DeKalb BOE prepares for Alabama’s implementation of “virtual” schools
June 3, 2016
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DeKalb BOE prepares for Alabama’s implementation of “virtual” schools

New policy would allow former homeschool students to play AHSAA school sports


By Joseph M. Morgan

joseph@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala—The DeKalb County Board of Education met for a work session this Tuesday, May 31 to begin discussion regarding Alabama’s recently passed legislation requiring all Alabama public school systems to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for high school students by the 2016-2017 academic year.

School board officials are optimistic that the new policy will benefit both students and Alabama’s public schools by allowing students to complete coursework online from locations outside of the school campus. These students will be allowed to maintain an academic track that will allow them to graduate along a traditional timeline and receive a diploma from their original school of attendance.

Furthermore, although they may complete their coursework online, outside of their school from a remote location, these students will be allowed to continue their affiliation with their schools. Alabama is stepping up its virtual classroom presence throughout the state as a result of the recent legislation and local school boards across the state are preparing their policies just as DeKalb was working to do this week.

The new law mandates that public school systems offer more online instruction options that would allow students to complete coursework remotely or from their homes over the internet, while keeping their status as an official student of their local high school and the county school system and maintaining their rights to take part in any athletics or extracurricular activities the same as students who attend classes at the schools brick and mortar campus.

Schools have found success using online courses to expand their curricula to offer more specialized coursework and accommodate students in need of credit recovery. And some have found creative ways to incorporate distance learning into their policies.

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