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2026 Online Learning


The Paterson School District board of directors believes that a variety of learning options,

including online courses and programs, are critical for 21st Century learners. The board

recognizes that the online learning environment provides students with unique opportunities to

become self-disciplined learners with life-long learning skills. Further, the board believes that

online learning provides tremendous opportunities for students to access curriculum and

specialized courses in a flexible learning environment that might not otherwise be available.


Therefore, the board supports a range of online learning opportunities that are equally accessible

to all students in the school district. The board directs the superintendent to provide information

to parents, students and staff regarding online learning options and the guidelines for



The superintendent or designee will develop procedures to implement this policy. The

procedures will include, but not be limited to, a description of student access to online learning

courses/programs, student eligibility criteria, the types of online learning/courses available to students,

methods the district will use to support student success, payment of course fees and other costs,

granting of course credit and conditions under which no credit will be awarded.


Legal References:    RCW 28A.225                        Compulsory School Attendance and Admission

RCW 28A.250                        Online Learning

RCW 28A.230.090                 High School graduation requirements or

equivalencies – Reevaluation of graduation

requirements – Review and authorization of

proposed changes – Credit for courses taken before

attending high school – Postsecondary credit


RCW 28A.320.035                 Contracting out – Board’s powers and duties – Goods

and services

RCW 28A.150.262                 Defining full-time equivalent student – Students

receiving instruction through alternative learning

experience online programs – Requirements –


RCW 28A.150.220                 Basic Education – Minimum instructional

requirements – Program accessibility – Rules

(Effective September 1, 2011)

WAC 180-51                          High School Graduation Requirements

WAC 392-121-182                 Alternative learning experience requirements

WAC 392-121-188                 Instruction provided under contract

WAC 392-410-310 Equivalency course of study – Credit for

correspondence courses, electronically mediated

courses, and college courses.

WAC 392-502                        Online Learning

Paterson School District No. 50              Adopted: August 23, 2010