District 308 Making Plans for More Online Course Work
Jul 10, 2014 04:50PM
● By Steven Jack
Oswego School District 308 will seek a waiver from the Illinois State Board of Education to allow high school students to take up to 40 percent of their course work online at home or at a designated location in schools.
The School Board will hold a special hearing for public input on the matter at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, in the Community Room at Oswego East High School.
Currently students are required to receive five hours per day of classroom instruction. District 308 already offers some online courses through Edgenuity in health, consumer education, environmental science and contemporary american literature.
If the board votes to go forward with the waiver, it would need the approval of the ISBE and the General Assembly, said Brian Graves, District 308 spokesman.
The process for offering more online courses would begin in the 2015-16 school year, and students initially would not be allowed to take 40 percent of their course load online, Graves said.
Whether the district moves forward with a new virtual learning platform to accommodate more course offerings remains to be seen.
“We (are) continuously reviewing the online course components to verify that (the current) platform continues to meet our growing needs,” Graves said.
Administrators will receive teacher feedback regarding the proposal during future meetings of an Online Learning Committee made up of teachers and building and district administrators, Graves said.