In July 2012, Senate Bill 289 was passed by Georgia Legislators and signed into law by the Governor. The new law established guidelines and expectations for how local school districts offer and provide notification to students and parents about online learning. While the legislation does not require an online course to graduate, it does provide an option for students to take an online learning option.
Below are some important points about Senate Bill 289.
- A student may take an online course even if the course is offered by Forsyth County.
- If the online course is taken in place of a course in the regular school day, there will be no cost incurred by the student or parent. If the course it taken outside the school day, the student is responsible for the cost of the course. Withdrawals from GAVS courses are only allowed in extenuating circumstances and students/parents are responsible for payment of all fees associated with the course incurred by the district.
- Availability of online courses during the school day is subject to the availability of personnel to supervise online students and the capacity of the school to accommodate online learners. Check with your school counselor for more details regarding availability.
Full-time and part-time online learning opportunities may be accessed through Forsyth Virtual Academy, Georgia Virtual School, or vendors and virtual schools listed on the Georgia Online Clearinghouse. The clearinghouse will assist parents and students in finding online courses, online course providers, and research guidelines that constitute high-quality online courses.
Request Online Courses
Requests are subject to counselor and administrative approval. Please contact your child’s school counselor for information on how to register for online courses. Courses requests for the 2019-2020 school year must be turned in by July 24, 2019.
Forsyth Virtual Academy
Forsyth County Schools' Forsyth Virtual Academy (FVA) serves students in grades 6-12. Forsyth Virtual offers students the opportunity to engage in a digital learning environment to achieve their individual potential through innovative, flexible, and student-focused education. FVA students may be residents of Forsyth County entering the school system for the first time from Home School or Private School. Students may also be current FCS students transferring from an existing school. Please click here for more information.