Frequently Asked Questions About Reach Cyber Charter School
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Who is eligible to attend Reach Cyber Charter School?
Students entering grades K-12, residing throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to enroll in Reach Cyber Charter School. See the Enroll section to learn more.
What differentiates Reach Cyber from other cyber schools in Pennsylvania?
Reach Cyber is committed to providing a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students in all grades. By providing many STEM offerings , Reach Cyber allows students greater opportunities to become interested in and prepared for courses and careers in STEM. Each student receives a "STEM in a Box" kit upon enrollment for use throughout the school year cross-curricularly. Reach Cyber's marketing and outreach coordinator works to create and strengthen partnerships at institutions around Pennsylvania, a growing list which includes Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the Carnegie Science Center, the Da Vinci Science Center and the Franklin Institute. Opportunities are also developed within the statewide community through organized field trips, STEM day camps, LiveLesson® sessions, experiential opportunities, clubs and activities including the STEM Talent Network, competitions, and more.
How does Reach Cyber ensure the safety of students within the school community?
Reach Cyber has adopted the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's program, Safe2Say Something, which teaches students to recognize the warning signs of threats of self-harm and violence of their peers. Safe2Say Something's website and mobile app also allow students and parents to anonymously submit tips and communicate with a crisis center.
How does Reach Cyber Charter School support gifted students?
Reach Cyber Charter School provides gifted students with individualized gifted education services aligned to each student’s GIEP. Services include, but are not limited to, consultation, gifted coursework in Science, Math, and Language Arts, and access to the Talent Networks. Students are identified as gifted through a comprehensive evaluation process.
Does Reach Cyber Charter School provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
Reach Cyber Charter School provides a continuum of online special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to online direct instruction. Reach Cyber Charter School provides students with IEPs with related services that may include online speech language and online occupational therapy, or face to face therapy as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Reach Cyber Charter School develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does Reach Cyber Charter School support students with disabilities?
Federal law requires Reach Cyber Charter School to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Reach Cyber Charter School is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. You can obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
I have concerns that my child may have a disability that requires specially-designed instruction. What steps can I take to request a special education evaluation?
Reach Cyber Charter School is prepared to provide resources to enrolled students in need of special education and related services. In order to determine the appropriate level of service, Reach Cyber will facilitate evaluations in order to determine academic and/or behavioral intervention. For more information, read the resource on Reach Cyber's Child Find Policy and Public Outreach Awareness System or contact the school.
What services are available for Reach Cyber students experiencing homelessness?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 ensures educational rights and protections for children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness by removing barriers to school enrollment and daily participation in school activities. Under this act, various living situations may be considered homelessness and may qualify the child, youth, or family for certain services. To learn more about services in Pennsylvania, visit the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program website. If you need assistance, you can also contact the Reach Cyber Charter School social worker, Erik Wiedman, at 570-218-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How does Reach Cyber address incidents of bullying at the school?
Reach Cyber is committed to providing a safe educational environment for all of its students. If an incident of bullying occurs, students and/or caretakers may file a formal complaint with a school staff member. The school will then investigate and determine the appropriate next action. More information can be found in the Bullying and Other Forms of Prohibited Behavior Policy or in the school handbook located in Connexus®.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
Reach Cyber Charter School is supported by the Connections Academy family of public online schools, a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.