Principal  – Erik Tritsch

Counselor – Tamesha McKinney

 

Our Mission Statement

The Mission of Fairborn Digital Academy is to provide the highest quality online education available

to facilitate the personal and academic excellence of at-risk students, while valuing individual differences.

Message to Parents/Guardians and Students:

 

The Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA), sponsored by the Fairborn City Schools, officially opened its doors on November 14, 2002.  Our primary purpose is to offer the highest quality online educational program available.  Each year we evaluate our students’ progress and make revisions in our program to provide each student with the best opportunity to be successful.

 

This year we are offering four distinct programs for our high school students; FAST (Fairborn Accelerated Student Team), FIRST (Fairborn Intensive Recovery Student Team), PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Options)-Advanced Study Program, and our new Dual Credit (Credit Flex) Program. We are using a variety of online courseware to individualize student courses as much as possible: A+, GradPoint, Write To Learn, Study Island, Sinclair Community College, and Kent State University. All students will be taking the ACT end-of-course exams for their English, math, social studies, and science classes. We will pay for one ACT college entrance exam.  Students will also participate in assessments, at least twice during the school year, for Reading, Language Arts and Math to measure the amount of progress during the year. We have changed our Internet provider to Verizon to allow our students wireless access from anywhere to complete their work. This year our building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FDA uses A+ for our FIRST student program.  FIRST students come to Black Lane twice a week for assistance in completing their course work successfully. We use the Apple/Nike+ program and online courseware to provide physical education and improve the health of our students. There is also “open gym” time in which students will be able to participate in physical activity that will be credited toward their PE class.

 

All of our contracted teachers are rated by the state as highly qualified. Each accountability coach has no more than 20 students, and his/her objective is to see that each student completes at least five credits this year. Your student’s accountability coach will contact you to establish credit goals as well as plans for graduation and after graduation. Throughout the school year, your coach will contact you and the student weekly to check progress  toward meeting these goals. We will mail quarterly progress reports. This year the accountability coaches also have the ability to schedule additional time with students in our labs for individual assistance.

In addition, our guidance counselor will work closely with students to ensure the wellbeing of the whole student is being addressed, and to help students realize their goals after graduation.

We at FDA believe that parents play a critical role in the education of their children.  We appreciate the support you have already given by deciding to enroll your children in FDA, and the follow-up educational support you provide to your children and our staff.

Should you have questions, please contact our Principal, Erik Tritsch, at 937-879-0511.

 

Program of Study

Class Status

 

Twenty credits (of which 15 are specific) are required to graduate. Class status is changed only at the beginning of the year. Class status is determined by credits earned as follows:

Freshman 0 – 4.75 credits

Sophomore 5 – 9.75 credits

Junior 10 – 14.75 credits

Senior 15 + credits

 

Curriculum Requirements for Graduation

Fairborn’s curriculum requirements meet or exceed the standards set by the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Required Credits Include (students starting high school before 2009-2010):

  • 4 credits of English language arts
    • 1/2 credit of health and 1/2 credit of physical education
    • 3 credits of mathematics
    • 3 credits of science, including 1 physical science and 1 biological science
    • 3 credits of social studies, including geography, US history, and government
    • 1 credit of business, technology, foreign language, or fine art
    • 5 electives

 

Required Credits Include (students starting high school after 2010-2011):

  • 4 credits of English language arts
  • 1/2 credit of health and 1/2 credit of physical education
  • 4 credits of mathematics including 1 credit of algebra II or equivalent
  • 3 credits of science, including 1 physical science, 1 biological science, and 1 advanced study
  • 3 credits of social studies, including geography, US history, and government
  • 1 credit of business, technology, foreign language, or fine art
  • 1/2 credit of career and finance
  • 3 1/2  credits of electives

 

Fairborn Digital Academy High School Diploma Requirements

 

To earn a diploma from Fairborn Digital Academy High School, the following requirements must be met:

1. Complete Fairborn Digital Academy High School curriculum requirements

2. Complete graduation and after-graduation plan

3. Pass all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

 

The Board mandates that at the time of graduation each student will have fulfilled all state testing, academic, and financial obligations. A good school record is the best recommendation an applicant can offer, either to a college or to a job. A record of good personal behavior and cooperation will be expected.

 

Alternate Requirements to Earn an Ohio Diploma

 

If a student passes four of the five Ohio Graduation tests and meets all the following criteria, the student will meet the testing requirements for earning an Ohio diploma:

• Be within 10 points of passing the one failed test

• Has 97% attendance in each of last four school years

• Has not been expelled from school in last four school years

• Has a grade point average of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 in courses of test not yet passed

• Has completed high school requirements

• Has participated in those intervention programs offered

• Has letters recommending graduation from principal and high school teachers of the courses of the test not yet passed

 

Ohio Graduation Tests

 

The Ohio Graduation Tests are administered in the areas of writing, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students are required to meet all curriculum requirements established by the Ohio and Fairborn Digital Academy Boards of Education and pass all of the Ohio Graduation Tests or meet the criteria for the Alternative Requirements to Earn a Diploma in order to earn their diplomas.  The Ohio Graduation Tests are given for the first time to students in March of their sophomore year in high school. The tests will be administered thereafter in October and March each year.

 

Standardized Tests – Security

 

The following is a note regarding test security for any standardized test sponsored by or mandated by the State of Ohio: According to Fairborn Digital Academy guidelines, only authorized personnel are permitted to have access to the tests at any time. “Any alleged test security violation involving a student would be investigated by the Executive Director or designee. The student will be given notice of the alleged violation and be provided an opportunity to respond and present a defense. Any student confirmed of violating test security procedures will have his/her test score(s) invalidated by the Executive Director, and may be subject to other disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Student Conduct Code. A student’s test scores also may be invalidated by the Executive Director because of a test security violation by another individual.”

 

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

 

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC), sections 3365.01 through 3365.09, lists the conditions under which high school students may enroll at a college to complete courses for high school graduation credit and/or college credit. Information about the PSEO program is available in the Fairborn Digital Academy High School Guidance Office. To be eligible for enrollment in the program, students must attend the annually scheduled PSEO informational meeting held in March by the guidance department. Attendance at this Informational Meeting is mandatory for participation in the PSEO Program per Ohio Revised Code.

