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School is almost out for the summer in North Central Florida, but not for some students online.
"Our answer to the kids is, you gotta finish before you come back to school so that we know that you're done, and have been successful in that curriculum," said Bill McElroy, Assistant Principal at Gainesville High School.
About 40 students at GHS take classes outside of the classroom and online. However starting with next year's freshmen class, every student in the state will take a class on the computer- if they want to graduate.
State law now requires students to take one credit during their high school career. Districts can provide their own program, contract with an approved provider, or use Florida Virtual School.
"We're looking at our course catalogue and determining which courses would be a great course for a first time student who may be experiencing an online course for the first time," said Holly Sagues, Florida Virtual School Chief Policy Officer.
The school is expecting a ten percent increase in demand for their courses next year.
"I think its good for kids, it gives students an opportunity to get some experience in online education," she said.
Before some school administrators will agree, they're thinking logistics.
"How do we facilitate that if they're going to be on campus taking the courses," said McElroy.
A technical assistance paper expected to come down from the state over the summer may help administrators answer some questions- like what to do with students who don't have access to a computer at home.
"We hope it doesn't get too large. We hope we can do it in one class period, and facilitate all of our students--take a course online next year, in one computer lab, but the fear is of course that number can get large," he said.
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