Virtual, but Personal

Though the school year began virtually, our team went above and beyond to ensure our Dreamers still felt loved and supported. From drive-ups, teacher incentives, and movie nights, to supply deliveries, virtual field trips, and more, our dedicated teachers and staff worked tirelessly to keep students engaged, learning, happy, and healthy!

In the fall and through the winter and early spring, some students began to transition back to in-person learning on hybrid schedules. Through the constantly changing schedules and ever-shifting changes in guidelines and safety regulations, our team remained flexible as we worked with our school district partners, always keeping the best interest of our students at the forefront.

Some of the unique initiatives we have implemented as we completed the 2020–2021 school year in an in-person
and hybrid format:

Virtual Saturday School
Virtual Saturday School was held across all campuses. This included opportunities for cross-campus connections. For instance, our fifth grade Henrico Dreamers held a friendly science competition
with our fifth grade Dreamers in Newport News and Virginia Beach.

Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips remained an important part of the instructional day. Students have been to China, museums, zoos, Luray Caverns,
and many more exciting destinations — virtually!

The What it Takes Program
The What it Takes program continued virtually with corporate partners joining classes via Zoom to teach soft skills needed to be successful once they enter the workforce.

Social Rotations
Social rotations were taught simultaneously to in-person and virtual students with the focus on application of skills and mental
health awareness.

STEM Materials
STEM materials (robots, virtual reality supplies, etc.) were purchased through
a grant to enhance STEM curriculum across campuses.

A Virtual Morning Program Video
A virtual morning program video was recorded weekly. Selected students who were back face-to-face recorded components of the program (reciting the banners, National Anthem, etc.) inside the gymnasium. There’s something about that echo that brings the banners to life!