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Horizon School Division
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AP 230 - Distance Education

Background

To ensure the availability of quality education programs for all Horizon students regardless of where they live or the size of their school, the Division supports the provision of course offerings beyond what students can access in their own school.

Horizon distance education courses available to students are listed in the Distance Education page.

Procedures

1.  Eligibility

1.1.  Horizon courses will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration does not guarantee that the student is registered.
1.2.  Having a student denied a Horizon course does not automatically mean that they will be eligible for a course outside of Horizon.
1.3.  For a student to be eligible for a Horizon Distance Education Course that is financially supported by the Division:
1.3.1.  The course cannot be offered in the school, even if the school offers this course every other year. Students do not have the option of not taking a course in their home school one year, so that they can take the same course by distance learning the next year. Consultation with the Superintendent of Learning will be needed for exceptions (e.g. student moves to the school in the current year);
1.3.2.  The course has to be the student’s first attempt at the course.
1.4.  For a student to be eligible for a course Distance Education Course outside of Horizon that is financially supported by the Division:
1.4.1.  The course cannot be offered in the school, even if the school offers this course every other year. Students do not have the option of not taking a course in their home school one year, so that they can take the same course by distance learning the next year. Consultation with the Superintendent of Learning will be needed for exceptions (e.g. student moves to the school in the current year);
1.4.2.  The course needs to be a prerequisite for the post-secondary course or program in which a student wishes to enroll. Career counselors can assist in ensuring that the course is an actual prerequisite and not just an interest area;
1.4.3.  The course has to be the student’s first attempt at the course;
1.4.4.  There must be supports in place at the base school to ensure the student meets with success; and

1.4.5.  The principal or the school career counselor will email or call the Superintendent of Learning for approval prior to enrolling the student in a course outside of the Horizon School Division.

Distance Education Registration Procedure

1.  The Principal of the student’s base school will email a completed copy of the electronic AF-230 Distance Education Registration Form.pdf to Central Office in Lanigan to the attention of the Superintendent of Learning for approval. Approval is based on courses not offered at school or by Horizon School Division

2.  Upon approval a $100 deposit along with the original registration form will be sent to the Lanigan Central Office to the attention of the Superintendent of Learning. This deposit is refundable once course completion is verified. Cheques are payable to the Horizon School Division.

3.  The Central Office secretary tracking the distance learning courses will confirm with the school principal and the web cast/sending teacher via email that the student is registered or on a waiting list.

4.  The principal of the school where the distance education course is offered (sending school principal) shall register all students in the course on the Student Data System site as a non-base or concurrent student.

5.  The distance education (sending) teacher will send mid-term and final marks to the registered student’s base school principal for report cards.

6.  Upon meeting the requirements to write the final examination, the distance education student’s home school principal will notify the Superintendent of Learning, by email, requesting the reimbursement of the $100 fee. Deposit is refundable once course completion is verified.

Non-Horizon Distance Education Courses (i.e. North East School Division, Cyber School)

1.  The Principal of the student’s base school will email a completed copy of the electronic Distance Education Registration Form to Central Office in Lanigan to the attention of the Superintendent of Learning for approval. Approval is based on courses not offered at school or by Horizon School Division

2.  Upon approval students must fill out registration online on the Provincial Distance Education Website.

3.  Upon approval a $100 deposit along with the approval and online registration form will be sent to the Lanigan Central Office to the attention of the Superintendent of Learning. (If a student does not meet the eligibility criteria or is not approved, then the entire course fee is paid by the student and is not refundable.)

4.  The Central Office secretary tracking the distance learning courses will confirm with the school principal and the web cast/sending teacher via email that the student is registered or on a waiting list.

5.  Webcast school principal shall register students in the course on the SDS site once registration has been approved.

6.  The distance education (sending) teacher will send mid-term and final marks to the registered student’s base school principal for report cards.

7.  Upon meeting the requirements to write the final examination, the distance education student’s home school principal will notify the Superintendent of Learning, by email, requesting the reimbursement of the $100 fee. Deposit is refundable once course completion is verified.

Fees:

 Student will not be registered until fee has been received.

  • Horizon Students - $100/student deposit.  Deposit is refundable once course completion is verified.
  • Non-Horizon Students - $500
  • Student’s base school is responsible for supplying textbooks.


Withdrawal Procedure:

  • The process to withdraw from a class involves the following:
  • The Distance Education student must make a request to their principal or career counselor.
  • The Distance Education student must fill out the AF-230 Distance Education Withdrawal Form.pdf this form to the Distance Education online teacher as well as the Superintendent of Learning.  
  • The principal (or designate) will email the Distance Education online teacher the information regarding student withdrawal.
  • The Distance Education teacher will have his or her principal (or designate) remove the student from SDS. Reimbursement will be made if a student withdraws within 20 schools days of his/her sign up date for the course.


Reference:  Sections 85, 87, 108, 109, 176, Education Act

October 21,2013