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Board Technology Policy

 

Internet and Technology Safety Pursuant to the

Children’s Internet Protection Act

I.1

 

Adopted: July 23, 2013

 

     

It is the policy of the district to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic or digital communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 U.S.C. §254(h)].

 

Definition

 

Key terms as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act:

 

Access to Inappropriate Material - To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet Filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet (or other forms of electronic or digital communications) access to inappropriate information.  Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.  Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

 

Any individual who uses the district’s resources to access the Internet or engage in any electronic or digital communication is required to participate in the district’s education efforts (undertaken pursuant to the Children’s Internet Protection Act) and comply with the district’s acceptable use policy. 

 

Supervision and Monitoring

 

All employees are responsible for supervising and monitoring student use of the Internet in accordance with the district's technology policies and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  The district's IT director shall establish and implement procedures regarding technology protection measures.  No individual will be permitted to use the district's technology resources in a manner inconsistent with the district's policies.

 

Personal Safety

 

Employees and students shall not use the district’s technology resources in any manner that jeopardizes personal safety.  Students and employees must follow the district's technology policies, including the acceptable use policy which details the district's safe use standards.


 

 

Acceptable Use of Internet and 

Electronic and Digital Communications Devices

I.2

 

Adopted: July 23, 2013

 

     

 

The forms of electronic and digital communications change rapidly.  This policy addresses common existing forms of electronic and digital communication (email, texting, blogging, tweeting, posting, etc.) but is intended to cover any new form of electronic or digital communication which utilizes a computer, phone or other digital or electronic device. 

 

As a part of the resources available to students and employees, the district provides Internet access at each school site and at its administrative offices.  The district intends for this resource to be used for educational purposes and not to be used for conduct which is harmful.  This policy outlines the district's expectations regarding Internet access.   The ability to access the Internet while on school property is a privilege and not a right.  Access cannot be granted until an individual has completed an "Internet Access Agreement" and access may be revoked at any time.

 

In addition to Internet access, the district also provides limited access to technology equipment.  For those students participating in a district-provided technology program, the equipment is loaned to the student for the remainder of the school year for the express purpose of increasing educational opportunities.  The student is required to return the equipment at the conclusion of the school year in the same condition the equipment was issued to the student, minus normal wear and tear.  In the event the equipment is damaged, lost or stolen, the student’s parent agrees to reimburse the district in accordance with the fee schedule established by the district.

 

Any individual using district resources to engage in electronic or digital communications has no expectation of privacy.  Further, employees and students must be cognizant of the fact that electronic or digital communications which occur on private equipment are often permanently available and may be available to school administrators. 

 

Employees and students are expected to use good judgment in all their electronic or digital communications - whether such activities occur on or off campus or whether the activity uses personal or district technology.  Any electronic or digital communication which can be considered inappropriate, harassing, intimidating, threatening or bullying to an employee or student of the district - regardless of whether the activity uses district equipment or occurs during school/work hours - is strictly forbidden.  Employees and students face the possibility of penalties, including student suspension and employee termination, for failing to abide by district policies when accessing and using  electronic or digital communications.

 

The Internet provides users the ability to quickly access information on any topic - even topics which are considered harmful to minors.  The district's IT department has attempted to filter this access in order to protect students from harmful content.  In the event inappropriate material is inadvertently accessed, students should promptly report the site to their teacher so that other students can be protected.  No individual is permitted to circumvent the district's privacy settings by accessing blocked content through alternate methods.  In the event an employee needs access to blocked content, he/she should make arrangements through the building principal or IT director. 

 

Although the district's IT department has taken appropriate steps to block offensive material, users may unwittingly encounter offensive material.  All users of the district's electronic resources are required to exercise personal responsibility for the material they access, send or display, and must not engage in electronic conduct which is prohibited by law or policy.  If a student inadvertently accesses or receives offensive material, he/she should report the communication to the assigned teacher.  If an employee accesses or receives offensive material, he/she should report the communication to the building principal or IT director.  No individual is permitted to access, view or distribute materials which are inappropriate or create a hostile environment. 

 

Internet Access - Terms and Conditions.

 

Acceptable Use - Students.  Students agree to access material in furtherance of educational goals or for personal leisure and recreational use which does not otherwise violate this policy.  No student may make an electronic or digital communication which disrupts the education environment - even if that communication is made outside of school or on personal equipment.  Types of electronic or digital communications which can disrupt the education environment include, but are not limited to:

 

▪           Sexting

▪           Harassing, intimidating, threatening or bullying posts, tweets, blogs, images, texts, etc.

