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STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK
                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

Brief Overview/Mission Statement/ Educational Philosophy and Beliefs…………………………………………………………..    4
Admission……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                        5
Assessments (State/District)...……………………………………………………………………………………………………….                         7
Attendance………………..……………………………..…………………………………………………………………………...                                  7
Durational Documentation Procedures………………………………………………………………………………………………                         8
Career Advisory…..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                 12
College Credit Plus…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                              12
Computer Use………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                                    12
Conduct………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                        12
Conferences………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                     13
Counseling……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                      13
Credit Flexibility……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                               14
Curriculum……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                      14
Discipline/Due Process……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                              14
Distribution of Materials……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                           15
English Learners……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                                 15
Emergency Medical Treatment………………………………………………………………………………………………………                             15
Federal Notices……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                  16
Fees and Fines……….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                  18
GED Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                                    18
Grading Scale………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                                  18
Graduation Requirements…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                              18
Immunization…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                     20
Infection Control/HIV, HBV and AIDS……………………………………………………………………………………………...                      20
Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………..                  20
Lesson Content Submittal…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                             21
Media Access to Students…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                             21
Military……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                      21
Parental Rights………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                                 21
Personal Communication Devices……………………………………………………………………………………………………                           22
Photo Release………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                                  22
Policy & Procedures………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                22
Program Exemptions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                  22
Promotion, Retention and Placement of Students……………………………………………………………………………………                 22
Repeating a Course…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..                                22
Scheduling and Assignment…………………………………..……………………………………………………………………...                          22
Students with Disabilities…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                           22
Student/Parent Complaints…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                           22
Student Education Records…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                           23
Summer School………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                     24
Tutoring………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                       24
Withdrawal/Transfer From School…………………………………………………………………………………………………...                        24
Work Permits…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                     24
Work Study…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...                                    25
School Calendar…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                   25

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Patrick Dubbs ~ Board President
                                         Larry Hook ~ Board Vice-President
                                          Tim Ackermann ~ Board Member
                                          Michael Sander ~ Board Member
                                            Alleyn Unversaw ~ Treasurer
                                            Tom Isaacs ~ Board Member

                                            Greater Ohio Virtual School
                                               1879 Deerfield Road
                                               Lebanon, Ohio 45036
                                                  (513) 695-2924

The Greater Ohio Virtual School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital
status, sex or age in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance
with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Greater Ohio Virtual School
                                           At Risk CONVERSION COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Brief Overview
The Greater Ohio Virtual School is an innovative school that is a cooperative effort with the Warren County Educational Service
Center. GOVS uses technology to reach a diverse student population. The school is designed for students in grades 7 – 12 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. Because the focus is on distance learning, the ability of students to
learn independently in their own homes using an online educational program is an essential element of the school’s program. A
majority of the students will be between the ages of 16 and 22 and who are at risk. The definition of at risk may include but not
limited to; lack of academic success, unsuccessful in the home district, health risk, social issues, financial hardship, transient students,
home schooled children, children with special physical and mental needs, religious reason and behavioral issues. The program will
permit the use of a “blended” approach to the delivery of educational services designed to provide the optimum balance between
online and traditional instruction for each student.

The at-risk charter school will provide a unique opportunity to attract and serve certain students who may be currently functioning
outside the regular public-school setting and who may benefit from the more fully rounded educational experience which can be
achieved through a combination of online and traditional school settings.

Mission Statement
Greater Ohio Virtual School’s mission is to provide students with a highly personal and continuous connection to learning through an
online based education. The school deems that this quality instructional alternative will serve individual needs and prepare the student
to transition into their next phase of life, be it entering the work force, military, or continuing their education.

