Handbook and Policies


2017-2018 LCDA Handbook









 




Mr. Brett A. Green

Digital Academy Coordinator

(419) 533-6641 x5120

bgreen@libertycenterschools.org



Mrs. Hillary A. McBride

Digital Academy Instructional Aide

(419) 533-6641 x5121

hmcbride@libertycenterschools.org


Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the Liberty Center Digital Academy (LCDA).  The LCDA is committed to providing a safe, technologically-rich learning environment where high expectations integrate home, student, school and community. Liberty Center Schools has implemented this innovative instructional environment to further support the diverse learning needs of their students through the Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy (NOVA).

The LCDA combines the benefits of home-school and online learning with those of our Liberty Center public schools. Through the DA, students are able to take a variety of courses that fit their interests and educational needs. Your student will be taking courses offered through Pearson Connexus Learning, which was formerly called GradPoint or Connexus.

I will be onsite to support LC students and families who are learning through the LCDA. Mrs. McBride, our instructional aide is also a valuable resource, providing additional one on one assistance to students. Whether a student attends the DA throughout the day or from home, he or she will be expected to follow the same rules and guidelines expected in a traditional classroom. The opportunity to learn online is unique and requires effort and discipline to be successful.

Should you need additional resources from home, please visit the school site at http://www.libertycenterschools.org/departments/digital_academy. Congratulations on your decision to join the LCDA program! I am looking forward to starting a new year and helping your student succeed.


Sincerely,


Mr. Brett A. Green

Digital Academy Coordinator

(419) 533-6641 x5120

bgreen@libertycenterschools.org


Mrs. Hillary A. McBride

Digital Academy Instructional Aide

(419) 533-6641 x5121

hmcbride@libertycenterschools.org

LCDA Expectations and Policies


As a member of the Liberty Center Digital Academy (therefore, a student of Liberty Center Public Schools), I will:

  1. Display an attitude of dignity and respect when interacting with other students and staff.

  2. Refrain from using any foul or profane language directed at another student or staff.

  3. Use websites only pertaining to schoolwork while in the Digital Academy lab.

  4. Complete the Digital Academy work outlined for me on a weekly basis.

  5. Be present in the Liberty Center Digital Academy lab facility when I am scheduled to be.

  6. Use only the facilities open to Digital Academy students unless expressly given permission by the program coordinator.

  7. Students will refrain from the use of cell phones or other electronic devices not pertaining to coursework completion. If a student is to be reached, please contact the school office.

  8. Students are expected to and will complete their own work for course completion, cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

  9. Students enrolling in a DA course are allowed to withdraw from the course with coordinator and principal approval for up to two weeks without receiving a withdrawn F. The student must pick a like course to enroll in at this time or will receive a withdrawn F. Students are expected to complete the course(s) they are enrolled in prior to the last day of the semester of that course(s). The coordinator and principal will make determinations based on individual student needs for any special circumstances.

  10. Students participating in the Digital Academy are expected to follow and abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the LCHS Student-Parent Handbook or otherwise stated in this packet.


Inability to abide by these guidelines is grounds for further discipline action as seen necessary by the program coordinator and/or building principal.






LCDA Attendance Agreement

As a student in the Liberty Center Digital Academy, you will be held to the attendance policy as outlined below.  Online enrollment sometimes offers a schedule different from the traditional school day, therefore it is important to read and understand the regulations of attendance below.  

  • Online only students are allowed five unexcused absences before a truancy report will be filed against the student.  An unexcused absence is one without notice to the school, without just cause, or without a doctor’s note if so required.

  • Students taking any portion of their coursework in the classroom will need to have absences reported to the office.  Online only students can report absences directly to the Digital Academy Coordinator.

  • Students have the unique opportunity to make up an absence by coming into the Digital Academy lab for an additional day or extended hours to make up the hours missed. This opportunity must be approved by the DA coordinator and/or the building principal.

  • In-school DA students are required to meet a progress percentage mark each week. Students that have not met the goal by the following Monday will be given a Friday night detention. The detention serves to allow students two extra hours of focused time on school work.

