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Expectation: Orientation


DetailsAn online orientation is required for first time RCSOnline students. All students who have not previously taken a course through RCSOnline must complete an online orientation "class" that is approximately one hour in length. Details regarding the orientation will be emailed to the students and parents.

Expectation: Time Comittment
DetailsFor courses taken over an 8-week term, expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, five days per week or an average of ten hours per week working in the course. Make sure you have this much time in your schedule before you decide to take the course. 


While online learning offers flexibility in the time of day that a student works on the course, and does not generally require a physical presence in a classroom, virtual attendance for summer courses is required for a minimum of five days per week. This means that the student is active in the course five days per week and completes work on time.* RCSOnline courses are NOT “at your own pace.” Courses have due dates every week, and points will be deducted for not meeting those deadlines.Click here to  read the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy. You and your parents will have to sign acknowledgement of this policy to register. 


*Students are allowed to work ahead and finish the course early. If you know you will not be able to be in the course for a few days, you must do those assignments ahead of time. Once you have completed your assignments in advance, contact your teacher to obtain permission to be inactive in the course for the designated days. Staying at least a few days ahead of schedule is recommended for all students.




Expectation: Other Commitments


DetailsSituations such as working at a job, going on a trip, participating in sports or other extra-curricular activities, etc. do not give the student permission to be inactive (virtual absence) or behind in the course. If obligations such as these and others will prevent you from staying on pace in an online course, then online learning is not for you at this time. Consider all your obligations carefully before you make the commitment to online learning. When you enroll in an online course, you are saying that you have the time to complete the work as required and on time. If you have things coming up and need to be "absent" from your course for a day or so, you can and must work ahead to complete assignments in advance of days that you might be unable to work. You cannot skip assignment deadlines expecting to "catch up" later.




Expectation: Course Completion Time


Details: Each half-credit course lasts eight weeks. You may take one half-credit courses per quarter, for a total of four half-credits. You must successfully complete your course by the last day of the quarter in order to be allowed to enroll in the next quarter.


Students who have not completed their course by the last day of that class can request a one-week extension at a cost of $50. No more than one extension will be allowed to a student per course. Any assignments not completed by the end of the one-week extension will be given a grade of zero. Students who have unfinished work after the last day of the quarter cannot register for a class in quarter two. 



Expectation: Testing


DetailsFor each half-credit course, there are two things you must do at your school.


1. Mid-way test - must be supervised by an approved RCS Online test proctor. Instructions and a list of proctors will be posted in your online class. (This test is the equivalent of a nine-weeks test.) The exact date of the mid-way test will be announced by the teacher in the course. This test counts as 10% of your course grade. A student may take this exam early if he/she has worked ahead and completed all of the preceding assignments.

2. Semester exam - must be supervised by an approved RCS Online test proctor. Instructions and a list of proctors will be posted in your online class. The semester exam must be taken no later than the last day of the course but can be taken sooner if the student has finished all assignments for the course. This test counts as 25% of your course grade. If you are taking a TN Ready course, the state test may substitute for the semester exam. You will take the state test at your school. See your counselor for more information about your school's state testing schedule.



Expectation: Seeking Assistance


Details: Each teacher has weekly virtual "office hours" when they are available in real-time to assist their students. Students are expected to take advantage of this resource to ask questions and receive direct instruction if needed. If students need assistance outside of their teacher's office hours, they can contact him/her using one of the methods posted at the top of the course. Additionally, teachers provide feedback on assignments throughout the course. Students are expected to read this feedback and respond accordingly.



Expectation: Communication


DetailsTeachers send content overview messages to students at least weekly. Students are required to reply with an academically-focused response. This check-in also provides students with another opportunity to ask questions if needed. Communication is one of the keys to success in an online class.


Expectation: Virtual Attendance and Late Policy


Details: All students and their parent/guardian must read, then sign and return the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy.