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Baker Web Academy

2016-2017

Parent / Student Handbook

BAKER WEB ACADEMY

2725 Seventh Street Baker City, OR 97814 www.bakercharters.org

541-524-2300 – Main Phone Line

541-524-2339 – Fax


INTRODUCTION

LEADERSHIP TEAM MESSAGE

1) WELCOME TO BAKER WEB ACADEMY

1.1 Guiding Principles

1.2 Community Values

1.3 Mission Statement

2) ENROLLMENT

2.1 Enrollment Process

2.2 Fees

2.3 Program Accessibility

3) HOW IT ALL WORKS

3.1 Communication

3.2 Support: Synchronous Learning Lab

3.3 Counseling

3.4 Learning Environment

3.5 Parent/Student Orientation and Home Visits

3.6 Grading

3.7 Credit Options

3.8 State of Oregon Assessment Exams

3.9 Field Trips

3.10 Physical Education

3.11 Extra Curricular Activities

3.12 Elementary Policies

3.13 Complaint Procedure

4) ATTENDANCE

4.1 Typical School Day

4.2 Time and Scheduling

4.3 Absences

4.3a What is an Absence?

4.3b How is Adequate Academic Progress defined?

4.3c How is Attendance measured?

4.3d Ten (10) day drop policy

4.3e Lack of adequate academic progress

4.3f Student Support Plans

4.4 Other Pre-Arranged Absences

4.4a Family Vacations

4.5 Excused Absences

4.6 Unexcused Absence Policy

4.7 Snow days

4.8 School-Sponsored Events

5) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PLANNING

5.1 Extended Application

5.2 High School Completion

5.3 Graduation Requirements

5.3 Web College Program

5.4 Baker Early College

5.5 Transferring Credit Policies

5.5a From an accredited institution or program

5.5b From a non-accredited institution or program

5.6 Tier II Diploma Notification

6) Student Behavior Expectations

6.1 Student to Teacher Communication

6.2 Plagiarism

6.3 Cheating

6.4 Overview of Discipline Consequences

6.5 Level 1 Offenses

6.6 Level 2 Offenses

6.8        Threats and Intimidation

7) FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHT AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

8) HEALTH INFORMATION

8.1 HIPAA Compliance

8.2 Medical/Emergency Information

8.3 Communicable Disease

8.4 Immunizations

8.5 Health Physicals

9) TECHNOLOGY

9.1a Student Responsibilities for School Technology

9.2 Technology Support Help

9.2a Contacting Support

9.2b Viruses

9.2c   Spyware:

9.2d Backup your data

9.2e Parent Controls

10) FAQ’S

11) PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS

12) Academic Calendar


INTRODUCTION

The materials in this handbook have been carefully selected and prepared for you to have a great experience with BAKER WEB ACADEMY. They are subject to change as needs and laws change.

Students are responsible for the material in this handbook. Parents are encouraged to be familiar with the handbook to support their children. Infraction of the regulations included in this handbook will be dealt with by teachers and administration as necessary.

MISSION

The mission of Baker Web Academy is to empower the next generation through innovative, personalized and rigorous educational options.  

VISION

Through a collaborative effort with our BWA team, we have selected a vision statement to guide our work.  

The heart of success for Baker Charter Schools is helping all students become motivated, INDEPENDENT learners in an environment of INNOVATION, individualized education, and personal INTERACTION.

 

 Innovation | Independence | Interaction


LEADERSHIP TEAM MESSAGE

Dear Parent/Guardians,

Thank you all for choosing Baker Web Academy! You have many important decisions to make as a parent and one of the most important is how you will educate your children. We know there are many schooling options available to students now days and want to express our gratitude and thanks for choosing Baker Web Academy!

This year is going to be a fantastic year! We have hired excellent staff members and have been planning all summer for this fall! Our team is excited to begin working with you as a team to build a quality, engaging and meaningful education for your child.

We are excited to introduce some new curriculum options to our wonderful students this year: Florida Virtual School, Little Lincoln, Lincoln Interactive, and our Elementary Choice Program.  All of these curricula have been carefully studied, planned for, and our staff trained in how to use them so we can make your child’s educational experience as best as possible.

This year our staff has chosen the vision statement, “Empowering the next generation of learners through vigorous, personalized, and innovative educational choices”. Our goal is to personalize our school for each student so that each student has their own unique needs identified, valued, and met. Each student is an important part of our program. They are the reason we wake up every day and work so hard! We hope that our schooling journey together this year results in exciting gains, struggles and successes, and FUN!

As we progress through the year our “doors” are always open. In an online school our “doors” are our phones, email boxes, visits, and cars! Your relationship and student are important to us. Please call, email, or text me anytime if you have questions, comments, concerns, or just want to share a fun story!