 

Under the provisions of Section 3365.11 of the ORC, the Executive Director will seek reimbursement from the student or his/her parents for the amount of state funds paid to the college for a failed PSEO course. In addition, under the provisions of division (C) of section 3313.642 of the ORC, the school district may withhold the grades and credit received by the student for district courses until the student or his/her parents provide the reimbursement. Please be aware that seeking reimbursement from the student or his/her parents is mandatory under the law.

 

Bus Transportation

 

The safety and well being of all students are of utmost concern; therefore, safety regulations regarding school bus transportation are necessary. To ensure the safe operation of buses, it is imperative that student passengers be orderly and cooperative. Drivers will require orderliness on the buses. Noncompliance by students may result in the loss of students’ school bus riding privileges. The principal will handle cases requiring disciplinary measures, but while on the bus, students are under the authority of and directly responsible to the bus driver. Drivers will inform students of their responsibilities and establish reasonable procedures for seating, loading, unloading, and expected student behavior. In addition, all school rules apply on the school bus.

 

Fire and Tornado Drills

 

Fire and tornado drills are held at irregular intervals throughout the school year. Remember these basic rules:

  1. Check the posted instructions in each classroom indicating how to leave the building in case of fire or where to proceed in case of a tornado.
  2. Walk.
  3. No talking.
  4. Move quickly and quietly to designated area.
  5. Be serious about a drill. It could save your life in the event of an emergency.

 

Visitors

 

In order to monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the main office upon entering the school to sign in. Any visitor found in the building without signing in faces possible arrest for trespassing according to the state laws of Ohio. If someone wishes to talk to a staff member, he or she should call for an appointment prior to coming to school. Students from other schools are not permitted to visit Fairborn Digital Academy High School as casual visitors. Student visitors may be permitted with prior approval of the principal in cases where the visit is of sound educational merit.

 

Conduct Code for Athlete

(Note: Fairborn Digital Academy students are eligible to take part in FHS athletics and extra-curricular activities, but must follow Fairborn City School’s eligibility guidelines.)

All students involved in interscholastic athletics must adhere to the conduct code for interscholastic athletics. Copies of this code are available from the high school principal, the athletic director, and individual coaches and advisors.

 

Eligibility for Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities

 

All students involved in interscholastic athletics and extra-curricular activities must adhere to the eligibility policy, including the study table program adopted by the Fairborn Board of Education (FCS Board Policy IGDK). This includes:

  • all athletics
  • All bands, choirs, and orchestras for participation in all contests and programs
  • All extra-curricular clubs (i.e. chamber chorale, flag corps, chess club, drama club, student congress, etc.)

 

Note: At its February 8, 2007 meeting, the Fairborn City Schools Board of Education voted to increase the GPA requirement from 1.50 to 2.00 for participation in all extracurricular activities. This will affect all student athletes, trainers, managers, support personnel and cheerleaders in grades 7-12 who participate in extracurricular athletics. This increase also includes all band, music, and extra-curricular clubs.

 

In order for a student to be eligible for Fall 2012, he or she must meet the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requirements. For a first-time incoming freshman, he/she must have a 75% passage rate in all courses during the fourth grading period of the eighth grade year.

 

Returning high school students must have passed the OHSAA requirement of 5 credits or the equivalent. All students must have the necessary 2.00 GPA for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year in order to be eligible in the fall of 2012-2013. For all band, music, and extracurricular clubs, students must also have the necessary 2.00 GPA for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year to participate in these activities. Questions about eligibility can be directed to the Athletic Office.

 

Enrollment Policy

 

Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA) is a nontraditional school designed to serve at-risk students who wish to receive their education in a different manner than in more traditional educational environments. Because FDA is a distance learning school, the ability of its students to learn independently in their homes, using an online educational program, is an essential element of FDA’s program.

 

FDA serves high school students who are at risk of dropping out of or failing to receive the educational benefits they desire in their current educational settings, (or such other educational settings available to them in their respective public school districts) and who have a desire for, and whose education can be optimized by, a program of online instruction in an independent environment that does not include most ancillary components of a more traditional education.

 

The categories of students who fall within FDA’s definition of “at risk” and who are, therefore, eligible to enroll are the following:

• Students who are performing at or above grade level but who seek a more challenging curriculum and, in particular, who wish to capitalize upon the enrichment potential of individually paced and independently completed online instruction.

• Students who are performing below grade level and who wish to focus their education exclusively on an independent online course of study, starting at the student’s current skill and knowledge level and building forward at a pace determined by the student in collaboration with online instructors.

• Students who have been removed from school for disciplinary reasons but who are committed to and capable of regaining their focus on academic pursuits in the independent and solitary context of online instruction delivered in their homes.

• Students who are already successfully learning at home but whose home schooling is insufficiently comprehensive and requires the kind of augmentation offered by FDA’s formal and standards-based online curriculum.

• Students who are transient and seek the stability of a portable online educational program that is not linked to, and does not utilize, any particular physical school facility.

 

Additionally, a student’s enrollment and successful participation in the school are predicated upon the following:

• The student’s parent/guardian must provide at all times during which the student is engaged in FDA’s program of study, adult supervision within the home of such a nature as to ensure the student’s safe and responsible participation in the program.

 

Occasionally, face-to-face meetings with teachers or other staff may become necessary for disciplinary reasons. In such cases, and except as otherwise agreed by FDA or required by law, the meetings will take place at FDA’s office at 700 Black Lane in Fairborn.

 

Going To School

Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA) uses a variety of online courseware to deliver curriculum to its students. Students are provided Internet access designed and set up to access their courses. Students also have access to their courses from other devices, as long as there is adequate Internet access and a compatible Internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox on the computer. Users should note that some assignments might require applications provided on the Digital Academy device that may not be on other devices. It is the responsibility of the student and/or student’s family to be certain any other device used has adequate applications. The Digital Academy uses Internet Safety Filtering to protect our students from inappropriate Internet use, but the filtering only works on Digital Academy provided computers. Use of another machine bypasses all safety procedures, and it is the responsibility of the student and family to ensure safe Internet use.

 

 

FDA Learning Structure

 

Half credit courses contain 18 weeks of work.

 

A student’s learning plan will initially be set to complete at least five credits in a school year. Student, parent, guidance counselor, and the student’s accountability coach will mutually agree to target dates for completion of work toward credits so that students will be better able to manage their work. The student and parent (with accountability coach’s approval) can alter the learning plan to accommodate individual student needs by increasing or decreasing the amount of credits expected. A graduation plan and after graduation plan will also be established for the student by their guidance counselor.

