2024 Policy – Online Learning

Bellingham Public Schools believes that a variety of learning options, including online courses and programs, are critical for 21st Century learners. The district recognizes that the online learning environment provides students with unique opportunities to become self-disciplined learners with life-long learning skills. Further, the district 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 district supports a range of online learning opportunities that are equally accessible to all students. The district 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/grade level coursework, 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.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 03/10/11
Updated: 09/06/17
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

 Policy 2022  Electronic Resources
 Policy 2255  Alternative Learning Experience Programs
 Policy 2410  High School Graduation Requirements

Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.150.220 Basic Education – Minimum instructional requirements – Program accessibility – Rules
RCW 28A.225 Compulsory School Attendance and Admission
RCW 28A.230.090 High School graduation requirements or equivalencies – Reevaluation of graduation requirements – Review and authorization of proposed changes – Credit for course taken before attending high school – Postsecondary credit equivalencies
RCW 28A.250 Online learning
RCW 28A.320.035 Contracting out – Board’s powers and duties – Goods and Services
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 – Approval of multidistrict online providers

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, April 2017 Issue
Policy News, February 2014 Issue
Policy News, December 2009 Issue