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Online Student Handbook

Students who enroll in Richard McKenna Online are expected to follow all of the rules, policies and procedures outlined in this handbook, as well as any specific course rules, policies, and procedures developed by the teacher.

Students must have completed the 8th grade or provide standardized test scores that demonstrate a student is ready for high school study.

They must have completed Pre-algebra A and B with a grade of “C” or better in each.

Students must be younger than 21 years old.

They may not be enrolled full-time in another public school.

Those who count the student as a dependent on their income tax form must be a resident of Idaho.

Richard McKenna Online provides a free and appropriate public education for all children with disabilities in a variety of specially designed programs. Special education and related services are available for persons who qualify.

Parents, guardians and educators of students attending Richard McKenna Online can refer a student who may be eligible for services and not currently receiving services by contacting the student's teacher, or the school director. The referrals will be made to the special education director for further evaluation. 

Students who enroll in the Summer School program must have completed the 8th grade, be younger than 21 years old, and qualify as an at-risk student as defined by Idaho State Code.

Students are considered at-risk if they meet at least three of qualifiers 1-6, and/or one of qualifiers 7-12 listed below:

    Has repeated at least one (1) grade.

    Has absenteeism that is greater than ten percent (10%) during the preceding semester.

    Has an overall grade point average that is less than 1.5 (4.0 scale) prior to enrolling in an alternative secondary program.

    Has failed one (1) or more academic subjects.

    Is two (2) or more semester credits per year behind the rate required to graduate.

    Is a limited English proficient student who has not been in a program more than three (3) years.

    Has substance abuse behavior.

    Is pregnant or a parent.

    Is an emancipated youth.(Is living on his/her own and providing for his/her livelihood.)

    Is a previous drop out.

    Has serious personal, emotional, or medical problems.

    Is a court or agency referral.

    With recommendation of the school discrict for disruptive student behavior.

Richard McKenna Online is dedicated to serving all students regardless of race, religion, or disability. However, due to the legal contract associated with an IEP, students with disabilities require different enrollment practices. The following steps must be followed in order for a student with an active IEP to enroll in McKenna Online classes.

• On the initial enrollment form, if a parent or student specifies that the student has a current IEP, the IEP and the eligibility report must be obtained before the student can enroll in classes. At times, obtaining this paperwork from the previous schools may take several weeks. If the parent or student has a current copy of the IEP and eligibility report, he/she may fax it to the school to speed up this process.

• Once the IEP and eligibility reports are obtained, the special education director will contact the parent for an initial orientation. At that time, the special education director will go over the eligibility report and current IEP to discuss the current goals, objectives, services, and accommodations.

• There are times when an IEP that is written in a traditional school setting may not be conducive to the online environment. If this is the case, either a formal or informal meeting will be set at which time the IEP may be amended.

• Once all of the paper work has been completed, the student and parent will have a second orientation with a McKenna Online staff member to go over school policy, the computer system and to choose classes.

• Please be aware that this process may take several weeks depending upon the timely manner in which the school receives the IEP and eligibility report. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Flick, Special Education Director, at (208) 724-1100.

Operating System
• Windows PC, Macintosh PC, or Tablet purchased within the last 5 years. Most of school can be done on a touch device, but you should also have a full computer available for occasional use.
• Printer Recommended but not required

Internet connection
• DSL or Cable Modem

Web browsers
• Chrome (best choice)
• Firefox or Safari
• Internet Explorer does not work very well with our program.

• Adobe Flash
• Adobe Reader 
(All policies are subject to change without notice.)

Course Credit
In order to receive course credit, students must:
• Complete all assignments to the teacher's satisfaction with an overall course average of 60% or higher. AND
• Pass any final projects with a score of 60% or higher.

Dual Credit
Richard McKenna Online will grant high school course credit for college courses earned at approved accredited colleges. Richard McKenna Online will grant a one year high school course (two semester credits) for a three credit hour college course. Fewer college credits may be prorated. For example, a student who completes English 101--a one semester course worth three college credit hours--would earn one year's worth of high school English, or two semester credits, whereas a one semester college credit equals only one semester of high school credit.

The ISAT (Idaho Standard Achievement Test) must be proctored (supervised) by an approved proctor. An approved proctor must meet the following criteria:
• Must be a responsible adult older than 21 who is not related to the student.
• Proctors must complete a Proctor Verification Form and fax it to Richard McKenna Online at (208-580-2450).
• They must also send a copy of their driver's license to the office.
• Once the office verifies the information and approves the proctor, the proctor will be emailed login information.
• (Proctors who violate the terms outlined in the Proctor Verification Form are removed from the approved proctor list.)

Students must have their ISAT proctored at one of the following locations:
• Lee Pesky in Boise
• Richard McKenna High School in Mountain Home
Students are never to be proctored using their own computer.

ISAT Testing
All Richard McKenna Online 10th grade students, as well as 11th or 12th grade students who are not proficient, are required to take the ISAT exams with Richard McKenna Online proctors. Students who refuse to take the ISAT will not be able to graduate from Richard McKenna Online and may face dismissal.

Course Extension Policy
• Course Extensions may be granted once by a teacher when extenuating circumstances occurred that hindered class work (serious illness, personal injury, death in immediate family, etc. They are NOT granted to students who simply failed to submit their assignments on time and are trying to get caught up.)
• Extensions cannot be granted for the last session of the year since school will be closed and there will be no course access.

Drop Policy
• Students may drop a course during the first two weeks from the start date without penalty. They will have to start from the beginning if they retake the course.
• Students who drop a course after two weeks from the start date receive an F on their transcript. They will have to start from the beginning if they retake the course.
• Students may attempt a course up to three times. If they do not pass after three attempts; they are not allowed to take the class again with Richard McKenna Online. This is the “3 Strikes” rule.

Missed Assignments
• Any assignments that are not completed or resubmitted within five days after the due date automatically receive permanent zeros.

Inappropriate, Obscene, or Pornographic Communication
• If a student uses communication with the teacher and/or students that is determined by the teacher or Richard McKenna Online administration to be inappropriate, obscene, or pornographic, the student will be immediately dropped from the course. In some cases, legal action may also be taken. Any possibilities for re-admittance must be discussed with the principal, parents and student.
• If it happens in more than one course, they will be dropped from the school.

• Any student found guilty of cyberbullying with other Richard McKenna Online students will be dropped from the program.

Plagiarism (Copying information without providing the source)
• Plagiarism in any form is not tolerated and may lead to course and/or school expulsion.

• Cheating in any form is not tolerated and may lead to course and/or school expulsion.

Credit Transfer
It is up to the student to find out which Richard McKenna Online courses will be accepted by their local high school as core credit and which will be accepted as elective credit. McKenna Online is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and AdvancEd . Association members are required to accept credits from other members; however, it is still a good idea to make sure how many and which credits a school will accept.

Grading Points (4.0 Scale)
94 - 100 = A
90 - 93 = A-
87 - 89 = B+
84 - 86 = B
80 - 83 = B-
77 - 79 = C+
74 - 76 = C
70 - 73 = C-
67 - 69 = D+
64 - 66 = D
60 - 63 = D-
59--> = F