Statewide virtual high schools vary in terms of the specific limitations and requirements that are put in place. These policies contribute to the overall program structure by setting guidelines that students and teachers must follow.
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Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.
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Last updated: December 3, 2007
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|Are there other requirements/limitations? (i.e., local staff must have taken training for a student to be able to access free coursework, students are able to enroll in on-line course only if the course is NOT available at their home school, etc.)|
|Alabama||Student must take an online course during a regularly scheduled class period. State class size regulations apply to online classes. An onsite mentor must be present.|
|Arkansas||An adult facilitator must be present when student achievement assessments used to determine a student's final grade are administered in a required course.|
|California||Teachers must reach out to students who have not shown activity in the course, typically within three school days.|
|Florida||Funding received only if course is completed and passed.|
|Georgia||Public school students are given priority.|
|Hawaii||Home school and private school students are not offered the opportunity to register during the regular school year.|
|Idaho||Established by local school district.|
|Illinois||All teachers are assigned a mentor (experienced IVHS teacher) and mentor/instructor interactions are required throughout the year.|
|Louisiana||Teachers must complete an online course in "Online Course Design and Delivery."|
|Michigan||Online learning experience required for high school graduation effective with class of 2011.|
|New Mexico||Student requests to participate in distance learning courses are evaluated by the site coordinator following guidelines established by the local school board.|
|North Carolina||The reasons to take an online course through NCVPS include, but are not limited to, the following:|
|North Dakota||All students under the age of 16 must attend their local school districts and must study their distance learning lessons under the supervision of a local supervisor.|
|Oregon||Enrollment eligibility is determined by local district.|
|South Dakota||Professional development for instructional staff must be offered by the distance learning provider.|
|Texas||A student may enroll full-time in courses provided through the virtual school only if he/she was enrolled in a public school in Texas in the preceding school year or is a dependent of a member of the U.S. military and was previously enrolled in a high school in Texas but does not reside in Texas due to a military deployment or transfer.|
|Utah||There are no grade or age restrictions for Utah students to enroll in electronic high school courses.|
|Virginia||Course offerings must include subject areas that are not available in all schools.|
|West Virginia||Courses are approved when there's a shortage of personnel, a need for low-incidence courses, a need for course delivery while an instructor renews course-related skills, or any other valid student need to access technology-delivered courses.|
|Wisconsin||No information available|
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