A message from our President & CEO

Jamey Fitzpatrick

To our valued school partners,

I can’t express how much respect and admiration I hold for each and every one of you as you lead your schools through what has to be the most difficult time period for education we’ve ever experienced.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollment, the demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3.

Everything we do is for students, and I hate the thought of turning away even a single student who wants to learn. Because our top concern is student success, however, I made the tough decision not to accept any further enrollments in subjects in which we simply do not have the teaching capacity to guarantee every student a quality learning experience.

If I could wave a magic wand and provide every student in Michigan with a high-quality online learning experience, I absolutely would. We’re building partnerships with even more Michigan school districts through our collaborative and whole-school models, which enable schools to offer online courses taught by local teachers. Already through the launch of our new whole-school model and expansion of our collaborative model, we are serving four times the number of students we did last fall.

I know many of you are under a great deal of stress. We’re in this together, and the Michigan Virtual team is doing everything we can to serve as many students and schools as possible during this time. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Educators are innovators, and together, I know we will come out of this situation stronger and more resilient than before.

Sincerely,

Jamey Fitzpatrick Signature

Jamey Fitzpatrick
President & CEO, Michigan Virtual