Educational Philosophy and Beliefs
Greater Ohio Virtual School’s educational philosophy can be summarized with the following statements: Deliver instruction to
students in a cost-effective manner and in a manner that allows them to earn high school credit at a self-determined pace. We will
strive to take students at their current academic levels, build upon that foundation, and increase achievement at developmentally
appropriate rates and levels. We will do this with the assistance of technology and appropriately licensed Ohio teachers. Our ultimate
goal is to provide applicable skills that will allow students to be lifelong learners and intelligent decision-makers. Another important
factor woven into the school is the belief that effective education is a cooperative venture between the students, parents/guardians,
teachers, and support staff. Furthermore, in many instances the local public schools, organizations, and social services can provide
valuable support. In short, a teaming process will be critical to the success of the program.
Beliefs: Our core beliefs are succinctly stated as follows:
          • The effective delivery of educational services and resources is critical to our mission.
          • Ongoing planning, assessment, and evaluation drive a growing, dynamic organization and provide for the effective use
               of resources.
          • Empowering the learning community through technology is a vital necessity.
          • Sound educational decisions are driven by accurate data.
          • A well-trained and talented staff that continually upgrades its skills is a requirement for a successful organization.
          • A spirit of teamwork and cooperation within the organization and with the SPONSOR, our educational partner, must be
               encouraged and nurtured.
          • The school will foster resiliency in students by building on student’s strengths. (Resiliency is the ability to adapt and
               succeed despite risk and adversity.)
          • Stakeholders will adhere to the belief that all students can succeed. And they communicate this belief to their students.
          • Students will participate in meaningful, engaged learning and experience opportunities to succeed in the school.
          • Students will be held to high educational standards and communicate the belief that all students can succeed.
          • The school will provide varied opportunities to remediate past failures or academic setbacks in the student’s career.
          • The school’s climate will be marked by caring and support, high expectations, and opportunities for meaningful
               participation that can counteract the risk factors in child’s life.

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Greater Ohio Virtual School

The material covered within this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding
general school information, rules and procedures and are not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy or administrative
regulation. Material contained herein may therefore be superseded by such Board policy or administrative regulation.

Any information contained in this student handbook is subject to unilateral revision or elimination from time to time without notice.

                                                      Greater Ohio Virtual School
                                                       ADMISSIONS POLICY

The Greater Ohio Virtual School (GOVS) is a non-traditional school designed to serve students who are not reaching their full
learning potential in more traditional educational environments. Because GOVS is a distance learning online school, the ability of its
students to learn independently in their own homes, using an online educational program, is an essential element of the GOVS
program.

The school is open tuition-free to students in grades 7-12 residing in any school district in the state of Ohio.

Additionally, as GOVS is chartered as a Dropout Prevention and Recovery (DOPR) school, which requires that the majority of
students enrolled are between the ages of 16-21 and are at risk of graduating, preference will be given to students meeting the at-risk
definitions.

The GOVS curriculum is particularly designed for at-risk students. At-risk students are defined as:

Students who experience crises that significantly interfere with their academic progress such that they are prevented from continuing
their traditional programs.

Students who are at least one grade level behind their cohort age groups 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, tutors, and mentors.

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 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
already successfully learning at home but whose home schooling would be complimented with GOVS comprehensive, formal, and
standards-based online curriculum.

O.R.C. 3314.06 Statements
The School will not discriminate in admitting students to the School on the basis of race, creed, color, disability, or sex.

The School will not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic
ability. Unless the total School is filled to capacity, no student with any disability shall be denied admission on the basis of that
disability. Upon admitting any student with a disability, the community school will comply with all federal and state laws regarding
the education of students with disabilities.

The School will not exceed the capacity of the School's programs, classes, grade levels, or facilities. If the number of applicants
exceeds the School’s capacity, students shall be admitted by lottery from all those submitting applications. Preference shall be first
given to students attending the School the previous year and then to students who reside in the school district in which the School is
located. Preference will be given to siblings of students attending the school the previous year.

In the event the racial composition of the enrollment of the School violates a federal desegregation order, the School will take any and
all corrective measures to comply with the order.

Enrollment Procedure
To enroll, parents/guardians must submit the following to the School:
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Completed registration form
Student’s birth certificate
Photo identification of parent/guardian enrolling the student
Student’s current immunization record
If applicable, Custody paperwork; Special Education (IEP-Individualized Education Program), (ETR-Evaluation Team Report).
 Proof of Residency/Address Verification - one (1) of the following in the
parent/guardian/student name, showing the complete address, and date:
              • A deed, mortgage, lease, current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance declaration page, or
              • current real property tax bill;
              • A utility bill or receipt of utility installation issued within ninety days of enrollment;
              • A paycheck or paystub issued to the parent or student within ninety days of the date of
              • enrollment that includes the address of the parent’s or student’s primary residence;
              • The most current available bank statement issued to the parent or student that includes
              • the address of the parent’s or student’s primary residence;
              • Any other official document issued to the parent or student that includes the parent’s or
              • student’s primary residence
              • Any other official document approved by the Ohio Department of Education that may be
              • used to determine proof of residency.

When a student loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless child or youth, as defined
in 42 U.S.C. 11434a, or when a child who is such a homeless child or youth changes
temporary living arrangements, the district in which the student is entitled to attend school
shall be determined in accordance with division (F)(13) of section 3313.64 of the Revised
Code and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act," 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq

Provide copies of the following:
        • Grade Card/Transcript (these will assist in placing your child in the appropriate courses required for graduation).
            Make sure to pay your fees and return books at the school your child presently attends as they will not release your
            grades/transcripts.
        • Special Education (IEP-Individualized Education Program), (ETR-Evaluation Team Report)
            (if applicable)
        • 504 Educational Plan (if applicable)

                                                  The Greater Ohio Virtual School
                                                    At-Risk Student Definitions

The GOVS curriculum is particularly designed for at-risk students. At-risk students are defined as:

Students who experience crises that significantly interfere with their academic progress such that they are prevented from continuing
their traditional programs.

Students who are at least one grade level behind their cohort age groups 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, tutors, and mentors.

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 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
already successfully learning at home but whose home schooling would be complimented with GOVS comprehensive, formal, and
standards-based online curriculum.

Suspended/Expelled
A student who has been suspended or expelled by another public school in Ohio may be temporarily denied admission to the school
during the period of suspension or expulsion even if that student would otherwise be entitled to attend the school. Likewise, a student
who has been expelled or otherwise removed for disciplinary purposes from a public school in another state and the period of

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expulsion or removal has not expired may be temporarily denied admission to the school during the period of expulsion or removal or
until the expiration of the period of expulsion or removal which the student would have received in the school had the student
committed the offense while enrolled in the school. Prior to denying admission, however, the Superintendent shall offer the student an
opportunity for a hearing to review the circumstances of the suspension or expulsion and any other factors the Superintendent
determines to be relevant.

If a student has recently been discharged or released from the custody of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and is seeking
admittance or re-admittance into the school, the student will not be admitted until the following records required to be released by
DYS to the Superintendent have been received:
         1. An updated copy of the student’s transcript.
         2. A report of the student’s behavior while in DYS custody.
         3. The student’s current individualized education program (IEP), if an IEP has been developed for the child.
         4. A summary of the instructional record of the child’s behavior.

ASSESSMENTS (STATE/DISTRICT)
Unless, exempted, all students must participate in state required testing.

House Bill 66, section 3314.26 ORC, Students who fail to participate in required testing 2 consecutive years will not be permitted to
attend any online school in Ohio.

House Bill 487 updated Ohio’s graduation requirements to ensure that all students are ready for success in college and work. As a
result, the class of 2017 will be the last students to take the current Ohio Graduation Tests. The new requirements take effect with the
class of 2018 and beyond, in addition, allowing the opportunity to take a nationally recognized college admission exam free of charge
in the 11th grade. Under these requirements, students must earn a cumulative score.

A Measure of Progress (MAP) test will be administered two times a year, to students to monitor progress and determine educational
mastery levels. These tests help the staff to determine instructional needs.

Classroom tests/course tests may be given to students to assess progress and assign grades.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Greater Ohio Virtual School Attendance Policy

The truancy laws in Ohio require electronic schools to keep track of the number of hours each student is completing lessons on-
line or participating in off-line educational activities. Each student will be required to complete on-line/off-line educational
opportunities totaling twenty-five (25) hours per week. In addition to this requirement, each student will have an attendance
intervention plan developed at the beginning of their attendance at the Greater Ohio Virtual School. If a student fails to
participate in seventy-two (72) consecutive hours of learning without a legitimate excuse, the student will be withdrawn
according to GOVS procedures. Students are also limited to 10 hours of school work per day, maximum. Once 10 hours has
been accumulated for the day, VLA will be locked and not available until the next day. Students may not accumulate time on
the home page in VLA and there is an automatic log off after 45 mins of inactivity or idle time.

