Letter: Online public school worked for this family

We enrolled our son, Lucas, in Ohio Virtual Academy after he was bullied at his local school. When Lucas began kindergarten, we spoke with him about bullies, but we weren’t prepared for a teacher to be the assailant. The teacher later admitted to us, and the principal, that she was treating Lucas differently.

We made the switch to virtual school and haven’t looked back. OHVA has alleviated the anxiety he developed from his brick-and-mortar school experience. Every teacher at OHVA has been encouraging, available and positive. They really know their students. The online classroom doesn’t prohibit those relationships; we think it strengthens the teacher-student bond.

OHVA is amazing! Administrators, counselors, and teachers are united in their mission to provide a customized academic plan for students to succeed. Lucas is right on track, and we couldn’t be happier. We look for every opportunity to support school-choice options and encourage Ohio to continue to protect education options beyond the traditional four-walled classroom.

Michelle Rigali



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