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Michigan Virtual Guardian/Parent Communication Protocol

Note: This ONLY applies to enrollments provided by a school partner.

  • Michigan Virtual considers school mentors and guardians/parents to be our partners in education.
  • Due to the critical role that mentors play in understanding and expressing their school’s student and community needs, Michigan Virtual instructors are expected to communicate directly with the school mentor regarding student progress and concerns.
    • As the enroller of the student, the local school is the first resource and primary contact that Michigan Virtual instructors will communicate with regarding student status and progress.
    • Guardians/parents are encouraged to reach out to the local school mentor for more information about Michigan Virtual courses and student progress.
  • If a mentor is unresponsive following two consecutive attempts to facilitate communication to support a student, the Michigan Virtual instructor should seek contact with the guardian/parent identified in the SLP.
  • Instructors are encouraged to freely communicate with guardian/parent included in the SLP who seek communication with them directly, however, school mentors should also be notified and/or included in these communications unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
    • Guardians/parents are encouraged to utilize the SLP to review their student’s progress at any time.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased 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. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.