Truancy Notifications
   • Families will receive notification after three (3) days of inactivity.
   • Families will receive notification if a student is thirty-eight (38) total hours behind within a 30-day period or if a
       student is sixty-five (65) total hours behind within a school year.

Truancy Mediation Meeting
   • Families will be contacted by the truancy officer to schedule a truancy mediation meeting after six (6) consecutive
       school days of inactivity or after forty-two (42) total hours behind within a thirty (30) day period.

Truancy Charges
   • If significant progress has not been made as outlined in the individual attendance plan for each student, then charges
       may be filed.
   • Nothing in this attendance policy shall prohibit or restrict the school from initiating legal action against a student and
       parent for failure to follow the attendance policy at any time (within the provisions of the law).

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Missed Hours
Students are expected to make up missed hours of instruction within a one-week period or complete additional hours leading up
to planned events. Excuses for missed hours will be accepted in the following circumstances.

1. Original Doctor’s notes may be submitted to excuse a student from missed learning opportunities beyond twenty-five (25)
hours due to personal illness, injury or birth of a child. The doctor’s note must state that the student was unable to access online
learning during a specific time frame (exact dates must be included).

2. Students may be excused due to the death of a parent, guardian or sibling, as well as any good cause that may be acceptable
to the Superintendent.

The Ohio Department of Education will be notified whenever a student meets the definition of habitual truant and notice to the
family is sent, when the child has been absent without legitimate excuse for the number of hours to qualify as habitual truant,
when a student is adjudicated an unruly minor in juvenile court as a result of being a habitual truant, and when an attendance
intervention plan has been developed for a student.

Legal References in the Ohio Revised Code
RC 2151.011 (B)(5). A child is a person under eighteen (18) years of age. If a child is adjudicated unruly or delinquent,
juvenile court may exercise jurisdiction over them until twenty-one (21) years of age.
RC 2151.011 (B)(17). Habitual Truancy. Absent w/o legitimate excuse thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, forty-two (42)
hours in a month, and seventy-two (72) hours per school year.
RC 2151.022 (A/B). An “unruly child” is one who fails to submit to the reasonable control of a parent, teacher, guardian, or
custodian.
RC 2919.24. Contributing. Any adult who aids, abets, causes, encourages, or contributes to a child becoming unruly or a
delinquent.
RC 3313.609. Truant means absent without excuse.
RC 3321.01 (A)(1). Children between 6-18 years are of compulsory school age in Ohio.
RC 3321.03. It is the duty of each parent to cause his/her child to attend school.
RC 3321.04 (C). The board of education shall prescribe excused occurrences for good and sufficient reasons.
RC 3321.16. An attendance officer shall investigate any case of non-attendance of school for any child under the age of
eighteen (18) years of age and a Truancy Intervention Team will be assigned to assist student and parents to re-engage in
school.
RC 3321.18. The attendance officer shall initiate proceedings against any parent, guardian, or student to enforce compulsory
attendance.
RC 3321.19 (B). No parent, without good cause, shall fail to attend an educational program or compel their child to attend
school.
RC 3321.19 (C). The attendance officer shall warn parents, in writing, of the legal consequences of habitual truancy.
RC 3321.16. For truancy, the district may provide intervention strategies or request charges be filed in Juvenile court.
RC 3321.99. Parents may be fined $500 for truancy violations and may be ordered to perform seventy (70) hours of
community service.
RC 3314.03(A)(6)(b) A student is automatically withdrawn from school if the student without a legitimate excuse fails to
participate in one hundred five (105) consecutive hours of the learning opportunities offered to the student. Legitimate excuse
is defined as a doctor’s note with student’s name and specified dates excused. The legitimate excuse must be submitted and
received in the central office before the student has missed 105 consecutive hours of learning opportunities. Only original
doctor notes are accepted or notes faxed directly from the doctor’s office to GOVS.

