Quick Links To Policies & Information:
- Drop / Withdrawal
- Student Agreement
- Mandatory Contacts
- Code Of Conduct
- Academic Integrity
- Grading & Final Exam
- Final Exam Policy
- Honors Credit
- Students with Accommodations
Drop / Withdrawal
Pasco eSchool sets high expectations for the success of its students. We are committed to meeting the needs of all students and will work tirelessly to facilitate student success. To maintain instructional momentum, students are required to submit assignments in their course on a Weekly Basis and to maintain regular contact with their instructors.
- Any student who does not make progress in the course for a period of 14 days and has not made prior arrangements with his/her instructor will be assigned to their zoned school’s Virtual Learning Lab (VLL) for support and progress monitoring.
- The Virtual Learning Lab staff and school guidance counselor will work with the student, parent, and the course instructor to create a Success Plan for the student.
- Failure to respond to the Virtual Learning Lab’s attempts to contact the student, or failure to adhere to the Success Plan created by the student and family may result in Administrative Removal from the course with an F grade.
I acknowledge that during the first 28 days of being activated into my Pasco eSchool course I may drop the course without penalty. I understand that for each online course there are a minimum number of assignments that must be completed each week. Failure to submit the minimum number of assignments on a weekly basis will result in my removal from the course and may result in a failing grade being assigned to my academic transcript. If I drop the course after completing 50% of the class requirements and fail to take the final exam, Pasco eSchool will issue an “F” for my final grade.
What happens if students decide that Pasco eSchool is not for them after they start?
If a public school student withdrawals from a virtual course, they must immediately enroll in another course at their traditional school site (if class size caps permit, and in accordance with the District’s Student Progression Plan). Students who cannot enter a course on a local school campus will have their online course request transferred to the Florida Virtual School.
Monthly Calls (Contacts)
Students are required to make contact with each course instructor monthly. This is an excellent opportunity to touch base and review pace and progress in the course.
This contact can be completed via call, text, or email. A parent or guardian must be present and/or reply to an email/text message in order to complete the monthly call.
DBA’s (Oral Assessments)
DBAs (or Discussion Based Assessments) are oral assessments between the student and instructor. In order to have a great DBA experience, it is important that students are in a room without distractions or other people. The instructor will ask questions pertaining to the previous module. This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate a mastery of the module topics/concepts.
*Guardians are not required to be present during a DBA, but may complete the monthly contact after completion of the DBA.
Code Of Conduct
Internet access is required for all Pasco eSchool students, but access must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. With expanded access to electronic information, availability of inappropriate material is not uncommon. Some sites contain illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive information. Although it is impossible to control such misuses, we believe that with responsible use, the benefits of the Internet as an educational tool outweigh the negatives. We especially appreciate partnering with parents to teach responsible Internet use.
Please review the following etiquette rules and Pasco eSchool expectations carefully:
- Students are responsible for good behavior on the Pasco eSchool network, just as they are in a traditional school building. Always use a computer in a way that shows consideration and respect. It is illegal to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language. (f.s. 847.001 Obscene Literature; Profanity).
- We take integrity and authenticity of student work very seriously at Pasco eSchool. Do not cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content or the work of your online classmates. Pasco eSchool instructors do utilize technologies to check for authenticity. Copying, knowingly allowing others to copy from you, and/or misusing Internet content could result in removal from our courses.
- Security is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you can identify a security problem in the school’s computers, network, or Internet connection, notify a system administrator.
- It is illegal to create harmful computer viruses. (f.s. 815 Computer-Related Crimes).
- Email is not private. Never say anything via email that you wouldn’t mind seeing on the school bulletin board or in the local newspaper.
- Beware of emails from anyone, particularly adults you don’t know, asking for personal information, attempting to arrange meetings, or engaging in personal contact. Alert your teacher or other Pasco eSchool employee of any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Email with your online classmates should be course-related. It is prohibited to send unsolicited email to your online classmates.
- Email addresses that use profanity or may be construed as offensive, shall not be permitted for Pasco eSchool correspondence. Pasco eSchool administration reserves the right to determine if student email addresses are inappropriate. When necessary, students will be asked to use an alternative email address or be refused for participation in Pasco eSchool courses.