 

School Participation Requirements

 

Required Testing

 

Fairborn Digital Academy follows all state testing guidelines. Students must take all Ohio state mandated tests to remain in an electronic school in Ohio. Failure to take any part of the state man­dated tests for two consecutive years puts the student on a state controlled list that removes the student from all electronic learning based schools in Ohio. Fairborn Digital Academy must remove all students who do not take all parts of the state mandated tests in consecutive years.

 

Student Progress

Students will complete learning plans for each course in which they are enrolled. Students who complete target goals should expect to progress to the next course or grade level in less then the traditional time frame of a semester or year. Students who do not meet target goals will take longer to progress through the curriculum. Conversely, students who take fewer days to complete target goals will have the opportunity to progress through the curriculum at a faster pace.

 

Health and Wellness

 

Just as FDA is committed to providing exciting academic opportunities for our online students, we also recognize our responsibility to promote and encourage the physical, social, emotional, and mental health of our students. The FDA Health & Wellness program provides opportunities for you to improve your overall health, morale, and physical fitness. Our students in PE receive equipment and access to equipment where they can:

• Engage in friendly running/walking physical fitness competitions using Nike provided equipment

• Access information and resources related to the benefits of physical activity and healthy behaviors

• Use of our exercise equipment and our gym

 

 

              

Attendance Policies

 

Regular attendance by all students is very important.  In many cases, irregular attendance is the major reason for poor schoolwork; therefore, all students are urged to make appointments, do personal errands, etc., outside of school hours.

 

Students in the FAST program: Attendance is defined as student participation and recorded learning hours (whether activities were completed on or off the computer).  Attendance is:

  1. Meeting target hours;
  2.  Weekly contact with each assigned accountability coach

 

Each student is required to contact his/her assigned accountability coach weekly.  Contact is defined as:  face-to face, text, e-mail, chat, submitted assignment or posted message on the class message board. If a student experiences technical problems, the attendance officer will take this into consideration when evaluating absences.  The attendance policy provides specifics to active participation and truancy. A detailed attendance policy is in place and there will be bi-monthly internal audits on a sample of the student body to verify active participation.

 

Attendance is defined as student participation in monitored and recorded educational activities completed both on the computer and off the computer.  The following descriptions will help define the different environments in which education activities will be recorded.

 

Reasons for which students may be excused include, but are not limited to:

  • personal illness of the student;
  • illness in the student’s family;
  • death in the family;
  • quarantine for contagious disease;
  • religious reasons; or
  • as determined by the Executive Director.

 

There are three components to the attendance policy. Each student will need to meet the following standards to remain a student in good standing:

1. Students will be required to participate in each class.  (A student’s week is defined as Monday through Sunday.)

2. Students must contact their accountability coach each week to discuss progess.

3. Students will need to record a minimum number of learning hours for each quarter during the school year.

 

The attendance officer will contact students who fail to make the required entries for five consecutive days.  If warranted, the student will receive an attendance warning.

 

Summary:  In order to remain in good standing, each student will need to:

  1.   Participate weekly in class;
  2.   Have contact with his or her accountability coach, and                
  3.   Meet his or her targeted quarter course hours throughout the year.     

 

Students in the FIRST program and Special Education program: Attendance is defined as student participation and recorded learning hours (whether activities were completed on or off the computer).  Attendance is:

 

Attending their assigned intervention days

Completing scheduled coursework weekly

 

The attendance policy provides specifics regarding active participation and truancy. Attendance is defined as students attending their assigned intervention days and participating in monitored and recorded educational activities completed both on and off the computer.

 

Reasons for which students may be excused include, but are not limited to:

 

  • personal illness of the student;
  • illness in the student’s family;
  • death in the family;
  • quarantine for contagious disease;
  • religious reasons or
  • as determined by the Executive Director.

 

There are three components to the attendance policy. Each student will need to meet the following standards to remain a student in good standing:

 

1. Students must attend their assigned intervention days

2. Students will be required to participate in each class.  (A student’s week is defined as Monday through Sunday.)

3. Students will need to record a minimum number of learning hours for each quarter during the school year.

 

 

The attendance officer will contact students who fail to make the required entries for five consecutive days.  If warranted, the student will receive an attendance warning.

 

Automatic Withdrawal

 

The Ohio Revised Code requires community schools to adopt a procedure for automatically withdrawing a student from the school if the student without legitimate excuse fails to participate in one hundred five (105) cumulative hours of the learning opportunities offered to the student.

 

Any student who does not participate in a school activity for twenty-one (21) consecutive school days will be auto­matically withdrawn from the Fairborn Digital Academy. The student’s guardian will be notified by certified mail that such a withdrawal has happened. Notice of the withdrawal will also be sent to the residential school at that time, as well as to appropriate county, legal and social service agencies. The student and/or guardian must return all issued school equipment within one week of the withdrawal and immediately enroll the student in an accredited Ohio school.

 

Meeting the student’s learning plan indicates school participation.

 

School – Parent – Student Compact

 

Fairborn Digital Academy and the parents of its students agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State of Ohio’s high standards.

 

Fairborn Digital Academy will:

 

Provide the student with high-quality online individualized instructional software every day, the support of accountability coaches and support staff, and direct access to an accountability coach at least once a week.

  1. Contact the parent or guardian of each student by phone or in person every week about the student’s progress.
  2. Intend to provide information about student progress bi-weekly through the accountability coach.
  3. Provide a phone number to reach the accountability coach.

 

Parents will:

 

Participate in their child’s classes from time to time as the student is online and working – both with the software, and directly with the accountability coach.

The family’s failure to live up to the compact can result in any combination of the following:

  1. Accountability Coach Calls- Students and Parents can expect to hear from an accountability coach if their child fails to meet necessary requirements.
  2. Re-Planning- Parents and Students can be required to attend a mandatory session of re-planning for the purpose of re-explain­ing the expectations and requirements that are expected of all FDA students.
  3. Parental Training Classes- Parents can be required to attend a mandatory session that involves teaching techniques to parents for engaging their child as a student. Parents will be trained in ways to help promote student growth so that both the student and parent pledges can be honored.
  4. Student Training Classes- Students can be required to attend one-on-one sessions to learn the expectations and duties of FDA students.
  5. Students may also be required to perform and operate a computer system to a satisfactory level before leaving the Student Training Course.
  6. Home Visits- Families can expect that an accountability coach will visit on site for proof of effort from both students and parents.
  7. Daily Confirmation of Progress with FDA Staff member- Families can be asked to contact a FDA staff member daily to confirm that their student has attempted to complete an assignment.
  8. Truancy/Police Intervention- Students who neglect to log in will be treated as absent and may be referred to Truancy and Police Officials.
  9. Mandatory correspondence with an accountability coach- Parent and student can be required to contact an accountability coach in order to maintain contact and proof of participation.
  10. Parent/Teacher/Student conferences- Parents and students can be required to attend face to face confer­ences with administration to discuss progress of students.

