Although the GCS Virtual Program is full-year commitment, parents whose children are enrolled in the Virtual Program may request that their student(s) return to face-to-face instruction at the end of the first semester. Requests will be granted based on space availability in brick-and-mortar schools. Parents must apply separately for each child, and parents must have a Backpack account to complete the request.

Our primary goal is to return our traditional (non-virtual) students to full-time, in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. We are now in the process of phasing some of the current brick-and-mortar students back to full-time, from 2 days to 5 days per week. The physical space of each classroom limits the number of students who can attend while meeting DHEC guidelines.

Please note that because of space limitations, there are currently no open seats for virtual students to return to brick-and-mortar schools. However, for planning purposes, GCS would like to determine how many students are interested in returning next semester.

We are asking all Virtual Program parents to login to GCS Parent Backpack by November 30, 2020. If you do not complete the process by November 30, we will assume you want your child or children to remain in the Virtual Program for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

  • Login to the Parent Backpack
  • Select Programs from the bar on the left.
  • Select Apply to a Program/School.
  • Click on Full-Time Virtual Program, and select one of the two answers.
  • Select one of the following preferences:
    1. REMAIN - My child will remain in the GCS Virtual Program for the remainder of the school year.
    2. RETURN - I would like my child to be considered for return to his/her assigned school building for the second semester, if space becomes available. I understand that there are no seats open for students to return to brick-and-mortar at this time.

Solicite una devolución a la escuela tradicional

Aunque el Programa Virtual de GCS es un compromiso de año completo, los padres cuyos hijos están inscritos en el Programa Virtual pueden solicitar que sus estudiantes regresen a la instrucción presencial al final del primer semestre. Las solicitudes se otorgarán en función de la disponibilidad de espacio en las escuelas tradicionales. Los padres deben presentar la solicitud por separado para cada niño, y los padres deben tener una cuenta de Backpack para completar la solicitud.

Nuestro objetivo principal es devolver a nuestros estudiantes tradicionales (no virtuales) a la instrucción en persona a tiempo completo tan pronto como sea seguro hacerlo. Ahora estamos en el proceso de llevar gradualmente a algunos de los estudiantes actuales de ladrillo y cemento a tiempo completo, de 2 días a 5 días por semana. El espacio físico de cada salón de clases limita la cantidad de estudiantes que pueden asistir cumpliendo con las pautas de DHEC.

Tenga en cuenta que debido a las limitaciones de espacio, actualmente no hay cupos disponibles para que los estudiantes virtuales regresen a las escuelas tradicionales. Sin embargo, para propósitos de planificación, GCS quisiera determinar cuántos estudiantes están interesados ​​en regresar el próximo semestre.

Les pedimos a todos los padres del Programa Virtual que inicien sesión en GCS Parent Backpack antes del 30 de noviembre de 2020. Si no completa el proceso antes del 30 de noviembre, asumiremos que desea que su hijo o hijos permanezcan en el Programa Virtual por el resto del año escolar 2020-21.

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  • Si no se ha registrado para Parent BackPack, haga clic aquí instrucciones
  • Seleccione Programas en la barra de la izquierda.
  • Seleccione Aplicar a un programa / escuela.
  • Haga clic en Programa virtual de tiempo completo y seleccione una de las dos respuestas.
  • Seleccione una de las siguientes preferencias:
    1. PERMANECER - Mi hijo permanecerá en el Programa Virtual de GCS por el resto del año escolar.
    2. REGRESO - Me gustaría que se considerara a mi hijo para regresar a su edificio escolar asignado durante el segundo semestre, si hay espacio disponible. Entiendo que no hay asientos disponibles para que los estudiantes regresen a las instalaciones físicas en este momento.

GCS Virtual Program Application

K-8 Virtual Program Website

All applications submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. on July 27 were automatically ENROLLED in the GCS Virtual Program. An additional 3,100 applications were approved after the deadline. All other applicants have been placed on a wait list and will be admitted based on our ability to accommodate additional students. (Families with medical conditions that make it unsafe to send their children to in-person school will receive special consideration on being accepted into the GCS Virtual Program. To qualify, families must email documentation from a certified medical professional to Once received, those applicants will be considered more carefully than parents who were simply late signing up. Please note: submitting these documents does not guarantee the student a slot in the Virtual Program.)

In response to the needs of our community, GCS has added a new full-time virtual option for students in grades 5K-12. You must be enrolled in your assigned school if you plan to register in the GCS Virtual Program. Unlike eLearning, which was implemented under emergency conditions during last spring's school shutdown, students in the Virtual Program will have a normal daily instructional schedule, earn grades, and receive timely teacher feedback in response to class or homework. Teachers experienced in online platforms and virtual instruction will help and support student engagement using live and recorded lessons and tutorials. We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your convenience and review.

If you want your child(ren) to participate in the GCS Virtual Program, please complete the application linked on this page. Because staffing the virtual program requires the removal of teachers from traditional classrooms, we are asking parents to commit to a full year of virtual instruction. However, if a family requests a transfer back to brick and mortar instruction before or at the semester break (January), we will work for a mid-year transition, so long as appropriate space is available.

Though we do not know for sure how in-person school will be conducted throughout the 2020-21 year, it is LIKELY that students in our traditional program will experience both in-person and eLearning due to changing conditions related to COVID. Any future eLearning will include new material, a more structured schedule, normal grading, and pre-recorded or live lessons with students' regular classroom teachers.

If you want to participate in the GCS Virtual Program during the 2020-21 school year, please complete the application as soon as possible so we can properly staff both our virtual and traditional programs. If you have additional questions, you can submit them at