BVSD Online Polices

Student Responsibilities:

Academic Planning

Students are responsible for making sure that they are are registering for the correct course by making an appointment to review their academic plan with their school counselor.

Registration and Enrollments

Students shall verify enrollment in the correct course either by checking their "Registration Confirmation" or logging in on the first day of the course, once they have received the "Welcome Email".

  • BVSD Online will be unable make corrections if a student waits til the end of the course to inform us of any errors.
  • Students will email bvsdonline@bvsd.org with any registration, enrollment or technical questions.

BVSD Online Communications

All communications will be through BVSD email.

  • Students and parents are responsible for knowing their passwords, removing any email blocks or filters that may divert BVSD email from their email box, and checking their trash or SPAM folders.
  • Students are to go to the single sign on website (SSO) at my.bvsd.org to log in or update their password.
    • Students need to call the IT helpdesk at 720-561-HELP if errors occur regarding their password.
  • Students will email bvsdonline@bvsd.org with any registration, enrollment or technical questions.
  • Students will email their teacher for course content questions and test reset requests.
  • Student will email their mentor for study skills and pacing questions.
  • If you do not know who to ask always email bvsdonline@bvsd.org or call 720-561-5580

Student Online Agreement

Integrity & Honesty: 

  • Only the student will log-in to the student’s online course account to complete work within the course.   
  • All work submitted is to be the work of the student. Cheating by copying, having someone else complete work, or using someone else’s work as one’s own (plagiarism) is not accepted...and yes, the system does check for this. 

Respect:

  • The online classroom is an academic space where all students are expected to treat others with respect.  Students are expected to write and participate in discussions using academic language. Bullying and/or disrespect of any kind will not be tolerated.

Proactivity: 

  • Students are responsible for logging into their class on a regular basis to read, study, review, and complete work.  If students do not understand what is required of them (what content is available, what assignments are due, what quizzes/tests are to be taken, etc.) it is the student’s responsibility  to communicate with his/her teacher or mentor in the Office of Online Learning.  Not understanding what was required of a student at the end of a course is not an acceptable reason for not completing work.  
  • Pacing. If students are concerned about the amount of time they have to complete a course, they should work with their teacher and mentor to create a plan for successful completion in the course within the start and end date.  No extensions will be given.  Extended time for assignments  in online courses in inherent because students have access to the course 24/7. Submitting a large quantity of work at the last minute does not allow teachers to provide adequate feedback or troubleshoot issues. Students shall work in their online course regularly throughout the term. 
  • Students are to save a copy of all work for their own records.  A copy of any and every file submitted to the teacher in the online course should be saved by the student in a location that can be later accessed, if needed.  This prevents losing any work due to (very rare) technical problems. Students should communicate with their teacher immediately if there is an issue with the work submitted or if the student has a question or issue with submitting work. 
  • Transcripts. The final grade in the online class will be posted to the student’s official BVSD cumulative transcript. Zeros are factored into the final grade for any unsubmitted or incomplete assignments after the end date passes.  Missing a lot of work can greatly bring down a final grade. Students are responsible for checking their gradebooks to ensure all work has been submitted before the course ends. Students shall communicate any questions about their gradebook to the teacher. 

Important Dates:

  • The student receives a course Welcome Email to their BVSD email address on the first date of enrollment.
  • There are no full refunds offered after a student has been enrolled in the course. 
  • The last day to drop a course without it appearing on the student’s cumulative transcript and be eligible to receive a 50% refund of the course is by the 14th day of the course (including weekend days).
  • The last day to drop a full semester course and receive a “WP” or “WF” on the student cumulative transcript is by the 30th day of the course (including weekend days). 
  • The drop form must be completed by 3pm on the previously noted dates to fall within the drop window. 

Academic Honesty and Integrity Policies

BVSD Online teachers and staff are committed to promoting integrity and ethical decision making in all BVSD Online classes. Therefore, cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary consequences by the course teacher and/or BVSD Online Director. Teachers will reinforce and provide academic explanations of proper citation, and what constitutes cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty.

What is Academic Integrity/Honesty?

BVSD Online has a commitment to Academic Integrity and Honesty. Course teachers and program staff expect students to abide by principles of integrity and honesty. Academic Integrity/Honesty means:

  • The work on each assignment will be completely that of the individual student.
  • Any collaboration with another classmate on any assignment will be pre-approved by the course instructor.
  • Students will not allow others to copy their work.
  • Students will not misuse content from the Internet or any other source.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as follows: copying or using ideas or words (from another person, an online classmate, or an Internet or print source) and presenting them as your own. Examples of Plagiarism in an online setting:

  • Downloading a presentation, paper, or completed assignment and submitting it as work you completed.
  • Copying and pasting from sites such as Yahoo Answers or Wikipedia.
  • Using a third-party web service to write your papers or “give” you answers.
  • Any work that is not your original work.

Consider something you’ve created, a painting, a photograph, an essay or report, a book you wrote - you certainly would not want someone else to receive credit for your creation. 

What happens when the BVSD Online Academic Integrity/Honesty Policies are violated?

If a course teacher confirms that a student has plagiarized work, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. The student will be required to participate in instruction with the teacher before subsequent assignments are graded.  A failing grade will be entered on the transcript for repeated incidents within the same course.

  • The first violation of Academic Integrity/Honesty will result in the loss of credit for the assignment.
  • After the first violation, BVSD Online staff may request a meeting between the BVSD Online teacher, director, student, and guardian(s) to discuss the incident and further course of action to prevent further incidents.
  • Subsequent violations will result in: 
  • A documented incident in Infinite Campus
  • a failed grade being transcripted for the course
  • a loss of credit for the course 
  • A subsequent violation, BVSD Online Staff may request a meeting between the BVSD Online teacher, director, student, and guardian(s) to discuss the incident and further course of action to educate and prevent further incidents. 

Please be aware that all teachers and courses utilize technologies to check student work for authenticity. Repeated instances of Academic Integrity/Honesty violations can lead to removal from any additional BVSD Online courses, disciplinary action, and/or annotation on official transcript.

Course Materials

Most BVSD Online courses contain all of the required materials a student will need to complete coursework successfully.  However, some courses will require that a student obtain additional materials to accompany the online coursework (ex: science labs may require a student to obtain household items or items that can be purchased at the local store).  

  • It is the student’s responsibility to log-in to their course at the beginning of the term/session and read through the introductory course  materials to verify if additional materials are required or suggested.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any additional required or suggested materials.
  • Students shall let their teacher and/or course mentor know ASAP if they have difficulty acquiring materials for their course.

Student-athletes seeking future NCAA eligibility:

It is the student's responsibility to confirm that desired courses meet NCAA approval before registering for courses:

  • For information on which courses qualify for NCAA eligibility please visit your school’s List of Core Courses on the NCAA site.
    • Search for your BVSD school’s name and then view the approved course list.
    • Note that BVSD Online Courses that begin with the prefix “OO” or “CRO” do not count for NCAA initial eligibility purposes.
  • Any questions or concerns regarding NCAA approved courses should be discussed with your home school counselor.

Advanced Placement Testing:

BVSD Online does not sponsor or provide AP tests:

  • Students are to check with their school counselor to sign up and get more information about once a year AP testing at their schools. 

Drops and Refund Policy:

  • Courses that have not yet been paid for can be dropped by returning to registration application located on the Register for Courses page.
  • After payment has been made, families can request a drop/refund by completing our Drop/refund Request Form.
  • Drop/refund requests will be processed according to the drop windows/dates listed below for each term.
  • If a refund is due, once processed you will receive an email confirmation of your full or partial refund.
  • Please allow 10-14 business days for processing.

Fall 2019

Full Semester Courses

Before courses begins (prior to Aug. 30):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Aug. 30 - Sept.12):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Sept. 13 - Sept. 28):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Sept. 29 - Dec. 13):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Credit Recovery Session 1

Before courses begins (prior to Sept. 9):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Sept. 9 - Sept. 22):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Sept. 23 - Oct. 8):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Oct. 9 - Oct. 18):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Credit Recovery Session 2

Before courses begins (prior to Nov. 4):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Nov. 4 - Nov. 17):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Nov. 18 - Dec 3):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Dec. 4 - Dec. 13):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Spring 2020

Full Semester Courses

Before courses begins (prior to Jan. 17):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Jan. 17 - Jan. 30):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Jan. 31 - Feb. 15):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Feb. 15 - May 1):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Credit Recovery Session 1

Before courses begins (prior to Jan. 27):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Jan. 27 - Feb. 9):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Feb. 10 - Feb. 25):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Feb. 26 - Mar. 6):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Credit Recovery Session 2

Before courses begins (prior to Mar. 18):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Mar. 18 - Mar. 31):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Apr. 1 - Apr. 16):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Apr. 17 - May 1):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Summer 2020

Full Semester Courses

Before courses begins (prior to Jun. 1):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 14 (Jun. 1 - Jun. 14):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 15 - Day 30 (Jun. 15 - Jun. 30):

  • No refund is processed
  • A grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the cumulative transcript.
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Day 31 - End Date (Jul. 1 - Jul. 31):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • Regardless of  drop request or discontinuation of course, all incomplete work will be graded and zeros will be factored into the final grade
  • Final grades be recorded on the transcript and will be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Credit Recovery Session 1

Before courses begins (prior to Jun. 1):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 8 (Jun. 1 - Jun. 8):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 9 - End Date (Jun. 9 - Jun. 26):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • An “NC” indicating no credit, will be recorded on the cumulative transcript if the student has not completed a sufficient amount of coursework to earn a passing grade. 
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average

Credit Recovery Session 2

Before courses begins (prior to Jul. 6):

  • The first date of enrollment is counted as day one.
  • A full refund will be processed if the course is dropped by the last day of the registration period.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 1 - Day 8 (Jul. 6 - Jul. 13):

  • A 50% refund will be processed.
  • The course will not appear on the student’s cumulative transcript.

Day 9 - End Date (Jul. 14 - Jul. 31):

  • No refund is processed. 
  • An “NC” indicating no credit, will be recorded on the cumulative transcript if the student has not completed a sufficient amount of coursework to earn a passing grade. 
  • This grade will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average

Grading Policies:

  • All courses taken with BVSD Online get transcribed to the BVSD transcript.
    • Passing grades will be recorded as letter grades ‘A’ - ‘D’.
    • Failing grades for Full semester courses receive an 'F'.
  • Repeating courses will not remove any previously take courses from your transcript.

Full Semester Specific

  • Final grades will be determined at the end of each term after the course end date passes.  
  • All assignments that were not completed by the course end date will be entered as a ‘0’.  
  • All zeros are factored into the final grade for the course.
  • All final course grades will be recorded on a student’s cumulative academic BVSD transcript unless the student drops within the first fourteen (14) days.

Credit Recovery Specific

  • Student must complete ALL units in order to pass a Credit Recovery Course.
  • If a student receives an ‘F’ in the course, an ‘NC’ will be recorded on the transcript indicating “no credit”.

What your transcript looks like after repeating a course

Repeating an "Identical" Course:

  • Regardless of whether you take a Full Semester or Credit Recovery Course, the previously taken course will receive a caret (^) indicating the repeat.
  • The repeated course will appear on the transcript with your new grade.
  • The GPA from the previous course will be removed from the total GPA and the repeated course GPA will be added.

Repeating a "Similar" Course:

  • Example: An Advanced Geometry course was taken first. The student takes Credit Recovery regular Geometry or a Full semester regular Geometry course to fulfill the academic requirement. 
  • The repeated course will appear on the transcript with the new grade.
  • The grade GPA from both the previous course and the new course will be calculated into your total GPA.

IEP/504 Accomodations:


The BVSD Online Program strives to support all BVSD Online students in successfully completing online courses.In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all students actively enrolled in a BVSD school may participate in the BVSD Online Supplemental Program.

  • BVSD Online is a supplemental program and therefore does not provide IEP/504 services/instruction, however, many accommodations are built-into the online learning environment.
  • Examples of common accommodations and how they are met within the online learning environment can be reviewed in the Online Accommodations below:
    • This list is intended to provide students/parents with information for making an informed decision as to whether BVSD Online courses are appropriate for the student’s learning.

Extended Time

BVSD Online courses are self-paced: meaning assignments and assessments do not have specific due dates within the course. Students are provided a pacing guide in the introduction of the course to help them stay “on track” to complete 100% of the coursework by the term/course end date, but there is no point penalty for turning in work past the suggested dates within the pacing guide. All graded work must be submitted by the course end date. 

  • This applies to all courses with the exception to PE courses that require daily activity and weekly journals due at the end of each week.

Extended Time on Assessments, Quizzes or Exams:

Assessments in most BVSD Online courses are not timed and students may take as much time as they need to complete the assessment.

  • An assessment is expected to be completed in one sitting meaning the student cannot begin the assessment, stop working, and come back later to complete.  
  • If students have concerns about the time they may take to complete and assessment, they shall consult their course teacher prior to beginning the assessment.

Extended time does not mean an extended term or end date:

  • All courses have a set end date provided to students before registering and at the start of the terms.
  • While students may work at their own pace, they are expected to make consistent progress in the course throughout the term to avoid leaving too much to complete by the course end date.
  • Waiting until the end of the course to complete work does not allow for an adequate teacher-student communication loop.
  • If students/parents/guardians have concerns about pacing and completing the course by the end date, they should discuss this with the course teacher and/or mentor at the start of the course and early in the term.

Preferential Seating

Because the course is provided online, the student may work in the course from a location of his/her choosing so long as a connected device is available.

