FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Arizona Revised Statute § 15-808 was specifically created to allow concurrent participation in online instruction while being enrolled and attending full time at another school. The state, establishing the framework for online instruction, states – “Arizona online instruction shall be instituted to meet the needs of pupils in the information age. A.R.S. § 15-808 (A). This statute also provides for the ‘enrollment’ by a student at a school district or charter school and also the participation in ‘online instruction.’ A.R.S. § 15-808 (F).
Schools that tell you that your child is unable to attend Primavera or any other accredited online charter school because they do not allow concurrent enrollment is contrary to the law and likely contrary to the school’s own established policy. Not only would this be contrary to the online instruction laws, but it would also violate the enrollment laws, which require public schools to admit all children who meet the requirements of enrollment. A.R.S. § 15-816 and A.R.S. § 15-821. Charter schools are required to enroll pupils who submit timely applications, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building. A.R.S. § 15-184. Schools are also not allowed to be arbitrary in the application of their policies, so if your school is allowing some students and not others to enroll in online education at a school like Primavera, the school is likely being arbitrary in their application of the rules, which is a violation of the law.
Primavera has access to the current policy of most school districts and most of the policies are in compliance with Arizona’s law; however, many schools do not seem to tell parents and students what is in the written policy. Please ask us for a copy of your school district’s policy.
Arizona law requires that all Arizona public schools (including charter schools) must recognize all of the credits transferred from other charter schools, including Primavera. A.R.S § 15-701(H). Refusal to accept the credits transferred from Primavera is a direct violation of the law.
A school may choose to treat transferred credits as “elective credits” rather than “core credits by the school district.” However, the school to which the student is transferring must provide the student a list of those transferring credits it considers elective and core. A.R.S. § 15-701.01(I).
Within ten school days of receiving the list, the pupil may request to take an examination in each particular course in which core credit was denied. If the student passes the test, the school must accept the credit as core credit. A.R.S. § 15-701.01(I).
No. A student who is enrolled in a school district and participates in Primavera online instruction over the summer, is not required to prove payment as a condition of a school district accepting credits earned from the online course provider. A.R.S. § 15-701.01(I).
Yes, under Arizona law, if a student is enrolled in a school district or charter school and that student also participated in online instruction, the student’s school must release a copy of the student’s transcripts to the online course provider within 10 days of receiving the request. 2015 Ariz. Sess. Laws 127, § 2.A. and 2.B.
FERPA Stands for the “Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act.” FERPA does not prohibit disclosure of school transcripts to Primavera nor does the disclosure of school transcripts to Primavera “violate” FERPA. FERPA specifically permits the disclosure to “officials of other schools or school systems in which the student seeks or intends to enroll” if (i) the student’s parents are notified of the transfer; (ii) the student’s parents receive a copy of the records if they wish; and (iii) the student’s parents have an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the record. All requests for transcripts from Primavera meet these three requirements, therefore, providing transcripts to Primavera is permitted under FERPA.