Program Information Overview

  • Can I be a full time online student?

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    You can be a full time online student, but you must have permission from your counselor. If you are approved, the parent/guardian of the student must fill out registration paper work at your DVUSD home high school.

     

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  • Can I take consecutive courses at the same time?

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    You can take some consecutive courses at the same time. For example Language Arts 3 & 4 or Fitness Center & Advanced Fitness Center. There are certain courses that require the preceeding course as a prerequisite. No concurrent classes in Sciences, Math, Accounting, and Social Studies.

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  • Can I take a course if I'm not in high school?

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    The Deer Valley Online Learning program is for students currently in grades 9-12. (Other grade levels may be serviced in our Signature Programs.)

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  • How do the Credit Recovery courses work?

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    In credit recovery courses, each unit has a pre-test. If you can pass the pre-test with a 75% or better, you can skip that unit and move on to the next. If you score less than 75% on the pretest, that unit will open and you will be required to complete the assignments in that unit before moving on.

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  • Do I have to pay for the course?

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    - For a DVUSD enrolled student taking 6 or less courses between campus and online during fall and spring semesters there is no fee for the online course.


    - For a DVUSD enrolled student taking 7 or more courses between campus and online during fall and spring semesters there is a $175 fee for the 7th or any additional online courses.


    - For out-of-district students the fee is $175 for each course.

    - The fee is $175 for each course for the summer semester for all students.

    *Fee will change to $175 in Spring 2019*

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  • Can students work at their own pace?

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    Students must maintain a minimum pace, dictated by the due dates posted in the course. Students may work at any pace as long as they maintain the minimum pace by turning assignments in on time. Students are expected to work about 8 hours per week, per course, during the fall and spring semesters. Students are expected to work about 20 hours per week, per course, during the summer semester.

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  • What happens if a student goes out of town?

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    Students may travel, however, they must have a reliable computer with internet connection in order to continue to work in their course. It is the student’s responsibility to check-in daily with their course, meet their due dates, and continue to communicate with their teacher. Any assignments missed while out of town are considered unexcused and will result in a zero. 

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  • What is the parent's/guardian's role in the Deer Valley Online Learning Program?

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    Parents/guardians have an active role in the online learning community, much like they do at traditional schools. Parents/guardians are encouraged to engage with their child by monitoring their progress and communicating regularly with teachers. Parents/guardians should help plan a daily schedule for their child. They should plan to check on their child's progress and help the student stay on schedule. Once a student learns the daily routine and becomes an engaged online learner, a parent/guardian should be able to expect more independence. Parents/guardians are encouraged to create their own parent/guardian account to easily monitor their child's work in Canvas. Learn how to create a parent/guardian account here. Parents/guardians are expected to give their approval on their students' MyHours completion each week by entering their initials. View the attendance policy information further down the page for additional information regarding the MyHours requirement.

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  • What is my Portal/Canvas username and password?

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    Your username and password are the same as your login for DVUSD school computers.

    Use the first letter of your first name, the first letter of your middle name, the first three letters of your last name,and the last three digits of your student ID number for your username. Your password is your entire ID number.

         Example:

         Bob Tim Smith, ID 123456

         Username: btsmi456

         Password: 123456

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  • What is my DVUSD learner email address?

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    The DVUSD learner email address is formatted as the following: username@learner.dvusd.org. This is accessed through Gmail.

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  • What website are the online courses accessed through?

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    Onlin courses are accessed via Canvas.

    Go to https://dvusd.instructure.com to access Canvas and log in with your username and password to access your classe(s).

    The Deer Valley Online Learning Program Student Orientation Video shows you how to log in.

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  • I forgot my login information. What do I do?

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    Refer to question: What is my Portal/Canvas username and password?

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  • How often do students have to log in?

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    Courses will be much easier if you log in daily. Students are usually given a daily schedule to follow and due dates that must be met. However, students may certainly work ahead in their courses. Student success is not necessarily measured by login time – it is performance-based and is measured by whether or not a student is current in their course and is showing mastery of the course content. If a student goes more than 10 days without completing the MyHours and/or 10 days without logging into Canvas and participating in coursework, they may be dropped or withdrawn from their course(es). The MyHours is not required during the summer semester.

