Distance Education programs are those that are not conducted in a traditional classroom format. Traditional classroom instruction should be encouraged whenever possible. Only Distance Education programs approved by the NYSED in the successful applicant’s comprehensive plan of service may be used to generate EPE aid. Eligible school districts and BOCES must have prior approval from NYSED to offer a Distance Education program. Required information includes: appropriate distance education screening, intake process and format, assessments, record keeping, documenting student activities, documenting teacher time, determining progress and completion, EPE Distance Education teacher training, and program duration.