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Everything You Need to Know About the TPSS Virtual Learning Option 

When we picture a “regular” school day, a few visuals come to mind: waking up early, catching the bus, listening for the bell, speed-walking between classes, catching up with friends in the halls, and of course, spending most of the day at a desk.

The traditional classroom environment isn’t for everyone — because education isn’t one-size-fits-all. What works for some students might not necessarily be the best fit for your student.

If your child struggles in the classroom, online instruction through the TPSS Virtual Learning Option may be just what it takes for them to thrive.

Introduction to the VLO 

This flexible and tuition-free program is available to all Tangipahoa Parish public school students from grades K-12. 

The VLO provides high-quality education with all the tools necessary to succeed — including a school laptop to use at home. Plus, VLO students can still participate in all their favorite programs, including arts, sports, and select TOPS Tech and dual enrollment classes. 

As opposed to in-person classes, virtual school takes place in the comfort — and familiarity — of your own home. 

With one-on-one attention and the support from teachers entirely dedicated to online education, virtual students can enjoy learning in an environment that nurtures their learning abilities, helps them develop foundational social emotional learning skills, and accommodates their unique needs.

VLO students also enjoy:  

  • Class schedules that suit their schedules 

  • Teachers who specialize in virtual instruction  

  • Reduced stress — no more rushing around to get between school, work, and afterschool activities 

  • More time for extracurriculars, interests, and hobbies 

  • More personalized learning through self-paced coursework 

A Day in the Life of VLO Students

Wondering what a virtual school day looks like? Because virtual students aren’t tied to a strict bell schedule, online learning gives them flexibility to choose the routine that best fits their learning preferences and productivity patterns!

Students generally will spend 2.5 to 3 hours a day in live, interactive sessions with teachers and classmates and 3.5 to 4 hours a day completing self-paced activities. In addition, all live lessons are recorded for viewing at a later time.  

Here’s an example of what a student's schedule might look like: 

7:45 AM:: Start the day with homeroom check in 

8:00-11:00 AM: Live, interactive lessons with the teacher 

12:00 PM: Lunch 

11 AM - 2 PM: Complete assigned classwork to stay on track; Meet with an instructor to set goals,  discuss progress, receive help, or ask questions 

After 2 PM: Students can choose to dive even deeper into learning exercises or focus on those extracurriculars and interests they love

Go Virtual with TPSS 

Time is running out to register for the TPSS Virtual Learning Option! The 2023-2024 school year Fall Semester registration deadline is June 1, 2023. 

If you think your child would benefit from online education, or if you’d like to learn more about the VLO, visit the website. 

April 2023

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