Remote Learning Pathway Considerations 2021-2022

Remote Learning Pathway Considerations 2021-2022

The Ohio legislature provided schools with the necessary flexibility to implement remote instruction and learning through the submission of Remote Learning Plans for the 2020-2021 school year. As schools plan for the 2021-2022 school year, the Ohio Department of Education has not received notice that the legislature will extend these flexibilities or create other legislative authority for remote learning next year. However, current state law includes four options that provide authority for schools and districts interested in providing remote learning approaches for students and families.
Alternative Schools: An alternative school serves students who are on suspension, who are having truancy problems, who are experiencing academic failure, who have a history of class disruption, who are exhibiting other academic or behavioral problems or who have been discharged or released from the custody of the Department of Youth Services under Ohio Revised Code Section 5139.51. This type of school addresses specific student needs. In addition, a board resolution must address specific requirements outlined in ORC 3313.533. Careful consideration should be made when this solution uses a remote learning component.

Blended Learning Declaration: Blended learning is a very specific learning arrangement that consists of a combination of school-based learning and online learning. Blended learning requirements are different between community schools and traditional public schools. A completely school-based educational experience is not a blended education delivery model, nor is a completely remote or online educational experience. A blended learning declaration is needed when the district’s plan for the educational experience of its students in all or part of a school building includes a specific combination of school-based learning and remote online learning. (Note: It must be remote online learning and not some other form of remote learning.) A blended learning declaration accompanied by all appropriately adopted policies and procedures allows the school to meet legal instructional hours and attendance requirements.
Credit Flexibility: Credit flexibility gives students a way to be in charge of their learning. For some students, they see more value in school (“Why do I have to learn this?”) when they can connect learning with real-world situations and future jobs. Credit flexibility is one way to increase students’ interest in school and increase their motivation to learn. The key to this option is the student drives the request, as well as the plan to earn credit. A specific interest or credit need of the student should be the basis for the request, and the family and school should start by listening to the student. Educators and families also may work with students to initiate a plan for credit flexibility. A credit flexibility plan may be used to incorporate a remote learning pathway for students. Credit flexibility cannot be the sole instructional delivery method and must be personalized for each student.
Innovative Education Pilot Program: The Innovative Education Pilot Program provides flexibility to schools to use innovative, and yet still rigorous, instructional approaches that may be more compatible with the educational programs or objectives of the applicants. To implement an Innovative Education Pilot Program waiver, an Ohio school may apply to the Ohio Department of Education for an exemption from barriers in code or rule that impede the innovation from being implemented. If approved, an exemption allows the district, school or educational service center to implement the innovative instructional approaches outlined in the application. This option is used to pilot approaches but must be renewed each school year. Please refer to the chart for sections of Ohio Revised Code that are not eligible for a waiver or exemption.

Districts are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel to ensure compliance with Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code upon implementation.



Last Modified: 4/14/2021 3:59:36 PM