Warren County received one of 29 new virtual schools approved by the Tennessee Department of Education earlier this month.
The new school is called Warren Connect and it’s open to grades 3-12. Current projections are for the school to have up to 300 students.
“This school will be the only opportunity for remote learning this year,” said Director of Schools Grant Swallows. “Our state has removed the possibility for remote learning except through virtual schools. Enrollment in Warren Connect will be limited.”
The application period opened Friday for enrolling in Warren Connect. Applications are available on the school system’s website, warrenschools.com.
“Even if a student participated in VIP@Home last year, an application must be submitted this year and acceptance into Warren Connect is not guaranteed,” said Swallows. “Students enrolled in Warren Connect will be full-time students there and not allowed to participate in activities in other schools in our system. We believe that this unique opportunity will allow our students the chance to participate in a personalized learning experience where they can be successful.”
Last year, students were allowed to take classes remotely while remaining enrolled at their school. State education officials are eager to get students back in the classroom and that same system is not available this year.
Said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, “While research shows that students benefit most from in-person classroom instruction, districts are ensuring families who prefer a virtual education setting for their students have those options and can continue to make the best choices for their children.”
With the 29 new virtual schools approved in July, Tennessee now has 57 virtual schools throughout the state.
“We will be sharing more information as it is available,” said Swallows. “I would encourage any students that are interested to visit our website and view the application. I’m looking forward to communicating with you all our plans for next year and most of all, have a great school year!”
The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 11.