CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s largest school district is working with the state’s Department of Education to offer a full-time online program.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring revealed on Monday that the district plans to start the program with about 30 Kanawha high schoolers in the spring before opening it to students statewide and possibly to lower grades also, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports .
Duerring supported Senate Bill 630 earlier this year, which was signed by Gov. Jim Justice and allows school systems to offer students full-time K-12 virtual education along with an online pathway for earning a high school diploma.
The state already has an online program, but it is only used full-time in special circumstances, Deputy state schools superintendent Clayton Burch said earlier this year.
The online students will technically be enrolled in their local school, allowing them to participate in sports, activities, and access counseling services, Duerring said.
School systems will pay some fees, but will collect the remaining per-pupil funding for their counties, Duerring said.
Enrollment requirements have yet to be established.
Students must complete the same coursework required by the county’s public schools to receive a diploma.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.