At K12, student safety in the classroom is paramount. Today more than ever, families need to know their child’s school is safe and secure. In any successful learning environment, students should never have to feel anxious, worried, or at-risk. Increasingly, parents are calling on us for information about school safety in all forms, whether it’s physical safety, bullying prevention, cyber safety, or the emotional well being of their child. We are standing by to answer your questions about how an online or blended classroom may be the right learning environment for the student(s) in your life.
Recently, K12 has received an increased volume of inquiries from parents and families concerned about school safety and curious whether personalized learning is right for their child. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we’re encountering. Additionally, our representatives are eager to answer any and all questions you may have at 855.542.2929.
I want to explore online learning because I'm concerned about physical safety at my child's traditional school. How can I be sure personalized learning is right for my child?
By attending one of the K12 managed public schools, or one of our three private school options, students have the ability to receive a high-quality education from the comfort and safety of their own home while being taught online by state-certified teachers. This is not home-schooling. Students attend online school in an online classroom with online peers.
How can I be sure cyber bullying will not be an issue for my child at a K12 online partner school?
All online classroom conversations at our partner schools are monitored in real-time by the school's educators and/or staff. Teachers and staff are trained to spot inappropriate conversations and remove the student from the online classroom if cyber bullying in any form is detected. Cyber bullying is nearly non-existent within our partner school community.
Beyond cyber bullying, I'm concerned about online predators. Can they get in touch with my child in the online classroom?
Only students, Learning Coaches, and other authorized individuals such as teachers, counselors, advisors, and special education providers are given the necessary information to join the online classrooms in our partner schools. All online classroom conversations at our partner schools are monitored in real-time by the school’s educators and/or staff. Teachers and staff are trained to be on the lookout for anyone who does not appear to belong in the online classrooms, and students are not allowed to share contact information within the online classrooms.
What about the safety of my child's school records at online school? How can I be sure they are secure?
K12’s partner schools only provide access to student information in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
What about the social aspect of online school? Will my child be glued to the screen all day?
Online schools powered by K12 offer enrichment opportunities for students with the chance for them to engage with peers from across the nation and around the world. While many students are busy with sports or activities in their local communities, they can also socialize with each other through more than 50 online clubs, and field trips—from virtual to real world—to places like local theme parks and museums. There are also science fairs, spelling bees, talent shows, game nights, spring dances, and more. In any of our social outings, we have teachers and parents to monitor the interaction between students. For more information, see the Students Activities and Support section on the K12 website.