 

Neglect and breech of the student/parent pledges along with failure to comply with alternative dispositions is grounds for possible expulsion.

 

Discipline Policies

 

Suspension and Expulsion

 

Fairborn Digital Academy recognizes that exclusion from the educational program of any school, whether by sus­pension or expulsion, is the most severe sanction that can be imposed on a student and cannot be imposed without due process.

 

Students in a digital classroom are not hampered by time and space. They do not have to be in a classroom at a specific time in order to complete their work. They can work during the times that are most convenient for them. However, FDA students must maintain progress in their academic endeavors and communicate regularly with their accountability coaches. Although much of the school year will be spent in a digital environment, there will be occasions during which students will be in the presence of other students and staff members at school related activities. Our rules and regulations are necessary to assure a positive learning environment; they are in place to protect every student’s opportunity to learn. Whenever behavior interferes with the learning environment, consequences will result. Reasons for suspension and possible expulsion may include the following:

  • Any repeated offenses for which the student has been previously suspended
  • Excessive absenteeism
  • Truancy
  • Misuse of or vandalizing school property
  • Disruption of school or school-related activities
  • Threatening or intimidating students or staff
  • Sexual harassment or solicitation
  • Use of FDA equipment for creating, storing, or transmitting sexually explicit or immoral materials
  • Removing or altering official school documents or records
  • Assault
  • Immoral acts
  • Calling in bomb threats
  • Violation of the school Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy (AUP)
  • Possession of deadly weapons at school-sponsored functions
  • Providing the student’s login name and password to an unauthorized person
  • Plagiarism, including the copying of other students’ work
  • Inappropriate use of email

 

Definitions:

 

Suspension – Temporary exclusion of a student from all school related activities, accompanied by dis­abling the student’s computer (duration of greater than 24 hours, but less than 10 days).

 

Expulsion – The withdrawal of a student from all school related activities, accompanied by disabling the student’s computer (duration of greater than 10 days).

 

Suspension Procedures

  • The student and the student’s parent/guardian will receive a suspension warning notification by U.S. mail and/or by phone stating the intent to issue a suspension, the reason for the intended suspension and the proposed days of the suspension.
  • The student or the student’s parent/guardian will have an opportunity to challenge the suspension by the date and time specified in his or her suspension notification.
  • Students who wish to challenge the suspension may do so by scheduling a conference call or an ap­pointment with the Principal.
  • Students who do not challenge the suspension will begin serving their suspension as indicated in their suspension notification. (The student and family will receive a second notification by U.S. mail and/or phone call.)
  • In the event that, in the opinion of the Executive Director or Principal of the school, a student’s presence at any school event presents a danger to other persons or property or seriously disrupts the functions of the school, the student may be removed from classes without formal suspension procedures.

 

Expulsion Procedures

  • In the event the school decides to expel a student, the student and the student’s parent/guardian will be notified by certified mail and by phone of the intent to expel.
  • A student and his/her parent/guardian will also be notified of his/her right to appear in person for a formal hearing to challenge the expulsion.
  • Notice of a request for a formal hearing must be received by the date specified in the intent to expel notification.
  • If requested, a formal hearing will be scheduled within five business days from the date of request.
  • Parents will be notified of the time and place of the hearing and of the right to be represented at the expulsion hearing by a representative of their choosing.
  • The Executive Director or his designee shall select a three-member panel to hear the appeal.
  • If the panel recommends expulsion, the student may then request that the FDA Board hear the appeal.
  • The hearing in front of the Board will be private, but the Board must act publicly on the outcome.
  • In the event that, in the opinion of the Executive Director or Principal of the school, a student’s presence at school presents a danger to other persons or property or seriously disrupts the functions of the school, the stu­dent may be removed from classes without formal expulsion proceedings.
  • A student may be expelled for one (1) year for bringing or possessing a firearm, knife, or other destructive device on school property or to any school-sponsored activity, event, or field trip at a school building or other public facility being used by school personnel for school activities.
  • A firearm is defined as any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or is designed to or may read­ily be converted to expel a projectile.
  • A destructive device includes, but is not limited to, any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, bomb, or other similar device.
  • A knife is defined as any cutting instrument consisting of at least one sharp blade.
  • The specific circumstances under which the Executive Director may modify a one (1) year expulsion may include a recommendation from the Special Needs Coordinator that is knowledgeable of the stu­dent’s educational needs in accordance with the policy regarding suspension and expulsion of disabled students.

 

Permanent Exclusion of Non-Disabled Students

 

In accordance with the law, the Board may seek to permanently exclude a student sixteen (16) years of age or older who has been convicted of or adjudicated for any of the following offenses:

  • Carrying a concealed weapon or conveying or possessing a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance on property owned or controlled by the school or at an activity held under the auspices of this Board.
  • Possessing, selling or offering to sell controlled substances on property owned or controlled by the school or at an activity under the auspices of this Board, including online, via school equipment.
  • Complicity to commit any of the above offenses, regardless of where the complicity takes place.

 

In accordance with the law, when any student sixteen (16) years of age or older has been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent resulting from any of the above offenses, the Executive Director shall submit a written recommendation to the Board that the student should be permanently excluded from the school. The recommendation is to be ac­companied by the evidence, other information required by statute, and the name and position of the person who should present the school’s case. The Board, after considering all the evidence, including the hearing of witnesses, shall take action within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the executive Director’s recommendation.

 

If the Board adopts the resolution, the Executive Director shall submit it to the State, together with the required docu­ments and the name of the person designated by the Board as its representative to present the case to the State. A copy of the resolution shall be sent to both the student and his/her parents/guardians.

 

If the State rejects the Board’s request, the school shall re-admit the student in accordance with the statutes and Board guidelines.

