LWSD Online Learning Implementation Policy
The LWSD will inform students and their families of online programs and courses available to students on an annual basis. Students who wish to access online courses and receive credit for the courses will follow the procedures listed in Board Policy 4612.
Students and families should carefully consider the options available as the parameters for each option is established by the Digital Learning Department (DLD) rather than the school district.
Students in the Lakewood School District who wish to access an online “Program” would complete a Release of Resident Student Form and apply to a state-approved online program on the DLD website. Once accepted, the student may attend the program full time or the student may attend the online program part-time and a Lakewood school part-time. State funding for the student is apportioned based on the percent the student attends each program or school. Enrollment windows, instruction, deadlines and grading for the online program is established by the DLD program.
Online Courses within the School Day
Students enrolled in the Lakewood School District who wish to access an online “Course” would meet with their counselor to evaluate the student’s ability to successfully complete the selected course as well as other factors such as graduation status. The process may include a recommendation from a teacher, counselor or administrator to confirm the student has demonstrated the prerequisite skills necessary for success in an online course. Qualified students will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The enrollment window is established by the DLD. Course requirements, instruction, deadlines and grading is established and monitored by the DLD online instructor.
Each semester Lakewood High School will provide fifteen seats and Lakewood Middle School will provide five seats during specified periods for students to access online courses during the school day (A list of available online courses will be available in the counseling center at the beginning of each semester.) Based on the requirements of each course, not all online courses through the DLD may be available during the school day. A student may take no more than two online courses per semester at the district’s expense. The district will retain the student’s FTE for state funding. Enrollment in future online courses paid by the district will be dependent upon the student’s previous course completion and success. Students who are not successful cannot be dropped from any online course until the end of the semester.
An Online Learning Support Team will be constructed to support students accessing online courses during the school day. The team may consist of Building Principal, Counselor, Psychologist and an identified staff member who will be responsible to monitor the student’s progress and act as the local advisor. Each year, the school will identify members of their support team.
Online Courses outside of the School Day
Students in the Lakewood School District may access any state-approved online course at their own expense. State funding is not provided to support classes outside of the school day. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor to ensure the selected course(s) meet Lakewood graduation requirements and/or elective credit if the student wishes to have the class posted to their transcript. The enrollment window is established by the DLD. Course requirements, instruction, deadlines and grading is established and monitored by the DLD online instructor.
All online credits from state-approved programs will be accepted as a transfer grade and marked as an online course on the student’s transcript. Credits will be applied as either graduation requirements or elective courses. Any student, who chooses a program or course not on the list of OSPI approved providers, will have their credits evaluated in the same manner as home-school credits, per board policy.
Students must complete all online courses within the timeline established by the DLD program. Any request for a course extension or appeal of a grade is the student’s responsibility and must be completed directly through the DLD program.
Students enrolled in an online course(s) and who are senior status, must provide a “Course Status Report” to their counselor two weeks prior to graduation for each online course. Students will be notified of the “Status Report” deadline prior to May 1st of each year. Students who do not provide a “Status Report” by the deadline may not be eligible for the appeal process and participate in the graduation ceremony.