Code of Conduct
In order for students to benefit from Help Me Homeschool Academy Classes, they are required to have a level of self-discipline and accountability. They must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction for this type of online hybrid learning experience to be successful. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that will not be considered disruptive, distracting, disrespectful, offensive, intimidating or rude. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated.
Classes are taught from a Biblical worldview and although students and parents are not required to sign our Statement of Faith, they must all agree not to come against what is set forth in it.
Students must have a working computer with microphone and webcam for weekly live interactive online classes. Students and parents learn to navigate our learning management system (“LMS.”) The LMS will be used for communicating with instructors, submitting assignments and providing information concerning class syllabus, lessons, assignments, etc, throughout the week.
Parents must stay consistently engaged throughout the week, overseeing their student’s work, and seeing that it is completed and submitted on time, with integrity. Parents must keep open communication with instructors and are often asked to sign off on completed work, or to grade work with answer keys. Parents may be asked to proctor exams or quizzes. Parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their students accountable and their assignments up to date.
Students are expected to be prepared for class and complete all assignments on time. They must maintain a satisfactory grade point average in each class. A student who fails to maintain a C/70% average for a class, will be placed on academic probation. The student will have a period of 30 days to raise his/her grade to the satisfactory level. If, based on the instructor’s appraisal, the student fails to raise the grade satisfactorily then the student may be dismissed from the class indefinitely with no refund. Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor and the directors, may be dismissed from class with no refund.
Students must not violate personal or academic integrity, such as plagiarising (includes using anyone else’s words or ideas without giving them credit) and/or cheating (includes not doing one’s own work by copying or sharing your answers with others) Plagiarism and cheating are grounds for dismissal with no refund.
Parents must commit to helping their students maintain appropriate computer Netiquette as outlined below:
Establish a good learning environment prior to the start of class. Have your students eliminate environmental distractions that may divert their attention away from distance learning.
- Clear the room of playful pets or noisy siblings
- Minimize background noise by turning off the TV and radio.
- Turn off cell phones (No multitasking during class.)
- Avoid bright lights or windows behind where you are sitting.
- Turn off spinning ceiling fans if they appear in your screen.
- Mute your microphone unless you are asked to speak
- Students should be sitting up straight and should not participate in class from their beds.
It is imperative that students be prepared before class. When they are not it can detract from the whole class. They should download any necessary software and connect and test devices like microphones or video cameras before the lesson begins. Students should also exit other applications on their computers prior to launching the classroom software.
Chat boxes are used in class as a place for students to share ideas and ask questions related to the lesson. It can be a helpful resource or a major distraction. Comments typed in a chat box must be limited to the class’s subject matter. Students must not distract their classmates with off-topic discussions. This can waste precious class time and make it difficult for instructors to recognize legitimate questions/comments related to the class.
Be aware of strong language, all caps, slang, and exclamation points. It is easy for written text to be misread and misunderstood. Grammar and spelling matter. Students may be used to text-speak while texting. However, in an educational setting online, keep it formal. Be respectful. Keep conversations positive, respectful and clean. No cursing or profanity.
Students should be dressed for the day and not in pajamas. Recognizing that different people have different standards, please take a conservative approach to dress that reasonably avoids offense to anyone.
Overall, common sense should be used when communicating electronically. In the same way that you would present yourself in person to make a positive and constructive impression you should always do the same when taking an online class. Remember that the majority of what we communicate to others is in non-verbal ways (body language, voice inflection, etc.) Make sure your digital impression is a clear and positive one. An online classroom is still a classroom. Good netiquette means conducting yourself in an online class with the same respect, politeness and professionalism that you would exhibit in a real-life classroom.