St. Louis Public Schools K-12 Virtual Schools
St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) will offer virtual courses to students as virtual instruction can be an effective education option for students. SLPS will accept all grades and credits earned through Department Elementary Secondary Education (DESE) sponsored virtual programs.
Students are required to obtain SLPS course enrollment approval to receive funding for courses. In the event that approval for courses is not sought and/or obtained, and parents choose to pay for courses, SLPS advises parents to meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure courses are consistent with the student’s academic plan.
St. Louis Public Schools is not required to provide students access or fund courses beyond the equivalent of those courses needed to obtain full-time enrollment. In addition, SLPS is not responsible for technology associated with the program. SLPS will provide supervision for students enrolled in site-based SLPS facilities but does not provide supervision for students enrolled in virtual courses offsite.
All students enrolled in virtual courses are subject to SLPS policies, procedures and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the SLPS Student Code of Conduct and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying.
Student Skills Necessary for Success in Virtual Courses
- Student has demonstrated time-management skills that indicate the student is capable of submitting assignment and completing course requirements without reminders
- Student has demonstrated persistence in overcoming obstacles and willingness to seek assistance when needed.
- Student has demonstrated verbal or written communication skills that would allow the student to succeed in an environment where the instructor may not provide nonverbal cues to support the student’s understanding.
- Student has the necessary computer or technical skills to succeed in a virtual course.
- Student has access to technology resources to participate in a virtual course.
- Consideration of the student’s previous success (or struggle) in virtual coursework