Distance learning includes virtual or online courses. A student enrolled in a distance-learning course, including a virtual or online course, may receive high school credit for work completed, provided:

1. The course is offered by an institution approved by the Superintendent or designee;

2. The course is not offered at the student’s high school;

3. The provider and the course are approved by the South Dakota Department of Education; and

4. The building principal approves the course in advance.

Students may be limited as to the number of distance learning courses that apply toward high school credit. Grades earned in approved distance learning courses count toward a student’s grade point average, class rank, and eligibility for athletic and extra-curricular activities. The District may pay the fee for expelled students who are permitted to take virtual or online courses in alternative settings.