Online Education


Any student enrolled in any online course or virtual program offered by the school division shall be enrolled in a public school in Virginia as provided in Va. Code §22.1-3.1. The student's parent or guardian shall give written permission prior to the enrollment of the student in any full-time virtual program offered by the school division.

A student who resides in Essex County school division will not be charged tuition for enrolling in any online course or virtual program offered by the school division.  However, tuition may be charged to students who do not reside within the boundaries of the school division.

Essex County Public Schools offers high school students online curriculum options through Virtual Virginia or Edgenuity.  Virtual Virginia and Edgenuity are service providers authorized by the Virginia Department of Education.  Permission to enroll in online instruction must be obtained through the student’s guidance counselor and school principal.  Students may be scheduled in an online learning course due to a lack of availability or scheduling conflict within the school. 

Information about Virtual Virginia is available at:

Information about Edgenuity is available at:



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