ONLINE HANDBOOK

HEED is a Christian K-12 home education hybrid learning program, where qualified instructors teach live interactive online classes, prepare lesson plans for students to master content throughout the week, and provide feedback and evaluation of student’s work.

Handbook & Code of Conduct

HEED students require a level of self-discipline and accountability. They must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of online hybrid experience. Students are expected to be prepared for class and complete all assignments on time.

HEED classes are taught from a Biblical worldview and students must agree not to come against what is set forth in our statement of faith. Online students are not required to sign our statement of faith.

Parents are ultimately responsible for keeping their students accountable and their assignments up to date. Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor and the HEED board, may be dismissed from class with no refund.

Students 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.

Students violating personal or academic integrity (plagiarism or cheating) may be dismissed without refund. Additionally, 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.

Computer Etiquette

Establish a Good Learning Environment

Before an online school session begins, 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.)
- Mute your microphone unless you are asked to speak.
- Avoid bright lights or windows behind where you are sitting. - Turn off spinning ceiling fans if they appear in your screen.

Be Prepared

It is important that students ​be prepared before 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 Box​es
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 are limited to the class’s subject matter. Students must not distract their classmates with off-topic discussions.

Language Guidelines

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 it positive and respectful

Overall, you should use common sense 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 course. 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.