 

 

 

Suspension/Expulsion of Disabled Students

 

In matters relating to the discipline of disabled students, the Board shall abide by Federal and State laws regard­ing suspension and expulsion. The Director will follow the administrative guidelines below and ensure they are properly used when disciplining any student with a disability.

 

Suspension/Expulsion

 

The school will not long-term suspend or expel a disabled student from the school for behavior that is a mani­festation of his or her disability.

 

Continuation of Services

 

The school will continue to provide services for children with disabilities who are suspended or expelled from the school, except that the school is not required to provide services during the first ten (10) days in a school year that the student is removed. During any subsequent removal that is for fewer than ten (10) school days, the school will provide services to the extent determined necessary to enable the student to appropriately progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward achieving the goals of his/her IEP. If the removal is for ten (10) school days or fewer, school personnel and the student’s special education teacher will make the service determination.

 

Behavioral Assessment and Behavioral Interventions

 

Meetings of a student’s IEP team to develop a Behavioral Assessment Plan or to review his or her Behavioral Intervention Plan (if the student has one) will be required when the student has first been removed for more than five (5) school days in a school year.

 

Change of Placement, Manifestation Determinations

 

A change of placement will occur if a student is removed for more than ten (10) consecutive school days or is subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern because they accumulate to more than ten (10) school days in a school year. Manifestation determinations will be required only if the school is implementing a removal that constitutes a change of placement. The school will follow Federal guidelines for determining whether the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability.

Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy

 

Fairborn Digital Academy (FDA) is pleased to make available to students access to interconnected computer systems within the Academy and to the Internet, the worldwide network that provides various means of ac­cessing significant educational materials and opportunities.

 

All students must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students must understand that their misuse of the network and Internet access may jeopardize their ability to enjoy such access. While FDA’s teachers and other staff will make reason­able efforts to supervise student use of network and Internet access, they must have student and parent cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use of this access.

 

FDA provides each student with the tools and equipment necessary for participation in FDA. The equipment shall not be abused, misused, or disassembled. Parents and students hereby accept responsibility for damages resulting from abuse, misuse, or disassembly, and agree to abide by appropriate disciplinary actions. Students who transfer to another school, withdraw, graduate, are expelled, or leave FDA for any reason, must return all tools and equipment provided by FDA in working order. Damaged or stolen equipment must be reported to FDA immediately.

 

Below is the Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy of FDA. Upon reviewing, signing and returning this Policy as the students have been directed, each student is agreeing to follow the Policy. If a student is under 18 years of age, he or she must have his or her parents or guardians read and sign the Policy. FDA cannot serve any student who, if 18 or older, fails to sign and submit the Policy to FDA as directed or, if less than 18, does not return the Policy as directed with the signatures of the student and his/her parents or guardians.

 

Listed below are the provisions of your agreement regarding computer, network and Internet use. If you have any questions about these provisions, you should contact the FDA administration. If any user violates this Policy, the student’s access will be revoked, and he or she may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

 

I. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

By signing this Policy, you are agreeing not only to follow the rules in this Policy, but also to report any misuse of the network to the FDA administration. Misuse means any violations of this Policy or any other use that is not included in the Policy, but has the effect of harming another or his or her property.

 

II. TERMS OF THE PERMITTED USE

A student who submits to FDA, as directed, a properly signed Policy and follows the Policy to which she or he has agreed will have computer network and Internet access during the course of the school year only. Students will be asked to sign a new Policy each year during which they are students in FDA before they are given an access account.

 

III. ACCEPTABLE USES

  1. Responsible Use. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that use of Internet resources remains consistent with our stated mission, goals and objectives. The computer and Internet resources must be used in a responsible, safe, ethical, and legal manner. Parents are asked to play an active role in their child’s educational experiences, both on and off the computer.
  2. Unacceptable Uses of Network. Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this Policy are the following:
    • Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Do not transmit offensive, harassing, or bullying mes­sages; offer for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by the School District’s Student Discipline Policy; view, transmit, or download pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; intrude into the networks or computers of others; transmit any form of illegal solicitation; and download or transmit confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, you should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
    • Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. For example, do not engage in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); employ another’s password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than you is communicating or otherwise using his/her access to the network or the Internet; upload a worm, virus, “Trojan horse,” “time bomb,” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; par­ticipate in “hacking’ activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks or information systems.
    • Uses that jeopardize the security of student access and of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. For example, do not disclose or share your password with others; do not impersonate another user.
    • Uses that are commercial transactions. Students and other users may not sell or buy anything over the Internet. You should not give others private information about you or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers.
    • Using profanity, obscenity or other language which may be offensive to another user or is intended to harass, intimidate or bully other users;
    • Accessing personal social networking websites for non-educational purposes.
    • Netiquette. All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:
      1. Be polite. Use appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.
      2. Avoid language and uses that may be offensive to other users. Do not use access to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, or other material that is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.
      3. Do not assume that a sender of email is giving his or her permission for you to forward or redistribute the message or attachment to third parties or to give his/her email address to third parties. This should only be done with permission or when you know that the individual would have no objection.
      4. Be considerate when sending attachments with email (where this is permitted). Be sure that the file is appropriate for the recipient and not too large to be accommodated by the recipient’s system and is in a format that the recipient can open.

IV. INTERNET SAFETY

  1. General Warning; Individual Responsibility of Parents and Users. All users and their parents/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school-aged pupils. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the computer network and Internet and stay away from these sites. Parents of minors are the best guides to identify materials to avoid.
  2. Personal Safety. Be safe. In using the computer network and Internet, do not reveal personal information such as your home address or telephone number. Do not use your real last name or any other information which might allow a person to locate you without first obtaining the permission of a supervising teacher. Do not arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you “meet” on the computer network or Internet without your parent’s permission (if you are under 18). Regardless of your age, you should never agree to meet a person you have only communicated with on the Internet in a secluded place or in a private setting.
  3. “Hacking” and Other Illegal Activities. It is a violation of this Policy to use the FDA’s computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any use which violates state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is strictly prohibited.
  4. Confidentiality of Student Information. Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian or, if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student himself/herself. Users should never give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet, particularly credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. A supervising teacher or administrator may author­ize the release of directory information, as defined by Ohio law, for internal administrative purposes or approved educational projects and activities.
  5. Active Restriction Measures. FDA will utilize filtering software or other technologies to help prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) contain child pornography, or (3) are harmful to minors. Internet filtering software or other technology-based protection systems may be disabled by a supervising teacher or school administrator, as necessary, for purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students age 17 and older.

