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					343.7 RULE VIRTUAL/ONLINE COURSE GUIDELINES

High School students may earn a maximum of two academic credits (four semester
courses) to be applied toward graduation requirements by completing online courses
offered through agencies approved by the District Administrator or his/her designee.
Credit from an online or virtual course may be earned only in the following
circumstances:

   1.      The course is not offered at the high school;
   2.      Although the course is offered at the high school, the student will not be able
           to take it due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict;
   3.      The course will serve as supplement to extended homebound instruction;
   4.      The student has been expelled from the regular school setting and
           educational services are to be continued as part of the expulsion order;
   5.      The principal, with agreement from the student’s teachers and Parents/
           Guardians, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated
           learning environment. This agreement is subject to district approval for the
           subject area.
   6.      Students working on course requirements at home will be in compliance with
           compulsory attendance.

The following criteria, rules, and procedures must be adhered to for permission to be
received to take an online course.
   1. Students taking such courses must be enrolled in the district and take the
       courses during the regular school day at the school site. Administrative approval
       for remote access will be limited to extreme or special circumstances (i.e.
       continuation of instruction during an expulsion, to extend homebound instruction).
   2. Students must complete prerequisites and receive teacher and guidance
       counselor recommendations to confirm that the student possesses the maturity
       level needed to work effectively in an online learning environment. The
       expressed approval of the high school principal must be obtained in writing
       before the student enrolls in an online or virtual course. The application and
       paperwork must be completed by October 1 of each school year for second
       semester consideration. The deadline for first semester is March 1 of the
       previous academic year.
   3. Credits received for virtual/online course work will count towards graduation.
       However, grades earned in virtual/online courses will not count in the overall
       GPA or appear on official transcripts. They will be recorded only as credit
       earned/not earned. The school must receive an official record of the final grade
       before credit toward graduation will be recognized. Credits earned will appear on
       the student’s official transcript.
   4. The tuition fee for an online virtual course shall be borne by the high school for
       students enrolled full time. If the class is not completed, the student shall be
       held responsible for costs of the entire class. In such case the student’s
       parent/guardian, or the pupil if he/she is an adult, shall reimburse the District for
       amount paid upon the principal’s request.

Reviewed, revised, and approved by the Board of Education on April 21, 2008.

				
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