Indiana Online has policies in place and appreciates the importance of protecting the privacy of its students and providing for their individual needs. Our policies described on this page explains how we handle the information that is provided to us and how we support students with accommodations.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Indiana Online will adhere to the guidelines that are set forth by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Along with parents and students who have reached the age of 18, the following people may access student records and information:
- School officials with legitimate educational interest
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
- Accrediting organizations
Indiana Online automatically provides an academic grade report to the student’s School of Record upon completion of each course. Additional grade reports may be requested by the student’s School of Record and/or the student’s legal guardian(s).
Collection and Use of Information
When you contact us via e-mail, we will collect the information that you provide to us, including your name, e-mail address, contact information, and any comments or questions included in your message.
Names and/or any coursework that is submitted in an Indiana Online course will not be made public without written student and guardian consent.
Indiana Online uses state-of-the-art data security procedures to protect all personal information provided to us. We guarantee that information submitted through our student information system or learning management system is always secure. However, we cannot guarantee the security of information submitted through non-Indiana Online websites. Many Indiana Online courses contain external links to other websites which we do not control. Although we monitor these sites regularly, we cannot guarantee information entered on these sites will always be secure. Indiana Online is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content security on these non-Indiana Online websites.
All Indiana Online students are given a unique login and password. It is the student’s responsibility to keep this information confidential and to notify us if there is a possibility that the login and password have been stolen or have been misused by another party.
Indiana Online IEP/504/ILP Policy
The unique learning environment Indiana Online provides is a valuable alternative for students who benefit from a non-traditional school setting. Our courses are designed to be accessible to students with a variety of learning preferences. Parents/guardians and school staff may utilize the Online Readiness Information as one indicator to determine if online learning is an appropriate placement for their student(s).
Indiana Online is an option for intermediate, middle, and high school students, including those who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), to take courses that meet state academic requirements. If a student with an IEP/504/ILP is enrolled in an Indiana Online course, it is the responsibility of the School of Record or homeschool parent/guardian to ensure all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 and Title III are being met.
Since Indiana Online courses are aligned with state education standards, content cannot be modified, however, Indiana Online will provide the accommodations documented in the IEP/504/ILP. If there is an accommodation Indiana Online cannot provide, our staff will reach out to the School of Record to develop a plan for meeting the student’s needs.
Indiana Online courses are created with a variety of interventions and supports to enable students with an IEP/504/ILP to experience successful learning. Our online courses naturally provide many of the accommodations often identified in Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, and Individualized Learning Plans.
Ensuring the confidentiality of the student’s information pursuant to IDEA and FERPA, Indiana Online staff will only share the student’s accommodations with the student’s teacher(s) and correspond with permissible staff at the student’s School of Record. Indiana Online staff and/or teachers may contact the student’s counselor or Teacher of Record to discuss relevant information regarding the student including providing accommodations.
If the student is already enrolled in an Indiana Online course and there are changes or new information, the student’s counselor or Teacher of Record should contact Indiana Online Program Specialist Allyssya Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)