Dear SHS Students and Parents,
Student access to any time and any place learning options has expanded under a new law in Michigan. Section 21f of Public Act 60 of 2013 allows students in grades 5 through 12 to take up to two courses online per academic term (with parental consent). Michigan is the seventh state in the U.S. to enable statewide choice at the course level through online learning options.
Online learning holds great promise as an instructional approach to expand and customize learning opportunities for students. However, it is substantially different from face-to-face instruction and usually works best when thoughtful planning supports individual enrollment decisions. I encourage you to talk with your student to examine if online learning is a good fit for her or him.
To help you prepare for making the decision about whether your student has the characteristics to be successful learning online, we recommend you review the Parent Guide to Online Learning linked below. The Guide examines how online learning supports next generation learning models, poses practical planning questions, provides a preparation checklist, offers advice for parents and includes an online learner readiness rubric. This guide will help you prepare for a conversation with your son or daughter.
Students may select online courses from our local district catalog or from the statewide catalog of online course titles. The course selection guide link below will give you access to both catalogs. We are developing guidelines and procedures to accommodate student/parent requests to take online courses. We are excited about this opportunity, but equally cautious given the amount of media hype and misperceptions associated with online learning, especially from students.
Please direct your questions related to online courses to Mrs. Roskey. She will be able to explain the process being used by Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School to implement the new policies that expand online learning options for students.
Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School Principal
Parent Guide to Online Learning:
Online Course Catalog:
https://micourses.org/PublicUsers/CatalogSearch.aspx?Area=D (local catalog)
https://micourses.org/ (state catalog)