TRECA Digital Academy (TDA) is a nontraditional school designed to serve at-risk students who are not learning effectively in more traditional educational environments. Because TDA is a distance learning school, the ability of its students to learn independently in their own homes, using an online educational program is an essential element of TDA’s program.
TDA serves students who are at risk of dropping out of or failing to learn effectively in their current educational settings (or such other educational settings as are 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 TDA’s definition of “at risk” and who are, therefore, eligible to enroll are limited to the following:
Additionally, a student’s enrollment and successful participation in the school are predicated upon the following:
TRECA Digital Academy offers a minimum of 920 hours of instruction for the academic year in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code. All students are required to log in to Brightspace and complete schoolwork every scheduled school calendar day in order to be counted present. Students have access to learning opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students should complete 5.12 hours of schoolwork each day. Students must have a total of 26.2 hours of logged learning opportunities each school week. If the student does not complete 5.12 hours of schoolwork on a scheduled workday, the time not completed must be made up during the school week so that the student has an overall accumulated time of 25 hours for the school week. For example, the student completes 4 hours on Monday. On Tuesday, the student must complete 5.12 hours plus the remaining 1.12 hours from Monday for a total of 6.24 hours for the day. To assist student progress, TDA’s teachers make themselves available a minimum of 35 hours per week for instruction, online support, and conference time with students.
Regular attendance by all students is very important. Students who work in their classes at least 25 hours per week are most likely to attain their educational goals at a pace comparable to traditional school schedules. Daily logins will be monitored each day. If a student fails to log in, families will receive an automated phone call informing them that their student failed to log in to Brightspace the previous day. If the absence qualifies for an excused absence, please contact the TDA attendance officer to discuss the student’s failure to log in. Remember, absences may be excused for various reasons, including, but not limited to, technical issues, personal illness, illness or death within the family, quarantine for contagious disease, and religious reasons.
Credit flexibility is a method to motivate and increase student learning by allowing access to more resources, customizing around individual student needs, and using multiple measures of learning. Credit flexibility shifts the focus from “seat time” to performance. Students can earn units of high school credit based on an individually approved credit flexibility plan. The intent of credit flexibility is to meet increased expectations for high school graduation in response to globalization, technology and demographics, and to meet the demand for 21st century skills. (Ohio Senate Bill 311)
The TRECA Digital Academy credit flexibility plan enables students to earn high school credit by:
Contact your school counselor if you are interested in pursuing a credit flexibility option.
This policy on career advising is reviewed at least once every two years and made available to students, parents, guardians and custodians, local post-secondary institutions and district residents. The policy is posted in a prominent location on the district’s website.
The district’s plan for career advising includes, providing:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
All students wishing to graduate from TRECA Digital Academy must meet the following requirements:
Students Entering Their Freshman Year After July 1, 2010 Ohio CORE Graduation Requirements
In accordance with the Ohio CORE Graduation Requirements (SB 311 adopted 1/3/07), all students entering the 9th grade after July 1, 2010 will need to complete the minimum credit requirements for TDA as spelled out below:
|English ||4 Credits - Comprehensive English|
|Math||4 Credits - Includes Algebra 2|
|Science||3 Credits - Includes 1 Credit of Life Sciences, 1 Credit of Physical Sciences and 1 Credit of Advanced Sciences|
|Social Studies||3 Credits - Includes 0.5 Credit of American History, 0.5 Credit of U.S. Government, 0.5 Credit of Geography (TDA requirement) and 1.5 Credits of Electives|
|Physical Education||0.5 Credit|
|Required Electives||1.5 Credits - Includes 0.5 Credit Financial Literacy and 1 Credit of the following: Foreign Language, Fine Arts or Technology|
|Additional Electives||3.5 Credits|
|Total Credits:||20 Credits|
TRECA Digital Academy and its affiliated partners follow 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 removing the student from all electronic learning based schools in Ohio. TRECA Digital Academy must remove all students who do not take all parts of the state mandated tests in consecutive years.
Per Ohio Revised Code 3314.26: Internet- and computer-based community schools must provide a testing site within a radius of 50 miles of each student's residence at which the student may complete the statewide achievement tests and diagnostic assessments prescribed by law (RC 3314.25). Any student in an internet- or computer-based community school who, without a lawful excuse, fails to take the prescribed achievement or graduation tests applicable to his or her grade level for two consecutive years must be withdrawn (dismissed) from the school, and the school may no longer receive any state funding on account of such student. Such a student may, however, continue to be enrolled in the school upon the payment of tuition (RC 3314.26).
Carey, Kimball H. Bricker & Eckler LLP, Anderson's Ohio School Law Manual 2009 edition. LexisNexis Newark, NJ. April 15, 2011.
K-3 Diagnostic Assessments
Ohio Graduation Test
Ohio’s State Test
Ohio’s High School State Test
TRECA Digital Academy will also be taking part in Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) - Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing. These tests are given to students in grades 9-12 three times each school year; dates for these assessments will be communicated in advance with all students required to take these tests.
Unexcused absence (truancy) from school is not acceptable. An unexcused absence is defined as failure to login and/or failure to submit work. An excused absence must be given by the attendance officer prior to the absence unless it is due to illness.
Students will be granted excused absences for the following reasons:
Technical difficulties beyond the control of the student that have been verified by the Call Center or attendance officer. (Electricity, cable or phone disconnections due to a delinquent bill are not excusable).
All other absences must be reported to the attendance office line at 1-888-828-4798, ext: 12244.
If a student fails to meet the daily attendance requirements, the parent/student must participate in a meeting at a Regional Office to address the student's truancy with a team of TDA personnel. A plan will be developed to address the truancy. If the truant behavior continues, the student may be referred to appropriate local social service agencies or programs for intervention/mediation services, as well as to Juvenile Court where truancy charges may be filed. Consequences may include the denial or revocation of driving privileges and/or forced removal from the school.
Habitual Truant: The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2151.011(B)(17) defines a student to be an habitual truant if the student has 5 consecutive unexcused absences, 7 unexcused absences in a month, or 12 unexcused absences in a year.
Chronic Truant: The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2152.02(F)(5) defines a student to be a chronic truant if the student has 7 consecutive unexcused absences, 10 unexcused absences in a month, or 15 unexcused absences in a year.
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 TRECA 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.
TRECA 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, TDA students must maintain progress in their academic endeavors and communicate regularly with their teachers. 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:
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).
In accordance with the law, the Board of Education 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:
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 Superintendent 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 Superintendent’s recommendation.
If the Board adopts the resolution, the Superintendent 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.
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 the Federal guidelines for determining whether the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability.
TRECA (Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association) Digital Academy (TDA) is pleased to make available to students access to interconnected computer systems within the Academy and to the Internet, the world-wide 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 TDA’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.
TDA provides each student with the tools and equipment necessary for participation in TDA. 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 TDA for any reason, must return all tools and equipment provided by TDA in working order and in original or equivalent packing materials to TDA (100 Executive Drive, Marion, OH 44302). Damaged or stolen equipment must be reported to TDA immediately.
Below are the Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy of TDA and TRECA. 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. TDA cannot serve any student who, if 18 or older, fails to sign and submit the Policy to TDA as directed or, if under 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 TDA administration. If any user violates this Policy, the student’s access will be disabled or revoked, and he or she may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
By signing this Policy, you are agreeing not only to follow the rules in this Policy, but are agreeing to report any misuse of the network to the TDA 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.
A student who submits to TDA, as directed, a properly signed Policy and follows the Policy to which she or he has agreed will have computer network and Internet access. Students will be asked to sign a new Policy each year during which they are students in TDA.
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. TDA 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 TDA and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.
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. TDA may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances.
TDA makes no warranties of any kind, either express 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 TDA and TRECA 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 TDA 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 TDA computer or on another computer outside the TDA network.
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 TDA must be notified of such changes.
TRECA Digital Academy promotes a safe, positive and healthy school environment. Therefore, TRECA will not tolerate harassment, intimidation or cyber-bullying/bullying of any kind. Harassment means either of the following:
Any student or student’s parent or legal custodian who believes that the student has been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying should make every effort to file a complaint as soon as possible after the harassing conduct occurs.
School personnel should report incidents of alleged student-on-student and staff-to-student harassment that they witness or of which they have received reports or information, whether such incidents are verbal or physical or amount to harassment in other forms.
When a complaint of harassment has been received and to ensure compliance with Federal and State requirements, TRECA Digital Academy will take the following steps:
The Director of TDA, Director of SAFE or the designated Learning Support Specialist shall investigate verified acts of harassment promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when the complaint is verified.
