Policy

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.

Classroom-based Virtual Education Program

For the 2020-21 school year, 43 school districts and one charter school were approved to offer classroom-based virtual education programs:

  • Albany County School District #1
    • Snowy Range Academy
  • Big Horn County School District #1
  • Big Horn County School District #2
  • Big Horn County School District #3
  • Big Horn County School District #4
  • Campbell County School District #1
  • Carbon County School District #1
  • Carbon County School District #2
  • Converse County School District #1
  • Converse County School District #2
  • Fremont County School District #1
  • Fremont County School District #2
  • Fremont County School District #6
  • Fremont County School District #14
  • Fremont County School District #21
  • Fremont County School District #24
  • Fremont County School District #25
  • Fremont County School District #38
  • Goshen County School District #1
  • Johnson County School District #1
  • Laramie County School District #1
  • Laramie County School District #2
  • Lincoln County School District #1
  • Natrona County School District #1
  • Niobrara County School District #1
  • Park County School District #1
  • Park County School District #6
  • Park County School District #16
  • Platte County School District #1
  • Platte County School District #2
  • Sheridan County School District #1
  • Sheridan County School District #3
  • Sublette County School District #1
  • Sublette County School District #9
  • Sweetwater County School District #1
  • Sweetwater County School District #2
  • Teton County School District #1
  • Uinta County School District #1
  • Uinta County School District #4
  • Uinta County School District #6
  • Washakie County School District #2
  • Weston County School District #1
  • Weston County School District #7

The courses for the classroom-based virtual education programs are located on the Wyoming Public School Course List portal. Contact Lori Thilmany at lori.thilmany@wyo.gov with any questions about classroom-based virtual education.

Virtual Education Program Application and Renewal
Any school district planning to offer virtual education in the 2021-22 school year must complete the following steps: 1. Submission of the online Program Application & Renewal Form. 2. Submission of the signed Program Assurance. 3. If the program will be offered full-time, submission of the signed Curriculum Assurance and a copy of the 2021-22 student and parent handbook. 4. If the district didn’t have a virtual education program approved for the 2020-21 school year or updates are needed, submission of the completed Application Narrative.

  1. Program Application & Renewal Form
  2. Program Assurance
  3. Curriculum Assurance and 2021-22 Student and Parent Handbook (only required for full-time programs)
  4. Application Narrative (only required if the proposed program wasn’t approved for the 2020-21 school year)

All program renewal and application documents are due by July 31, 2021. Contact Lori Thilmany at lori.thilmany@wyo.gov with any questions about the application or renewal process.

Virtual Education Course Submission

For the 2021-20 school year, virtual education classes will be submitted through the WDE638 WISE Course Inventory Collection window 7/1/2021 to 7/31/2021. The submission of individual course syllabi is no long required but the WDE638 with the virtual education file must be submitted by the July 31, 2021, deadline.

School districts may use the following templates to align virtual education courses to Wyoming Content and Performance Standards:

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