HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS VIRTUAL EDUCATION  OPTION POLICY

7.13        Virtual Education Option

7.13.1  Scope and Delivery of Services – The Board provides a virtual education option for grades 9 -12 that includes, at a minimum, all courses that are needed to obtain a high school diploma.

Such courses will be delivered through the Alabama State Department of Education’s ACCESS program and/or a district approved Learning Management System.

7.13.2        Student Eligibility Criteria – Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to participate in the virtual education program:

7.13.3        Monitoring Performance and Testing Requirements – Individual student performance will be monitored pursuant to the school system’s traditional academic credit requirements and grade scale.  Students utilizing the virtual education option will be subject to all state testing and accountability requirements and will be subject to the same rules and regulations regarding the administration of such tests applicable to traditional public school students enrolled in the traditional public school.

The Superintendent is hereby authorized to take whatever action may be necessary to facilitate the state testing and accountability requirements applicable to virtual education students.  The school system reserves the right to require students utilizing the virtual education option to participate in state testing and accountability requirements on campus at a date and time selected by the school system.

The Superintendent is also authorized to take whatever action may be necessary to facilitate the integrity of classroom assessments.  The school system reserves the right to require students utilizing the virtual education option to complete specified assessment activities on campus at a date and time selected by the school system.

7.13.4        Attendance – Students participating in the virtual education option will be considered as being in attendance if the students are successfully progressing in the virtual education coursework.

The school system reserves the right to set specific attendance requirements for each virtual course. The superintendent or his designee is authorized to develop alternate attendance policies for virtual courses , provided that students in such programs are given notice of the attendance requirements. A student’s failure to comply with such requirements may result in administrative action including, but not limited to, probation or removal from the class or a charge of truancy, if appropriate.

        

7.13.5        Removal – Students may be transitioned back to a traditional day program if 1) the student’s participation in the virtual program is impeding the student’s academic progress; 2) the student fails to meet virtual course attendance requirements; or 3) the student repeatedly violates school system policies, procedures, rules or regulations, including, but not limited to, the school system’s rules governing the use of its technology resources.

        

7.13.6        Extracurricular Activities – Students must meet the same extracurricular activity eligibility requirements as students enrolled in the traditional day program, including, but not limited to, any applicable Alabama High School Athletic Association (“AHSAA”) requirements. Student residency for purposes of participating in extracurricular activities will be determined in accordance with applicable state law and AHSAA guidelines.

        

7.13.7        Additional Procedures Authorized-  The Superintendent or his designee is authorized to develop such procedures as he or she deems necessary to implement this policy including, but not limited to, eligibility criteria for courses, methods for informing students and parents of the virtual program’s requirements and rules, and a process for making determinations regarding a student’s continued eligibility.