Welcome to HB 204. The comprehensive academic unit (CAU) your child is enrolled in is per the IEP process and follows the alternate standards, Essential Elements. Students enrolled in the CAU are on the high school certificate of completion track upon graduation, which is not the same as a high school diploma.
In the CAU, your child will learn in a smaller class size special education environment. Content areas include: English Language Arts, Math, Science/Heath, Social Studies, and Life Skills. Students attend arts based classes with the regular education setting.
The Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations identified in the Common Core State Standards. The purpose of the Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Common Core State Standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Do not be fooled, there is homework every day and weekly small projects.
Synchronous Learning Overview This means we are in sync, all together. We will be meeting using google meet four times per week, for 45 minutes. I will be taking attendance on these days during the first 5 minutes of class. Please see the daily virtual schedule at the end of this document.
Synchronous Work Expectations - Enter Class On Time - Mute On - Stay Engaged and On Topic - Use Kind Words and Faces
Asynchronous Learning Overview This is the learning that you will do at home during the time we are not meeting. All asynchronous assignments will be outlined on the Week at a Glance which will be posted to Google Classroom on Sunday night for the following week.
Asynchronous Work Expectations - Choose a Distraction Free Space - Be Engaged in the Learning - Complete Tasks as Assigned
*** Please note from MPS: The students who are in alternative curriculum are assigned a random number, and students are chosen by lottery for the number of available seats at that school. All high schools do not provide all levels of services for students in alternative curriculum; therefore, some schools may not be able to accept all students. Please speak with your special education supervisor at your child’s school to get a better understanding of the programs at different high schools.
Student Attendance, Absences, and Truancy State law requires all children between the ages of six and eighteen to attend school full time. A child who has turned 18 must attend until the end of the term, quarter, or semester following his/her 18th birthday. The State of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Board of School Directors have set policies for student absences. They are summarized below
Excused Absences It is your responsibility as a parent/guardian to notify the school as soon as possible any time your child will be absent.As a parent/guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from school for any reason for up to 10 days per year. You must submit a written excuse before the child is absent. Students may complete class work and take examinations missed during excused and unexcused absences without being penalized for their absence.Under attendance policies, you have the right to request a program or curriculum change for your child. Contact the principal. A conference will be held within two days, and a decision will be made within three days. The decision may be appealed to the regional superintendent
Truancy A child is considered habitually truant if he or she misses a total of five full or partial days without a valid excuse during a school semester. The school has the authority to reject excuses that do not appear to be substantiated. Your child is considered truant if:] He/she is absent for all or part of the school day and you, as the parent/guardian, have not contacted the school with a legal excuse as noted under the section Excused Absences.] He/she attends school irregularly but often enough that he/she is not in violation of the state laws that require children to attend school.Parent Notification of Absence.
It is your responsibility to contact the school if your child is going to be absent. If your child is not in school and you have not contacted the school, a phone call will be made to you. If the contact is unsuccessful, the school will attempt to reach you by other means before the end of the second day after receiving a report of an unexcused absence.You will also be notified if your child has had five unexcused absences in a semester. The notification will be in writing and sent by certified mail or first class mail. Parents may be notified simultaneously by electronic communication. The notice will ask you to meet with a school official within five days. (A five-day extension for the meeting date is allowed.) If you fail to meet with school officials within 10 days of notification, the school may take steps to impose penalties on you for failing to correct the truancy problem. These penalties include enforcement of state statutes and municipal codes. If your child has a truancy problem, contact the school for assistance.To assist truant students, MPS participates in the Truancy Abatement and Burglary Suppression Program (TABS). Through this program, students who are truant from school may be taken by the police to a truancy center. School-based student assistance and support services can help you keep your child in school.Truants may receive municipal citations. Persons who engage in or cause habitual truancy may be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.