Virtual orientation was back by popular demand at Wiregrass Ranch High School.
The online amenity, offered Aug. 1 to Aug. 6, provided an alternative to help Wiregrass Ranch students get situated for the coming school year, which begins for students on Aug. 12.
The option allowed students who are returning to Wiregrass Ranch, and their parents, to view class schedules without being present on campus.
“Now parents and students can access the same information from the convenience of their mobile device or computer from home,” explained Rebecca Jarke, assistant principal at Wiregrass Ranch. “It’s more convenient for families who have multiple children in the school system and may not be able to get to each school during the various orientations.”
The high school, located in Wesley Chapel, introduced virtual orientation last year, alongside its traditional on-campus orientation day.
The online version was so well-received, Wiregrass Ranch decided to make it the primary means for orientation for returning students. The options allows students to avoid long lines and wait times.
First-time freshmen had their own on-campus orientation on Aug. 1.
“It gives them an opportunity to make connections with current students and staff – to make the first day of high school a little easier,” Jarke said. “Also, with only ninth-grade students being here, the campus is not as crowded.”
Re-entering students, and their parents, were still accommodated at Wiregrass Ranch — receiving online assistance on Aug. 6.
In a computer lab, students could access their myPascoConnect accounts, while parents were able to log in to or create their own parent portal accounts.
Both private platforms allowed student schedules to be viewed, as well as the ability to purchase items like lockers or gym gear.
Parents can access the accounts year-round to stay up-to-date with their child’s academics. Viewable information includes grades, attendance records and test scores.
Users of the virtual orientation are encouraged to offer feedback on their experience and possible ways to improve it, Jarke said.
Wiregrass Ranch is one of several Pasco County schools that use virtual orientations.
Published August 07, 2019
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