Cyber Classrooms Empty
That's because enrollment has not met expectations. Virtual classes are coming to Missouri for the first time ever this fall. The newness of the program means many people still don't know about the Virtual Instruction Program, or VIP, so this is the second time around for registration.
Curt Fuchs, VIP director, said, "Our original money that was set up for this program, we would be closed right now. What's nice is that the legislature doubled the amount of the appropriations for this particular upcoming school year, and so with that now we're going to be able to take more registrations."
The VIP program is from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE. It makes at-home learning possible for students from all backgrounds.
DESE offers Missouri VIP to from kindergarten to twelfth grade students. Of those students, Fuchs says that those who do not do well in the classroom setting, those who are behind on credits and students who are homebound, due to illness or disability, will benefit the most from the program.
Teacher Maggie Jeffery says the program will help her sick daughter.
"We can't plan one day to the next, really, if she'll be well or not," said Jeffery. "So, hopefully she can study when she is well and then, you know rest when she needs to, and that will help her not get further behind in school because she can keep up at home."
The virtual classes will be available this coming school year. Students in 102 out of Missouri's 114 counties have signed up to attend virtual school in the fall.