Johnson City Schools prepare for new year, Virtual Academy

This year Johnson City Schools will officially open its 12th school – a virtual academy dedicated to educating students exclusively in a virtual setting. Registration is now open.

Johnson City Schools will welcome students back for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The first day will be a full day and a return to normal scheduling for students and staff. Continuing with protocols approved by the Johnson City Board of Education on May 4, face coverings will be optional for students and staff. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming back students for a great school year,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett said. “We are so proud of our teachers, students and families who successfully navigated through a challenging 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to continuing to build on the successes we had last year and providing high-level instruction for all of our students.” 

Those who need to register their students for school may do so all summer. School offices are open for business throughout the summer months. Please check your school’s website for office hours, open house information, and school supply lists. Information will be posted before the week of July 19. School websites are easily accessible through the website or by using (ex.,, 

Additionally the staff and administration of the Johnson City Virtual Academy are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the inaugural school year for Johnson City’s newest school. The JCVA will be the lone opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to participate in a virtual setting through Johnson City Schools. 

Woodland Elementary students closed out last school year by celebrating their yearlong Kindness Matters campaign. The new school year starts on Aug. 4.

The Virtual Academy seeks to maximize flexibility for students and families while providing a strong learning experience for all learners. Teachers will use both live instruction and fully online approaches to delivering instruction while also providing weekly opportunities for small group and individualized support and consultation. Teachers at the JCVA will use the same curriculum resources used across the Johnson City School District as well as have access to the same online instructional tools used in our other schools.  

Virtual Academy Principal George Laoo has been busy this summer as the district worked to assign teachers who are eager to lead the way for the district. Laoo said that each member of his staff is very excited to open the district’s 12th school. 

“We have a very talented staff and each member of our team is looking forward to the opportunity to engage with our students in a virtual setting,” Laoo said.

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