As we prepare to engage our 8th- 11th grade students in the scheduling of courses for the 2014-15 school year, it is important to inform parents of recent legislation providing online course options for students.
The State of Michigan under section 21f of the School Aid Act, provides the option for parents to request that their student be enrolled in up to two online courses per semester.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed a Parent Guide to deepen parent understanding of online courses. This guide can be accessed via the link below:
The Section 21f option will be available for fall course schedules and will be communicated to students during our scheduling process in March. Parents should carefully consider the unique qualities of their student when considering if an online course is right for them. A few factors to consider:
- Can your student create and maintain a study schedule without fact-to-face interaction of a teacher?
- Can your student self-advocate to seek assistance within a virtual setting?
- Does your student possess the independent study habits needed to complete an entire course online without direct supervision?
- Does your student have the reading, writing, math, and computer literacy skills to succeed in a class that is completely online?
A readiness rubric has been crafted by Michigan Virtual University to provide parents a more detailed presentation on criteria that would leverage success in an online environment. Click on the link below to access this readiness rubric:
The courses available under the Section 21f option are listed in the State Online Course Catalog. To access the State Online Course Catalog, click on the link below:
While all of these courses have been reviewed from each sponsoring organization, these courses may not necessarily meet the rigor of courses from R-PHS from a credit or graduation requirement perspective and are, therefore, subject to administrative approval. Additionally, availability of courses is not guaranteed. Courses may have a class size limit, and should that limit be exceeded, students will be placed into the course on a lottery basis.
If parents request participation in the online course option, please note the following:
- The highly qualified teacher providing content for the course will only be available remotely via email or possibly phone and will not be a R-PHS employee.
- Students will work independently outside of the traditional classroom setting and will not be present with R-PHS teachers.
- Students will be monitored by assigned staff at R-PHS, but will not be a classroom teacher.
It is very important that your student’s counselor is involved as you consider this course option as they not only have the best interests in mind for your student, but have vast knowledge on all course and program options available to your student as they prepare for life beyond R-PHS.