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604.10 Virtual Online Courses

The board recognizes that on-line coursework may be a good alternative for students to not only meet graduation requirements, but also have the opportunity to take advanced or other courses not offered by the school district.


High school students may earn credits to be applied toward graduation requirements by completing on-line courses approved by the district, such as the Iowa On-Line Learning.  Credit from an on-line or virtual course may be earned only in the following circumstances: 


•    The course is not offered at the high school;

•    Although the course is offered at the high school, the student will not be able to take it due to an unavoidable scheduling conflicts;

•    The course will serve as homebound instruction;

•    The student has been removed from the regular school setting, but educational services are to be continued; or,

•    The principal, with agreement from the student's parents, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated learning environment.


Provided courses are part of the student’s regular school day coursework and within budgetary parameters, the costs for a virtual course, such as textbooks or school supplies, shall be borne by the district for students enrolled. 


It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.


Date Board Adopted: 12/18/2017

Date Board Updated/Reviewed: 12/18/2017



Legal Reference:         

Iowa Code § 256.9(56); 279.8.

281 I.A.C. 15