South Dakota virtual high school created.
There is created the South Dakota virtual high school. The South Dakota virtual
high school shall be under the control of the Department of Education. The South Dakota virtual
high school shall provide choice accessibility, flexibility, quality, and equity in curricular offerings
for high school-aged students in the state.
The South Dakota Virtual High School Advisory Council is established. The council
shall advise the Department of Education, the South Dakota Board of Education, education-related
organizations, and other education groups on issues related to distance learning. The council shall
meet quarterly with the Department of Education to discuss, develop, and make recommendations
for the promulgation of rules concerning policies that affect distance delivery.
The council shall consist of seven members appointed by the secretary of education
with broadly based representation from entities involved in virtual education efforts statewide.
Members of the council shall be appointed for two-year terms, except that four of
the members of the initial council shall be appointed to two-year terms, and three of the members
of the initial council shall be appointed for one year. All subsequent appointments shall be for
terms of two years. Any vacancy on the council that occurs before the incumbent's term has
expired shall be filled by appointment to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. The number
of terms that a council member may serve is not limited.
The Department of Education may promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to
coordinate course offerings by the South Dakota virtual high school, to award course credits earned
by students taking classes from the South Dakota virtual high school, and to establish criteria for
school districts to participate in the South Dakota virtual high school.