The involvement of the parent, guardian or home facilitator in the studentís academic program is crucial to student success. ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter School encourages parents, guardians and home facilitators to engage with the school throughout the year, with questions, concerns or input of any kind.
What is a Home Facilitator?
Each student at ABCCS is required to have a Home Facilitator (HF) to partner with the school to ensure that the student is attending school and assignments are completed on time. This person may be a parent/legal guardian or someone the parent/legal guardian designates as a facilitator. In the event the parent/legal guardian or designated HF is unable to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined below, the parent/legal guardian is responsible for assigning a new HF and notifying the school as soon as possible. The requirements for the HF vary with the age and motivation of the student and involve a commitment that goes beyond a traditional public school. Students with lower motivation levels and students with special needs require more direct involvement. The HF is an integral part of each studentís success. Without the full commitment of the HF, at all grade levels, a studentís academic success will suffer.
What Are the Primary Responsibilities of the Home Facilitator?
The Home Facilitator is the essential link between the teacher and the student. By signing and dating the signature form of this agreement, the HF (and parent in the case of a nonparent HF) agrees to the following responsibilities.
Arrange for the Internet, high speed when possible, to be connected before enrollment and ensure sufficient amount of time on the Internet to complete a day of school work.
- ABCCS does offer internet reimbursement. Parents are responsible for paying the internet bills and can submit copies of the PAID bills every three months (deadlines are in place). ABCCS will reimburse up to a certain amount per month as long as the student is meeting attendance requirements.
Provide supervision for the student at all times when he/she is logged on to the ABCCS site.
- This is flexible depending on age of student. Student under the age of 12 must have constant supervision, while depending on student maturity, and home facilitatorís discretion, students over 12 may need limited supervision.
- All tests and exams must be supervised regardless of age and grade level.
Agree to log in to the course site to view studentís daily attendance, daily assignments and profile, and to answer all school related email in timely manner. HFís should be familiar with what the student is working on, and be able to assist where necessary.
Agree to participate in all required activities, including, but not limited to, state mandated PSSA testing. The HF MUST provide transportation to PSSA state mandated testing for the student and see that the test is completed in its entirety.
Agree to communicate with the studentís teachers regularly, as needed, and to respond to email requests for information from the teacher.
Agree not to address parent issues in online classes, but to communicate with teachers via email or phone.
Agree that in the event of non-compliance with the Attendance Policy, HF and student are required to attend a mandatory truancy meeting.
What Technological Knowledge Is Needed to be a Home Facilitator?
The Home Facilitator must have a basic understanding of technology to provide supervision of the student while the student is in attendance at ABCCS. If the HF does not have a sufficient understanding of computer technology, ABCCS will provide training until the HF is able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge. Basic knowledge includes but is not limited to: e-mail, basic use of Microsoft Office Products (or similar software), use of Internet and navigation of the instructional program.