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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Delay in opening Virtual AP lab

Question: Wasn't the Virtual AP lab supposed to be open by the first day of school? What's the hold up?

Answer: Broadalbin-Perth is fortunate to be one of only nine school districts in the state piloting a Virtual Advanced Placement program this year. However, because it is a pilot program, there are invariably issues and "bugs" to be worked out along the way.

The Virtual AP lab in the high school will be open to students in the Virtual AP program soon, hopefully before the end of September. We only recently finalized the installation of several hundred-thousand dollars worth of advanced technology. Because of the value of the equipment in the room, starting this week, each Virtual AP student will be issued a swipe card that they will use to access the room. For security reasons, we are not able to provide students with access to the room until they have their swipe cards.

Thankfully, the delay in opening the Virtual AP lab should not negatively affect the success of the students in our Virtual AP pilot program. Students received their Google Chromebooks in August, before they returned to school -- these devices, not the Virtual AP lab, are essential to the students completing their virtual coursework.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, superintendent of schools

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