With the rising COVID-19 pandemic, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has found new ways of accommodating students so that they can have a safe learning environment from a distance. When the school year started back in August, IUSD chose to implement two academic models in which students had a choice between the Irvine Virtual Academy (IVA) and a hybrid model.
The IVA system included all-online classes from the safety of students’ homes. The hybrid model split the student population into two cohorts that would each attend school on different days with some days in-person at school and other days learning online at home.
I recently spoke with high school students to learn about their experiences from the past year.