▪           Distributing pictures, recordings or information which is harmful or embarrassing

 

Students who engage in electronic or digital communications which disrupt the education environment are subject to disciplinary action, including suspension from school.  Depending on the nature of the electronic or digital communication, students may also be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

 

Acceptable Use - Employees.  Employees agree to access material in furtherance of educational goals, including research and professional development.  Employees are also permitted to judiciously use the district's electronic resources for limited personal use, provided that the use is of no cost to the district, does not preempt business activity, impede productivity, or otherwise interfere with work responsibilities.   Electronic or digital communications made using district owned equipment must be professional in nature and cannot be used for the exercise of the employee's free speech rights.   

 

Any electronic or digital communication in which the employee can be identified as an employee of the district – regardless of whether the communication is made with district owned equipment or during work hours - must be a professional communication.  Accordingly, if the individual is identifiable as a district employee, electronic or digital communications must not contain sexual, harassing, discriminatory or immoral content.  Further, the communication cannot promote the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or be otherwise inconsistent with the district's objectives.

 

Employees are required to maintain appropriate electronic boundaries with students.  Such boundaries require that employees refrain from engaging in electronic or digital communications which show an undue interest in select student(s), are of a personal nature, model inappropriate conduct, or are otherwise inconsistent with the district's mission and goals.   In order to maintain appropriate boundaries, the district encourages employees to:

 

▪           Send group texts or emails

▪           Use separate personal and school electronic accounts

▪           Obtain written parental permission prior to posting pictures of minors

▪           Respect individual privacy, including privacy rights granted by FERPA

 

Employees are expressly forbidden from using electronic or digital communication in a manner inconsistent with their position as a role model for students. Any employee who engages in inappropriate electronic or digital communication with students is acting outside the scope of his/her employment with the district.

 

Prohibited Use.  Users specifically agree that they will not use the Internet to access material which is: threatening, indecent, lewd, obscene, or protected by trade secret.  Users further agree that they will not use the district's electronic resources for commercial activity, charitable endeavors (without prior administrative approval), product advertisement or political lobbying. 

 

Parental Consent.  Parents must review this policy with their student and sign the consent form prior to a student being granted Internet access. 

 

Privilege of Use.  The district's electronic resources, including Internet access, is a privilege which can be revoked at any time for misuse.  Prior to receiving Internet access, all users will be required to successfully complete an Internet training program administered by the district.

 

Internet Etiquette.  All users are required to comply with generally accepted standards for electronic or digital communications, including:

 

a.          Appropriate Language.  Users must refrain from the use of abusive, discriminatory, vulgar, lewd or profane language in their electronic or digital communications.

 

b.          Content.  Users must refrain from the use of hostile, threatening, discriminatory, intimidating, or bullying content in their electronic or digital communications.

 

c.          Safety.  Students must not include personal contact information (name, address, phone number, address, banking numbers, etc.) in their electronic or digital communications.  Students must never agree to meet with someone they met online and must report any electronic or digital communication which makes them uncomfortable to their teacher or principal.

 

d.          Privacy.  Users understand that the district has access to and can read all electronic or digital communications created and received with district resources.  Users agree that they will not use district resources to create or receive any electronic or digital communications which they want to be private.

 

e.          System Resources.  Users agree to use the district's electronic resources carefully so as not to damage them or impede others' use of the district's resources.  Users will not:

 

▪           install any hardware, software, program or app without approval from the IT department

▪           download large files during peak use hours

▪           disable security features

▪           create or run a program known or intended to be malicious

▪           stream music or video for personal entertainment

 

f.          Intellectual Property and Copyrights.  Users will respect others' works by giving proper credit and not plagiarizing, even if using websites designed for educational and classroom purposes (See www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html)   Users agree to ask the media center director for assistance in citing sources as needed.

 

Limitation of Liability.  The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the services provided and is not responsible for any damages arising from use of the district's technology resources.  The district is not responsible for the information obtained from the use of its electronic resources and is not responsible for any charges a user may incur while using its electronic resources.