 

The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h][7]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that, taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; depicts, describes or represents in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

 

Network and Internet access is a tool for your education. FDA reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of FDA and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

 

VI. FAILURE TO FOLLOW POLICY

The user’s use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this Policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which the School District may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the student’s enrollment in the School District. A user violates this Policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this Policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. FDA may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances.

 

VII. WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION

FDA makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this Policy. It shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs (including at­torney fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) arising out of the user’s use of its computer networks or the Internet under this Policy. By signing this Policy, users are taking full responsibility for his or her use, and the user who is 18 or older or, in the case of a user under 18, the parent(s) or guardian(s) are agreeing to indemnify and hold FDA harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims, or damages resulting from the user’s access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user. The user or, if the user is a minor, the user’s parent(s) or guardian(s) agree to cooperate with FDA in the event of the initiating of an investigation of a user’s use of his or her access to its computer network and the Internet, whether that use is on a FDA computer or on another computer outside the FDA network.

 

VIII. UPDATES

Users, and if appropriate, the user’s parents/guardians, may be asked from time to time to provide new or additional registration and account information or to sign a new Policy, for example, to reflect developments in the law or technology. Such information must be provided by the user (or his/her parents or guardian) or such new Policy must be signed if the user wishes to continue to receive service, and FDA must be notified of such changes.

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

 

Fairborn Digital Academy’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, and the general public, and individuals with whom it does business and applies to race, color, national origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, economic status, age, intellectual abilities, achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, or disability.

 

Fairborn Digital Academy does not permit discriminatory practices and views harassment as a form of discrimination. Harassment is defined as intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation, by whatever means, of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct or symbols in such a manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual.

 

Child Abuse Reporting Policy

 

Fairborn Digital Academy is an on-line, public community school. In an attempt to ensure for the safety and well-being of all of its students and being a “mandated” reporter of child abuse and neglect under Ohio law, it will fully and without exception, abide by the following Policy when it comes to the detection and reporting of child abuse and neglect.

 

All suspected cases of child abuse and neglect will be reported to the local public children service agency and/or law enforcement agency in full compliance with Section 2151.421 of the Ohio Revised Code. We will follow this legal mandate and all provisions contained in this statute, which requires anyone with a suspicion that a child is or has been abused “will immediately cause a formal report to be made to the local public children services agency and/or law enforcement agency in the county of where the child resides”. Teachers, educators, and most school personnel working with children are “mandated” report­ers under this Ohio law. Therefore, as a matter of Policy and in compliance with Ohio law, all Fairborn Digital Academy staff will fully comply and abide with this legal mandate and its statutory requirements.

 

Further, any teacher, educator, and/or school personnel needing and/or desiring training in the detection and reporting of child abuse and neglect and their legal obligations as a result of being a “Mandated” reporter, will be afforded such training thru the (4) four hour on-line in-service training course, also mandated by law for all new educators.

 

Plagiarism Guidelines

 

What is Plagiarism? Simply put, it is taking the words or ideas of another person and passing them off as your own – that is, you have failed to “cite,” or name, the source from which you collected your information. In plain words, you are copying.

 

Sometimes plagiarism is deliberate – buying another’s research paper from a web site or copying your friend’s work is plagiarism. It does not matter if your friend gives you permission to copy; it is still not allowed.

 

Sometimes you might plagiarize without realizing it. Copying from a friend or copying something directly out of a book or article is rather obvious. But you might not have considered other types of plagiarism. Here are some other common examples of plagiarism:

 

  1. Copying and pasting information from a web site directly into your work without naming the web site or author (if known) of the work. The Internet is still relatively new. People are just beginning to understand how to use the information found there. If you copy and paste from a web site, it MUST be cited using the format you learned in class. Also, the parts you copy and paste can only be a small part of your paper or work.
  2. Using an online “essay generator” program. A user types in a subject and how many pages are needed, and the program prepares an essay to the specifications. Obviously, use of such programs is NOT acceptable. Although you are not copying another person’s work, you are copying the work of a machine. You are not doing your own work.
  3. Paraphrasing. This example is one that confuses students the most. It is NOT acceptable to take a long section from a book, article, or web site and simply change the words around. Just altering a few words does not make the ideas yours. This is plagiarism.

 

As you know there are no failing grades in the continuous progress model at FDA; therefore, you will be asked to redo an assignment that is plagiarized. You will not be able to move on in your blocks until you submit work that is acceptable and also your own. Repeated use of plagiarized material may result in suspension and even removal from school.

 

You are responsible for reading and understanding these guidelines. If you do not, they still apply. You cannot use the excuse that “I did not know.” Plagiarism is dishonest. It cheats authors out of their rightful recognition for what they have produced. Moreover, it cheats you out of the benefit of doing your own work and learning how to express yourself and your own ideas. If you have questions, please ask your accountability coach.

 

Copyright in an Electronic Environment

(Guidelines from Consortium of College & University Media Centers)

 

General Guidelines

 

  1. Students may use portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works in their academic multimedia projects with proper credit and citations. They may retain them in personal portfolios as examples of their academic work.
  2. Students and teachers must include on the opening screen of their programs and on any printed ma­terials that their presentation has been prepared under fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and are restricted from further use.
  3. Educators may claim fair use for their own productions providing these productions are:
    • For face-to-face curriculum-based instruction
    • Demonstrations of how to create multimedia productions
    • Presented at conferences (but you may not share copies of the actual production)
    • For remote instruction as long as the distribution signal is limited
    • Kept for only 2 years
    • Fair use ends when the multimedia creator loses control of his product’s use, such as when others access it over the Internet.
    • Educators or students need not write for permission if their presentation falls within the specific mul­timedia fair use guidelines; however, educators and students are advised to note that if there is a possibil­ity that their own educational multimedia project incorporating copyrighted works under fair use could later result in broader dissemination, whether or not as commercial product, it is strongly recommended that they take steps to obtain permissions during the development process for all copyrighted portions rather than waiting until after completion of the project

 

Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia Text

  1. Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 1000 words, whichever is less
  2. Poems
    • Entire poem if less than 250 words
    • No more than 5 poems (or excerpts) of different poets, from an anthology
    • Only 3 poems (or excerpts) per poet
    • 250 words or less if longer poem

 

Motion Media

  1. Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 3 minutes, whichever is less
  2. Clip cannot be altered in any way

 

Illustrations

  1. A photograph or illustration may be used in its entirety
  2. No more than 5 images of an artist’s or photographer’s work
  3. When using a collection, no more than 10% or no more than 15 images, whichever is less

 

Music

  1. Up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition, but no more than 30 seconds
  2. Up to 10% of a body of sound recording, but no more than 30 seconds
  3. Any alterations cannot change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work

 

Internet

  1. Internet resources often combine both copyrighted and public domain sites; therefore care should be used in downloading any sites for use in multimedia presentations.
  2. Until further clarification, educators and students are advised to write for permission to use Internet resources and to be mindful of the copyright ramifications of including embedded additional links to that particular site.

