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Accommodations & Accessibility Guidelines

Michigan Virtual online instructors can make limited accommodations for students working under the guidance of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Due to the setup of the Michigan Virtual system, it is not possible for instructors to read content to students. However, tools such as text-to-speech are offered along with other accessibility options at Microsoft Accessibility. Apple has an option for OS X called VoiceOver, as well as Chrome OS.

Arrange for additional time on tests or quizzes for students by asking the individual instructor to remove the timer on assessments; however, the assessment must be completed in one sitting once opened. Since Michigan Virtual courses are matched to standards, content cannot be removed. Michigan Virtual will report the total points earned out of the total course points at the end of the term and it is the responsibility of the local school to assign whatever letter grade is appropriate on the student’s transcript. All assignments need to be completed by the course end date. If there are other accommodations you would like considered for your student, please feel free to discuss them with the online instructor.

For additional information on suggested accommodations, please see the link below:
Individualized Education Program (IEP) & 504 Plan Suggested Accommodations

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.