 

Security.  If a user notices a potential security problem, he/she should notify the IT director immediately but should not demonstrate the problem to others or attempt to identify potential security problems.  Users are responsible for their individual account and should not allow others to use their account.  Users should not share their access code or password with others.  If a user believes his/her account has been compromised, he/she must notify the IT director immediately.  Any attempt to log on to the district's electronic resources as another user or administrator, or to access restricted material, may result in the loss of access for the remainder of the school year or other disciplinary measures.

 

Vandalism.  No user may harm or attempt to harm any of the district's electronic resources.  This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or creating a virus or taking any action to disrupt, crash, disable, damage, or destroy any part of the district's electronic resources.  Further, no user may use the district's electronic resources to hack vandalize another computer or system.

 

Inappropriate Material.  Access to information shall not be restricted or denied solely because of the political, religious or philosophical content of the material.  Access will be denied for material which is:

 

a.          Obscene to minors, meaning (i) material which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors and, (ii) when an average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the written material, taken as a whole, appeals to an obsessive interest in sex by minors.

 

b.          Libelous, meaning a false and unprivileged statement about a specific individual which tends to harm the individual's reputation.

 

c.          Vulgar, lewd or indecent, meaning material which, taken as a whole, an average person would deem improper for access by or distribution to minors because of sexual connotations or profane language.

 

d.          Display or promotion of unlawful products or services, meaning material which advertises or advocates the use of products or services prohibited by law from being sold or provided to minors.

 

e.         Group defamation or hate literature, meaning material which disparages a group or a member of a group on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or genetic information or advocates illegal conduct or violence or discrimination toward any particular group of people.  This includes racial and religious epithets, "slurs", insults and abuse.

 

f.          Disruptive school operations, meaning material which, on the basis of past experience or based upon specific instances of actual or threatened disruptions relating to the information or material in question, is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of school activities or school discipline.

 

Application and Enforceability.  The terms and conditions set forth in this policy shall be deemed to be incorporated in their entirety in the Internet Access Agreement executed by each user.  By executing the Internet Access Agreement, the user agrees to abide by the terms and conditions contained in this policy.  The user acknowledges that any violation of this policy may result in access privileges being revoked and disciplinary action being taken.  For students, this means any action permitted by the district's policy on student behavior.  For employees, this means any action permitted by law, including termination of employment.

 

Education of Students Regarding Appropriate On-Line Behavior.  In compliance with the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, Section 254(h)(5), the district provides education to minors about the appropriate use of the district's electronic resources, including interacting with others on social networking and chat sites, and cyber bullying.  As a part of that education, guidelines on cyber bullying and internet safety for students are attached to this policy. 


 

Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety Fact Sheet

 

People can be bullied in lots of ways, including through cyber bullying.  Cyber bullying is when someone sends or posts things (words, pictures, recordings) that are mean, embarrassing or make people feel scared, embarrassed or uncomfortable.  Even if they don't do this at school sometimes cyber bullying makes things at school hard. No student is allowed to disrupt school through cyber bullying.

 

Cyber bullies work in lots of ways, but here's some of their most common:

 

▪           Send or post mean messages

▪           Make up websites or accounts with stories, cartoons, pictures or "jokes" that are mean to others

▪           Take embarrassing pictures or recordings (without asking first)

▪           Send or post stuff to embarrass others

▪           Hack into other people's accounts or read their stuff

▪           Hack into other people's accounts and send or post their private stuff

▪           Pretend to be somebody else to get someone to give them private info

▪           Send threats

 

If you're a cyber bully knock it off! Ask your principal/counselor how you can make things right.

 

If someone is cyber bullying you, there's something you can do about it:

 

▪           Don't respond to and don't ignore a cyber bully.  Instead, tell an adult you trust.  If cyber bullying follows you to school, tell your teacher, counselor or principal.

▪           Even if what the bully does is embarrassing, don't delete it.  Instead, get a copy so you can prove what happened.

▪           Have an adult help you contact a company representative (cell phone company, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) about blocking or removing the bad stuff.

