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Penn Hills School District

Student Expectations

Equipment

Each Penn Hills C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy student (full-time)will receive a laptop or Chromebook, protective case or sleeve, printer (elementary only), mouse and headset.  Once Orientation Transition period is complete, equipment will be provided to the student based on his/her course load.  A parent or guardian with proper identification must sign for all equipment before it can leave the premises.  Equipment MUST be returned at the end of the school or immediately upon withdrawal from the program or the parent/guardian will be held financially responsible for DAMAGE and replacement costs. Each student must bring his/her computer when attending the Drop-In Centers. This ensures connectivity with the network and teachers working with the computers if there are any issues. Students are expected to keep their computers clean, charged, and accessible.  Students must follow the acceptable internet use policy when using the computer.

Orientation

Students and Parents/Guardians are required to participate in a Family Orientation session lasting approximately one hour to review the expectations and features of the C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy. Students are then required to be onsite at the C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy Drop-In Center for the Orientation Transition Period (Grades K-12). The Orientation Transition Period lasts 7 school days. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY FOR ALL ORIENTATION DAYS. During this time, students will learn how to be good online students and fulfill the academy expectations while interacting with their online teachers.

Attendance

Each student is required to complete assigned work in their courses each scheduled school day. Students are expected to spend at least 1 hour per course per day and/or finish all assignments listed on the assignment calendar. Please refer to the attendance requirement.  Students must attend standardized testing sessions to complete required standardized tests as they are state mandated.

*The first requirement for class attendance is to be on pace, having completed all assigned coursework by the end of each day.

Students MUST attend each course each school day unless ahead of pace in said course.

Pacing

All students are expected to maintain the prescribed pace to complete all materials by the course end date. Follow each course’s daily assignment calendar and put in as much time as necessary in each course to ensure its completion. There are minimum minutes required for attendance and additional minutes suggested, but the bottom line is YOU must put in enough time for YOU to be on pace.

Special Note: The cyber staff refers to any student placing focus on particular classes and NOT working on their other courses as “binge-learning”.  If a student is 20% ahead in a course BUT is significantly behind in any of their other courses, parents will be notified and the student will be halted in said course until the student is on pace in all other courses.

**If the class requires a lab report to be written, an extensive essay, massive problem solving, AP required reading or a project completed, students must login to that class and let the computer record the idle time. This will be obvious when students turn in the assignment.

Performance

Students must do their best on coursework. The minimum score on tests and quizzes for proficiency is 70%. Modifications to performance standards can be made on a case-by-case basis. Students are permitted 2 attempts on quizzes and tests. The student will earn the highest score of the two attempts. If a student scores poorly on the first attempt, they must troubleshoot and ask the following questions: Did I pay attention to the lecture? Did I take good notes? Do I need to replay the video or reread the information? Should I utilize the drop-in center? Students must ask for help if it is needed!  Teachers may require additional actions on the part of the student if a pattern of poor performance develops.

Communication

Students must check their email DAILY. Students will engage in communication with each staff member at least once a week. Students need to reply to their teachers and staff within 24 hours. Students must respond to teacher communication in a respectful manner. Students need to communicate with Teachers, Guidance or the Cyber Coordinator respectively when they need assistance. A student cannot be helped if the problem is not known.
 
Students/families must also communicate to the Cyber Coordinator in advance if they are going to be unable to be contacted or unable to work for a period of time.  Students may attend grade-level appropriate Drop-In Centers with prior notification to their teachers or the PH C.H.I.E.F.S. Academy Coordinator. Up-to-date, working contact information must be on file with C.H.I.E.F.S. staff to participate in the program.