Finally I will say that you will never regret the investment you are making in your children. Our school model demands more parent time and attention. Your investment in your children will be one of the most important decisions you make. Together our investments will be the foundation of a quality life for your student.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel Huld- Director

dhuld@bakercharters.org 

http://www.bakercharters.org 

541-524-2300 phone


1) WELCOME TO BAKER WEB ACADEMY

Thank you for choosing to be part of BAKER WEB ACADEMY! We are excited for the year to begin. We know this will be a great year and are looking forward to having you as part of our program. Please read this document clearly as we strongly believe in clearly explaining boundaries and expectations from the beginning of the year. It is your family’s responsibility to be active and engaged members in our learning community.

1.1 Guiding Principles

1.2 Community Values


2) ENROLLMENT

2.1 Enrollment Process

  1. Apply online*
  2. Receive confirmation email
  3. Confirm registration details via phone with staff
  4. Fill out enrollment packet        
  5. Take Orientation class and complete diagnostic
  6. Receive phone call from your teacher to schedule visit times and order curriculum
  7. Schedule your first home visit
  8. Maintain regular work schedules and communication with teacher and school

*Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College do not accept enrollment requests for students who have been expelled from other educational institutions without review of the expulsion situation by administration.   Enrollment requests may be denied pending administrative review of expulsion to ensure the safety of our school.  

2.2 Fees

It is our responsibility to provide a free and appropriate public education as members of the public schooling system. Therefore our program should remain free of charge.  However below are some costs associated with the program to be aware of:

  1. Internet- For our school a high speed internet connection is most helpful.  If you believe your family would qualify for assistance, please inform your teacher and we will explain how to apply for subsidized internet service
  2. Computer Misuse/Damage-Families are responsible for loss or damage of all equipment provided by BAKER WEB ACADEMY. Families do have the option of using their own computers, thereby reducing their risk of incurring costs due to damage of a school laptop.
  3. Optional Supplies- We will not have a supply list to go get at the store.  Occasionally in our curriculum there may be projects or activities that require small supplies. If your family is able to come up with the supplies we can work with that or we will supplement as appropriate
  4. Field Trips- If a family chooses to participate in a field trip there may be an additional charge for each trip, however we will most likely be able to get group discounted rates

2.3 Program Accessibility

Program Accessibility: The Charter, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, is committed to offering employment, physical facilities, communications, and transportation practices that provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities in all phases of the charter’s programs, services, and benefits.

Anyone who wishes to avail themselves of charter programs, services, or benefits and is concerned about accessibility should contact the school principal. Accommodations to provide program access will be made in accordance with Section 504 and the ADA when reasonable notice is provided to the site administrator or board. (Accommodations may include relocation of an activity to an accessible location.)"


3) HOW IT ALL WORKS

3.1 Communication

Our school does not work without regular and consistent communication between all parties!  Most of our students are learning in the home environment so communication must be a regular part of the school day. Your teacher will be making contact with you through messages on the Odyssey Ware message board, emails, phone calls and home visits. It is important that you respond to your teacher’s communication regularly and daily. Also, contact your teacher first if you have any questions or concerns.

3.2 Support: BCS Student Centers- Live Support

We want you to enjoy learning and be successful in progressing towards your academic goals.  Your team of support includes your advisory teacher, parent/guardian, other students, and principal. Your primary support will be your advisory teacher. He or she will help you manage the classes, schedule your time and prepare you for upcoming challenges. If there is something specific your teacher cannot help you with, he/she has access to other teachers and professionals who can help you. If you need help, be sure to start by asking your teacher.

Students living near a BCS Student Center (Baker, Bend, Eugene, Central Point, and Portland East/West) can access the Student Centers. The Centers are staffed by a Highly Qualified Oregon Certified teacher at all times they are open. The student centers are available for all students generally from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (hours may vary by location), with the exception of staff meeting dates, holidays, no school days. A schedule for the student centers will be posted on the website for your review.

Students that choose to attend the student centers during the day will be expected to be on task at all times. Students that are off task or become a disruption will be asked to leave the facility and may face disciplinary measures. Students may only access the portion of the building in which BAKER WEB ACADEMY operates. Students found to be on campus in other areas will be asked to leave, and may face disciplinary measures.

3.3 Counseling

The professional counseling staff at BAKER WEB ACADEMY assist students in determining their educational goals, planning their classes to take for goal completion, and making appropriate decisions concerning vocational, social and personal objectives during the schooling years. Contact your counselor if you have any questions about classes, admission process, and life stress or need help with big decisions.

Student Counseling Services Include:

Parents are invited to consult with a counselor concerning their sons or daughters. Conferences with the student, parent, teachers and counselors are often helpful in giving information, in planning, and in formulating goals and objectives

3.4 Learning Environment

We have found that students are most successful when regular boundaries and expectations are in place in the home environment. Teachers will work with your family to create a successful learning space and time.  While there is of course a lot of flexibility in designing the system we have found this to be most helpful. Please see the “Learning Plan and Commitment” form.

3.5 Parent/Student Orientation, Home Visits, and Online Visits

All BAKER WEB ACADEMY Advisory Teachers are required to visit and conduct orientation meetings for their families every two weeks. Each Advisory Teacher is responsible for going through the Parent and Students Handbooks, filling out the curriculum agreement, the computer agreement, demonstrating the use of our computer programs, updating students and parents on progress, presenting small lessons as needed for each of their families, informing, scheduling, and administering required state assessments.

