Coffee County Schools has a link to an application on the district’s website http://www.coffeecountyschools.com/ for parents to enroll their students in the district’s new virtual path. The application has many details that need to be read by the parent/guardian who is filling it out. This communication is simply to summarize the requirements that are presented on the application. The application is due no later than Friday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m.
It currently appears that the program will have a synchronous delivery. This means that the virtual student will have to log into the class at the same time that it is being delivered live in the classroom. For grades 3-12, the work must be performed on a district-issued device and monitoring software will allow the district to monitor the student’s actions and work for the purpose of reporting attendance. Other monitoring software will accomplish this task for grades K-2. The state of Tennessee requires confirmation that the virtual student is “present.”
Coffee County Schools wants parents to be aware that students on the virtual option will face the same time requirements as students in the schools. According to state law, those requirements are 6 1/2 hours per day and 180 days per year. These hours must match the same time that students are in classes in the schools. If a student is not present and active within the virtual classroom during the scheduled class time, it will be considered an absence.
The district will be enforcing all attendance requirements on students in our buildings and students enrolled in the virtual option. If a student utilizing the virtual option is excessively absent, attendance within the building will be required.
More detailed information will be provided on safety protocols that will be taking place on buses and within the schools in the coming days. We will make every attempt to provide this information in a timely manner to allow you to make an informed decision on what you feel is best for your child.