About the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Connections Homeschool Program
Connections provides each student with an educational allotment. (K-3 $1900; 4-8 $2100; 9-12 $2300) The allocation may be used for resources deemed appropriate that fill the curricular requirements of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. These include the traditional core subject areas of math, social studies, science/health, language arts, reading, world language, and technology. Connections will also contract with and reimburse for local pre-approved vendors to provide fine arts and P.E. Fine Arts and P.E. forms must be completed by vendor.
One half of the Fine Arts/P.E. allotment may be used the first semester. The remaining half may be utlilized during the second semester provided the first semester grade report is submitted to your advisor
Staff is available to help with curricular development.
Connections provides transcripts for high school students.
Workshops and seminars are offered to parents on a regular basis to help develop their skills in educating their children.
Connections’ students have access to District provided services for special needs students.
Certified teachers are available for consultation should you desire advice in a specific area of education.
Connections offers access to the District Media Center/Connections Resource Center, which includes a wonderful collection of teaching kits, videos, books and professional materials. The catalog of materials is available via the Internet.
Classes are available to Connections students through the local school of their attendance area. Full time Connections students may take up to two classes per semester, or (a maximum of 1 credit per semester). All attendance, school rules and school district policies are in effect for students attending school. Immunizations need to be current and on-file with the school the student is attending. Qualified high school students are eligible to participate in college courses and in some cases can receive dual credit.
There are some very minimal conditions that must be met in order for the KPBSD to offer this outstanding program and be supported by the State for funding:
Teaching and learning at home is an enormous commitment. It is highly recommended a parent be in the home during the day taking an active role in teaching the enrolled Connections student. Health, safety and supervision must be a priority in any engaged teaching/learning context.
Parents and advisors will collaboratively construct an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each student enrolled in the program. You will need to report your students' progress at the end of each semester, with a total of two semesters. Connections Advisors will be available to assist you in writing these plans. ILP forms are available on the website to assist you in your planning.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District CANNOT reimburse for sales tax. Purchases without pre-approval run the risk of non-reimbursement; requests must be aligned instructionally with the ILP or correspondence and include the original receipt documenting payment. Final date for reimbursement is April 30. The district accounting department processes all district checks weekly. Given the day reimbursements are received in Connections, a period of three to four weeks may, in extreme cases, elapse prior to your receipt.
Final date to place orders through Connections is March 30.
All instructional materials and equipment purchased for your use by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are the property of Kenai Peninsula Borough and will be expected to be returned to us at the end of the year, or within 10 days of withdrawal from the program. As long as families are enrolled and using these materials for the Connections program, they need not be returned. Computers will be exchanged during the month of May.
In accordance with Alaska state law, children enrolled with Connections in grades 3-10 are required to take the standardized tests (currently the Standard Based Assessments/Terra Nova/HSGQE) at the same time as other students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
We facilitate communication between Connections and families via e-mail, electronic conferences, newsletters and calendars for upcoming notifications or events on our website.
Information, forms and reports are available on Connections website and on your computer (please see computer packet), or they can be picked up in the office.
As a borough-wide service, we frequently use announcements at our website and/or e-mail to ensure timely communication. We encourage parents/students to check the website and email daily.
Connections provides students with a windows based computer. A non-refundable annual $25.00 insurance premium fee for computers will be due upon receiving equipment. If a family does not already have an email address, a Connections email will be provided. Connections will provide Internet access (We cannot pay for phone access, or alternate internet services of any kind, nor for installation charges or a second phone line). Computers and components are to be returned in the condition in which they were provided (according to the terms set forth in the Computer & Insurance Use Agreement). In the case of loss or negligent damage, the user is responsible for the $100.00 deductible insurance fee.
Internet and e-mail accounts are terminated upon withdrawal from the program.
Technical support is available to help with computer hardware and software problems.
Students withdrawing from Connections may continue to work on their correspondence until August 15 of the current school year or correspondence deadline date, whichever comes first. At this time all students will be withdrawn from those courses and a "No Grade" entered on to their transcript. Students enrolled in on-line classes must provide their own computer access should the course require it.
Students withdrawing from Connections prior to November 1 of the current school year are responsible to reimburse Connections for the portion of the educational allotment they have used.