Greater Ohio Virtual School Durational Documentation Procedures

Participation at the Greater Ohio Virtual School is defined by accumulating a minimum of 25 hours of combined online and offline
hours per week documented by the Virtual Learning Academy Curriculum Program while completing a minimum of 5 lessons per
week to accumulate the appropriate amount of credits towards a diploma. The Greater Ohio Virtual School Week runs from Monday
through Sunday evening. Students are only permitted to complete a maximum of 10 hours per day of combined online and offline
hours and may accumulate hours 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

Summary of Attendance/Documentation of Hours Procedures

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•    Students must accumulate a total of 25 online/offline hours per week
    •    The Greater Ohio Virtual School week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday evening
    •    Online Hours = Any hours accumulated while logged in and actively completing assignments in VLA
    •    Offline Hours = Any teacher approved hours accumulated while not logged into VLA.
    •    Students are permitted to accumulate hours 7 days a week/24 hours per day
    •    Students are not permitted to accumulate more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period
    •    If a student reaches the 10-hour maximum, the system will be locked until the next day
    •    Online and offline hours may not overlap
    •    Students may not accumulate hours on the homepage in VLA
    •    There is an automatic log off after 45 mins of inactivity or idle time.

Online Hours
~Online Classroom Hours are any hours documented and tracked by the Virtual Learning Academy Curriculum program while logged
in and actively completing assignments.
Offline Hours
~Any teacher approved hours worked while not logged into the Virtual Learning Academy Curriculum Program. These hours are
linked to Activity Logs which serve as guidelines for students and teachers. Work Study hours and time spent taking state tests are
also considered offline hours.

Tracking of Online Hours
~The Greater Ohio Virtual School uses the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) as its curriculum. Time is tracked from the moment a
student logs into VLA until the student has completed their work and logs out. The documentation of this time is represented at the
top of each student home page in the “Time Credited” counter under “Online Today”. A weekly total of online hours will also be
displayed under “Online this week” and will reset each week at 11:59 Sunday evening.

Please be aware that there is an automatic log off after 45 mins of inactivity. This means there have been no keystrokes or mouse
clicks for 45 consecutive minutes. The time between the last activity and the automatic log off are not calculated into the student’s
seat time. Students are not permitted to log into VLA and click on the page once every 45 minutes in an attempt to accumulate hours
without doing any coursework. This is monitored daily and if detected will result in disciplinary action. Additionally, students will
not be given credit for time spent on the homepage. Students must be logged into VLA and completing coursework in a class
to receive credit for their online work.

Tracking of Offline Hours:
Offline hours are hours spent doing coursework while not logged into VLA and are tracked by the use of Activity Logs located under
the resource tab in the first lesson of every class. Activities such as reading, watching instructional videos, or working on worksheets
are all examples of activities that may be utilized for the documentation of offline hours. Over 200 Activity Logs have been created
for every class offered. These logs and the recording of these hours are a part of each lesson and are approved by individual teachers.
Activity Logs are used as guides for students and rubrics for teachers. We do not require students to sign and submit these forms,
rather to use them as a guideline for the number of hours they may submit for teacher approval. The teacher will determine, based on
achievement in the lesson, if the appropriate number of hours are listed.

Sample Activity Logs

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Every lesson has the following question that is required of each student complete in order to submit the lesson for grading.

If you would like to log offline hours click on “Add Log Entry” and the following menus will be displayed

This is where each student will type in the time they spent working on the class while NOT logged into VLA. Each log entry will
capture the Date, Start Time, End Time, and Description of the activity. Multiple log entries may be made for each question and can
be made on the same day but must not “overlap” online hours (Computer Seat Time) for the day. Students may delete, add, or change
log entries until the unit is submitted to their teacher. Any description or hour total different from what is suggested in the Activity
Log may be questioned by the teacher and sent back as a redo for further explanation. Every student will be required to answer this
question in order to complete the lesson. Students who do not have offline hours to log for the lesson may click the “I do not have any
Offline Activities for this unit” box and hit save. Once approved by the teacher, these hours will be documented in the “Time
Credited” counter under “Offline Hours This Week”.

Tracking of Work Study Hours
In order to have hours counted, students will utilize the same procedures as the documenting of off-line hours. Work study students
would document the time that they worked at their job in the last question of the lesson. This time may not overlap with any other
offline hours (Activity Logs) or online time (Computer Seat Time). These times will have to be verified by the submission of a
paystub which can be uploaded as an attachment in the last question. Students may earn up to 120 hours per transcripted credit of
student work experience toward their minimum of 920 required instructional hours.

