Administration of Online Courses

PSRC Procedures for Administration of Online Courses to Students

 

Online Courses administered in the Public Schools of Robeson County must adhere to the following procedures and guidelines.

Online Course Offerings

1.The online course(s) must be approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education and will be 
provided by the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS – http://www.ncvps.org) and Learn and Earn Online.

2.All students taking an online course must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file at their school site.

3.All students taking online courses must acquire the “Student Registration Procedure” form available from their local school, complete the form, and secure all required signatures and permissions.

4.All students taking online courses must acquire the “Public Schools of Robeson County Request to Enroll for a Course Offered at an Institution Other Than the Student’s Assigned (Home) High School” form available from their local school, complete the form, and secure all required signatures and permissions.

Online Course Curriculum

1.Online courses must be aligned with North Carolina state standards for student learning.

2.Student learning goals (objectives) shall be clearly stated and aligned to the North Carolina Common Core and/or Essential Standards for that course.

3.Online course descriptions shall be made available to parents and students prior to registration through the PSRC, North Carolina Virtual Public School, and/or Learn and Earn Online websites.

Online Course Participants

1.Students wishing to take an online course must be put through a screening process to ensure that the required level of skills, motivation, and commitment to learn online are present.

2.Students and parents/guardians may be responsible for any/all costs to the school/district if he/she drops the online course after the course drop deadline.

3.Students participating in an online course are responsible for keeping up with course assignments, deadlines, etc. and completion of the course.

4.Students participating in online courses shall be provided with access to online teachers, counseling, guidance, and NCVPS Advisors/LEO Facilitators for the duration of the course.

5.Grading for online courses will follow the PSRC Grading Policy.

6.Weighting of Online Courses will be determined by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, while adhering to any/all state guidelines.

Online Course Management and Support

1.School sites wishing to offer online courses to students must have a dedicated classroom or lab 
with a modern computer and Internet connection for each participant or else permit students to take online courses at home.

2.Multiple online courses may be offered during the same class period.

3.LEA will determine how many online courses a student make take during a semester.

4.If the LEA is following a block and semester schedule and the online course being taken is a year-long course, provisions must be made for obtaining other credits.

5.If the LEA is following a block schedule and the online course being taken is a year-long course, provisions must be made at the school site for the students taking the online course for the remainder of the block period.

6.Students taking online courses at school will log in to the network with a user name and password in order to secure their work. Students are not to share their user name or passwords with others.

7.All students taking online courses at school must have equal access to computers, Internet connections, and other resources necessary for taking an online course.

8.It is the responsibility of the local school to provide any/all additional resources (ie. Textbooks or Software) required for online courses.

Technical Support and Infrastructure

1.The LEA technology plan shall address the delivery of online courses.

2.Technical support from the NCVPS Help Desk and PSRC Help Desk via email and telephone shall be available if/when needed for online courses.

3.Technical support from site system operators and/or Technology Support Services shall be available if/when needed for online courses taken at school.

4.The appropriate level of technology needed for online courses shall be available to students at all sites administering online courses.

5. Each school site must make provisions for meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when offering online courses to disabled students.