21f - Online Learning
Student access to any time and any place learning optins has expanded under a new law in Michigan. Section 21f of Public Act 60 of 2013 allows students in grades 5 through 12 to take up to two courses online per academic term (with parental consent). Michigan is the seventh state in the U.S. to enable statewide choice at the course level through online learning options.
Online learning holds great promise as an instructional approach to expand and customize learning opportunities for students. However, it is substantially different from face-to-face instruction and usually works best when thoughtful planning supports individual enrollment decisions. We encouage you to talk with your student to examine if online learning is a good fit for her or him.
To help prepare for making the decision about whether your student has the characteristics to be successful learning online, we recommend you review the Parent Guide to Online Learning at http://www.virtualschoolalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/parentguide.pdf . The Guide examines how online learning supports next generation learning models, poses practical planning questions, provides a preparation checklist, offers advice for parents and includes an online learner readiness rubric. This guide will help you prepare for a conversation with your son or daughter.
Please direct your questions related to online courses to Mrs. Janel Switzer. She will be able to explain the process being used by Caledonia Community Schools to implement the new policies that expand online learning options for students.
Parent Consent Form - Click here to download printable form.