  • Online only students who work from home are expected to log one hour per enrolled course per day (i.e  5 courses = 5 hours) and make progress in those courses per the semester progress chart. If a student is not meeting the hourly and progress goals, the student’s account will be counted absent, have their account inactivated, and the parent and student will need to come and meet with the principal and DA Coordinator to determine a plan of action.


We agree to the outlined schedule above and agree to the regulations set within the attendance policy.  We understand that inability to fulfill progress requirements and/or show up for lab appointments will directly result in a truancy report.






LCDA Financial Responsibility Notice

As a part of Liberty Center Digital Academy (LCDA) students will be provided a computer to be used for schoolwork.  This equipment and school supplies are the property of the LCDA and are assigned to you (your student) for use while enrolled in LCDA.  By signing this agreement, you assume responsibility for the equipment and school supplies issued to you (your student) and agree to take due care in the handling and use of this equipment and school supplies.

You and your student are not to add, delete, alter, load unapproved software, or reconfigure this equipment and/or its contents in any manner.  This equipment is your “school environment” and any changes to it may affect the equipment capabilities and the educational process.

All repairs to this equipment are to be provided directly by Liberty Center Digital Academy.  In the event that your computer requires repairs outside the bounds of our maintenance agreement (due to unapproved alterations, negligence or misuse, etc.), you will be held financially responsible and will be billed for necessary repairs.  In the event that you (your student) withdraw from LCDA, it is your responsibility to return the equipment to LCDA in good repair at the time of withdrawal.

I understand my financial and due care obligation to Liberty Center Digital Academy and assume full responsibility of the netbook computer system and all necessary supplies and/or equipment issued to me (my student/students) as well as any and all equipment issued to me replacing original issue equipment.  I understand that I/my student(s) may not alter, tamper with, add additional unauthorized software, or reconfigure this equipment and that all repairs are to be performed by LCDA or  designated agent.  I understand that it will be my responsibility to transport the equipment to locations designated by LCDA for any maintenance or repairs, and I further agree that I am financially responsible for the shipping, proper packaging, and return of all equipment and supplies upon termination from LCDA.  I understand that all equipment must be returned in working order or I will be responsible for repair and/or replacement costs. Failure to return equipment promptly will result in referral to a collection agency or legal action.  






LCDA Student Supply List


Students are asked to bring the following items to school with them daily. If you prefer, they may be stored in the digital academy lab for daily use, but please mark them with your student’s name.  These items are used frequently, but will not be supplied for your student by the school.  I will supply my student with the following:


✓  Headphones (THESE ARE MANDATORY FOR DA COURSES)

✓  Calculator

✓   Paper/notebook

✓   Folder(s)

✓   Pencils/Pens

  • Associated text book, e-book, or other class materials










Email will be our primary means of communication with parents and I am asking for an active email address that Mrs. McBride or I can contact the parent/guardian. This will be for updates on student progress, or if there are any other issues that need discussed throughout the student’s time in the LCDA. Thank you for your cooperation.

By signing this agreement and filling out the information, this will signify that both the student and parent/guardian have read and agree to comply with rules and processes of the Digital Academy at LC Schools.


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Parent/Guardian Signature

___________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Email (primary)

___________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Email (alternate)


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Student Signature































LCDA First Semester Pace 2017-18

Week

Progress

Date

1

2%

Friday, August 25, 2017

2

8%

Friday, September 1, 2017

3

14%

Friday, September 8, 2017

4

20%

Friday, September 15, 2017

5

26%

Friday, September 22, 2017

6

32%

Friday, September 29, 2017

7

38%

Friday, October 6, 2017

8

44%

Friday, October 13, 2017

9

50%

Friday, October 20, 2017

10

56%

Friday, October 27, 2017

11

62%

Friday, November 3, 2017

12

68%

Friday, November 10, 2017

13

74%

Friday, November 17, 2017

14

74%

Friday, November 24, 2017

15

80%

Friday, December 1, 2017

16

86%

Friday, December 8, 2017

17

92%

Friday, December 15, 2017

19

100%

Friday, January 12, 2018

20


Friday January 19, 2018


Friday, October 27, 2017= End of 1st 9-weeks


Friday, January 19, 2018= End of 2nd 9 weeks and 1st Semester



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