 

You can't always stop people from being mean, but there are ways to help yourself:

 

▪           Don't give out your personal info in  electronic or digital communications

▪           Don't tell anyone but your parents what your login name, password or PIN number is

▪           Don't post or send embarrassing pics or recordings (even on your own sites) - bullies love to copy your stuff

 

Suggestions for Parents:

 

▪           Help your child understand how permanent  electronic or digital communications are

▪           Talk to your child about understanding, preventing and responding to cyber bullying

▪           Contact your student's school for help if you suspect your child is being cyber bullied – or if you suspect your child is engaging in cyber bullying


 

 

INTERNET ACCESS AGREEMENT

(STUDENTS)

 

STUDENT SECTION:

 

Student  Full Name:                                                                                                                            

 

School Site:                 ___________________________________  Grade:                                    

 

Home Address:                                                                                                                                    

 

Home Phone No.:                                                                                                                               

 

 

I have received a copy of the policy titled Acceptable Use of Internet and Electronic and Digital Communications Devices, including the attachment regarding cyber bullying, and a copy of the Student Handbook.  I have read and agree to abide by their provisions.  I understand that any violation of the policy or handbook provisions may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension and/or revocation of network privileges and suspension from school.

 

                                                                                                                                                            

            Student Signature                                                                               Date 

 

 

 

SPONSORING PARENT OR GUARDIAN SECTION (Required):

 

I have received a copy of the policy titled Acceptable Use of Internet and Electronic and Digital Communications Devices, including the attachment regarding cyber bullying, and a copy of the Student Handbook.  I have read and discussed these provisions with my child.  My child and I understand that any violation of the policy or handbook provisions may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension and/or revocation of network privileges and suspension from school.

 

I understand that the school district has taken reasonable precautions to ensure that access to controversial material is limited to the extent possible, but I realize that it is not possible to guarantee that my child will never encounter objectionable material.  I hereby release the school district from liability in the event that my child acquires inappropriate material through use of the district's technology resources, including the Internet. 

 

I request that the district issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

            Parent Signature                                                                                 Date 

 

 

 

 

                     Student Access Agreement must be renewed each academic year.


 

 

INTERNET ACCESS AGREEMENT

(EMPLOYEES)

 

 

Employee Name:                                                                                                                                

 

Position:                                                                                                                                              

 

School or Site:                                                                                                                                                

 

Home Address:                                                                                                                                   

 

Home Phone No.:                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

I have received a copy of the policy titled Acceptable Use of Internet and Electronic and Digital Communications Devices.  I have read and agree to abide by its provisions.  I understand that any violation of the use provisions may result in disciplinary action including suspension and/or revocation of network privileges as well as any discipline allowed by law including termination of employment.

 

                                                                                                                                                            

            Employee Signature                                                                           Date 

 

 


 

 

Personal Wireless Devices

I.3

 

Adopted: July 23, 2013

 

     

 

 

The district requires that all individuals devote their full attention to education while at school or during education activities.  Accordingly, the district expects both employees and students to limit their use of personal wireless devices at school.  Wireless devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, laptops, recorders, etc. 

 

Personal wireless devices shall be turned off and out-of-sight in locations such as restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, etc. (“private areas”).  The use of any audio/visual recording and camera features are strictly prohibited in private areas.  Students who observe a violation of this provision shall immediately report this conduct to a teacher, coach, or the building principal.  Employees who observe a violation of this provision shall immediately report this conduct to a supervisor, the building principal or other administrator.

 

 

Students

 

It is the district's policy that students who possess a personal wireless device at school must keep that device turned off and out of sight throughout the entire school day.  No student will be permitted to access his/her personal wireless device during the school day except with teacher permission. 

 

Students who violate this policy will have their personal wireless device confiscated until after a parent conference, and may lose the privileges of possessing such a device for the remainder of the school year.  Students are also subject to other disciplinary action.

 

Students may not use any personal wireless device to:

 

▪           send or receive answers to test questions;

▪           record conversations or events during the school day, on school property or at school activities;

▪           threaten, harass, intimidate, or bully;

▪           take, possess, or distribute obscene or pornographic images or photos;

▪           engage in lewd communications;

▪           violate school policies, handbook provisions, or regulations.

 

 

Employees

 

Personal wireless devices may only be used during work time if the use of the device furthers the employee's performance of his/her professional responsibilities.  No employee may use work time to engage in any personal electronic or digital communication, Internet activity, gaming, etc.  Employees will make reasonable efforts to use district resources rather than personal wireless devices for electronic or digital communications with other employees, parents, and students. 

 

No employee may operate a wireless device while operating a school vehicle or conduct school business in a personal vehicle unless the employee:

 

▪           is using “hands free” technology to make the calls; or

 

▪           has safely pulled the vehicle to the side of the road or is otherwise stopped and not impeding the flow of traffic.