Furthermore, pro-active planning and the appropriate steps and actions will be undertaken by the Director of TDA, Director of SAFE and/or the designated LSS to ensure that the perpetrator will no longer have access to the victim by restricting his/her access to any and all communication outlets in the online learning environment.
Any student engaging in harassment is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion and/or notification to the appropriate authorities.
Any staff member engaging in harassment is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension, termination and/or notification to the appropriate authorities.
TRECA Digital Academy will semi annually provide the TRECA-Superintendent and President of our TRECA Board of Trustees a written summary of all reported incidents and post the summary on its web site, if the district has a web site, to the extent permitted by section 3319.321 of the Revised Code and the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974,” 88 Stat. 571, 20 U.S.C 1232q, as amended.
TRECA Digital Academy’s policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, 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.
TRECA 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.
SAFE is a learning support component at TRECA developed to assist students with reducing barriers to learning. SAFE uses direct intervention practices to address the immediate concerns of at-risk students. The program achieves this by focusing on several components: on-line resources, face-to-face and phone contact, as well as linkage to local community agencies.
SAFE’s goal is to ensure that the school and community are working together to increase positive outcomes for students and parents by identifying and reducing barriers to learning. SAFE staff helps families and teachers work together towards reaching student success in the classroom. SAFE also assists families with accessing community resources and services.
TRECA Digital Academy is an online, public community school. In an attempt to ensure for the safety and wellbeing 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:
TRECA Digital Academy is committed to the location, identification and provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), for all children between the ages of 3 and 22, having disabilities.
Location and referral of such children (Child Find) may be initiated by anyone with knowledge of the child and suspecting the child may have a disability. Disability, in this instance, means such conditions as hearing impairments, visual impairments, speech or language impairments, specific learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, other health impairments, physical impairments, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
What has TRECA Digital Academy Done?
TRECA Digital Academy has responded vigorously to federal and state mandates requiring the provision of a free appropriate public education regardless of a child’s disability. Before the school can serve the children, they must be found. Through CHILD FIND, TRECA works:
What can YOU do?
If you know a child who may have special needs, help is available. Please make a phone call, then the school district will contact the parents of the child to find out if the child needs to be evaluated. Free testing is available to families to determine whether or not a special need exists. If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving the appropriate SST at the number below:
|TRECA Digital Academy
1-888-828-4798 ext. 257
100 Executive Drive
Marion, Ohio 43302
|Central Ohio SST 11
Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Union
|North East Ohio SST 5
Ashtabula, Mahoning, Trumbull
|Northern Ohio SST 2
Erie, Huron, Lorain
|Cuyahoga SST 3
|Northwest Ohio SST 1
Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams
|East Central Ohio SST 12
Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, Noble, Tuscarawas
|East Shore SST 4
|Pilasco-Ross SST 15
Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto
|Hopewell SST 14
Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, Highland
|Southeastern Ohio SST 16
Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, Washington
|Lincoln Way SST 9
Columbiana, Stark, Wayne
|Southwestern Ohio SST 13
Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren
|Miami Valley SST 10
Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble
|West Central Ohio SST 6
Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby
|Mid-Eastern Ohio SST 8|
Medina, Portage, Summit
|North Central Ohio SST 7
Ashland, Crawford, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Wyandot
|Pilasco-Ross SST 15
Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto
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:
As you know there are no failing grades in the continuous progress model at TDA; 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 teacher.
(Guidelines from Consortium of College & University Media Centers)
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. Students 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.
Fair use ends when the multimedia creator loses control of his product’s use, such as when it is accessed by others over the Internet.
Students need not write for permission if their presentation falls within the specific multimedia fair use guidelines; however, 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.
Guidelines for Multimedia
Numerical Data Set
Internet resources often combine both copyrighted and public domain sites; therefore care should be used in downloading any sites for use in multimedia presentations. Until further clarification, 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.
Copying and Distribution Limitations
Do not post multimedia projects claiming fair use exemption on an unsecured website. No more than 2 copies of the original production may be made. Only 1 may be placed on reserve for others to use for instructional purposes. 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. If more than one person has created the multimedia presentation, each principal creator may retain only one copy.
Multimedia Presentation Citations
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