Q: Does this mean that my child needs a
A: No. While a computer with internet access at home is a great tool and will support your child’s learning, it is not necessary. Computer access to students will be available before and after school, and we will work with community organizations (such as libraries, community centers, and youth arts organizations) to identify alternative locations where students could access computers.
Q: Will my child also be doing traditional school work as well, or is it all
movies and video games and computers?
A: While our classrooms may look very different, students will be learning the same content as they would at a traditional school. We understand that young people are already exposed to a lot of screen time, so there will also be a lot of time during every day when students are not “plugged in.”
Q: If the school will be using social media, how do I know that my child will
be safe online?
A: Your child’s safety is incredibly important to us, and we take that very seriously. CPS and state policy require schools to develop digital citizenship knowledge and skills in all students. The Convergence Academies will adhere to that policy by asking teachers to dedicate time to teaching students how to be safe online, how to avoid cyber bullying, and how to protect their privacy. We want to share the amazing work the students do with a national audience, but we will not share anything from your child without your written approval. We will be using a closed social networks within the school community that is only accessible to teachers, parents, and students, and there will be strict guidelines for positive online behavior that students will be held accountable for.
Q: I think this program would be great for my child's school, how do I get more information to my school's principal?
A: Please share this website with your child's principal as well as requesting an info session to be held at your school by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.