Virtual Education Rules and Policy for School Districts

The emergency Chapter 41 Virtual Education Rules revisions were promulgated to provide detailed information regarding classes and programs offered by Wyoming school districts through regular virtual education programs and classroom-based virtual education programs. The expandable tabs below provide details regarding the program application and renewal process, submitting virtual education courses for approval, Quality Matters training, and an online form for submitting concerns for the Virtual Education Advisory Committee to review.

The 2020-2021 Distance Learning: Guidance for Wyoming School Districts provides information pertaining to remote education, classroom-based virtual education, and virtual education within a resident district.  The Classroom-based Virtual Education Application is available in the first drop down tab below.

Classroom-based Virtual Education Program

Any school district planning to offer a classroom-based virtual education program in the 2020-21 school year must complete and submit the following forms by the first day of school:

  1. Classroom-based Virtual Education Program Application
  2. Classroom-based Virtual Education Program Assurance Statement

Contact Lori Thilmany at lori.thilmany@wyo.gov with any questions or concerns, including concerns pertaining to the submission deadline.

Virtual Education Program Application and Renewal
Any school district planning to offer virtual education in the 2020-21 school year must complete the following steps: 1. Submission of the online Program Application & Renewal Form; 2. Submission of the signed Statement of Assurance (this may be uploaded with the online form or emailed). If the district didn’t have a virtual education program approved for the 2019-20 school year, a third step is required: 3. Submission of the completed Application Narrative.

  1. Program Application & Renewal Form
  2. Statement of Assurance
  3. Application Narrative (only required if no program approved for the 2019-20 school year)

To be eligible to apply for the 2020-21 Distance Education Grant, the program renewal and application documents are due by April 27, 2020. All program renewals and applications are due by July 31, 2020.

Virtual Education Course Submission

For the 2020-21 school year, virtual education classes will be submitted through the WDE638 WISE Course Inventory Collection and completion of a Virtual Education Course Syllabus for any classes not previously approved during the 2019-20 school year or before. Use the template and instructions below to submit virtual education classes and new syllabi by the July 31, 2020, deadline:

Quality Matters Professional Development
The Wyoming Department of Education sponsors a variety of Quality Matters (QM) training opportunities, including the QM Teaching Online Certificate, that are available to all educators in our state. The QM workshops and online courses can be used as part of the required professional development all virtual education teachers must complete each year as long as the training is submitted for Professional Teaching Standards Board credit. See the flyers below for additional information about the QM offerings.

QM Training Sponsored by the WDE

QM Certificate Sponsored by the WDE

School District Statement of Concern
Wyoming school districts with virtual education program concerns they wish the Virtual Education Advisory Committee (VEAC) to consider may submit the Statement of Concern form below. The VEAC was established pursuant to Wyoming Statute § 21-2-202(a)(xxxi)(F) to serve in an advisory capacity to school districts to improve the delivery of virtual education courses and programs across the state. The VEAC will review the Statement of Concern and may invite the school district representatives to present additional information during a VEAC meeting. When warranted, the VEAC has the authority to submit recommendations for modifications to virtual education rules, policy, practices and procedures to the Wyoming Department of Education for consideration. The form should be completed and submitted by a school district Virtual Education Coordinator.

Submit Statement of Concern