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Year to Date Hourly Totals
Each student/parent/guardian is sent a “Attendance Report” on a weekly basis throughout the school year. It is delivered via the One
Call Now messaging system as an email, voice message, and text message. This report tracks the total number of combined hours the
student has accumulated throughout the year and compares it to the number of hours the student should have accumulated as
determined by the date of enrollment. An Example of the Email sent to Student/Parents/Guardians each week is shown below. The
Voice Message and text message contain the same information.

Additionally, students/parents/guardians/ have access to their hours via a QR code on the back of their student identification badges.
When scanned it will take them to a website with their specific durational tracking data and testing data.

Testing Hours
Ohio State Tests, Measures of Academic Progress, Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment, and the A.C.T. are all tracked via
VLA through a “testing class” that each student has on their schedule. The name of each test will be listed with the same offline hours
question that is present for all of the classes. The same rules apply for offline hours in regards to overlapping hours.

10 Hour Max Hours Per Day and Overlapping Hours
Per state law, electronic school students are not permitted to document over 10 hours of combined online and offline hours per day.
Once 10 hours has been accumulated for the day, VLA will be locked and not available until the next day. Additionally, hours may
not overlap meaning that students need to be aware of their online time and the hours they are submitting for offline hours (Activity
Logs & Work Study Hours) each day. For example, if a student was online completing work in a math class from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. and then submitted Activity Log from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in another class on the same day, the overlapping hour between
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. would not be counted towards their daily/weekly totals. Similarly, if a student submitted 6.5 hours of off-
line work study hours and then worked for 5 hours online completing a project in an English class on the same day, the 1.5 hours over
the 10-hour limit would not be counted toward the daily and weekly totals. Any overlapping hours will be displayed in the “Time
Credited” counter under “Overlap This Week”. Credit will not be given for Overlapping Hours.

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BOARD MEETING DATE/PLACE:
Place: Warren County ESC/Board Room
Time: 11:00 A.M. unless otherwise noted.
Meetings are generally scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

CAREER ADVISORY
Career counseling will be provided to all students. Students at risk, identified by excessive attendance, will be contacted along with
the parent / guardian to create a Student Success Plan.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
Through College Credit Plus, students may earn college credit in high school free of charge. Credit may count for both high school
and college credit. Contact your school counselor to find a pathway that will be suitable for your high school and college goals. The
Greater Ohio Virtual School will provide an informative meeting prior to March 1st. The school will notify students of an information
session including all surrounding colleges prior to March 30th. An intent form needs to be completed and turned into the Greater Ohio
Virtual School’s main office by April 1st. At this point, students and their families should contact colleges of their choice to gather
information about applications and acceptance into their College Credit Plus program. Prior to class attendance contact your school
counselor to fit the class into your schedule and determine credit. One high school credit will be earned per three plus college credits.
Under three college credits will be prorated.

COMPUTER USE
Students will be permitted to use the school’s computers only to conduct business related to the management or instructional needs of
the school or conduct research related to education consistent with the school’s mission or goals.

The school’s computers meet the following federal Children’s Internet Protection Act requirements:
1. Technology protection measures have been installed and are in continuous operation to protect against Internet access by both
    adults and students to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or, with respect to the use of the computers by
    students, harmful to students;
2. The on-line activities of students are to be monitored by parent or guardian.
3. Access by students to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web is denied;
4. Procedures are in place to help ensure the safety and security of students when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms
    of direct electronic communications;
5. Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities by students on-line is prohibited;
6. Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding students are prohibited;
7. Measures designed to restrict students’ access to materials harmful to students have been installed.

