-quality, rigorous, research-based program that delivers high levels of bilingualism & biliteracy. This commitment to rigor requires high levels of immersive language learning and collaborative structures that are not transferable to a virtual program without sacrificing the quality of the program and ultimately student outcomes.
Teachers will deliver online instruction. This includes assessing students’ knowledge via online activities and projects. Magnolia School District teachers assign grades for completed work using the MSD report card.
Unlike homeschooling, parents are not teachers for Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program, but they do have an important role in their student’s education. Parents should help their students’ create a quiet space for work as well as protecting time to complete their work. Parents are learning partners and help ensure students are on task and keeping up with their daily work. This assistance with time management is especially important for younger students. Most students require less parental support as they get older.
Students will meet with teachers in a virtual format for 30 minutes, Monday - Friday. Small groups, individual meetings, and office hours will be available.  In addition, students will complete online lessons at their own pace. Each student is unique and will work through their assignments at a different pace. All students at grade level will be assigned a full day's worth of work that is comparable to the core curriculum assignments in the school that they would attend.
Assignments are in increments consistent with the program that the student is enrolled in. Student work must be turned in as specified in the written agreement. Completed assignments will be evaluated and awarded attendance credit based on the determination of the time value of the work. Completed assignments representing more attendance days for the assignment period may not be “banked” for future use or applied to earlier assignment periods. Late work may not be credited against earlier assignment periods.
Special education students may not participate in independent study unless it is specified as an instructional method in their IEP (EC Section 51745(c).  Students with active IEPs must be placed in independent study via the IEP team. The team must discuss and determine that online/independent learning is an appropriate setting for the student. Likewise, students on 504s should have a discussion with their team to ensure independent study is an appropriate setting.
The teachers will offer weekly support sessions. Students will attend these sessions to ask questions and get assistance with their assignments.
Yes, if you choose to participate in the Magnolia Virtual Academy Independent Study program you will lose your spot at your home school of residence or your school of choice if you are on a transfer agreement.