You all should have received the email that was sent out recently indicating Kinetic Academy's Attendance: Importance, Impact and Goals. Recognizing that September is Attendance Awareness month, we want to ensure that all of our parents are aware of an option to help your student and the school when an absence is inevitable: Independent Study.
Our policy for Independent Study is outlined in our Parent/Student Handbook, which is located on our website, and I have included it below. There have been some minor updates in our policy from the 17/18 school year, so we ask that you please review the policy and make sure that you utilize Independent Study for any dates that you know your child will be out.
Independent Study Policy:
Currently, Kinetic Academy does not offer a “full time” or regular independent study program as part of its curriculum. By nature, Kinetic Academy’s program is meant for students to be in attendance to receive the full educational benefits. Independent study is offered primarily for the educational benefit of the students attending Kinetic Academy as a means to encourage daily engagement in academic work during certain times of unavoidable extended absence.
Any student who is absent one (1) day or more for any reason may request a Contract for Independent Study. Parents and guardians may contact the school office to learn about Independent Study and whether an Independent Study might be appropriate in any given situation. The school administration, in its sole discretion, will determine if the request meets the applicable guidelines for independent study. Independent Study Contracts may only be obtained on a limited, short-term basis.
Independent Study Forms can be requested only by contacting the school office. Parents must make the request and return the completed form at least five school days prior to the planned absence. Independent Study Due dates are noted on the agreement. When due dates are missed, Kinetic will attempt to contact the family to request work. Based on the circumstances, an extension may or may not be given. If work is still not turned in, the Independent Study agreement will be void, and the student will be expected to return to school or may be dropped from enrollment. If the independent study was not completed in full, then partial credit may be given based on the days of work completed. If an Independent Study Contract is requested and granted and not returned by the due date, in full, then future Independent Study requests may not be approved.
Kinetic Academy is unable to provide Independent Studies within the first two weeks and the last two weeks of any school year. This time of year is dedicated to going over classroom policies and procedures and finishing up projects.
Please know that Independent Study does not supplement 100% of what happens in the classroom. Our program and curriculum are meant to be very hands on and Project Based Learning Units are difficult to complete outside of school. Ideally, we want students to be in school and families to plan vacations and appointments outside of school hours, but we know that the occasional planned absence is bound to occur.
That all being said, please be sure to utilize Independent Study, when possible. Thank you for your understanding and your continued support in your child's education.