At no time shall an advisory teacher, staff member, administrator, or counselor ever be alone with a student in private location such as a home or office. At all times there must be an additional parent/guardian or another staff member present in the same location when working with a student unless you are in a public visible location. Upon arrival if NO adult is present staff will immediately leave the premises and make arrangements for another visit at a later time.  Staff safety is a high priority for BAKER WEB ACADEMY. Staff may request to meet the student and parent at an alternate location, such as a local library or other space with internet connectivity at no cost.

ONLINE VISITS with Teachers

Parents should participate and be aware of all online visits and communications with teachers.  Baker Web Academy believes the parent role in a child’s education is critical to the work we do.  If a student is visiting with a teacher a parent should always be involved for information and safety reasons.  A parent may request to meet online with a teacher instead of a face to face meeting if they wish, however all parents should receive the same number of visits online or in person.  

When a BAKER WEB ACADEMY advisory teacher arrives for a visit it will be expected that:

  1. The student is dressed appropriately. Clean, neat and comfortable to work.
  2. The student is ready to learn (computer is turned on, school supplies are out and ready to be used, etc.)
  3. A responsible adult (parent or appointed adult over the age of 21) is in the house other than the teacher and the instruction takes place in a main living area of the house. In the event of an exception where the teacher and parents agree a student may be taught in another room, the door must remain open at all times. The parent, guardian or designee is expected to work in cooperation with the teacher to assure the supervision and safety of the student.
  4. The student and teacher will use appropriate language.
  5. No other electronics other than what is needed for learning or instruction are to be used during the teaching time (phones, iPods, games, etc.).
  6. Prevent interruptions during the visit if possible
  7. CONTACT THE ADVISORY TEACHER IF THE HOME VISIT NEEDS TO BE RESCHEDULED. Please notify the teacher as soon as possible, at least an hour before the scheduled visit.

3.6 Grading

Students understand that within that they must maintain adequate academic progress as defined on the Academic Calendar.  Students also understand that any course remaining active after the drop date will receive a final grade at semester and at the end of the year (final grade= % progress x % performance.  i.e. 94% grade x 94% complete = 88%). Regardless of any revision to a student’s learning plan all students will actively participate in a mathematics and language arts course.

All work in scheduled classes must be completed by posted end of the semester timelines.  Students may drop a class with teacher approval up to the quarter break each semester.   It is the student’s responsibility to understand and follow each individual teacher’s grading policies.  At Baker Charter Schools we want to prepare students for postsecondary education or work.  Therefore it is important to teach students about being self-reliant and the importance of deadlines.

Teachers will keep a running record of each student’s progress. A parent may request an updated progress report at any time. Teachers will make available progress reports at the end each term. Teachers will evaluate adequate academic progress as defined on the Academic Calendar on a weekly basis. Those students not making adequate progress will be recommended for a Student Support Plan, possible dismissal, and/or modified schedule.

All Baker Web Academy students understand that they must be progressing towards graduation and participating with our program full time during the duration of their enrollment.

Baker Web Academy uses the standard 4.0 grading scale without weights (as of Semester 2 2015-2016).  We do not offer weighted grades for A + (it is still worth 4.0 GPA points).  Grades transferred from other institutions that use plus and minus grades will remain displayed on the transcript but will not impact the GPA as such.  Our grade scale percentage cut offs are as follows:

Grade

A +

A

A -

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D+

D

D-

F

Percent

90%

90%

90%

80%

80%

80%

70%

70%

70%

60%

60%

60%

<60%

GPA

4.0

4.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.0

If you have concerns about a grade received in a class, please follow these steps:

  1. Talk with your teacher or counselor and ask for an explanation of the grade given. Ask if there is a way for the grade to be improved.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your counselor to discuss your concerns.
  3. Ask your school’s administrator about your concern.  All unresolved grade appeals will ultimately be reviewed by an administrator.

Incompletes

Generally incomplete grades are a reserved for students with documented inability to complete coursework within established timelines.  To receive an incomplete a student must set up the arrangement ahead of time.  The student will have one month to resolve the incomplete grade after the standard grading period is complete.  After one semester, incompletes turn to an F.

Changing Past Grades

All currently enrolled BWA students will have up to one semester to change past grades with approval.  After a semester all grades are final.  The first grade remains on the transcript as is.  All grade change requests must go through the school counselors and highly qualified subject teacher.  Please check the Counselor’s Corner on the website for the grade change form.  

3.7 Credit Options

Credit by Proficiency - Students may be assigned the unit review and final test in any class they feel they can test out of.  The student should have been exposed to the content prior through another unaccredited option or independent study.  The final exam should be taken under the direct guidance of a BCS staff member.  Students must score an 80% or above on the final exam in order to be granted credit. Anything above a total of 2 Credit-by-proficiency credits will need administrator approval.  Classes available are: physical science, biology, chemistry, english 1, 2, and 3, world history, and US history.  