 

Numerical Data Sets

  1. Up to 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table
  2. A field entry is defined as a specific item of information (e.g. name, Social Security number) in a record of a database file.
  3. A cell entry is defined as the intersection where a row and a column meet on a spreadsheet

 

Copying and Distribution Limitations

  1. Do not post multimedia projects claiming fair use exemption on an unsecured website
  2. No more than 2 copies of the original production may be made
  3. Only 1 may be placed on reserve for others to use for instructional purposes
  4. An additional copy may be made for preservation purposes, but may be used or copied only to re­place a copy that has been lost, damaged or stolen
  5. If more than one person has created the multimedia presentation, each principal creator may retain only one copy

 

Alteration Limitations

  1. Multimedia selections falling within the above guidelines may be altered to illustrate a specific tech­nique or to support a specific instructional objective
  2. Notation of the alteration should be documented within the presentation itself

 

Multimedia Presentation Citations

  1. Educators and students must credit sources, giving full bibliographic information when available
  2. Educators and students must display the copyright notice and copyright ownership information if this is shown in the original source
  3. Copyright information for images may be shown in a separate bibliographic section unless the pre­sentation is being used for distance learning. In this case, the information must be incorporated within the image itself (i.e. it must appear on the screen when the image is viewed)

 

Permission Requirements

  1. For multimedia projects used for non-educational or commercial purposes
  2. For duplication or distribution of multimedia projects beyond limitations outlined above

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STUDENT CONDUCT

(Zero Tolerance)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that exhibits respect and consideration for the rights of others.  Students of the District must conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel.  The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive, harassing, intimidating, bullying or any other inappropriate behavior by its students.

 

A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request made by school personnel on school property and/or at school-related events is subject to approved student discipline regulations.  Students are also subject to discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct for misbehavior that occurs off school property when the misbehavior endangers the health and safety of students within the District or adversely affects the education process.  The Executive Director/designee develops regulations which establish strategies ranging from prevention to intervention to address student misbehavior, and provides continuing instruction in dating violence prevention in health education courses in grades 7 through 12.

 

Students and parents receive, at the beginning of each school year or upon enrolling in the District schools during the year, written information on the rules and regulations to which they are subject while in school or participating in any school-related activity or event.  The information includes the types of conduct which are subject to suspension or expulsion from school or other forms of disciplinary action.  The Board directs the administration to make all students aware of the Student Code of Conduct and the fact that any violations of the Student Code of Conduct are punishable.  The rules also apply to any form of student misconduct directed at a District official or employee or the property of a District official or employee, regardless of where the misconduct occurs.

 

If a student violates this policy or the Student Code of Conduct, school personnel, students or parents should report the student to the appropriate principal.  The administration cooperates in any prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the state of Ohio and local ordinances.

 

A student may be expelled for up to one year if he/she commits an act that inflicts serious physical harm to persons or property if it was committed at school, on other school property or at a school activity, event or program.

 

The Executive Director is authorized to expel a student from school for a period not to exceed one year for making a bomb threat to a school building, or to any premises at which a school activity is occurring at the time of the threat.  Any expulsion under this provision extends, as necessary, into the school year following the school year in which the incident that gives rise to the expulsion takes place.

 

Matters which might lead to a reduction of the expulsion period include the student’s mental and/or physical characteristics or conditions, the age of the student and its relevance to the punishment, the prior disciplinary history of the student and/or the intent of the perpetrator.

 

The Student Code of Conduct is made available to students and parents and is posted in a central location within the building.

Credit Flexibility Policy

Options for Earning High School Credit:
Students may earn high school credits by successfully completing any combination of the following methods:

District’s online high school level courses for which one half credit shall be granted per 60 hours of learning opportunities.

Educational option plan as described in the Board’s approved educational options.

A college-level course for dual credit in accordance with the Board’s policy on post-secondary enrollment options.

An online course offered by Fairborn Digital Academy acquired by a Board approved provider of curriculum services.

An examination, providing a portfolio of work that demonstrates mastery of academic content standards, or a combination of these methods in accordance with the Board’s policy on Credit Flexibility.

By testing out using ACT end of course exams

  • The district shall not limit the number of credits earned by a student through demonstration of mastery or completion of educational options.  The district shall evaluate requests for early graduation; however, the district shall not cap the total number of credits a student may earn or compel a student who does not wish to do so to graduate after completing fewer than four years of high school.
  • Students may earn credit in multiple content areas by successfully completing interdisciplinary educational options that address content standards in more than one subject area and approved the district credit flexibility committee convened by the Executive Director or his or her designee.
    1. The district shall not prohibit access to online programs, postsecondary options, or services from another district approved by the Board or deny credit earned under credit flexibility options by students transferring to the district from another Ohio public or chartered non-public school.

 

  1. Educational Options
    1. Responsibilities and Expectations:
    2.  The district reserves the right to reassign a student participating in an educational option to other placement at its discretion if the student fails to meet the standards for ongoing participation and satisfactory progress described in his or her educational options plan.  Students who repeatedly fail to meet standards established to document ongoing participation described in his or her educational options plan may be considered truant and subject to penalties for truancy described in the Board’s policy on promotion and retention.
    3. Educational options plans may include activities that occur outside of school such as mentorships, internships, service learning, and educational travel.  However, parents of students proposing educational options that include such activities may be required to sign a waiver holding the district harmless for any injuries or damages that occur in the course of a student’s participation in an educational options activity outside district facilities and without staff supervision as a precondition of the district’s approval of the plan.

Students participating in field-based educational options-related activities (e.g. mentorships and internships with businesses and community organizations) shall be required to adhere to safety rules and standards of behavior and appearance appropriate for the activity setting.

