By MATT BLOIS
Williamson County Schools will host an informational meeting about online courses next school year.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on April 3 in the Centennial High Auditorium. Registration for online courses will be open on April 4.
On Monday night, the Williamson County Board of Education voted in favor of a policy that would create an online learning program for the district. The board will have to vote on the policy a second time before it takes effect.
The informational meeting will include a presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Students and parents can submit questions before the meeting using this link to a Google form.
The online learning program would offer up to 18 courses, including English, math, social studies, science, physical education and personal finance. Under the proposed program, students would do some work online and some work in a classroom. The policy says that onsite classes are mandatory as well, and that students will be expected to meet with their teachers regularly.
The program would be limited to 500 spaces initially, and only allows high school students to enroll. The coursework would cover the same scope as regular classes in Williamson County and would be aligned with Tennessee’s education standards. The courses will be taught by certified Williamson County Schools teachers, and those teachers will receive training on how to teach online courses.
The school board still needs to vote on the proposal to create online classes a second time before it becomes final.