Brick-and-mortar classrooms will no longer be the only learning space available to Berkeley County students.
The Berkeley County School Board voted 6-0 to approve a new district policy allowing online learning. The vote came during the board's regular Tuesday meeting. Members Sheldon Etheridge, Frank Wright and Kathy Schwalbe were absent.
The online learning program is through the state's VirtualSC, which serves kindergarten through 12th grade.
Courses through VirtualSC reflect a traditional classroom, offering classes like AP European History and eighth-grade Language Arts. Most classes are for eighth graders and above.
The board had originally considered limiting the program to high school students, but revisions to the policy between the first and final reading made the program available to all students.
According to the policy, the distance, online learning courses are for students at schools that don't offer the course, students unable to make the offered course due to unavoidable scheduling conflict, students who are medically homebound, students who have been suspended, and students who need the course for credit recovery or graduation.
Like regular courses, students will have to complete prerequisites. Students will also have to obtain approval from the principal, adhere to district policy for behavioral codes, and adhere to attendance requirements.