- Protect your password. Keep it secret from anyone except your parents.
- Inappropriate Texting/Messaging: Photographs or videos sent via computer, cell phone, or any other electronic device which depict nudity or any other inappropriate content are prohibited (f.s. 847.001 Sexting)
- Dress Code Policy: When attending any meeting or student gathering affiliated with Pasco eSchool, clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment is not permitted.
- Pasco eSchool assumes no responsibility for any phone charges, line costs or usage fees for connectivity to the Internet.
Pasco eSchool administrators will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through Internet access. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this policy, you will be provided with notice of the suspected violation and have an opportunity to present an explanation. Any violations may result in removal from Pasco eSchool course(s), as well as other disciplinary or legal action.
A Core Value
Academic Integrity is one of our core values and one of the most important areas of focus as a learning organization. Students with Academic Integrity make decisions based on ethics and values that will prepare them to be productive and ethical citizens.
Academic Integrity: the Pasco eSchool Non-Negotiable
This paper explains the tools we use in dealing with integrity, definitions, roles and responsibilities of all parties along with the matrix of integrity interventions. Please download and save this document for future reference.
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How is academic integrity maintained in on-line learning?
Pasco eSchool and its curriculum providers take the subject of academic integrity seriously. Teachers use a variety of monitoring tools:
1. Turnitin.com: This Internet tool compares student work against a variety of databases. Our learning management systems are integrated with Turnitin.com, and most work is automatically uploaded to the system. This database compares student work against work found on the Internet.
2. Academic Integrity Database: Florida Virtual School maintains its own database of student integrity incidences. This database is used to monitor the number of student integrity issues. Incidents in Pasco eSchool courses are logged within this database, as well.
3. Discussion Based Assessments: Each teacher regularly conducts discussion-based assessments with his or her students. These conversations occur at specific intervals as well as randomly in a course and are included in the assessment component of each course. The teacher discusses individual student work and extends the conversation to allow the student to demonstrate mastery of the content and to verify the authenticity of the student’s work.
4. Proctored Exams: All final exams will proctored by the parent or school-based mentor. In addition, teachers can request a scheduled proctored assessment at any time for a student.
If you would like to report an academic integrity situation please call the following number or send an email to the address below. Please discuss as much of the following information as you are able: Student Name, Course Name, High School or County, Teacher Name and situation. We appreciate you taking the time to report this situation and assisting Pasco eSchool with Academic Integrity.
Academic Integrity Hotline:
407-513-3341 or 866-943-3050 (toll free)
Academic Integrity Email Address:
- A Outstanding performance 100 – 90
- B Above average performance 89 – 80
- C Average performance 79 – 70
- D Below average performance 69 – 60
- F Failing 59 and below
W/N Withdrawn- No grade (No academic penalty) Note: Student must withdraw during the 28-day grade period to receive no penalty.
W/F Student withdrew with unsatisfactory performance after the 28-day no-penalty grade period.
*This document may be translated into a language understandable by a parent or guardian, if necessary. For a translation request, please call 407-513-3587.
The purpose of the final exam is to assist in validating that students have demonstrated mastery of key course concepts and standards. The final exam, unto itself, is not the sole determiner of student achievement; however, students are required to take and successfully pass a final exam in all Pasco eSchool courses.
In order to maintain the integrity of all Pasco eSchool grades, instructors may choose to facilitate random oral assessments and/or face to face exams.
Will my student receive a report card?
Progress reports are sent monthly in an electronic format, although with a parent/guardian account, you will be able to monitor student progress anytime. Final grade reports are also issued within the Learning Management System, and grades are posted to the student’s academic history file in the district’s mainframe computer system. Hard copies of report cards will not reflect quarterly grades for virtual school courses.
If you like a challenge, we believe you should have the opportunity to try honors courses. To do so, simply alert your teacher of your goal, and then complete the honors assignments in the course. If the assignments prove to be above your skills, you may drop back to regular credit with no penalty. Just be sure to communicate with your teacher.
Click the following link for more information about virtual school for students with disabilities.
SSPS:Virtual School for Students with Disabilities