The school retains ownership of its computers, hardware, software and data at all times. All communications and stored information,
transmitted, received or contained in the school’s information system is the school’s property and are to be used for authorized
purposes only. Use of school computers or software for unauthorized purposes is strictly prohibited. Students are not to use the
computers for commercial use, political use, financial gain, or any illegal activity. Students must not use the computers to encourage
the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or to promote unethical practices or any activity prohibited by law or Board Policy. Students are
not to use profanity, obscenity, or other language which may be offensive to others in computer transmission. Students are not to
transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that could be construed as harassment or
disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or
political beliefs. Students are not to place copyrighted material on the computer without the author’s permission. Students are not to
make their personal home address or phone number and those of other students or colleagues public on the computer. To maintain
system integrity, monitor network etiquette, and ensure that those authorized to use the school’s system are in compliance with Board
policy, administrative regulations and law, school administrators may routinely review user files and communications. Files and other
information, including E-mail, sent or received, generated or stored on school’s computers are not private and may be subject to
monitoring. By using the school’s system, individuals consent to have that use monitored by authorized district personnel. The school
reserves the right to access and disclose, as appropriate, all information and data contained on school’s computers. Students, who
violate Board policy, administrative regulation, shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or revocation of
school’s system access up to and including permanent loss of privileges. Violations of law will be reported to law enforcement
officials.

CONDUCT
Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in accordance with the policies of the school and the lawful direction of
staff. The school has the responsibility to afford students certain rights as guaranteed under federal and state constitutions and statutes.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities
The GOVS rules and procedures are designed to allow students to be educated in an alternative environment. All students are
expected to follow staff member’s directions and to obey all school rules.

Adult students (age 18 or older) must follow all school rules and are encouraged to include their parents in their educational program.

If a student resides in the school service area with a grandparent and is the subject of a: 1) power of attorney designating the
grandparent as the attorney-in-fact; or 2) a caretaker authorization affidavit executed by the grandparent that provides the grandparent
with authority over the care, physical custody, and control of the child, including the ability to enroll the child in school, consent in all
school related matters, and discuss with the School the child’s educational progress, the student’s grandparent may enroll the child in
school on a tuition free basis. However, in addition to the above referenced documents that are typically required for enrollment, the
grandparent must provide the School with duly executed and a notarized copy of a power of attorney or caregiver authorization
affidavit.
Among these student rights and responsibilities are the following:
1. Civil rights - including the right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the responsibility not to
     discriminate against others;
2. The right to attend free public schools, the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential for
     permitting others to learn at school;
3. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion and decisions which the student believes injure his/her
     rights;
4. The right to free inquiry and expression, the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights;
5. The right to assemble informally, the responsibility to not disrupt the orderly operation of the educational process, nor infringe
     upon the rights of others;
6. The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student’s education records;
7. The right to know the behavior standards expected and the responsibility to know the consequences of misbehavior.

Student Code of Conduct
The school has authority and control over a student when on site at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity,
regardless of time or location and while being transported in school-provided transportation.

Students will be subject to discipline including, suspension, expulsion, denial and/or loss of awards and privileges and/or referral to
law enforcement officials for the following, including but not limited to:
1. Assault
2. Hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying or menacing - Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying./Menacing and
    accompanying administrative regulation.
3. Coercion.
4. Violent behavior or threats of violence or harm.
5. Disorderly conduct, including disruption of the school environment.
6. Bringing, possessing, concealing or using a weapon.
7. Vandalism/Malicious Mischief/Theft [as prohibited by Board policies - Care of School Property by Students including willful
    damage or injury to school property; or to private property on school premises or at school-sponsored activities.
8. Sexual Harassment.
9. Use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs, including drug paraphernalia.
10. Use or display of profane or obscene language.
11. Open defiance of a teacher’s authority, including persistent failure to comply with the lawful directions of teachers or school
    officials.
12. Violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, school or classroom rules.

CONFERENCES
Students and parents may request a conference (1) if the student is not maintaining passing grades or achieving the expected level of
performance; (2) if the student is not maintaining behavior expectations or (3) in any other case the teacher considers necessary.
These conferences may be held via telephone, e-mail or face-to-face. The school encourages a student or parent in need of additional
information or with questions or concerns to confer with the appropriate teacher, School Counselor or Principal. A parent who wishes
to confer with their child’s teacher may call the office to arrange a mutually convenient time.

COUNSELING
School counselors are responsible for assisting with academic, social/personal, and career planning needs of all students. Examples
may include scheduling classes, answering college related questions, and help choosing academic pathways. Appointments may be
scheduled by calling 513-695-2924
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