JEDI Policies

Below you will find links to the most common policies at JEDI. 
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Communication/Attendance


Students enrolled in the school will be required to communicate with their teachers, learning coach and student advisor throughout the school year.  Frequent communication is essential to the success of the partnership between the JEDI Virtual School, the home district, and the family.  Communication can occur in a face-to-face meeting, online discussion, virtual meeting, phone call, text message, or other manner to maintain a meaningful relationship. Attendance is determined by the amount of work that is submitted that is accessible, gradable. Attendance is determined by progress on a student’s pace charts.  Students are expected to stay on pace with the progress charts.


Although the virtual school allows flexibility, the following chart represents suggested attendance time, both online and offline, to achieve mastery: 

Grade Level

Suggested Daily Hours

Suggested Weekly Hours

4K

2-3

8-15

K-2

4-5

20-25

3-6

5-6

25-30

7-8

6-8

30-40

9-12

8

40-45


Students in grades 9-12 are responsible for accessing daily assignments and their calendar when they begin each of their courses. Daily assignments are provided by teachers through the Learning Management System. Daily assignments specify the expected activities that should be submitted within an appropriate time period to complete the course in the allotted time. If a situation presents itself where a student cannot log into his or her classes, an explanation of absences may need to be provided to their Student Advisor. 

Sick Days/Excused Absences

Students may experience partial days, full days, or a week, where they are unable to participate in school.  Students are expected to make up for the missed work within a reasonable amount of time to avoid an attendance concern. Students who do not submit assignments for more than five day consecutive days will be required to provide a medical excuse in order to eliminate truancy warnings. 

Progress Guidelines

JEDI Virtual School recognizes that only through continuous communication can students be successful in an online course.  Within each course the instructor can provide weekly pace requirements.  It is essential that the student and instructor maintain regular contact. 


Lack of Progress

If the student does not submit the expected number of assignment(s) from the time they receive their weekly progress report to the receipt of the following progress report as determined by the student’s pacing chart, the student, parent/guardian, and district will be notified of the student’s lack of progress by the student advisor. An exception may be granted if a request has been submitted to the instructor and student advisor from a parent/guardian or student in the case of extenuating circumstances (medical, family emergency, etc.) that prevents regular progress.



Truancy

A student who does not participate and meet course progress expectations will be considered truant and handled according to JEDI Virtual School policy as outlined below. Once it has been established that a student has failed to complete the necessary progress outlined previously, the following truancy procedures will be implemented. All truancy correspondence will be sent to the student, parent/guardian, instructor, learning coach, and the district.  The district of enrollment will issue the official truancy warning per their district policy.


Truancy Step One

The student advisor will email an official attendance/truancy warning after a progress report that indicates that the student has not been active in any of his or her classes since the last weekly progress report or becomes five or more days behind in their pace charts for each course or the equivalent of this in all of his or her classes. 


Truancy Step Two

The student advisor will email a second official truancy warning under any of the following conditions:


A student fails to make sufficient progress within the student pace charts to indicate a week’s worth of attendance within the five (5) weekdays after receiving a step one warning.


If at any point while still enrolled within class, the student fails to make progress for an additional five (5) weekdays after an initial truancy warning.


A meeting with the student and parent/guardian will be held to create a plan for adequate attendance and progress.

Truancy Step Three

If sufficient progress has not been made after a second progress report that indicates that the student has not been active in any of his or her classes since the last progress report, JEDI reserves the right to terminate the student’s enrollment in our program. Law enforcement will be notified by the district of enrollment and a truancy ticket may be issued.


If a student is Open Enrolled to JEDI, the district will terminate the student’s enrollment based on failure to participate. The district will notify the parent, student, chartering district, resident district, and Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  


Truancy Step Four

The student is withdrawn from JEDI Virtual School for nonperformance.


Failure to Participate in the JEDI Virtual School. The third time in the same semester that a student attending JEDI Virtual Charter School fails to respond appropriately to a school assignment or directive from instructional staff within five school days, the JEDI Virtual Charter School will notify the Marshall School District, the student’s resident school district, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The District may terminate the student’s open enrollment based on the student’s failure to participate in the virtual charter school.


See WI Statute 118.40(8)(g)2. For more information on this statute, please see Appendix F. 

Academic Honesty

The JEDI Virtual School regards academic honesty and integrity as an essential element of its educational mission.  It is expected that all schoolwork submitted represents the original efforts of the individual student.  Administrators, faculty, students and families are all important contributors to the upholding of academic integrity in the school learning community.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as copying/stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, using someone else’s created production without crediting the source, or committing literary theft.  Examples include the following:

  • Turning in a paper retrieved from an Internet source as one’s own.

  • Using another student’s work in whole or part and handing it in as one’s own.