Work Experience - Students may fill out work study form, provide necessary verification of experience, and turn in for work experience.  Anything over 2.0 credits to graduate requires administrator approval.

Independent Study - This option is available only after administrator approval.  Students may arrange with their administrator and teacher for an independent study course.  All courses will be elective credit for pass/fail only. Documentation of work and examples must be provided.

3.8 State of Oregon Assessment Exams

As a public school in Oregon, we are required to administer the State of Oregon Assessments, which are mostly computer based tests to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 or the second year of high school. Teachers will inform you of testing locations and rules.   Students may be required to test more than one time per year on the Oregon Assessment Exams. It is a requirement of any actively enrolled students to attend and participate in all assessments when requested by administration or Advisory Teacher.  Should a family chose to opt out of state testing there is an annual form that must be filled out.  Students who opt out still must meet the Oregon Essential Skill requirement.

3.9 Field Trips

We believe strongly in the power field trips and experiential learning. As a school we will provide opportunities for families to participate in field trips. Costs, transportation and supervision will be the responsibility of the parent. We will be able to get group discounted rates so please inform your teacher of your desire to attend field trips ahead of time.  Please see the “Field Trip Form” for more details

3.10 Physical Education

Students and Parents will track PE on a form provided and regularly report PE activities to their teacher. Please see the “PE Form” for further details. Students must document the date of the activity, the type of activity, and duration of activity.  Students will need to gather proof of at least 65 hours a semester of work and a total of 130 for the school year for grades K-8 and 1.0 credit in high school.  To achieve this total students should complete 45 minutes a day or 4 hours a week.  Students should log only activities that raise the heart rate for more than 20 minutes.  Some activities might include biking, running, walking, hiking, aerobics, yoga, working out at gym, and all other sport activities.  

3.11 Extra Curricular Activities

You may participate in your local school districts athletics and other extra-curricular activities that occur after school hours with the permission of the building principal. Please contact your program principal for support and guidance through this process.

3.12 Elementary Policies

In order to ensure the success of all our K-5 (6-8 limited choice) students in our virtual program we are asking that students and parents be aware of these policies

Guidelines for specific curriculum are outlined below:

3.13 Complaint Procedure

The Principal and Director have responsibility for investigations concerning hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying or menacing. The investigator(s) shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented.

Any student, employee or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been a victim of hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyber bullying or menacing in violation of this policy shall immediately report his/her concerns.

All complaints will be promptly investigated in accordance with the following procedures:

Step I        Any hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyber bullying or menacing information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to the Principal or Director. Complaints against the Principal shall be filed with the Director. Information may be presented anonymously. Complaints against the Director shall be filed with the Board chairperson. All such information will be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the offense and corresponding dates.

Step II        The school official receiving the complaint shall promptly investigate.  Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student. The school official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties within five working days after receipt of the information or complaint. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The school official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant and parents as appropriate, in writing when the investigation is concluded and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.

A copy of the notification letter or the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any other documentation related to the incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be forwarded to the Director.

Step III        If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step II, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Director. Such appeal must be filed within ten working days after receipt of the Step II decision. The Director will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The Director shall provide a written decision to the complainant’s appeal within ten working days.

Step IV        If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step III, a written appeal may be filed with the Board. Such appeal must be filed within ten working days after receipt of the Step III decision. The Board shall, within twenty working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to present the complaint. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within ten working days following completion of the hearing.

Direct complaints related to educational programs and services may be made to the Oregon Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Direct complaints related to employment may be filed with the Oregon Department of Labor, or the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Documentation related to the incident may be maintained as a part of the student’s education records or employee’s personnel file. Additionally, a copy of all hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying or menacing complaints and documentation will be maintained as a confidential file in the School office.


4) ATTENDANCE

4.1 Typical School Day

Students will spend part of their time working on the computer with assignments but our software and teachers alike will direct student to participate in other activities as well. Students will have projects, journals, reading, and PE activities to participate in not on a computer.  We do encourage students to work at a pace that is beneficial for them while getting assigned work completed on time.  Daily progress is vital to your success. Talk with your teacher about how best to schedule your work each day

4.2 Time and Scheduling

BAKER WEB ACADEMY students are expected to be engaged in schooling activities according to the information below:

It is a requirement of Oregon School Law (ORS 330.010) that children between the ages of 7-18 regularly attend school. Research shows that excessive absences have a negative effect on grades and learning.

We would recommend breaking learning into chunks of time and content. Break up extended periods on the computer with PE activities, projects, lunch/snack breaks, craft time, etc.

4.3 Absences

4.3a What is an Absence?

A student absence at Baker Web Academy is defined as any time a student fails to meet adequate academic progress as defined on the Academic Calendar and/or fails to communicate twice in one week either face to face or on the phone with their advisory teacher.

4.3b How is Adequate Academic Progress defined?

Adequate academic progress is defined as completing the percentage of a course equal to or greater than the minimum percentage outlined on the Academic Calendar to ensure the course is completed by the semester deadlines.

4.3c How is Attendance measured?

A student at Baker Web Academy must meet weekly attendance requirements set forth by school administration in order to maintain enrollment. Student attendance is measured in two specific ways; making adequate academic progress, and communicating synchronously with their advisory teacher. A student is considered absent if they do not make adequate academic progress as defined on the Academic Calendar. A student is also considered absent if they do not connect twice a week either face to face or on the phone with their Advisory Teacher to be counted in full attendance. Students that fail to meet weekly attendance requirements for ten consecutive days must be dropped. Students who are failing to meet attendance requirements, but have not reached the mandatory 10 day drop policy will meet with administration and be placed on a Student Support Plan which outlines specific academic progress and attendance requirements

4.3d Ten (10) day drop policy

If a student has ten consecutive unexcused absences, that student must be dropped from our rolls.

4.3e Lack of adequate academic progress

In the event that the teacher feels a student’s adequate academic progress is being hindered by excessive absences or poor work habits, the teacher will initiate a referral to the SST (Student Study Team) and make contact with the home. A parent conference, student contract or course load adjustment may result. A student will be placed on a Student Support Plan, as well as placed on the appropriate RTI tier.

4.3f Student Support Plans

Students in grades 7-12 who are behind in 50% or more classes may be placed on a Student Support Plan.  The goal of a student support plan is to address barriers to learning and provide accountability.  The Student Support Plan team will consist of the parent (s), student, teacher, counselor and administrator.  There are three levels of student support plans.  Once a student reaches the third level the team may establish a case that the school is not working out for the student.  Failure of the plan goals may result in exit from the school.  We will discuss alternative placement options at that time.

4.4 Other Pre-Arranged Absences

4.4a Family Vacations

BAKER WEB ACADEMY requests that families schedule vacations or special programs so as not to conflict with school.  In the case of a planned absence, the student must consult with his/her teacher ahead of time. BAKER WEB ACADEMY will need advanced notification of family plans that will cause a student to miss days to work on academics so that arrangements can be made by the teacher to help keep the student in good academic standing.

4.5 Excused Absences

The following are legal reasons for an absence to be excused according to ORS 339.065:

  1. Student illness
  2. Illness in the student’s immediate family if it prevents the student from completing work.
  3. A medical or family emergency
  4. Dentist or doctor appointment
  5. Other reasons where satisfactory arrangements have been made in advance (see Pre-Arranged Absences)
  6. In the event of an absence which has not been pre-arranged, the parent is responsible to notify the teacher within two consecutive school days following the student’s return to school. Notice may be in writing, email or by telephone. Please include the student’s first and last name on all notes or messages. The spelling of the last name on messages is also helpful.

4.6 Unexcused Absence Policy

Any absence that is not communicated with the teacher or does not apply to the list above will be considered an unexcused absence. Parents will have two school days after an absence to excuse the absence of a student.

4.7 Snow days

Generally, we do not honor snow days if your resident district closes due to weather or other issues since much of the work is done in the home. If you have a home visit scheduled, your teacher will reschedule if they are unable to safely drive to your home. You should also check for messages from your teacher related to field trips or other activities that had been scheduled.

4.8 School-Sponsored Events

Students at all school sponsored events are governed by BAKER WEB ACADEMY rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of BAKER WEB ACADEMY officials wherever the event. Students are also reminded that they are subject to discipline for conduct while traveling to and from activities.


5) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PLANNING

5.1 Extended Application

All BWA students are required to complete an Extended Application project before graduation. This is a project that helps each junior or senior create a project that is of their own choosing and is related to a possible career path.  The project is completed in direct and regular communication with an advisor who could be your teacher, counselor, or administrator.

        Options for Extended Application

  1. Complete the Capstone Project.  This is a multifaceted project that guides students through college/career preparation, developing a portfolio, and implementing a final project.  Strands of emphasis include volunteering, skill development or an internship.
  2. Career Related Coursework- Students may participate in courses related to their pre-determined career goals under the guidance of the Web Academy counselor or Capstone Teacher as appropriate.

This a requirement for both BAKER WEB ACADEMY and Baker EARLY COLLEGE

5.2 High School Completion

BAKER WEB ACADEMY will maintain its commitment to students who need more time than usual to achieve critical competencies. What matters in such a case is that the student continues to make reasonable effort to succeed. A student who consistently fails to demonstrate commitment to completing the necessary credits may be encouraged to find another educational program that is better suited for the student’s academic success.

5.3 Graduation Requirements

*= Must be taught by highly qualified teacher

Graduates- Must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

5.3 Web College Program

Students who are in 10-12th grades can enroll in the Web College Program through BAKER WEB ACADEMY. Dependent on space and availability in BAKER WEB ACADEMY students may attend ONLINE or on-campus classes through this program. Students will receive tuition, books, and personalized advising each term.

5.4 Baker Early College

Students who are in 10-12th grades can enroll in Baker EARLY COLLEGE. This is a program that will enable the student to earn college credits and their high school diploma at the same time.  A student enrolls in an Oregon community college of their choosing while also being enrolled in an EARLY COLLEGE Academy. The student takes classes at the community college and credits earned in required classes are awarded as simultaneous college and high school credits. See your counselor for more details about tuition coverage and money for books.

5.5 Transferring Credit Policies

5.5a From an accredited institution or program

  1. New students and parents provide their assigned counselor with any relevant records of previous schools and credits earned.
  2. BAKER WEB ACADEMY will request your records from your previous school.
  3. Upon receipt of transcript from previous high school, the counselor evaluates and assigns credits consistent with BAKER WEB ACADEMY graduation requirements.
  4. Students who transfer in mid semester will be placed in classes for which they bring withdrawal grades from the previous school or as best decided by parents, students, teachers, and counselors.

5.5b From a non-accredited institution or program

Credits will not be accepted from non-accredited programs. Please speak with your counselor/administrator about non-accredited program credits.

6) Student Behavior Expectations

The BAKER WEB ACADEMY online learning community rules include all those listed in this handbook and any changes posted on the school website or distributed to students and their parents and any other roles clearly communicated to students by the BAKER WEB ACADEMY staff. Students and parents are invited to suggest changes. Following the BAKER WEB ACADEMY rules is a necessary to help create a supportive environment for student success.

6.1 Student to Teacher Communication

With any and all communication between and student and teacher it is expected that a student will abstain from any form of vulgarity, slang or jargon, or inappropriate subjects. This includes all methods of communication such as electronic, verbal, or written.

Students may not use inappropriate language, discuss inappropriate topics or make disrespectful comments based on ethnicity, gender, creed, sexual orientation, race, disability, national origin, language spoken or marital status toward any BAKER WEB ACADEMY student or in the presence of BAKER WEB ACADEMY staff.

Threats and intimidation are in violation of BAKER WEB ACADEMY expectations and will not be tolerated. Please immediately alert your teacher or another staff member if you become aware of inappropriate behavior by a BAKER WEB ACADEMY student toward another student or a staff member. Violation of this expectation is grounds for disciplinary action.

6.2 Plagiarism

BAKER WEB ACADEMY students are expected to do their own work and cite the work of others as appropriate. Plagiarism is the willful presentation of some else’s previously written, published, or copyrighted material as one's own. Such material may include work that appears in print, on-line, or in audio or video formats. Copying work from another student may be regarded as plagiarism if done without consent and if credit is not given to the original writer.

Penalties for plagiarism may include failing the assignment in question, failing the course or project, failing the trimester, or being subject to a dismissal hearing. BAKER WEB ACADEMY may choose at its discretion, to employ plagiarism-detecting software.

6.3 Cheating

BAKER WEB ACADEMY expects any student's individual work to be solely the result of his/her own effort. The penalty for cheating may include failing the assignment, project or exam in question, failing the course, or doing alternative assignments to earn credit for that assignment.

6.4 Overview of Discipline Consequences

The purpose of disciplinary action at BAKER WEB ACADEMY is to ensure that both the individual students and the BAKER WEB ACADEMY community stay focused on growth and learning. Depending on the nature of the infraction and the student’s past performance, any or all of the following consequences may be instituted:


6.5 Level 1 Offenses

First Offense Range of Consequences

Repeated Offense Range of Consequences

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

Poor performance in classes

Student and Parent Notification

Goal Setting Meeting

Counselor and Administrator Notification

Goal Setting Meeting + Contract

Lack of Preparation for Visits

Student Warning

Student Parent Meeting

Student Parent Meeting

Goal Setting Meeting

Lack of Communication

Student Warning

Parent Notification

Student Parent Meeting

Goal Setting Meeting

Absent

Parent Notification

Suspension

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal- after 10 days of no work/communication

Unpaid debts

Student Warning

Parent Notification

Student Parent Meeting

If in excess of $50 records may be held until payment is made or payment schedule established


6.6 Level 2 Offenses

First Offense Range of Consequences

Repeated Offense Range of Consequences

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

Plagiarism or cheating

Student Warning

Suspension

Academic Consequence

Suspension

Technology Misuse

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal

Technology Intentional Abuse

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Dismissal

Dismissal

Disruptive Appearance

Student Warning

Suspension

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Defiance of Authority/ Insubordination

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Student Parent Meeting + Contract

Dismissal

Bullying/Cyber Bullying/Harassment

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal

Disorderly Conduct/

Profanity

Student Warning

Suspension

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal

Disrupting the educational environment within the SLL

Student Warning

Suspension

Suspension

Dismissal


6.7 Level 3 Offenses

First Offense Range of Consequences

Repeated Offense Range of Consequences

Minimum

Maximum

Minimum

Maximum

Alcohol

Suspension

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Assault

Suspension

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Drugs/Medication/ Tobacco

Suspension

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Vandalism or Theft

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Suspension

Dismissal

Fighting/

Endangering

Student Parent Meeting

Suspension

Suspension

Dismissal

Sexual Harassment

Student Parent Meeting

Dismissal

Suspension

Dismissal

Weapons

Suspension

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

6.8        Threats and Intimidation

Any student who engages in conduct, by word or action, that constitutes threats or intimidation will be subject to immediate disciplinary action. For those students who, by their written or spoken statements, are threatening to harm others by using firearms, explosive devices, or deadly and dangerous weapons, appropriate law enforcement officials shall be notified. Students should immediately inform a teacher, counselor, or administrator regarding any threat or intimidation of students.


7) FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHT AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that BAKER WEB ACADEMY, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, your BAKER WEB ACADEMY may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised us to the contrary in accordance with procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow your BAKER WEB ACADEMY to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications.

Examples include:

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want BAKER WEB ACADEMY to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, please sign to that regard below.

 BAKER WEB ACADEMY has designated the following information as directory information;


Footnotes:

These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the Nation's armed forces.

8) HEALTH INFORMATION

8.1 HIPAA Compliance

  1. Baker Charter Schools does not anticipate receiving or disclosing any individually identifiable information in the normal course of providing services. Should Protected Health Information (PHI) be made available, or obtained by Baker Charter Schools, we do hereby assure our students and staff that we will:
  2. Comply with the rules and regulations concerning the privacy and security of PHI under the
  3. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  4. Not use or disclose any PHI except in the course of meeting our contractual obligations or as required by law.
  5. Report any non-compliance of which we become aware.
  6. At the request and direction of the staff or student, and if feasible, make available PHI in accordance within the requirements of HIPAA.
  7. Upon reasonable notice and during normal business hours, allow the Secretary of the United
  8. States Department of Health and Human Services the right to audit our records and practices related to the use and disclosure of PHI to ensure compliance.
  9. Upon termination of contract or upon request, if feasible, return or destroy all PHI received or created as a result of any contract and retain no copies.

8.2 Medical/Emergency Information

Each student must have a current registration card on file with the school. This registration card will include emergency information. Please keep the information current and inform us of any changes in your student’s health. Current phone numbers are also important in case we need to contact you in an emergency.  Please make sure any special medical considerations for your student are reported on the field trip forms and any other pertinent spot so we can appropriately address your child’s needs.

8.3 Communicable Disease

If your child has planned on attending a group event (field trip, state testing, small group class) and has a communicable illness, keep them home unless they have been symptom free for 24 hours. Examples are: a fever of 100 degrees or more, vomiting, diarrhea, severe cough, a rash, draining wound, or head lice. We want to help control the spread of illness at school by keeping ill students home until the contagious period has passed.

8.4 Immunizations

Oregon requires all children to be immunized per State guidelines.  BWA does plan and schedule events throughout the year where small groups (more than 5 students) attend. For this reason we must abide by the immunization guidelines. You will be notified if your child is in need of any immunizations.  All students attending high school must meet the requirements of having diphtheria/ tetanus and polio vaccines, two measles (or MMR) vaccines, hepatitis B series and varicella vaccine (or the date they had the chickenpox illness). Please make sure to update our main office when your student gets additional shots. You may call 1-800-723-3638 for the location of immunization clinics in your area.

8.5 Health Physicals

Students participating in sports or extracurricular activities should check with their resident district school for rules and policies around physicals.

9) TECHNOLOGY

9.1a Student Responsibilities for School Technology

We have made a strong commitment to the use of computers to aid in the educational process. We expect all persons to use school computers, available software, computer networks, and the computer peripherals in the proper manner. These uses must be obviously and unquestionably legal, ethical and educational. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in revocation of computer privileges, disciplinary action, suspension/expulsion, and/or legal action. Receiving a computer from Baker Web Academy has inherent responsibilities as laid out in the following.

Acceptable Use is defined in this manner:

Responsible users may use BWA computers to:

Unacceptable Use is generally defined as, but not limited to, any action that:

Unacceptable use is specifically defined, but not limited to, as inappropriate use of the computer in the following ways:

Administrator’s Access to Files: Students should assume that their use of Baker Web Academy’s Internet Access and computer file storage will not be private. All files and records may be examined by administrators for educational and administrative purposes, ensuring that safe practices are followed. A list of visited sites as well as times can be monitored by the system administrator. Students should understand that administrators will cooperate with law enforcement authorities by providing access to Internet email, files, and records as necessary.

Web Filtering/Security: All school supplied computers come with pre-installed security and content filtering software/programs.  Alterations and or methods to change/bypass security settings is a direct violation of student use of technology and may result in disciplinary actions.  The content filter is designed to keep Students safe and focused on their education.  Should parents request or desire further access or have questions about filtering mechanism please contact our technology support.

You may NOT share any of your passwords or e-mail account information.

Students are expected to check their student e-mail at least once a day for important school information and announcements.

Printing to school printers is for school-related purposes only.

