Policy 604.10: Online Courses

Original Adopted Date: 03/10/2022 | Last Reviewed Date: 03/10/2022

The board recognizes that online coursework may be a good alternative for students to not only meet graduation requirements but, also have the opportunity to take advanced or other courses not offered by the school district.

High school students may earn a maximum of 6 credits to be applied toward graduation requirements by completing online courses offered through the district or through agencies approved by the board and the Iowa Department of Education.  Credit from an online course may be earned only in the following circumstances: 

  • The course is not offered at the high school;
  • Although the course is offered at the high school, the virtual educational setting will be more conducive to the student’s individual learning needs;
  • Although the course is offered at the high school, the student will not be able to take it due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict that would keep the student from meeting graduation requirements;
  • The course will serve as a supplement to extend homebound instruction;
  • The student has been given a long-term suspension from the regular school setting, but educational services are to be continued; or,
  • The principal, with agreement from the student’s teachers and parents, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated learning environment.

Students applying for permission to take an online course shall complete prerequisites and provide teacher/counselor recommendations to confirm the student possesses the maturity level needed to function effectively in the online learning environment.  In addition, the express approval of the principal shall be obtained before a student enrolls in an online course. The school must receive an official record of the student’s final percentage score and suggested grade before credit toward graduation will be recognized.

Provided online courses are part of the student’s regular school day coursework and within budgetary parameters, the tuition costs for an online course shall be borne by the school district during the fall and spring semesters, but may be passed on to the parent/guardian during the summer semester. Any additional costs such as textbooks, rentals or school supplies, shall be borne by the parents for students enrolled full-time.  

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.

NOTE: This policy does not apply to Senior Year Plus programs.  


Legal Reference: Iowa Code § 256.9(55); 279.8.
281 I.A.C. 15


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 256.9 DE-Duties of Director
Iowa Code  § 279.8 Directors – General Rules – Bonds of Employees
I.A.C. Iowa Administrative Code Description
281 I.A.C. 15 Education – Online and Virtual Learning

Cross References

Code Description
501.06 Student Transfers In
602.01 Curriculum Development
605.06 Internet – Appropriate Use
605.06-R(1) Internet – Appropriate Use – Regulation
605.06-E(1) Internet – Appropriate Use – Internet Access Permission Letter to Parents
605.06-E(2) Internet – Appropriate Use – Violation Notice