Student access to any time and any place learning options has expanded under a new law in Michigan. Section 21F of Public Act 60 of 2013 allows students in grades 6-12 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 customize learning for students. However, it is substantially different from face-to-face instruction and usually works best when thoughtful planning supports individual enrollment decisions. I encourage you to talk with your student to examine if online learning is a good fit for her or him.
To help you 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. The guide 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 about their online readiness. Check on the right to access the Parent Guide.
After reviewing the Parent Guide, the next step is to complete on Online Readiness Rubric to assess your students current readiness and what may/may not be needed to get them to a level of readiness in order to participate in online learning. A copy of the rubric is found in the Parent Guide, however, an interactive copy of the Online Readiness Rubric is attached here:
Students will need to complete both of these forms, scan, and email them to Mrs. Ruthven at email@example.com prior to the August 10th or December 10th deadline. Forms will only be accepted electronically. Mrs. Ruthven will confirm receipt of the documents and will begin the process for verification & approval/denial.