Students are welcome to bring their own personal laptop computers and access the wireless network at region drop in centers. However, all the above-mentioned rules, which apply to school computers, apply to personal laptops used by students while at regional drop in centers. Laptops may be confiscated for violation of above rules and returned to a parent/guardian from a school administrator. Baker Web Academy is not responsible for a student’s personal laptop if it is damaged or stolen while here at school.

In accordance with ORS. 164.377, “Any person commits computer crime who knowingly accesses, attempts to access or uses, or attempts to use, any computer, computer system, computer network to defraud, commit theft, or interfere with information flow, and shall be considered a Class C felony.”

 We pride ourselves on the technology that is available to our students. The following responsibilities and liabilities apply when technology equipment is used:

9.2 Technology Support Help

        9.2a Contacting Support

Technical support is available during normal school hours. You can find contact information for technical support by visiting BakerCharters.org and locating the technology help page listed under the contact menu.  

The following information only applies to school owned laptops and will not applicable to Chromebooks

9.2b Viruses

There are many commercial anti virus which can be activated for an annual fee. The family is responsible for this expense. There are free anti-virus programs available for download and one of these is installed prior to the school year.

9.2c   Spyware:

The latest Windows Service Pack is installed on your school laptops . Keeping the firewall and pop-up blockers enabled will improve your chances of avoiding spyware. Anti-spyware programs are available for download. Spybot Search and Destroy is a no cost example. Installing and using anti spyware software will help avoid problems. Limit web surfing and file sharing.

9.2d Backup your data

Back up your schoolwork to an external device, such as a USB flash memory. Doing this protects your personal files if the computer requires reimaged or repair. Simply copy the entire contents of My Documents folder or any other location of documents you have to the USB drive.

9.2e Parent Controls

There are commercially available programs that will limit what websites can be visited. Three examples are Safe Eyes, Net Nanny and K9 Web Protection. The cost of these programs is the responsibility of the family.

10) FAQ’S

  1. What are some ways to be successful in BAKER WEB ACADEMY?

Work on lessons every day. Learn something new every day. Ask questions. Communicate with your teacher and parents about what you are learning. Keep a journal. Take notes.

  1. Can I take classes at my local public school or other school?

We do everything to help a student have the experiences that will help learning.  As a student enrolled in BAKER WEB ACADEMY, your administrator needs to work with your local school to arrange this opportunity. We will try to work with the other school, but the final decision is with the school’s principal.

  1. Can we change classes if needed?

Yes. If a level is too easy or too challenging, we can accommodate a change. Work with your teacher to help with adjusting to the appropriate academic level.

  1. Can we substitute a lesson to unit for one that has been assigned?

If there is an assignment on a particular subject you do not want your child to learn, we can accommodate another assignment in its place. If there is another curriculum you would prefer in ONE subject, you may choose to use that curriculum. However, it must be approved by the teacher and principal PRIOR to the beginning of the unit and you must supply your teacher with finished work weekly. Otherwise, you will not receive credit for that subject.

  1. What if we feel BAKER WEB ACADEMY is no longer the best place for our child?

If you have changed your mind and decided there is a better educational choice, you need to notify your teacher as soon as possible. Daily attendance is a critical part of education and keeping accurate account of where the child is attending is important. This is also true if you decide to homeschool your child. We want to make proper arrangements to help with a smooth transition to the new place of education for the student. You can also decide to come back to our school.  Students who were enrolled, then dropped out may need to wait before being re- enrolled if there is no available space for new students.


11) PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS

  1. Provide an organized, quiet place for study and academic work. Students of all ages need a place to focus and learn. If your home is not able to provide an adequate space for your child to learn, try to find a place that is easy to access and is available. Possibilities are a local library, a neighbor who also has a student learning in the home.
  2. Seek to know the classes and units in which your child is working. Your teacher will be able to provide information on what classes your child is enrolled in and the expectations for completion of school work. Be sure to ask if you have any questions and talk with your child every school day about what they are learning.
  3. Monitor your child’s progress.
  4. Get to know the teacher(s) your child is in communication with. Make sure you have all necessary contact information easy to find. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, the computer, internet connection or other educational options, please contact your teacher. If there is any information that will be helpful for your teacher to know, please don’t hesitate to share pertinent information.
  5. Let your child know you support them and want them to be a strong learner. The best support a child can have is support in the home. Tell your child when you are proud of their work, you believe in their ability and other encouraging words.
  6. Ask your child if there is something you can do to help (provide tutoring, dictionaries, other references).
  7. Recognize your child’s qualities and reward good behavior.
  8. Help your child assess personal strengths and weaknesses and encourage him/her not to avoid the subjects she finds to be most challenging.
  9. Monitor schoolwork and proper computer usage. (PE logs daily reading, journaling, computer progress).
  10. Remove potential distractions such as IPOD, phone, turn off the television, etc.
  11. Do your best to provide a breakfast for your child and as often as possible, try to have a sit down dinner.
  12. Establish a school work schedule.


12) Academic Calendar

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 Baker Web Academy Student/Parent Handbook