Local School System Adjusts to New Online High School Requirement

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Governor Bob McDonnell's legislation that requires that students have an online experience to graduate high school goes into effect this school year.

Rockingham County Public Schools is adjusting to the standards, which require that students take an online course or experience.

The online experience does not have to be for credit.

To meet two graduation requirements, they are offering an elective that's now required online.

That elective is economics and personal finance; the course is also offered in a traditional classroom setting.

The Director of Technical Education and Fine Arts Kelly Troxel said it's a way for students to have more flexibility to pick other electives.

The new option is sponsored locally by Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Troxel believes Governor Bob McDonnell's initiatives will help prepare students.

"The initiative was to prepare students for a global marketplace. A lot of employers require employees to take online courses, colleges, universities are now requiring coursework be taken online and so this is part of the Governor's initiative to prepare our students for that," said Troxell.

Students also have the option to take courses through Virtual Virginia, which is a system offered through the Department of Education.

For instance, if a student wants to take a course that isn't offered such as a language course, that is an alternative option.

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