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 collected through this site and how we support students with IEP’s and 504’s.
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 home school of record upon completion of each course. Additional grade reports may be requested by the student’s home school and/or the student’s legal guardian.
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 provide 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 Policy
The unique learning environment that Indiana Online provides is a valuable alternative for students with an educational plan. Not only do we design our courses to be accessible to students of a variety of levels and learning preferences, but we also consider the individual needs of our students. Indiana Online is an option for students, including those who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 plan, EL Plan or Hospital Homebound status to take courses for high school credit, provided that online courses are an appropriate instructional delivery method for the individual student. Parent and school staff may utilize the Online Readiness information as one indicator to determine if online is an appropriate placement for the student.
If a student with an IEP or 504 plan is enrolled in an Indiana Online course, it is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 are being met. Indiana Online will provide reasonable modifications and accommodations documented on the IEP or 504 plan as appropriate. Since Indiana Online courses are aligned to state education standards, content cannot be removed. There are some instances in which accommodations listed in the IEP or 504 plan are not conducive to the online environment and may not be provided. When this is the case, a staff member of Indiana Online will contact the school or parent to discuss the reasons why online learning may not be conducive for their student.The school or homeschool parent will need to provide such accommodations to support the student in accordance with the individualized plan.
Indiana Online provides a variety of interventions and supports implemented in the courses to enable students with an IEP or 504 plan to experience successful learning. Our online courses are developed in a way which naturally provides many of the supports commonly identified in individualized plans, such as:
- flexible schedule
- weekly due dates during the school year and summer
- pacing schedules outlining weekly tasks to keep students organized and on pace to meet the weekly due dates
- the ability for parents and school facilitators to easily monitor individual student progress
- personalized and descriptive feedback for student work
- one-on-one access to the teacher
- ability to work in a quiet environment with limited distractions
- review activities, study guides, and notes are integrated into the course content
- ability to plan and prepare for upcoming assessments
- ability to use course content, resources, and self-checks as needed to complete and prepare for graded assignments and assessments
Examples of accommodations conducive to the online environment include:
- assessments not timed
- second attempt on tests and quizzes
- regular communication between parent or guardian and teachers
- use of a calculator
- use of a word-to-word dictionary
- use of graphic organizers
- clear, consistent rules and expectations
- use of organizational devices, such as checklists or pacing schedules
- chunking of larger assignments
- suggested tools for text-to-speech
- assessments can be modified as stated in IEP/504 plan
For additional information on suggested accommodations, please review the Individualized Learning Plan & 504 Plan Suggested Accommodations document.
Ensuring the confidentiality of the student’s information pursuant to the IDEA and FERPA, Indiana Online staff will only share the student’s accommodations with the student’s teacher(s) and correspond with only permissible staff in the student’s sponsor school district (e.g., the special education case manager). Indiana Online staff and/or teacher may contact the student’s sponsor or case manager to discuss relevant information regarding the student (including the provision of accommodations).
If the student is already enrolled in an Indiana Online course and there are changes or new information, the school should email a summary of the student’s recommended educational accommodations and supports, along with the name and contact information of the student’s counselor or case manager to Rachel Bauer at email@example.com.