Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School's website for Online Learning
New Credit Online Guidelines for Students/Parents
- 12th grade students needing a required course to graduate or a 2nd year foreign language may take a course as long as the school counselor has exhausted the face-to-face options where graduation requirements have been given priority.
- 12th grade students needing a 3rd or 4th year foreign language to apply to a competitive college may take a course as long as the school counselor has exhausted the face-to-face options where graduation requirements have been given priority.
- 11th grade students needing a required course to graduate or a 2nd year foreign language may take a course as long as the school counselor has exhausted the face-to-face options where graduation requirements have been given priority.
- 11th grade students needing a 3rd year foreign language to apply to a competitive college may take a course as long as the school counselor has exhausted the face-to-face options where graduation requirements have been given priority.
- WSFCS students never pay tuition.
- We do not use this for credit recovery.
- Students are required to complete 100% of course.
- Students cannot be enrolled in a course after the 1st day of the semester or yearlong session starts.
- Students cannot request an online course to get a better grade.
- A student can only drop a course before the 10th day the semester or year-long session starts (not the first day they were enrolled). They cannot drop the course after the 10th day.
- The grade received for the online course will be included on the student’s transcript and as such calculated in the student’s GPA and class rank.
- School counselors should send in paper requests for online courses as early as possible, even a year in advance.
Guidelines & Procedures for Schools
- The student should discuss the possibility of taking an online course with the school counselor. The student must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file at the home school.
- The student and parent or guardian needs complete the required online information (links in the next step), sign the Online Learning Permission Form and give it to the school counselor.
- The student needs to complete the online portion of the required information using this link Student Online Application
- The parent needs to complete the online portion of the required information using this link Parent Online Application
- The school counselor needs to completes the online portion of the required information using this link School Counselor Online Application
- The school counselor needs to fill out the required information on the eLearning Permission form, print their name and takes the completed form to the principal. The principal needs to sign the form or deny it and should give it to the school Distance Learning Advisor (DLA).
- If the student is approved by the principal, the Distance Learning Advisor will make sure all the required information has been submitted online and written on the eLearning Permission form.
- The DLA/school counselor will fax the form to the Online Program Manager (Fax # 336-661-4986).
- The committee approves or denies the registration.
- If approved, the Online Program Manager will enroll the student in the course.
- The online course will be entered in PowerSchool and listed on the student's schedule. The final grades will be listed on the student's transcript. The online course grades will be posted in PowerSchool every quarter.
School Distance Learning Advisor and/or School Counselor Responsibilities
- The Distance Learning Advisor/Guidance Counselor of the school will ensure that the student has met the proper prerequisites.
- Ensure that the Parent and Student contact information (email and phone number) are correctly listed on the eLearning Permission form.
- Act as the point of contact for the students and the parents.
- Ensure that students have the needed materials.
- Ensure that students have access to a computer and internet access.
- Obtain the Release of Education Records form signed by the parent giving permission to disclose IEP/504 accommodations and modifications with the online learning software company and teacher.
- Include the EC Case Manager and/or 504 Coordinator in communicatios about the student's accommodations/modifications with the online teacher.
- Contact the student on a daily basis the first week of the course or until the student has logged in and completed their first assignment.
- Contact the student once a week (by face to face meeting, email or phone) throughout the course.
- Assist NCVPS teachers in contacting students if there is a problem.
- All students taking online courses at school must have equal access to computers, Internet connections, and other resources necessary for taking an online course.
- Direct the student to the NCVPS Help Desk or the NCVPS Peer Tutoring site if the student is having difficulties.
- Home schools will administer the end of course tests.
To Be A Successful Online Student
- The student must be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
- The student must have unlimited access to a computer and the internet.
- The student must be willing to commit at least 1 1/2 hours per day in a semester course.
- The student must be willing to commit at least 1 hour per day in a year-long course.
- The student must be willing to commit at least 3 to 5 hours per day in a summer course.
- The student must be able to communicate through writing.
- Students must, at a minimum, log into the course the first day and start on their assignments.
- Students are responsible for keeping up with the course assignments, deadlines and completion of the course.
- Students will provide the school counselor with his/her own active email account. If they do not have one, the students will need to work with the school counselor to obtain one.
- Students must be self-directed and self-motivated to manage their time well to complete the assignments in the online course.
- Students must have unlimited access to a computer and the internet.
- Students must be able to use email and discussion forums to communicate with their instructors.
- Students must be able to write clearly to communicate ideas and complete assignments.
- Students must contact their online teacher immediately if they have any technical issues or problems.
- Students must respond immediately to the online teacher's emails and phone calls.
- Students must have a strong commitment to learn online in order to be successful.
Online Program Manager's Responsibilities
- Enroll and drop (if requested) students in online courses.
- Assist the DLA's in obtaining the required information and contacts for the courses their students take.
- Act as a liaison between the Distance Learning Advisor and the online company.
- Email progress reports to the DLA's.
- Send NCVPS teacher information to the Data Managers.
- Email grades to the Data Managers and DLA's of the WSFCS schools.
- Ensure that the virtual learning runs smoothly for the Winston Salem Forsyth County School system.