Our classes are intended to be taken synchronously (live), and regular attendance in live class meetings is required for each course. Since the classes are interactive discussions, many teachers even assign a participation grade. Missing an occasional class is not a problem, but missing many classes makes it difficult for even a strong student to do well in the course. Since the courses are credited as synchronous (live) courses, missing many live class sessions may also invalidate credit for a course.
To increase flexibility for busy families, recorded class sessions are available for four weeks after a class session. These recorded sessions are not intended to replace regular attendance in the live class sessions.
- Prior to the start of a course: If for any anticipated or foreseeable reason a student plans to miss two consecutive live classes or a total of three live classes in the fall or spring semester (two live classes in summer), the family must obtain concurrence from TPS ([email protected]) prior to enrolling or as soon as the situation is known. Reasonable plans will be accommodated and special opportunities will be supported. Otherwise the student may be placed in Audit status for the course.
- After the start of a course: If for any unforeseeable or emergent reason a student ends up missing two consecutive live classes or a total of three live classes in the fall or spring semester (two live classes in summer), the family must obtain concurrence from TPS ([email protected]) to continue the course for a grade. Reasonable plans with prompt notification will be accommodated, and emergencies related to individual or family health will be given extra accommodations when there is also timely communication and collaboration. Otherwise the student may be placed in Audit status for the course.
This provision to miss live classes does not automatically include any assignment due date extensions. Missing assignment due dates is harder on the student than missing the occasional live class because falling behind in one assignment tends to cascade to later assignments, impacting multiple assignment grades and potentially creating an unrecoverable situation. Assignment due date extensions must always be requested individually as a separate matter from approval for missed live classes.