FAQs

What grades are offered by Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville (TVAH)?

TVAH offers full-time enrollment for grades 3–12 for the 2018–2019 school year.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts/English, math, science, and history are core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as art, health/PE, music, and world languages. High school students will also have access to a variety of electives.

Will my child have physical education classes?

For students in grades 3–8, physical education (PE) is a public school requirement. The PE curriculum objectives break down to 30 minutes per day, for a total of 150 minutes per week. The physical activity your student logs must meet the PE Lesson Objectives for that week’s assignment.

Does TVAH provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes. We provide the textbooks and instructional materials for the courses. These books and materials are sent to students directly and are dependent on the student's grade level and the courses they're enrolled in. High school and middle school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary students. Common household items and office supplies, such as printer ink and paper, are not provided.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

While all grades have minimum progress and pacing requirements, some advancement and flexible pacing options exist.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades 3–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and other instructional materials for many of the courses.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. In addition, local groups of students and parents can get together in their areas. The online family directory provides a way for families to network with families in their region of the state.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no other intrusions into your home.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in TVAH.

Where can I find the most recent Texas state, school report cards?

Under the ESSA, beginning with information from the 2017-2018 school year, report cards must be posted annually on district websites. (ESEA section 1111(h) (1) (A), (B)(iii) and (h)(2)(A), (B)(iii)). At the core of the Texas Virtual at Hallsville is the belief that all students can grow, and all schools can improve. While no student report card tells the full story of a child, no school report card tells the full story of a school. Education is far more than a single score or letter grade, but it is important that families and communities can see both strengths and areas that need support and improvement.  Please find the state dashboard, here: 

https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/2018/campus.srch.html

Where can I find resources on bullying in Texas?

At Texas Virtual Academy, we believe every student should have access to a safe learning environment. Our students and their safety are important to us, and bullying is prohibited in both the virtual school environment and during in-person events, such as outings or state testing.

What is Bullying?

Per Section 37.0832, of the TEA Education Code, Bullying involves a pattern or series of actions or one single occurrence of significant proportions. It may be conducted by one person or a group of people and directed toward another student. Bullying may be written or verbal; it may be found electronically, such as on social media; or it may be physical. No matter how the bullying proceeds, it is characterized as an exploitation of unequal power which allows the bully or bullies to control or harm others. An act of bullying:

  • has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property;
  • is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student;
  • interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
  • interferes with a student's education or otherwise infringes on the rights of the victim at school

The definition of bullying includes cyberbullying. "Cyberbullying" means bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.

This applies to:

  • bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-related activity on or off school property;
  • bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school-related activity; and
  • cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the conduct interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the operations of school, classroom, or school-related activity.

How to Report

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, school office staff, the campus director or another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention.  To submit an Anonymous Report, click here.

The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct. 

If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take appropriate action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parent of the victim and of the student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be provided to the individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to the bullying.

Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited. 

If someone needs immediate assistance because they need medical attention or are threatening to harm themselves, call 9-1-1 to reach out to local law enforcement for help.

Students with suicidal thoughts can reach out to their counselors and school administration for help, but they can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 as well.

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Resources

When bullying happens, it can be difficult to know what to do. Reach out to school administration for help. Be vigilant about bullying that may happen outside of school, and consider ways to protect against cyberbullying on social media.

Below are resources with information that can help prevent cyberbullying, educate students on what actions may constitute bullying, or provide resources for parents and families dealing with the aftermath.

StopBullyingNow.com has information about bullying and what parents and youth can do if they are experiencing bullying.

http://stopbullyingnow.com/

Tips for staying safe online from the Texas Young Lawyers Association: http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/educators-students/elementary-school/r-u-safe/

If you need to report to a social media site about cyberbullying or abusive behavior, you can report the behavior. Below, the link to CyberBullyHelp.com directs you to each social media company’s reporting information.

http://cyberbullyhelp.com/help-center/

StopBullying.gov also has resources to help identify warning signs for bullying, the effects, and how disabilities or sexual orientation increase the risk for students to be bullied.

https://www.stopbullying.gov/