  • Using information from an encyclopedia, book, textbook, website, database, etc., without citing the source.

  • Using another person’s idea, opinion, or theory without citing the source.

  • Using any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings, pictures, sounds or other information which you found from any source that is not creative commons, without citing the source.

  • Using quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written word without citing the source.

  • Paraphrasing (putting into your own words) another person’s unique ideas, spoken or written, without citing the source.

  • Using online translators for assignments and assessments.


Before using an online resource, be sure to consider the credibility and reliability of the resource. Do not assume that an online source is factual. Wikis, such as Wikipedia, like many online resources, are a collaboration of information for public use published by anyone, not necessarily an expert. Using Wikipedia as a cited resource will not be accepted.


Plagiarism First Offense (per school year)

  • The instructor notifies the student, in writing, that he/she has submitted work that appears to have been plagiarized.  If available, the instructor will produce copies of, or references to, the site where the copied material was found.  The instructor will provide conditions for the re-submission of the assignment. 

  • The instructor forwards an email to the student’s learning coach, student advisor, and parent/guardian informing them of the violation.

  • The instructor will email the JEDI School Director, if deemed necessary, including the alleged infraction, and evidence of support.


Plagiarism Second Offense (per school year)

Instructors will follow the procedures listed under First Offense with the following changes being noted: 

  • The student receives a zero on the assignment without the opportunity to resubmit for credit.

  • The JEDI School Director is automatically notified.

  • The student is placed on internal academic watch characterized by all of the work turned in by the student being monitored more closely for evidence of cheating or plagiarism.

  • Anti Plagiarism software – Turn it In will be utilized to determine authenticity of submissions.


Plagiarism Disciplinary Action

If the authenticity of the student’s work is in question, a student may be required to take a proctored test or defend their work. The JEDI School director may determine disciplinary actions for students when misconduct occurs.

  • The student is placed on internal academic watch characterized by all of the work turned in by the student being monitored more closely for evidence of cheating or plagiarism.

  • The incident is reported to the student’s other instructors and interventions/strategies may be discussed by the team of teachers and the administrator.

  • The JEDI School Director may require that grading will be determined by proctored summative assessments only. (Formative assignments will not be factored into final grades.)

  • The JEDI School Director is provided all of the information and evidence. Depending upon the nature, severity or repeat status of events of academic honesty, the JEDI School Director may make a recommendation of additional disciplinary measures. Possible additional measures may include suspension or expulsion from the JEDI School’s programs or course failure.


Technology Usage

Access to technology for an online course or other educational venue imposes responsibilities and obligations.  Users must demonstrate appropriate use that is ethical, honest and legal including respect for physical and intellectual property, system security protocols and individual rights to privacy as well as freedom from intimidation, harassment and unwarranted annoyances.  All students and parents/guardians must follow the requirements outlined in the JEDI Virtual School Acceptable Use by Students policy and procedure.


Computer Network Use Guidelines


1. Privileges
The network hardware and software are the property of the JEDI Virtual School and consortium district. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. (Each user who receives an account will be part of a discussion with a JEDI Virtual School and consortium district faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network.) The system operator or designee may temporarily close an account at any time, as required. The administration may request the system operator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts at any time, as required.

2. Acceptable Use
The use of an account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the JEDI Virtual School and consortium district. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene materials, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activity is prohibited. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

3. Network Etiquette
Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Users have the responsibility for the ethical and educational use of their own accounts.

  • The user exercising his/her right to use technology as an educational resource will also accept the responsibility for all material received under his/her account.

  • Use of appropriate language is expected — profanity or use of vulgarities or any other abusive language is specifically prohibited.

  • Users will not reveal their personal address or telephone number online.

  • Users will not share their password or use others’ accounts.

  • Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to, or in support of, illegal activities may be reported to authorities.

  • Use of the network to harm or harass others is not acceptable. 

  • All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property of the owner, and should not be copied or used by others without the express written permission of the owner of the information.

  • Users will accept the responsibility of downloading, storing unauthorized files, software, or files dangerous to the integrity of the JEDI Virtual School and consortium district’s network.

  • The network will not be used in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by others (e.g., downloading excessively large files).


4. Ownership and Control
JEDI Virtual School retains ownership and possessory control of its computers, hardware and software at all times. To maintain system integrity, monitor network etiquette, and ensure that users are using the system responsibly, school administrators may review user files and communications. Users should not expect that files and other information communicated or stored on JEDI servers will always be private.

5. Disclaimer
The JEDI Virtual School and consortium district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the network service. The JEDI Virtual School and consortium district will not be responsible for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, incorrect deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or users’ errors or omissions. The JEDI Virtual School and consortium district specifically denies any responsibility for the inaccuracy or quality of information obtained through its network services.

