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Students log on to virtual classroom on first day of school

Posted at 8:54 AM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 12:11:51-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — While some kids are hopping on school buses the first week of school, James and Anthony Syzdek are hopping on their computers.

The two are in 4th and 6th grade. They've been enrolled in Nevada Connections Academy, a K-12 virtual public school, for 4 years.

"I don't have to get up at 7 in the morning, get dressed, rush to school. I can wake up, eat breakfast and relax for an hour and start school at 10," said James.

NCA provides the computer, webcam, and all learning materials free of charge. It also reimburses for internet. The virtual school is not affiliated with Clark County School District. It is a state sponsored charter school.

Students work with their certified local teachers, putting together lesson plans that work for them.

"We get students from all walks of life, all over Nevada," said Katelynn Schneringer,

Schneringer says some students are athletes, actors, or have physical disabilities that make it difficult to sit for eight hours in a classroom.

She says students who may struggle in a traditional classroom thrive online.

"They may not learn until 10 a.m., so they fit better in our school because they can start at 10 a.m. and maximize their learning instead of sitting half asleep in a classroom for three hours a day," Schnerginer added.

Miranda Syzdek, mom of James and Anthony, says the virtual school keeps her boys out of overcrowded classrooms. The 24/7 availability of the virtual classroom also gives her faily flexibility.

"I have some health issues that make me go to the doctor quite often," Miranda said.

With dad serving in the military overseas and mom's frequent doctor visits, school is planned around quality family time.

"It was an opportunity for us to be around him as much as possible when he was home" Miranda said.

As a mom, Miranda says she has to make sure her boys are staying focused and logged in. On the other hand, they are enrolled in extra curricular activities like Boy Scouts and baseball so they can have fun and spend time with friends.