Frequent Breaks

BVSD Online courses are supplemental to a student’s regular school day and may be completed at a time and location of the student’s choosing. Because the courses are self-paced, breaks may be taken as needed.  While assessments shall be completed in one sitting, students can take breaks when working through content or when completing assignments, as needed. Students should be sure to save their work before taking a break so that they would not lose anything they have completed.

Music, Computers & Calculators

Listening to Music While Working:

  • BVSD Online courses are supplemental to a student’s regular school day and may be completed at a time and location of the student’s choosing which allows for students to work in an environment that is comfortable to them. Students may therefore choose to listen to music while working in their BVSD Online course.  If students are working at a location that is in close proximity to others (such as a library, school study hall room, etc.) they shall be mindful of others and use headphones while working.

Use of a Computer:

  • All BVSD Online courses are provided via use of a computer or connected device. While some coursework may be completed “offline,” course content, assignments, and assessments and provided via computer or connected device.

Use of a Calculator:

  • Students may utilize a calculator as defined by the course directions.  Many computers provide students with a built in calculator, calculators are also available online, but students may use a personal calculator if they wish and where appropriate. Many math courses instruct students to show their work as a way to demonstrate understanding.  Utilizing a calculator is not a substitute for a student not showing work.

Hearing & Visual Support

Hearing & Audio Support:

  • Students are permitted (and encouraged) to use headphones when listening to audio portions of a course.   Many courses utilize instructional videos to demonstrate concepts and help students better understand what they are leaning.  Most computers offer text-to-speech options and many videos offer transcripts or captions which students may use in conjunction with the content presented on the screen.  Students who would like to utilize text, transcripts, or captions should contact their course teacher for more information.

Visual Support & Large Print Materials:

  • Students may utilize the “zoom” functionality of their computer or connected device for enhanced visibility.  

Note Taking

Use of Notes/Note-Taking:

  • Students may take notes during the online course in a format of their choosing (notebook, computer document, note cards, etc.) and utilize the notes throughout the course.  If a course assessment or assignment specifically states that a student shall complete without the use of notes, the student shall discuss with the course teacher prior to completion of the assignment or assessment.

Provided Notes/Photo Capture of Content Written on the Board:

  • Online courses provide all of course content and material to the student 24/7 during the course/term enrollment.  Therefore, all course information and content is inherently available to the student within the course at all times.  Students who wish to create their own notes may screen capture online content for additional note-taking purposes.

Testing or Assesments

Retaking Assessments:

  • BVSD Online teachers provide the course assessments (quizzes and exams) retake policy in the introduction section of each course. In most courses, students may retake formative assessments but not summative assessments.  Students shall communicate with the teacher directly with questions or concerns regarding retakes of assessments.

Alternative Setting for Test Taking:

  • BVSD Online courses allow for students to take course assessments from a location of their choosing with the exception of Fairview High School students enrolled in courses that contain password protected exams.  Fairview students are to take password protected exams in the Fairview Student Achievement Center when the SAC coordinator will unlock and proctor the exam.  This is a Fairview High School policy.  Students shall contact the Admissions Officer immediately with any concerns regarding test taking.

Provide Oral Assessments:

  • BVSD Online coursework is completed through a computer or connected device and while courses are taught by real, live teachers, teachers are not available “on-demand” to conduct oral assessments.  If the student requests oral assessments with the teacher, the student shall communicate this request with the teacher at the start of the course to see what options may be available.  Additionally some courses (i.e. World Language Courses) require oral assessments or discussion based assessments for each student to assess listening and speaking comprehension.  Oral/discussion based assessments shall be scheduled with the teacher throughout the course and shall not be delayed until the end of the course.

Assignments

Advanced Notice of Large Assignments and/or Assessments:

Online courses expectations are transparent. All course requirements and a pacing guide are provided to students within the introduction/welcome unit at the beginning of the course. Students also have access to all course materials from the beginning of the course and can pace themselves accordingly to complete all coursework by the designated end date. For questions about end dates to a course, please review our dates and deadlines page.

Resubmitting Assignments:

  • Students shall regularly look to their gradebook and graded work for comments and feedback from their teachers regarding submissions and options to resubmit.  Generally, teachers will allow a student to resubmit assignments if the format was unreadable. From time-to-time teachers may allow students to resubmit an assignment to demonstrate further learnings and content mastery.  Students shall review assignment resubmission policies in the introduction section of the course and/or communicate with teachers directly regarding resubmitting assignments. Consistent, timely submission will allow students to improve their grade, likewise waiting until the end of the course does not leave enough time for the student to improve work and thus improve their grade.

