Gwinnett Online Campus Policies
MAKE-UP AND SICK POLICY
The Gwinnett County Online Campus allows students to make up work for excused absences only. A Parent or legal guardian must notify the Gwinnett Online Campus teacher(s) via email or phone call within 24 hours of the missed assignment. When a student fails to submit online course work due to a GCPS excused reason, he/she will be given one day to make up the missed assignment for each day he/she was absent.
State Attendance Rule 160-5-1-.10 states that students will be excused from school under the following circumstances, as a minimum.
- Personal illness or attendance in school endangering a student’s health or the health of others.
- A serious illness or death in a student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school.
- A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school.
- Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.
- Conditions rending attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
A period not to exceed one day is allowed, at the discretion of the local unit of administration, for registering to vote or voting in a public election.
- Visiting with a parent or legal guardian prior to or during leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard (maximum of five school days per year).
- Students will be counted present when they are serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly.
Students are advised to review the online course calendar(s) and their personal calendars for prior commitments and to work ahead in their online course(s) if necessary to avoid potential conflicts. Attendance in the online learning environment is production-based by nature and equates to adherence to the deadlines and due dates established by our online instructors.
All Gwinnett County Online Campus students must take their final exams or End of Course Tests (EOCTs) in a proctored setting at the Buchanan School of Technology. Failure to attend a scheduled test meeting, such as an EOCT and/or a final exam for a student’s online course, may result in the student being issued an Incomplete for their course. Students may not exempt an EOCT because these are required by the state of Georgia. Students are also not allowed to exempt the final exam for their online course(s). Makeup of end-of-semester assessments that are missed as a result of a GCPS-approved reason will be scheduled on an individual basis.
DROP AND REFUND POLICY
Students taking online courses as part of their school day (FTE): Students signed up to take an online course through FTE funding are not allowed to drop the course at any time.
CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
Gwinnett County Online Campus students are bound by the GCPS Student Conduct Behavior Code as stated on the Gwinnett County Public Schools website. Students are to address both teachers and students with respect and courtesy when talking on the phone, emailing, participating in chats, and in any written discussions or assignments within the online courses in which they are enrolled. All communication must be appropriate for a school environment. Failure to comply with Gwinnett County Public School rules may result in removal from Gwinnett Online Campus as well as a discipline referral.
If a textbook or other course material were issued to a student at the beginning of the online semester, the student must return the textbook or course material to the Online Campus on the day their End of Course Test or final exam day is scheduled. If a student withdraws from his/her online course prior to the end of the semester, it is the student’s responsibility to plan for the return of any issued materials. Failure to return such materials will result in ALL schools, including the student’s school he/she regularly attends, not issuing textbooks to the student.
FINAL EXAM POLICY
All Gwinnett County Online Campus students must take their final exams or End of Course Tests in a proctored setting at the Gwinnett County Online Campus location. The dates and times given to students in the beginning of the semester are mandatory. Failure to attend a scheduled test meeting, such as an End of Course Test (EOCT) and/or a final exam for a student’s online course, may result in the student being issued an Incomplete for their online course. Students may not exempt an EOCT because these are required by the state of Georgia. Makeup of end-of-semester assessments that are missed as a result of a GCPS-approved reason will be scheduled on an individual basis.
If a student’s final exam grade is twenty-five (25) or more percentage points lower than his/her test average for the semester, the Gwinnett County Online Campus may require the student to take a cumulative assessment in a proctored setting to ensure the student’s mastery of the course material. The grade on this cumulative assessment must fall within twenty-five (25) percentage points of the student’s original test average. If the student’s score is twenty-five (25) percentage points lower than the original test average, then the cumulative assessment grade will replace all assessment grades (test, quizzes, etc…), and the student will be dropped from the class at the discretion of the administration.
Cheating by a student is considered inexcusable conduct. If a student is suspected of cheating on assignments within his or her semester online course, the following consequences will occur:
During the Semester:
1. First offense: The student will receive no credit on that particular assignment and parents will be notified of the incident. The teacher may require additional assessments(s) to be completed in a proctored setting. Administrative referral issued.
2. Second Offense: The student will receive no credit on that particular assignment and parent will be notified of the incident. Additionally, the student must complete all future assessment(s) at the teacher’s discretion in a proctored setting. Administrative referral issued.
3. Third Offense: Discretion of the Gwinnett Online Director in coordination with local school administration.
- Gwinnett County Public Schools –
As a student of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), I will abide by all rules and regulations published by Gwinnett County Board of Education and agree that I am subject to the jurisdiction of all disciplinary panels and procedures established by GBOE to address violations of rules of the honor code of GCPS. I will abide by my school’s acceptable use of technology policy specifically covered in the GCPS Student Conduct Behavior Code (see rules 2 and 11).
All assignments I submit and all tests I take shall be performed by me alone. I will not submit work that is plagiarized or otherwise violates copyright laws of the United States of America.
I understand that I may be required to complete portions of the coursework in a proctored setting.
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GCPS ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA FOR STUDENTS
GCOC follows the Gwinnett County Public Schools Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Policy. Please click here to access a copy of this policy.