Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the IDOE launched a Flex Pilot Program designed to support school corporations interested in exploring innovative approaches to school schedules by leveraging eLearning options. During the 2013-2014 school year, six school corporations participated in the program. They were: Zionsville Community Schools, M S D Wabash County Schools, Noblesville Schools, Porter Township School Corporation, Maconaquah School Corporation, and Attica Consolidated School Corporation.
To be considered for the Flex Pilot a district must complete an online application that indicates the following:
- A plan for utilizing digital learning that innovatively alters the traditional school day.
- The ability to provide online learning opportunities that meet the varying needs of their students and include contact with teachers.
- Accommodations for students with special needs.
- The availability of breakfast and lunch for students needing that option.
- At school alternatives for any student unable to remain at home and transportation to school, if needed.
- A plan for all staff during the Flex times/days.
Applications must include evidence of local school board approval of the proposal.
Proposals are reviewed for thoughtfulness and strength of rationale for the requested flexibility. As part of the review process, members of the IDOE Office of eLearning meet with the district to further discuss the implementation of the program.
In 2016-2017 the Flex program will include Alexandria Community School Corporation, Argos Community Schools, Attica Consolidated School Corporation, East Noble School Corporation, Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District, Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, Greenfield-Central Community Schools, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, Lakeland School Corporation, Lanesville Community School Corporation, Maconaquah School Corporation, Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison-Grant United School Corporation, Milan Community Schools, MSD of Wabash County Schools, New Prairie United School Corporation, Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Porter Township School Corporation, Sheridan Community Schools, St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School, Southwest Allen County Schools, Southwest Parke Community School Corporation, Switzerland County School Corporation, Taylor Community School Corporation, West Noble School Corporation, Woodburn Lutheran School, Yorktown Community Schools, and Zionsville Community Schools.
Applications must be submitted each year and approved for inclusion into this program.
The application for the 2016-2017 school year closed on May 27, 2016.
*This pilot grants flexibility only and does not provide funding.
*This pilot is separate from the Virtual Learning Option for Inclement Weather. The Flex Pilot is NOT to be used solely as preparation for the Virtual Option.
If you have questions, please email Candice Dodson at firstname.lastname@example.org.