Guidelines for Enrollment
Online learning is not the best option for every student. Careful consideration by counselors, DLA’s, and administrators should occur to determine if online coursework is truly in the best interest of the student before enrolling them in an online course. Students should complete the Virtual I-SS Student Questionnaire and responses should be considered before placing a student in an online course. Students should have a reasonable opportunity for success in an online environment before placement in a course with Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools.
There should also be a demonstrated need for flexibility in schedules before placement in a Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools. The need for flexibility could include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- students are taking college courses that make it difficult to participate in the face-to-face classes that they need to graduate;
- students are behind on credits and are taking online courses in order to catch up;
- students are planning to graduate early;
- students would like to participate in other educational opportunities (band, chorus, etc.) that conflict with course needs;
- students have family needs that require that they have flexibility in scheduling in order to complete courses needed for graduation;
- students have medical issues that prevent them from attending classes on high school campuses;
- students have been long-term suspended and enrollment in online courses will allow us to continue to serve them;
- students have not been successful with previous interventions intended to help them be successful in face-to-face classes.
Face to face scheduling should always be considered first, before scheduling an online course.
All students should complete the Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools Online Learning Readiness Assessment, prior to taking an online course. This questionnaire can be used to determine if online learning is appropriate for the student.
After the 10 day drop-add period of each semester, counselors should contact Kelly Hinson, Director of Virtual I-SS, before placing students in a Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools online course. Decisions will then be made on a case-by-case basis based first on student demonstrated need.
Students should be enrolled in a face to face class if it is offered at the same time in their schedule as an online class would be taken. (Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Virtual I-SS.)