Student-teacher communications is one of the four basic requirements of enrollment in an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program in Washington State. Communication means direct, two-way, personal interaction between the student and his or her CVA teachers must happen each school week. The primary mode of interaction happens when CVA teachers provide written feedback to activities, assignments, assessments, work samples and learning reflections submitted by students. Other opportunities for interaction include: phone conversations, face-to-face meetings, video and voice conferencing, and email communications.
Regular communication with CVA teachers is for the purpose of instruction, review of assignments, reporting of learning progress and sharing of educational activities. CVA teachers will respond directly and in a personalized way to CVA students. The detailed information CVA teachers glean from this interaction with students will assist in determining satisfactory progress toward achieving course learning goals. This interaction is also the basis for state-required attendance.
Students who don't interact with CVA teachers at least once every school week, will receive unexcused absences. Parents of these students will receive email notifications from CVA principals regarding student attendance. As a public school in Washington, CVA follows the same attendance rules as all public schools, including the filing of truancy petitions as a result of multiple unexcused absences.