The district may suspend an approved educational option plan and reassign the student to another setting at its discretion if the host organization reports significant misconduct, tardiness, or absence on the part of the student.

  1. Students may appeal decisions regarding access to an educational option and/or standards established for awarding grades and credit for educational options by submitting an appeal to his or her guidance counselor.
  2. Appeals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of a Fairborn Digital Academy administrator, a teacher in the relevant subject area not involved in the original decision, and a guidance counselor.
  3. The student filing the appeal and his or her parent(s) shall be given an opportunity to present concerns and recommendations to the committee.
  4. The committee shall review appeals within 30 school days from the date the appeal was submitted in writing.
  5. The decision of the committee shall be final unless overturned by the Executive Director or a directive resulting from an appeal filed with the Ohio Department of Education.

 

 

  1. Credit By Demonstration of Mastery
    1. The district shall allow students the opportunity to earn credit by demonstrating mastery of the academic content standards covered by any course offered by the district, and shall award a number of credits to students demonstrating mastery equal to the number of credits awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent coursework.
    2. Students may demonstrate mastery by completing a comprehensive examination covering essential knowledge and skills addressed in a district-approved equivalent course, by presenting a portfolio of work demonstrating mastery of knowledge and skills addressed in an equivalent traditional course, or through a combination of these methods.
    3.  Tests used for this purpose shall be an ACT end of course exam, state-approved assessments (e.g. end-of-course exams), published assessment instruments covering relevant content approved by the Executive Director or his or her designee, or a combination of these options. The district shall communicate to students how assessment instruments used will be scored and how the number of credits awarded and grade assigned will be determined based on scores earned before the assessment is administered.
      1.   The district may require a student to complete examinations in a proctored environment.  In such cases, the district shall provide an opportunity for the student to take the assessment in an appropriate setting and a mutually convenient time.
      2.  Rubrics shall be used for evaluating portfolios of student work.  Criteria and scoring methods shall be shared with the student before the portfolio is assessed. Staff shall evaluate portfolios with expertise in the relevant content area.
      3.  After tests and/or portfolios are scored, the student shall be notified of the grade for which he or she would be eligible.  The student will then be given the choice of accepting the credit and grade earned based on the assessment or completing a district-approved course or other option approved by the district.  The district shall not require a student to accept credit on a “pass/fail” basis.
      4. Students who wish to earn credit by testing out or demonstrating mastery without enrolling in a course should notify the district guidance counselor.
      5. Students may appeal requirements and standards for awarding grades and credit based on examinations or demonstrations of mastery by submitting an appeal to his or her guidance counselor.
        •  Appeals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of a Fairborn Digital Academy Administrator, a teacher in the relevant subject area not involved in the original decision, and a guidance counselor.
        •  The student filing the appeal and his or her parent(s) shall be given an opportunity to present concerns and recommendations to the committee.
        •  The committee shall review appeals within 30 school days from the date the appeal was submitted in writing.  The decision of the committee shall be final unless overturned by the Executive Director or a directive resulting from an appeal filed with the Ohio Department of Education.

 

  1. Credit Flexibility and Special Populations
    1. Students with disabilities shall not be excluded from opportunities to earn credit through educational options or demonstration of mastery.  Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities participating in educational options and online courses shall be provided consistent with students’ Individual Education Plans and/or 504 plans.
    2. Educational options may be provided as a form of gifted education service to students identified as gifted if the educational option is consistent with his or her area(s) of identification and documented on his or her Written Education Plan.
    3. Educational options and opportunities to earn credit based on demonstration of mastery may be used in combination with other forms of academic acceleration.
    4. Fees Associated with Educational Options, Online Courses, and Credit by Demonstrations of Mastery
      • No assessment fees shall be charged to students or their families when district-provided tests are used in the evaluation process or when instruments provided by the State of Ohio are used.  The district may require students to pay part or all of the cost of administering a commercial assessment instrument if that instrument is not normally administered free of charge to students participating in equivalent traditional courses.
      • The district may require parents of students participating in customized, self-designed credit flexibility plans for development of project/portfolio review rubrics, standards mapping, content expert mentoring, and/or advising services. The district shall make every reasonable effort to provide a free or low cost assessment option to economically disadvantaged students requesting the opportunity to earn credit based on a demonstration of mastery.
      • The district may require parents of students participating in educational

options not initiated by the district to pay fees not to exceed the actual cost of participation in that option, including any charges for: tuition and registration fees; books, assessments and materials not typically provided free of charge to students in traditional courses, and; travel costs if transportation is provided by the district.

  1. The Executive Director or his or her designee(s) shall convene a committee comprised of district staff and members of the community to identify and develop free and low cost educational options opportunities to ensure equity for economically disadvantaged students.  The committee shall include a list of such opportunities prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

 

  1. Communication Plan
    1. Opportunities and requirements related to credit flexibility shall be publicized annually using multiple forms of media which may include any combination of the following: publication on the district’s website, publication in the Fairborn Digital Academy Course Catalog, the Fairborn Digital Academy Student Handbook, dissemination of information at parent and teacher conferences, and other events open to parents. Copies of a publication describing opportunities and requirements related to credit flexibility should also be made available to students, staff, and parents upon requests to guidance counselors.
    2. The Executive Director or his or her designee shall review the content of these publications annually to ensure their completeness and accuracy.
      1. The Executive Director or his or her designee(s) shall develop a cumulative database of approved educational options and standards for awarding grades and credits based on demonstrations of mastery to assist students, parents, and teachers with understanding available options and to help ensure equity and consistent standards of rigor beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

 

  1. Documenting participation in credit flexibility options.
  2. The executive Director or his or her designee(s) shall develop and implement procedures for monitoring and annually reporting to the Board and the Ohio Department of Education data regarding:
  3.  Methods and frequency of communicating credit flexibility information to students and parents.
  4.  The number of students participating in educational options and earning credit based on demonstration of mastery.
  5. The total number of credits earned by students through successful completion of educational options and demonstrations of mastery.
  6. The extent to which student participation in flexible credit options reflects the diversity of the student body as a whole.

 

The Executive Director will seek reimbursement from the student or his/her parents for the amount of state funds paid to the college for a failed (less than a C) dual credit course. In addition, under the provisions of division (C) of section 3313.642 of the ORC, the school district may withhold the grades and credit received by the student for district courses until the student or his/her parents provide the reimbursement. Please be aware that seeking reimbursement from the student or his/her parents is mandatory under the law.