Off-site Learning in the Harrison Public School District
Harrison Public School District’s (HPSD) off-site learning allows students, grades K-12, in our community to choose online learning that is designed and monitored by HPSD teachers using the HPSD curriculum. For more information about off-site learning for 2020-21, check out the recorded webinars located here.
- Chromebook provided (an insurance fee of $25 may be required)
- HPSD curriculum, teachers, intervention and support
- Courses not offered by HHS can be accessed via Virtual Arkansas, facilitated by a Harrison staff member
- HPSD extra curricular activities and events
- HPSD parent and student resources
- HPSD diploma and transcript
- Support of HPSD technology department
Off-site students are registered as Harrison Public School students and take part in ALL state and district testing, including diagnostic assessments. To be an off-site learner, the student will:
- Apply and be approved by the district’s Instructional Team
- Have been successfully promoted the previous year (if entering midyear, the student must demonstrate success in first semester courses)
- Be in compliance with HPSD student policies
- Maintain a C average (70% or greater) in all courses, or be receiving intervention services regularly provided by the district
- Be in active communication with teachers
- Check email regularly (when school is in session)
- Complete assignments in timely fashion
- Attend ALL testing sessions
- Provide updated email and phone number to off-site teacher
- Maintain academic integrity and honesty
- Have access to consistent, reliable internet service
- Attend required orientation training with parent or guardian
- Commit to completing semester long courses
- Participate in quarterly review of academic progress
- Participate in parent orientation
- Maintain active communication with off-site teacher(s)
- Check email regularly (2x per week)
- Participate in weekly contact with teacher(s)
- Assist student when necessary (or contact teacher if unable to assist)
- Provide transportation to testing when required
- Provide a distraction free learning environment for the students for digital learning
- Monitor and maintain academic integrity
The student will have a virtual instructor who is responsible for monitoring student academic achievement. Students will be able to communicate by phone or email with the virtual instructor regarding course content. Students may schedule real-time appointments with their virtual instructor.
The student, in cooperation with the virtual instructor and parents, will determine if he or she will be successful in the off-site learning environment within the first 21 days of the course being started. Remember, communication will be key to student success.
TIMELY COMPLETION OF WORK AND PARTICIPATION IN COURSES CONSTITUTES ATTENDANCE. STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO CHOOSE THE TIME TO BEGIN THEIR WORK DAY, TAKE THEIR COURSE WORK TO REMOTE LOCATIONS, AND DETERMINE THE DAYS OF THE WEEK TO COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS.
Failure to complete work is considered truancy. If the student doesn’t submit the required number of assignments within a period of seven days, parents will be notified. If the student doesn’t respond by submitting the required work within 14 days, the students and parents will conference with the virtual teacher. If work is not turned in for 21 days, the student will be recommended to return to onsite instruction.
Average Daily Time Requirements for Coursework
- Grades K-4: 4-5 hours per day
- Grades 5-12: 5-6 hours per day
Holidays, Saturday and Sunday
The student is able to log in on weekends and some holidays to submit assignments/work, check email and view gradebooks. OFF-SITE TEACHERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AVAILABLE WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION.