IMBA — Distance Education

Students enrolled in the district may take advantage of distance education opportunities. Distance education means correspondence, video-based, internet/online-based or other similar media that provides educational opportunities, including courses, as a means to fulfill, or further supplement, curriculum requirements and/or current course offerings. Such opportunities will be implemented under the provisions set forth in Policy IHBH, Extended Learning Opportunities, and Policy IHBI, Alternative Learning Plans.

The written approval of the building principal is required before students enroll in an online or virtual course that is intended to become part of their educational program. (Note: Written approval from the building principal is not required before students enroll in a Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) course as VLACS is a fully-accredited, state-approved public school.) Students applying for permission to take an online course may be required to complete prerequisites and/or provide teacher/counselor recommendations.

Assistant Superintendent approved distance education curriculum/courses must satisfy both state and local standards; be delivered by staff licensed in the state where the course originates; and contain provisions for feedback and monitoring of student progress. The district requires that a syllabus, including prerequisites, specific learning goals/activities, student evaluation criteria, and teacher responsibilities be submitted for review before the course is approved. Additionally, the district requires students to develop and submit a plan for completing the distant education course before the course is approved. The plan must include (a) a detailed timeline for completing the course, (b) when the distance education course will be taken (i.e., during the school day, outside of the school day, or a combination of the two), and (c) the identification of any support that the school or district is able to provide.

After a distance education course has been approved, the principal will assign a teacher to provide identified support and monitor student progress. One teacher may supervise no more than ten students participating in distance education courses.

Approved distance education courses must comply with all federal and state statutes pertaining to student privacy and to public broadcasting of audio and video. Confidentiality of student record information will be maintained throughout the process. This includes information shared between school district representatives and the virtual school or online teacher, information shared between the school district or online teacher with students and parents, and information shared between school district representatives, the virtual school or online teacher and others.

The school district will provide safeguards for students participating in online instruction activities, and Policy EHAA/JICL, Internet Safety and Responsible Use for Students, will apply.

Credit for the course is not recognized until an official record of the final grade has been submitted to the principal or designee.

Students who violate any part of the policy or engage in any other activity that school authorities consider inappropriate are subject to disciplinary action consistent with Board policies and the student handbook.

Legal References:

           Ed 306.04(a)(12), Distance Education
          Ed 306.22, Distance Education

Category:  Recommended

First Read:  January 22, 2019
Second Read:  February 5, 2019
Adopted:  February 5, 2019