Virtual Education Rules and Policy for School Districts
The Chapter 41 Virtual Education Rules provide detailed information regarding the requirements for Wyoming school districts to offer virtual education classes and programs. The expandable tabs below provide details regarding the program application and renewal process, Quality Matters training, and an online form for submitting concerns for the Virtual Education Advisory Committee to review.
The 2022-2023 Distance Learning: Guidance for Wyoming School Districts provides information pertaining to temporary virtual education days, remote education classes, and virtual education within a resident district.
Virtual Education Program Application and Renewal
Any school district planning to offer virtual education in the 2023-24 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 2023-24 student and parent handbook. 4. If the district didn’t have a virtual education program approved for the 2022-23 school year or updates are needed, submission of the completed Application Narrative.
- Program Application & Renewal Form
- Program Assurance
- Curriculum Assurance and 2023-24 Student and Parent Handbook (both only required for full-time programs)
- Application Narrative (only required if the proposed program wasn’t approved for the 2022-23 school year or significant changes are being made to the program configuration)
Submission of individual virtual education course syllabi for review and approval is no longer required but the WDE638 WISE Course Inventory collection with virtual education classes must be submitted July 1 to 31. All program renewal and application documents and the WDE638 collection are due by July 31, 2023. Contact Lori Thilmany at email@example.com with any questions about the application or renewal process.
Virtual Education Course Submission
For the 2021-22 school year forward, virtual education classes will be submitted through the WDE638 WISE Course Inventory Collection. The submission of individual course syllabi for review and approval is no longer required.
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