Enrollment and Attendance
The West Linn-Wilsonville Online Academy (WKOA) differs from in-person learning in that students work independently on academic learning with support from a learning coach at home and in consultation with West Linn-Wilsonville certified teachers. Students are not physically present in school buildings and there is much flexibility in how they schedule their time each day/week to complete classes on time. The flexibility and alternative learning settings available to WKOA students can be very advantageous, while maintaining continued connection to their neighborhood school, their peers, and to school activities.
Students must show evidence of attendance each regular school day by substantially engaging with the Stride learning platform or by communicating with a school staff member. Examples of engagement may include, but are not limited to:
- Completion of assignments in Stride
- A consultation meeting with a staff member (in-person or remotely)
- An email to the teacher-librarian or high school WKOA teacher summarizing academic work completed during the day
- Other communication strategies determined through collaboration between the student, learning coach and school staff
Oregon State Law requires that we withdraw students who miss 10 consecutive days of school. If a student is absent for 10 consecutive days, they will be withdrawn from the District and will have to re-enroll when they return. We welcome unenrolled students back into our district at any time, but approval from the District will be required for them to attend WKOA. In-person learning is always available to any student in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
Any student of the school district may be considered for enrollment in WKOA. In most situations, enrollment is dependent upon a year-long commitment to the program. Once school has started, students are allowed to transition between in-person learning and WKOA only at semester breaks in secondary school and during natural transition periods in primary school (winter break, spring break, etc.), except in specific situations as approved by the District on a case-by-case basis. This practice is beneficial for both students and teachers.
In WKOA, students have flexibility in when and how they complete coursework. For example, a student may choose to complete work outside typical school hours, or they may decide to focus deeply on one or two classes at a time in order to complete them at an accelerated rate. Students attending school in-person spend about 25 hours a week on in-school learning. WKOA students are expected to devote about the same amount of time to complete Stride coursework.
Enrollment in WKOA is dependent upon a student making appropriate progress, as determined by the District, to complete all classes they are enrolled in by the end of the semester or school year. Students and learning coaches will consult with school staff to establish how much content to complete in each course. To ensure that learning remains on track, students who do not demonstrate appropriate progress for three consecutive school weeks will be required to transition to in-person learning. “Appropriate progress” is defined as being on track to completing all coursework by the end of the semester or school year. Students, learning coaches, and school staff may design alternate plans for exceptional circumstances, as approved by the District on a case-by-case basis.