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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR

DO STUDENTS HAVE TO LIVE IN THE SMOKY VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ATTEND SVVCS?

No, any student who resides in Kansas is allowed to enroll at SVVCS.

IS THERE A TUITION COST ASSOCIATED WITH ATTENDING SVVCS?

No tuition cost exists. The only fee students are asked to pay is $50.00 a year for rental of a MacBook Air or Chromebook. Students can elect to use their own computer at home and not incur the $50.00 charge. All computer applications utilized in our program are web based and can be accessible on any computer connected to wifi.

WILL WE NEED WORKBOOKS OR ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS?

K-5TH GRADE: Workbooks for the elementary grade levels are purchased by the school for our students; you will not incur any cost for these items. Each grade will receive a workbook for each subject (math, science, language arts, and social studies). These workbooks are used in conjunction with the online curriculum.

6TH-12TH GRADE: Students in these grades will have everything they need with the online curriculum. Middle and high school students will not need workbooks and can find necessary resources via the curriculum or other online resources.

IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION IN ORDER TO ATTEND SVVCS?

We currently enroll any full-time student from grades K-12. An adult program is also available for students who are the age of 19 or older.

MUST A STUDENT COME ON CAMPUS FOR A REQUIRED NUMBER OF DAYS OR HOURS?

Typically, a student is asked to come to SVVCS at least 2 times each school year for events. The office is normally available for students to come work in the office when they desire. However, due to COVID precautions, we will not have any on-campus requirements for the 2020-2021 school year, and our office will also be closed in the meantime to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students.

HOW MUCH ACCESS WILL A STUDENT HAVE TO THE INSTRUCTORS?

We currently have an instructor available via phone, text, Google Hangout and email for all English, History, Math and Science classes. In addition, an instructor is available for all elective classes. Each K-12 student is required to do a video face-to-face conference weekly with his/her seminar teacher.

DO THE INSTRUCTORS REQUIRE STUDENTS TO BE ONLINE ON A SPECIFIC DAY AND TIME?

Our instructors do not provide direct instruction or “live videos.” All curriculum is pre-built which allows students to work at their own pace and access instructors as needed for help and support. However, students ARE required to meet with a ‘seminar’ teacher weekly. Seminar is a weekly standing appointment where students meet with their specified teacher at a specific time and day of the week. These meetings, which typically last about 20 minutes, and include a social emotional conversation, a time to discuss important dates/information, and allows students the opportunity to ask any or share any questions or concerns that they might have.

CAN A STUDENT MAKE THEIR OWN SCHEDULE?

Yes! In fact, we WANT you to create a schedule that is most conducive to the student and family structure. We recognize that there are a lot of dynamics that may result in the need for a student to create their own schedule! As long as the student meets the requirements for completing school work and complete the weekly seminar, the family is welcome to create a schedule that works best for the student! Please note that though students are allowed to create a schedule flexible to family needs and work habits, it is imperative that the family works cohesively to create a schedule that everyone will support the student in meeting.

IS A STUDENT REQUIRED TO WORK A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF HOURS EACH WEEK?

K-5TH GRADE: A student in grades K-5th is expected to complete 2-3 modules per week. This typically equates to about 20-25 hours per week. Typically, meeting the module requirement each week, for an entire semester, also allows a student to be on track to finish that grade level at the end of the year; the lead teacher has the right to adjust this number to fit specific work loads of students, if necessary.

6-12TH GRADE: A student in 6-12th grade is expected to complete 60 activities per week. This typically equates to about 20-25 hours per week. If a student does this, he/she will be on track to graduate with his/her cohort or peer group. Typically, meeting the 60 requirements each week, for an entire semester, also allows a student to complete at least six classes each semester; the lead teacher has the right to adjust this number to fit specific work loads of students, if necessary.

DOES SVVCS HAVE ANY OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS OFTEN FOUND IN A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING?

SVVCS does not sponsor events like prom or homecoming but a personalized graduation ceremony is held once a student has completed the program. Please note that due to COVID restrictions and precautions, adjustments may have to be made to our typical personalized graduation procedures. A diploma from USD 400 Smoky Valley School District is issued to the graduate.

ARE THERE ANY SOCIAL ACTIVITIES PLAN FOR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND SVVCS?

Typically, each month, a social activity, also known as a STAR event, is planned for students; such events include field trips, guest speakers, fun games and prizes! A student is normally required to attend one STAR event per semester. However, unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, social events will NOT be scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year. We apologize that we will not be able to provide these important social activities, however, we truly believe that the safety of our students is our first priority!

DOES SVVCS PROVIDE ANY SOCIAL EMOTIONAL ASPECTS TO SUPPORT MY STUDENT?

Yes! Here at SVVCS, we feel that social emotional support is crucial to the success of our students. We ALL go through situations at some point in our lives and we want to be here to help our students and families through those times. During our weekly seminar lessons, we provide social emotional lessons; additionally, our staff consists of a school counselor who works actively to connect with ALL students and families. Our school counselor can assist with providing resources, individual counseling, group counseling, college and career readiness assistance, and more.

DOES THE USD 400 INTERNET FILTER ACTIVELY FILTER THE INTERNET CONNECTION IN MY HOME?

No, the school's internet filter does not reach into your home. It only filters internet sites accessed within the district's buildings. Parents may consult with their internet provider to see what options are available for a home filter package.