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  • I clicked on assignments and there's nothing there. Where are the assignments?

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    You must complete the student orientation before your course will open up. If you are in a credit recovery course, make sure you are following directions posted in the course announcements and/or syllabus as you must meet certain requirements before assignments will open. Students do not have access to their online courses in Canvas prior to the start date of the semester.

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  • How do I drop or withdraw a course?

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    During fall and spring semesters:

    - Receive approval by contacting your high school counselor. Your high school counselor will then contact us.

    - If you are out-of-district, you will contact the DV Online Learning Program staff via email.

    During summer semester:

    - You will email the DV Online Learning Program staff to make the request. Withdraws do not occur during summer semester.

    Please be aware of the drop date and withdraw date cutoffs on our Important Dates page on our
    website.

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  • If I drop a course, will it be on my transcript?

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    If you drop a course, it's as if you never took it and it is not recorded on your transcript. If you withdraw from a course, your transcript will show that you withdrew and whether you were passing or failing at the time. This information does not affect your GPA.

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  • How do final exams work?

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    To ensure the academic integrity of the Deer Valley Online Learning Program, students must attend in-person final exams. Final exams are held over 2-3 days with exact times and locations posted in our courses as well as here. The final dates listed are the only final dates the exams will be administered. There are no early or make-up exams given. If you are unable to attend due to an emergency, you must alert the Deer Valley Online Program administration prior to the conclusion of final exams. No-shows at final exams will not receive credit for their Deer Valley Online Learning Program course. Students will not earn credit unless they earn 60% or better on the final exam.

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  • Can I take the final even if I am failing courses?

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    To receive credit for a Deer Valley Online Learning Program course, students must pass BOTH the final exam with a 60% or higher and the course at 60%, including the final exam. Students do not have to be passing the course at the time they take the final exam. However, the student’s overall course grade must equal 60% or higher for a passing grade to be issued. For example if a student has 58% in the course they should take the final exam to see if they can raise their overall grade to passing. 

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  • Do I need to pass the final to pass the course?

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    Yes. To receive credit for a Deer Valley Online Learning Program course, students must pass BOTH the final exam with a 60% or higher and the course at 60% including the final exam.

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  • I messaged my teacher. How long will it take to get a response?

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    Instructors will respond within 24 hours. If you sent a message more than 24 hours ago and have not received a reply, please notify the Deer Valley Online Learning Program administration.

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  • Canvas went down and I have work that's due. What do I do?

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    When there are technical problems at the district, teachers are notified immediately and due dates are adjusted accordingly. Students will not be penalized academically due to technical problems at the district. Students should not plan on turning in assignments last minute. If students have waited until the last minute to submit assignments, and they encounter computer problems, then the student may miss the assignment submission window.

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  • I registered for a courses and want to review my selection. How do I do that?

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    You will log back into the registration account you created on our registration website. Once logged in, there is a widget box that shows course status. You can click on the 'enrolled' tab to see if your counselor approved your course selection. You can click on the 'waitlist' tab to see if your course is still pending counselor's approval. You can click on the 'cancelled' tab to see if your counselor cancelled your course selection. 

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  • How do I register for online courses?

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    Registration for online courses is completed only during the registration window. The registration website will be available for you to use during the registration window only. The DV Online Learning Program is not an open-entry, open-exit program. View our Register Now page for registration steps.

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  • Is an online course easier than brick and mortar course?

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    Online courses require independent learning, self-motivation, and responsibility. The online courses emphasize on critical writing and reading. Online courses are different than a brick and mortar courses. Students may spend more time in an online course than they typically would in a brick and mortar course. 

    Students are expected to work about 8 hours per week, per course during the fall and spring semesters.

    Students are expected to work about 20 hours per week, per course during the summer semester.

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  • Do the courses follow a certain curriculum?

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    Yes. All DV Online courses are aligned with the Deer Valley Unified School District's curriculum. The courses also follow state and national curriculum standards.

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