BOARD OF EDUCATION
Distance Learning and the West Virginia Virtual School (2450)
1.1. Scope--Establishes requirements for distance, online, and technology-delivered learning
programs, including student needs, course content, teacher/facilitator
1.2. Authority--West Virginia Constitution, Article XII,§2; West Virginia Code
§18-2-5 and §18-2E-9.
1.3. Filing Date-- August 12, 2002
1.4. Effective Date--September 11, 2002
1.5. This is a revision of 126CSR48, West Virginia Board of Education Policy
2.1. The purpose of this policy is to assure consistent high quality education for the students of West Virginia while utilizing technology-delivered courses. In order for a student to receive credit for a technology-delivered course, he/she must be a student enrolled in a West Virginia public school.
§126-48-3. Course Approval.
3.1. Distance, online or virtual learning courses offered for public school credit
3.2. Distance learning courses may be approved when curriculum content cannot be
delivered because there is a shortage of certified personnel, a need to provide
low-incidence courses, a need to offer a course while the teacher/facilitator renews
3.3. Distance learning course content will be reviewed for correlation with the
3.4. The quality courses approved by the West Virginia Virtual School will be aligned with
the CSOs and include appropriate course materials. These materials are exempt from the
mandatory primary source materials listed on the state multiple list.
3.5. Providers will adhere to the state and federal privacy regulations regarding students.
3.6. In an alternative education setting, distance learning shall in no case be a student's only source of instruction. Provisions of 126CSR20, West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2418: Regulations for Alternative Education Programs for Disruptive Students shall be adhered to including, but not limited to, the provision of behavioral components in addition to academic course work.
4.1. Course facilitators located in West Virginia schools may be required to hold
4.2. The distance learning course facilitator shall receive inservice training or
4.3. The county superintendent shall designate a distance learning contact at the school
level to ensure virtual class information is provided to students and parents, any
4.4. If a course is to be produced and delivered from within West Virginia, the
§126-48-5. Evaluation of Pupil Progress.
5.1. The local education agency is responsible for establishing specific uniform
5.2. Evaluations of the success of the virtual program must be documented to
§126-48-6. Technology Access.
6.1. With the statewide technology installations in public schools, students
6.2. When available, student access may be authorized at other equipped
6.3. The school distance learning coordinator will be responsible for assisting
7.1. Funding for distance learning courses and associated materials may be provided through the school system instructional budgets or grant awards.
7.2. Parents will be responsible for distance learning costs if the selected course is
currently being offered at the school and there is no justifiable reason to duplicate the
§126-48-8. Guidelines and Procedures.
8.1. To accommodate rapidly changing options for virtual classes and distance
8.2. Whenever necessary to provide appropriate virtual classes and distance
9.1. If any provision of this rule or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this rule.