Modified or Reduced Assignments:

  • BVSD Online courses follow state standards and the Boulder Valley Schools Curriculum Essentials Documents (for BVSD designed courses) and Colorado State Standards for all courses. Therefore some accommodations may be made, but any modification that would change the content provided to the student or eliminate a student demonstrating mastery towards a specific standard will not be permitted. Requests for reduced work must be reviewed on an individual basis to ensure the integrity of the course is upheld.  In many cases, content and assignments build on one another and the coursework cannot be reduced. Specific requests should be made to the course teacher and Admissions Officer at the start of the course.  

Breaking Coursework Down Into Smaller Segments:

  • The self-paced nature of most BVSD Online courses (exception: PE courses) allows students complete smaller amounts of work at a time if the student chooses. This does not reduce the overall amount of coursework, but would allow a student to complete more frequent, smaller segments of work throughout the course.  Pacing guides may be manipulated by the student to help students break the course into smaller segments with more frequent activity.  Students must self-manage their time to ensure they are working consistently throughout the course so that all coursework is completed by the end date.  Students are cautioned against completing too small amounts of work during each session as this may not allow students to progress through the entire course and complete every assignment.

Assistance Organizing Work:

  • Online courses are inherently organized and are formatted in such a way that a students work through the materials in logical succession. Students shall look to their course gradebooks to ensure they are completing all graded work throughout the course.  If a student has questions or would like assistance with organizing their work, they may contact their teacher or course mentor for further assistance.

Student check in's

Frequent Checks for Understanding:

  • Online courses require students to submit assignments and formative assessments as students work through content, This allows students to check their understanding based on grades and feedback from these items.  Students shall regularly look to their gradebook and graded work for comments and feedback from their teachers regarding their understanding and performance. Students shall communicate concerns about understanding content or assignments,

Frequent Teacher-Student Check-ins:

  • BVSD Online courses provide an independent learning experience that was chosen as a supplement to the student’s regular school day by the student and family. While teachers are real people who are available via email, course messenger, or phone to answer questions and support students in working towards a successful course experience, teachers are not interacting with students on a one-to-one or face-to-face basis as they would be in the traditional classroom.
  • Communications from teachers to students in BVSD Online courses is provided in an electronic format. In the classroom, when a student has a question, the student raises his/her hand or walks over to the teacher where immediate feedback is provided.  Due to the independent nature of the online course, when a student has a question in the online course, “raising your hand” takes the form of sending a course message, email or making a phone call.  
  • In most cases teachers will respond to inquiries within 48 hours, but not instantaneously as in the school building classroom.
    • This can be frustrating for many students.
    • Please keep in mind that students that require weekly, or more frequent, contact with an instructor may not be well suited for an online course due to absence of one-to-one or face-to-face instantaneous feedback.
  • Teachers may be amenable to scheduling check-ins either by phone or online conference on a regular basis with a student throughout the term.  Students who wish to make these kinds of arrangements shall contact their teacher at the start of the course. These requests are reviewed on an individual basis.

Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grading

Per BVSD policy:

  • Passing grades will be recorded as letter grades (‘A’ - ‘D’) on the transcript.
  • Repeating courses will not remove any previously take courses from your transcript.

Full Semester Specific

  • Final grades will be determined at the end of each term after the course end date passes.  
  • All assignments that were not completed by the course end date will be entered as a ‘0’.  
  • All zeros are factored into the final grade for the course.
  • All final course grades will be recorded on a student’s cumulative academic BVSD transcript unless the student drops within the first fourteen (14) days.

Credit Recovery Specific

  • Student must complete ALL units in order to pass a Credit Recovery Course.
  • If a student receives an ‘F’ in the course, an ‘NC’ will be recorded on the transcript indicating “no credit”.

What your transcript looks like after repeating a course

Repeating the Identical Course:

  • Regardless of whether you take a Full Semester or Credit Recovery Course, the previously taken course will receive a caret (^) indicating the repeat.
  • The repeated course will appear on the transcript with your new grade.
  • The GPA from the previous course will be removed from the total GPA and the repeat course will be added.

Repeating a Similar Course:

  • Example: An Advanced Geometry course was taken to begin with. The student takes Credit Recovery regular Geometry or a Full semester regular Geometry course. 
  • The repeated course will appear on the transcript with your new grade.
  • The grades from both the previous course and the new course will be calculated into your total GPA.

It is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian to communicate any concerns or requests with the BVSD Online by emailing bvsdonline@bvsd.org prior to the start of the course.

  • Communication is expected from the student/parent to the teacher and/or Admissions Officer as questions or concerns arise throughout the student’s course enrollment.