LOOK AHEAD: Rain, storms expected in the Valley; New law establishes virtual classes in high schools

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Good morning! We have a lot in store for you today on WAFF 48 News. Here are some things you can be looking out for:

Rain and storms expected in the Valley:

The 48 Storm Team says the weather may become unsettled over the coming days, and storms are more likely. We'll see more cloud cover than sunshine Wednesday morning with temperatures near 70° to start the day. We'll warm into the lower 80s by noon with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. An isolated shower or storm could form during the late morning, but storms should become more numerous into the afternoon.

Some storms will be strong-to-severe. Heavy rain and frequent lightning can be expected with most storms, but the more intense ones could also produce small hail and damaging wind gusts. Storms should diminish after sunset, but may not fade away all together overnight. Lows will drop to around 70° once again.

More stormy weather can be expected Thursday.

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All high school students across Alabama will soon have the option to take online classes through their school. 
The law goes into effect Wednesday, but high schools have until the 2016-2017 school year to establish a policy to offer some level of virtual school for students.

Each school board has to adopt a policy for providing a virtual school option for eligible students in grades 9th through 12th.
A full-time student enrolled in a virtual program will be counted as a student at that local school, they'll participate in state testing and accountability requirements, and if they pass, they'll receive a diploma from the local school system.

Huntsville City Schools said New Century High school has something like that in place right now. Madison City Schools said their school board policy committee will meet next month to discuss plans then they'll make a recommendation to the full board for consideration.

Madison County Schools said a few weeks ago they approved a learning system to get teachers prepared for virtual schools and online curriculum. 
If the student wants to play sports or other extracurricular activities they would be bale to at the school they are zoned for.

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