ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICY
All participants are expected to be on time and present for all classes. Being present means being at class when the program begins, the participants video camera turned on where the participant's face can clearly be seen. Participants may mute their sessions entering the class, but are expected to unmute to participate in class discussions.
Attendance will be taken from the time a participant is first admitted to the zoom class to the start of class. Students may be held in the waiting room prior to the start of class, or if class begins and they are not present at the time of the start of class.
We understand that unplanned absences will occur. These are to be cleared, if possible, IN ADVANCE of a class. Advance notice is defined as time prior to the start of a class where the class administrator has had adequate time to have a discussion with the student and parent/guardian regarding the missed class and the circumstances surrounding the absence. The day of a class is generally not the time to have this discussion except in the case of an extreme emergency. The Class Administrator has the sole discretion to determine whether the absence is acceptable.
Stipends are generally determined primarily by the total stipend amount divided by the number of classes. For example, a session will last for five weeks with three classes a week. This would mean for a $150 stipend, each class is worth $10. However, it is up to the Class Administrator, OTP Programming staff and the instructors to make the final determination in some cases, and this amount can be more or less, at the discretion of OTP.
Participants and parents/guardians should treat each class as if it were an employment situation, as Off The Pews is teaching an employment-like type of responsibility as part of its program. Off The Pews expects participants to be ready and prepared to engage in each class session. Off The Pews gives stipends to participants, and the full amount of that stipend will depend on attending all classes and class participation.
The final amount of an individual stipend can depend on the following:
- Stipends can be reduced based on the number of absences (excused or unexcused) incurred during the program
- Stipends can be reduced based on the number of tardies a participant accumulates
- Stipends can be reduced based on the lack of class participation, or not being present during class.
If a student turns off their video camera, and/or does not fill in a recognizable name for the call, that student can be either placed into the waiting room or terminated from the call. This will be considered an unexcused tardy or absence.
Multiple absences and tardies can result in termination from the program.
Negative disruptions by a participant to a class will be handled on a case by case basis, and can result in a reduced stipend or termination from the program.