Connections provides each student with an educational allotment. (K-3 $1900; 4-8 $2100; 9-12 $2400) The allocation may be used for resources 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 instructors or tutors (vendors) to provide fine arts and P.E. Fine Arts and P.E. forms must be completed by the vendor.
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.
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 a 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. Parents report their 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 may not reimburse for sales tax. Purchases without pre-approval run the risk of non-reimbursement; requests must be aligned with the ILP and include the original receipt documenting payment. 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.
All non-consumable 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 Alaska State Testing 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 (like Zoom), 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.
Computer Usage & Technical Support
Ken Carrico 714-8911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Connections provides students with a windows based computer. An insurance premium fee of $25 will be deducted annually from the student’s allotment. Setting up internet access is the parent’s responsibility. They may choose the internet provider. Connections will reimburse up to $125 per month for internet services from the students allotment. Connections will not reimburse for phone line access to receive internet service, 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.
Technical support is available to help with computer hardware and software problems.
We hope your experience with Connections has been positive. We pride ourselves on providing friendly support to homeschool families on the Kenai Peninsula. 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 who withdraw and are enrolled in online 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.