2024 Policy – Online Learning

The Bellingham Board of Directors believes that a variety of learning options, including online courses and programs, are critical for 21st Century learners. The board recognizes that the online learning environment provides students with unique opportunities to become self-disciplined learners with life-long learning skills. Further, the board believes that online learning provides tremendous opportunities for students to access curriculum and specialized courses in a flexible learning environment that might not otherwise be available.

Therefore, the board supports a range of online learning opportunities that are equally accessible to all students in the school district. The Administration shall provide information to parents, students and staff regarding online learning options and the guidelines for participation.

The superintendent or designee will develop procedures to implement this policy. The procedures will include, but not be limited to, a description of student access to online learning courses/programs, student eligibility criteria, the types of online courses available to students, methods the district will use to support student success, payment of course fees and other costs, granting of course credit and conditions under which no credit will be awarded.


Adopted: 03/10/11
Revised: 03/10/11
Approved: Board Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.225 Compulsory School Attendance and Admission

RCW 28A.250 Online Learning
RCW 28A.230.090 High School graduation requirements or equivalencies – Reevaluation of graduation

requirements – Review and authorization of proposed changes – Credit for courses taken before attending high school – Postsecondary credit equivalencies.

RCW 28A.320.035     Contracting out – Board’s powers and duties – Goods and services

RCW 28A.150.262     Defining full-time equivalent student – Students receiving instruction through alternative learning experience online programs – Requirements – Rules

RCW 28A.150.220     Basic Education – Minimum instructional requirements – Program accessibility – Rules (Effective September 1, 2011)

WAC 180-51              High School Graduation Requirements

WAC 392-121-182     Alternative learning experience requirements

WAC 392-121-188     Instruction provided under contract

WAC 392-410-310     Equivalency course of study – Credit for correspondence courses, electronically mediated courses, and college courses.

WAC 392-502            Online Learning

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, December 2009     Online Learning Policy Required