6. Security
Users must notify a system operator or designee of security problems. Users should not demonstrate the problem to other users. Users should not use another individual’s account. Attempts to login as a systems administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems will be denied access to the network.

7. Vandalism
Vandalism is any attempt and/or act to harm or destroy hardware or software which disrupts/prevents the operations of the JEDI Virtual School or consortium district. Vandalism will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, expulsion, or criminal prosecution. Financial costs as a result of vandalism will be assessed to the individual(s) causing the disruption of network services.

Computer Network Use

Computer networks, including the Internet, offer vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. JEDI Virtual School and the consortium district’s goal in providing these services to staff and students is to promote learning by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.

Through network access, learners will:

  • Gain employability skills needed for the twenty-first century

  • Broaden their problem-solving and decision-making abilities

  • Enter into partnerships to enhance their learning options and to interact effectively with others

  • Develop their higher-level thinking skills

  • Apply and demonstrate effective communication skills in realistic situations

  • Access global resources and broaden their research capabilities, thus strengthening their communication skills


The JEDI Virtual School and consortium district firmly believes that network access and use provides students with valuable information and interaction relevant to their education. The JEDI Virtual School and consortium district is aware that the global network contains material which is not appropriate for school use and that it is not possible, in spite of the JEDI Virtual School and consortium district’s security measures, to control all materials which students may encounter.

The operation of a network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who adhere to strict guidelines. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources for educational purposes only. As students/staff use networks, it is essential that each user on a network recognize his or her responsibility to use the network for school-related activities. The user is ultimately responsible for her or his action since accessing network services and for adhering to JEDI Virtual School and consortium district use policies, procedures, and guidelines. If a JEDI Virtual School and consortium district user violates these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and future access could be limited or denied. Signatures on the Computer Network Use Agreement are legally binding and indicate the party’s acceptance of said agreement.


Use of the Internet and other communication resources by students is a 21st Century skill that is crucial to the education of all children.  The purpose of the Internet is to facilitate communications in support of research and education by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work. Users have no rights to personal privacy in connection with their usage of such District network resources. The District retains the right to monitor, access, intercept and review all messages or information created, received or sent over District technology and communication networks.


Some material on the Internet may contain items that are inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. Although efforts are being taken to minimize student exposure to inappropriate material through the use of an Internet filter, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents and guardians of minors to set and convey standards that their children should follow when using electronic resources like the Internet. 


1. General Use Rules

  • Students must adhere to the same standards of conduct expected and required in the classroom.

  • All students have the same opportunity to use the equipment, software, network resources and e-mail. Students shall use these computer resources for academic activities only.

  • To preserve security, students should protect their computer passwords and change them periodically. If a password is discovered, it will be changed immediately.

  • Designated school personnel may conduct random checks of students who are on-line with the Internet or other computer network for the purpose of ensuring compliance with Board policy and the acceptable use rules.

2. Rules of Network Safety and Acceptable Use 

All students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network safety and acceptable use. These rules include the following:

  • All use of the Internet or other communication resources must be in support of education and research and consistent with the policies, goals and objectives of the District.

  • Appropriate language must be used at all times. Students will not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language, or engage in activities that are prohibited under state or federal law.

  • Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or state regulation is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to copyrighted material, threatening, inflammatory, derogatory, libelous or obscene material or images, child pornography, or material protected by trade secret. In addition, the transmission of any material that causes disruption to the learning environment or is harmful to minors is not allowed.

  • Students will not tamper with hardware or software, destroy someone else’s computer files, copy or download computer data, software or programs without authorization, create anonymous postings, or intercept and/or disclose electronic communication, including email, while it is in transit.

  • Cyber Bullying, harassment and vandalism will not be tolerated. Cyber-bullying is defined as bullying that involves the use of digital technologies, including but not limited to email, cell phones, text messages, instant messages, chat rooms, and social websites.  Cyber-bullying that occurs outside of school, but disrupts the school environment, may result in disciplinary actions.  Examples of cyber-bullying include:

  • Sending hurtful, rude, or mean text messages to others

  • Spreading rumors or lies about others by email or on social networks

  • Creating websites, videos or social media profiles that embarrass, humiliate, or make fun of others


Harassment is behavior toward or between students based on any personal characteristic that substantially interferes with a student’s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. For purposes of this procedure, harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user or the interference of another user’s work. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify or destroy data of another user or network equipment. Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of student Internet and computer lab privileges and may result in other disciplinary action consistent with established school and District policies.

  • Students must remember that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. All messages and files created, sent or received using school district equipment, networks, or email systems are accessible to school district officials.

  • While online, students are prohibited from sharing personal information about themselves or others, including personal computer passwords, names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, credit card information and so on.

  • Students will not use the networks in such a way that would disrupt the use of the networks by other users.