 

Personal wireless devices may not be used to photograph or record conversations or events outside private areas without first obtaining consent to record from all parties.  In the case of students, permission from the building principal must be obtained.  Administrative approval for recordings of students will take into consideration whether prior approval has been granted from parents/guardians and whether the recording would identify a specific category of students such as special education students.

 

Personal wireless devices may only be shared with students for emergency use.

 

No employee may use a personal wireless device to engage in conduct which is illegal or which could be construed as inappropriate conduct with a student or students.  In the event an employee receives an inappropriate  electronic or digital communication from a student or parent, the communication must be promptly reported to the employee's supervisor. 

 

The district fully acknowledges that personal wireless communications devices are the personal property of the employee.  Unless an administrator has reasonable suspicion that an employee’s personal equipment contains prohibited content, an administrator may not inspect an employee's personal equipment without the employee's express consent.

 

 

Warning:  Possessing, taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images, photographs, or communications, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, and other modes of  electronic or digital communication) may constitute a CRIME under state and/or federal law.  Any person possessing, taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images, photographs, or communications will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and inclusion on sexual offender registries.   


 

 

Supplemental Online Course Procedures

I.4

 

Adopted: August 14, 2012

 

     

 

 

Upon request, the district will provide supplemental learning opportunities using online technology in a non traditional classroom setting to students enrolled in the district.  Supplemental online courses are an optional avenue of instruction for district enrolled students.  All existing requirements related to student progression including retention, promotion, and grade assignment are the same for the district’s online students as they are for students enrolled in traditional courses.  The district shall ensure that students have the opportunity to advance through the supplemental online course at their own pace so long as the supplemental online course completion corresponds with the standard course completion schedule of the district or the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. 

 

Definition of Terms

 

“Supplemental online course”  - An online program that allows students who are enrolled in a public school to supplement their education by enrolling part time in online courses that are educationally appropriate for the student, which are equal to the equivalent of classroom instruction time required for student attendance and participation by the district.

 

“Educationally appropriate” - For the purposes of supplemental online courses, educationally appropriate means an instructional delivery method best suited for an individual student to advance the student’s academic standing toward meeting the learning expectations of the district and State graduation requirements for the student.  The determination of educationally appropriate will be made by the district. 

 

Access to Supplemental Online Courses

 

Only public school students enrolled in the district will be granted access to supplemental online courses.  The district provides enrolled students the opportunity to participate in supplemental online courses that comply with the standard curriculum of the district.  Once a student has made a request to enroll in supplemental online course(s), the district will take necessary steps to determine the educational appropriateness of the request and to make online course(s) available to that student.  Whether a requested online course is educationally appropriate for a student will be determined by the principal/curriculum director or his or her designee.  Students may take supplemental online courses from online course providers selected and approved by the district that meet the criteria established by the Oklahoma State Board of Education (OSBE).  The district shall not limit a student’s access to supplemental online courses by either policy or application of internal or customary procedures.  However, students taking supplemental online courses from a remote location will be responsible for providing their own equipment and Internet access.

 

Funding

 

The district shall provide funding for an enrolled student’s participation in online courses in an amount not to exceed the previous year’s general fund per pupil expenditure.  district students will be allowed to take up to the academic equivalent of five (5) hours of supplemental online instruction per day at no cost to the student.  Students wishing to take more online course instruction may do so at their own cost.  The district is not responsible to pay an online course provider for online course instruction expenses incurred by a student that exceed the pro-rated portion of the general fund per pupil expenditure for the student.  The district will bear no responsibility for payment or collection of any outstanding funds or fees owed by a student to an online course provider.

 

School Day and Attendance Standards

 

Public school students enrolled at the district may take supplemental online courses from a location inside or outside of the school site location and may take supplemental online courses outside the normal school hours of operation.  Students who elect to enroll in supplemental online courses, regardless of when or where taken, are still required to complete the equivalent number of hours of instruction as regularly enrolled students in the district and must satisfy the same attendance requirements of the district. 

 

Students enrolled in supplemental online courses must meet all state mandated compulsory attendance requirements and are not exempt from state truancy laws.  Attendance and participation in a supplemental online course shall be monitored in accordance with district policy and determined by documented student/teacher/course interaction that may include, but is not limited to, online chats, emails, and posting/submission of lessons.  The student may be counted “in attendance” when the supplemental online course provider provides evidence of student/teacher/course interaction that demonstrates student progress toward learning objectives and demonstrates regular student engagement in course activity.  Supplemental online course providers shall make available to students, parents, and the district, reports that reflect daily attendance and participation. Such attendance/participation reports shall be provided to parents and the district on a weekly basis via electronic format.  The supplemental online course provider must provide evidence that the student is making appropriate progress weekly and such reports shall be sent to the designated resident district office via electronic format.

 

Student Eligibility, Admissions and Enrollment

 

Online supplemental courses that are educationally appropriate shall be offered to all qualifying district students who meet the following criteria:

 

The district offers individual academically approved and educationally appropriate online supplemental courses to students who are enrolled in the district.  Students enrolled in supplemental online courses must meet all enrollment and eligibility criteria set by the district, the Oklahoma State Board of Education Rules, and state law.  Only students who are enrolled in the district for the current school year are eligible to enroll in supplemental online courses. 

 

The admission process for students taking one or more supplemental online courses through the district shall be the same for students enrolled in traditional coursework.

 

The district shall allow for ongoing and continuous enrollment for supplemental online courses that are compliant with state law and all applicable State Board of Education rules.  Students may have input as to the selection of supplemental online course providers but the final determination and selection of the providers is left to the discretion of the district. 

 

Students enrolled in supplemental online courses shall have their progress monitored by the supplemental online course provider weekly.  Progress reports shall be transmitted to the district’s designated representative and the student’s parent or guardian via electronic format.  Such reports shall be reviewed by the district at least twice per month.

 

All public school districts in Oklahoma shall recognize course credit issued for courses authorized through the Supplemental Online Course Procedures.

 

Online course providers shall officially notify the district and parents in writing of the completion of each course the student takes within five (5) business days of completion.  Course grades must be reported in the form of a percentage or in a manner consistent with district grading policies.  The district shall use its established grading scale to convert the percentage to a letter grade or other notation consistent with district grading policies for transcript purposes.

 

District policies regarding grading scales and credits earned shall be applied to supplemental online courses under the same criteria as courses offered by the district.  A grade assigned for course credit from a supplement online course shall be treated the same as any other course offered by the district. 

 

Online course providers must report any change in a student’s status (moving, dropping a course, etc.) immediately upon discovery or notification of the student’s change in status. 

 

Appeal Process

 

If a student’s enrollment in a supplemental online course is denied based on a determination by the district that the course is not educationally appropriate, the parents or guardians of the student may appeal that determination to the district Superintendent.  The district will notify the OSBE, Director of Instructional Technology, of any denial of a student’s enrollment in online supplemental course(s), the reason for the denial, and any correspondence or information the district received in support of the student taking the online course. 

 

Grace Period

 

A student may withdraw from a supplemental online course within fifteen (15) calendar days from the first day of a supplemental online course enrollment without academic penalty.  A student who withdraws from any supplemental online course is still obligated to complete the equivalent number of classroom hours of education instruction that is required of students in the district in accordance with state law and district policy.  The district shall not be required to pay an online course provider for any student enrollment of less that fifteen (15) calendar days.

 

Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities

 

Students enrolled in one or more supplemental online course may participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by the district in accordance with district eligibility rules and policies, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association (OSSAA) rules and regulations, and any other rules and regulations of a private association governing regulation of the interscholastic activities and contests of schools.

 

Student Assessments

 

Each student enrolled in one or more online course will participate in required state-level academic assessments administered pursuant to state law in the same manner as other regularly enrolled students within the state.  The results of the assessments shall be released to the district and the online course provider.  No student will be allowed to enroll in an online course without submission of a signed Education Student Assessment Results Release Form or FERPA waiver. 

 

Special Education Students

 

The district shall provide supplementary aids and services, program modifications, supports for personnel and accommodations set forth in a student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan to enable a student to take supplemental online courses that have been determined to be educationally appropriate for the student by the student’s IEP or 504 team members.  Provisions in the IEP for related services shall be the responsibility of the district where the student is enrolled in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Enrollment in a supplemental online course does not abdicate, modify or alter the district’s legal obligation under the IDEA.

 

 

 

Hilldale Public Schools313 E Peak Blvd.Muskogee, OK  74403

918-683-0273

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