January 6, 2011 the Putnam County School Board made history. The board
revised the Graduation Requirements (4.605) to reflect the following
requirement regarding the new Personal Finance graduation requirement:
all students entering 9th grade in 2009-2010 and thereafter, the
required one-half (.5) credit of Personal Finance necessary to meet the
Tennessee Ready Core requirements must be earned by successfully
completing the course online.
The VITAL Personal Finance course meets the Personal Finance course requirement for the Tennessee Diploma Project (TDP).
Course Description Personal Finance is a course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing.
Learning Expectations Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.
The regular term for Personal Finance is 9 weeks. Students can expect to spend a MINIMUM OF 72 - 90 hours of work to complete the course.
What are the procedures for signing up?
for VITAL Personal Finance is handled within each school by the guidance
counselors and our VITAL Onsite Facilitators.
Please follow the following procedures to request and sign up for Personal Finance.
Request the course through your guidance counselor.
Contact the Onsite Facilitator in your school. They are listed along with phone numbers and email addresses on the Contact Us page.
Set up an account in Genius, our Student Information System. You must complete all the information requested and make sure it is accurate.
After your application is approved, you can submit a course request in Genius.
Your Onsite Facilitator will then approve your course.
After you are enrolled in
your course, you will be required to attend an orientation at your
school to help get you started and be successful in your course. Attending an orientation is not optional. Failure to attend the orientation could result in the student being dropped from the class.
The drop policy for the Personal Finance is the same as for regular high school courses.
Special Needs Students:
VITAL Personal Finance is available in an 18 work format for students
with special needs. Individual schools are responsible for identifying
students and providing accommodations for VITAL courses as needed. The
registration process provides an opportunity to identify students as
special needs and list modifications required by an IEP or 504 plans.
Any changes in modifications will be communicated to the Virtual
Learning Coordinator who will notify the online teacher. To further
assist special needs students, the VITAL Personal Finance course will be
available in a lab setting with a teaching assistant available to help
make modifications and assist students as needed according to their IEP
or 504 plans. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Melanie
Bussell, SPED Supervisor (931-526-9777 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student Attendance and Participation
VITAL students are
expected to attend and participate in the VITAL Personal Finance course
as fully as they would attend and participate in a traditional classroom
course. At a minimum, students are required to login and perform work in the course at least five times a week, dispersed throughout the week (i.e. not five visits in one or two days) totaling an average of 10 hours per week per course.
The actual amount of time required to successfully complete a course
varies depending on the pace of the individual student.
If a student fails to
login and participate in the course for seven (7) class days, that
student may be dropped from the course, unless prior communications have
been received from the Onsite Facilitator regarding the student's
absence. Onsite Facilitators in conjunction with Lab Facilitators when
the student is in a lab setting are responsible for managing any
additional attendance procedures or requirements that were arranged
between individual students and their online instructors.
Homework and Absence Policy
Students are expected
to log into their online course at least five times a week, spread
throughout the week, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor.
Homework is to be completed by assigned deadlines. If work is going to
be late, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the
instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to make up work
missed due to absence.
Unless there are
extenuating circumstances, work should be made up within one week of the
student's return to school. In cases of extended student illness (five
days or more), the student may either contact the online course
instructor directly to notify the instructor of any delay in providing
assigned work or the parents may contact the Lab Facilitator or Onsite
Facilitator as appropriate to make arrangements for work that will need
to be made up.
Students who are
suspended from school and are enrolled in courses in the VITAL program
are expected to continue their participation at home during the period
of suspension. If students do not have computer/internet access at
home, it is the responsibility of the student and parent to provide
access at the public library or other site. All policies concerning
attendance and participation in virtual courses apply during