  • District technology networks, including email systems, shall not be used for private business ventures, personal gain, political promotion or campaigning.

  • All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be copyrighted, the private property of the owner, and should not be copied or used by others without permission of the owner of the information or authorized as “fair use” under federal copyright laws. The same laws and guidelines apply for use or copying of information on the Internet or other online sources as apply to use and reproduction of printed hard copies of the same information.

  • Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the student’s own risk. JEDI Virtual School and the district specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its technology and communication network resources. All students need to consider the source of any information they obtain, and consider how valid that information may be. It is the student’s responsibility not to initiate access to inappropriate materials.

  • Guidance will be provided to students about what they should do if they receive any electronic transmission that they feel is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable. In such situations, they are expected to inform school staff.

  • Students’ file directories should be cleaned out when a file is no longer needed. All student files should be deleted at the end of the school year.

3. Penalties for Improper Use 

Violation of these rules, applicable state and federal laws or posted classroom, school, and district rules will result in loss of network and computer lab privileges and/or other disciplinary action as defined in the appropriate handbooks.

Violations could also lead to referral to legal authorities for prosecution under applicable laws.


Dropping Courses

Requests to drop a student’s course must be made to the student advisor within the first 10 calendar days of the course dates.  After the initial 10-day window, a final grade of F will be reported to the district and added to the student transcript. Any course that is not completed will be handled according to the Progress Guidelines referenced within this handbook.

Disciplinary Procedures

Students are subject to all JEDI Virtual School District policies including but not limited to policies referring to computer usage, email usage, and behavior during on-site courses and extracurricular activities and at any events arranged by any school district personnel.  Disciplinary proceedings for violations of policies in these areas will be determined based on the frequency and severity of the infraction.  The local district and JEDI Virtual School are authorized to discipline students from the school for violations of these policies when necessary.

State Testing

The State of Wisconsin requires testing of all public education students.  Students in the JEDI Virtual School are public school students who are required to participate in the state assessment system.  Open-enrolled students may be required to travel to locations some distance away from their home in order to participate in this required assessment.  Students in grades 4K-2 are required to participate in this assessment in the fall and spring of the school year.  Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 are required to participate in this assessment per the DPI testing calendar.  


State Civics Exam

In compliance with the 2015 WI Act 55 (Section 3266R, 118.33(1m)(a)1.), all graduating JEDI Virtual School students, beginning with the class of 2017, must complete a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Students must correctly answer at least 65 of those questions, or retake the exam.

District Testing

JEDI Virtual School provides testing for all enrolled students including open-enrolled school students. Students are expected to participate in the district assessment system. Testing may include, but is not limited to NWEA-MAP, iReady, STAR, PALS, Pre-ACT.  You will be notified by the school district to determine a schedule for testing.


iReady Diagnostic

JEDI Virtual School is pleased to offer i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction, an innovative adaptive assessment for reading and math.  i-Ready will assess student academic performance while monitoring their progress while enrolled in the JEDI program.  This program will help our JEDI instructional team best serve the needs of our esteemed students.


All full-time JEDI students (K – 8) grade are expected to participate in this opportunity. Students enrolled for the full academic year will take the tests at the beginning, middle and end of their enrollment. Students are welcome to take the test from the comfort of home. These tests do not replace state-mandated tests.


We look forward to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while also teaching important skills and concepts. If you have any questions about i-Ready please do not hesitate to contact your JEDI Student Advisor.

NCAA Division I & II Student Athlete Course Requirements:
● Students must complete 100% of each course and may not waive or test out of any
material. No course modifications allowed.
● Credit Recovery courses or Literary Advantage courses do not meet the NCAA course
requirements.
● All final summative assessments must be proctored by a certified district staff person
and not an athletic director or coach. Proctored formative work is not required. All other
assessments will be locked and password protected.
● Students must have regular, documented, instructor-initiated interaction.
● Student work must be documented and graded with quality feedback by a certified
instructor.
● Students’ semester course completion dates must be 18 weeks after the course start
date. Students may not complete a course at an accelerated pace. Block scheduled
semester courses taken within a 9-week period are not allowed.
● Student athletes are expected to keep a detailed portfolio of all course work and time
logged both on and off-line. JEDI Virtual School will document all interactions between
students, instructors and support staff as well as documenting all coursework, grades
and course feedback.
● NCAA student athlete approved courses will be updated yearly on the home district’s
course list.
● For additional information, visit:
http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA19.pdf
The requirements for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1,
2016 must graduate high school and meet ALL of the following requirements:
● Complete 16 core courses:
o Four years of English
o Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
o Two years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your
high school offers it)
o One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
o Two years of social science
o Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science,
foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
● Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in these 16 completed core courses.
● Student must graduate from high school.
● Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the
Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students
have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a
low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. If they have a low
core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.