FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • General
    What is Online728?
    Online728 is a comprehensive online public K-12 school sponsored by the Elk River School District. Online728 offers a high quality virtual learning experience for a wide variety of students including those who are seeking flexibility in their schedules and individualized support for learning. All courses are facilitated by licensed Minnesota teachers and meet all Minnesota state standards.

    Is Online728 the same as distance learning?
    No. Similar to distance learning, Online728 offers a learning experience that is flexible and completely remote. Students will have the opportunity to engage with teachers face-to-face and will receive direct instruction through Schoology/Seesaw and video conferencing using Google Meet. However, teachers are assigned to Online728 exclusively and are not working simultaneously with blended or face-to-face learners providing a more personalized approach than distance learning. 

    Can my student still participate in extracurricular activities and sports?
    Yes. Students will work with their district designated assigned school for all extracurricular activities including sports. Please note that extracurricular activities may not be offered in an online format. 

    Will students be expected to attend school during school hours?
    Best practice is for students to follow the traditional school schedule to establish a routine and meet the schedule of availability for staff. Online728 offers flexible schedules for students and families with curriculum available through Schoology/Seesaw as learners can access instruction from anywhere at any time. The district also recognizes through our experiences with distance learning that students benefit from an opportunity to interact and engage with their peers and teacher. For this reason, Online728 courses will have required attendance components around virtual meetings and completion of coursework by teacher assigned due dates. Scheduling specifics will be provided prior to the start of the school year. 

    Are students expected to “check-in” to InfiniteCampus each day for attendance?
    Yes. All students should mark their attendance when they begin working on their class. The process of attendance using InfiniteCampus will model the experience in Distance Learning. 


    Elementary (K-5)
    Can my student take both online and face-to-face classes?
    No. Students who enroll in the Online728 Elementary or Middle School program are committed to taking their courses exclusively online. Elective opportunities may be available for students to participate in courses such as Band, Choir, etc.

    Will my student be required to attend class every hour?
    TBD

    How can my student receive face-to-face assistance if they are enrolled in Online728?
    Transportation and details will be provided closer to the start of the school year regarding centers and/or spacing for students to work with their teacher face-to-face. 


    Middle School (6-8)
    Can my student take both online and face-to-face classes?
    No. Students who enroll in the Online728 Elementary or Middle School program are committed to taking their courses exclusively online. Elective opportunities may be available for students to participate in courses such as Band, Choir, Tech, etc.

    Will my student be required to attend class every hour?
    Students are encouraged to follow their typical school day schedule in order to access teachers during office hours and complete work at the teacher guided pace. Student attendance will be taken through attending virtual class sessions using Google Meet, as well as by completing assignments in Schoology. Class schedules will be made available to the student with Google Meet sessions noted. Students will be required to attend a daily Advisory meeting to engage with their peers and teacher. 

    How can my student receive face-to-face assistance if they are enrolled in Online728?
    Transportation and details will be provided closer to the start of the school year regarding centers and/or spacing for students to work with their teacher face-to-face.


    High School (9-12)
    Can my student take both online and face-to-face classes?
    Yes. Students who enroll in the Online728 High School program can select from a variety of online, face-to-face, and blended classes to fill out their schedule. 

    Can my student take all of their courses with Online728?
    Yes. Online728 has expanded their course offerings at the high school level allowing for a student to take their schedule of classes exclusively online from grades 9-12. Students also have the option to take only select classes online and create flexibility in their schedule. 

    Where will my student receive their diploma from if they take online classes?
    Students will have the option to receive their diploma from Online728 or their designated home high school based on the amount of online classes taken with Online728. 

    Will my student be required to attend class every hour?
    Students are encouraged to follow their typical school day schedule in order to access teachers during office hours and complete work at the teacher guided pace. Online728 high school classes will feature a weekly instructional hour component using Google Meets. Student attendance will be based on participation in the virtual instructional hour as well as submission of assignments in Schoology. 

    How can my student receive face-to-face assistance if they are enrolled in Online728?
    Online728 staff will travel to each of the three district high schools to work one-on-one or lead group instructional sessions. As effective online learners, students are expected to communicate with their teacher to schedule appointments during their assigned online class hour.