Welcome to CyberLynx!

If you are looking for an overview of how the program works, here's the place to start.

CyberLynx is a statewide, state-funded, independent education program for students from Kindergarten through high school. We provide support, guidance, assistance, and accountability for families who choose to home school their children, and for high school students working independently. Each office is staffed with certified teachers supporting students across Alaska.

We offer an individualized approach to education, multiple curriculum choices, competitive student allotments, tutoring reimbursements, preschool sibling allotments, computers for education, special education support, and high school credit recovery.

There is no cost to the family for a student's participation in the program. Instead, a student funding allotment is provided, which is an amount of money that we spend on your behalf or allow you to spend for all of the educational-related needs of your student. This allotment can pay for items such as a student's books, classes, school supplies, technology support, tutoring, music or activity lessons, PE, and other items related to your student's education.

The enrollment process is quite simple. In addition to the enrollment form, we will request the student's previous school records. If the student has not attended another public school (such as an incoming kindergartner or a previously independently home schooled student), we will need a photocopy of the student's birth certificate, state identification or passport.

The next step in the enrollment process is to establish the student's list of classes and identify a primary curriculum for each class. This meeting can take some time, and so we recommend parents call the office to make an appointment for this step. Thirty minutes or more per student is typical. Some parents already know what classes and curricula they want to use with their student, and other parents look to us for ideas and recommendations about appropriate curricula. As certified teachers and experienced homeschoolers, we can guide you toward appropriate curricula that will meet your student's needs and preferences.

When the list of classes and curricula is established (this is also called the Personal Education Report/Independent Learning Plan, or PER/ILP), we can order your books and materials for you, or you can you can order them and request a reimbursement from us.

When you receive your materials, you can begin your student's independent studies right away. Every family is different and every family will find their own rhythm and daily schedule. We are here to help you with that, if needed.

Throughout the year, we will be in contact at least once a month to offer support, answer questions, and review your student's progress toward the completion of his or her courses of study. At the end of each quarter, work samples for each course for each student must be submitted to your contact teacher. A work sample is a brief portfolio of assignments from that quarter that represents the kind and quality of work that student is doing daily. Work samples can be turned in to the office, faxed or emailed to your contact teacher. If you are a new homeschooling family, we recommend that you make an appointment with your contact teacher to go over work samples and academic progress of your student in order to get a sense of what we're looking for in work samples and to ensure your student is making good progress.

If you still have questions or want more details, please consult our Program Policy Handbook, or find more information about our program below. Of course, if you have questions, we always encourage you to call our offices and talk to one of our friendly and helpful staff members.

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment in the CyberLynx program is done so by choice. Here are a few requirements that parents and students must fulfill in order to enroll with us.

• A student must be at least five years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Additionally, he or she must be at least six years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in first grade.

• A student must be less than 20 years old on October 1. Turning 20 years old sometime during your last year with CyberLynx is fine.

• Students with special education needs are eligible to enroll if it is determined that CyberLynx is the most appropriate and least restrictive educational environment and the student is less than 22 years old on July 1. The determination whether to enroll a student with special education needs is made by the CyberLynx Principal and the Special Education Director after a review of the student's IEP (Individual Education Plan).

• We do enroll preschool students who are at least four years old on or before September 1 and who have an older sibling currently enrolled with CyberLynx. The annual allotment for preschool students is $475.

• Students who are dually enrolled with another public or private school must have the Dual Enrollment Agreement form in place before funding will be available in their student accounts. Talk to your site office contact teacher if this applies to you or your student.

• The CyberLynx program is only for students residing in Alaska. Services outside of Alaska will not be provided. CyberLynx requires an Alaska mailing or physical address.

• Full funding is only available for students who enroll and complete their PER/ILP on or before September 28. Students who enroll after September 28 will have a reduced allotment amount, depending on the date of their enrollment. Please contact your site office for funding amounts for late enrollment.

• Students who enroll after the state count period are considered mid-year enrollees. A PER/ILP must be completed within two weeks of a student’s enrollment being accepted. A limited amount of curricula and funding is available to these students. Parents may choose vendor graded curriculum, but are responsible for any incurred fees.

• Statewide assessments are required and typically take place in April. More information about statewide assessments can be found below.


Academic Information

Certified Teacher

All of our CyberLynx parent advisors are certified teachers with the State of Alaska, and they are available to assist you and your child with academic-related issues.

Parents are considered the student’s primary instructors. CyberLynx certified teachers will help you develop a Personal Education Report/Individual Learning Plan (PER/ILP), monitory student progress, assign class grades, maintain monthly contact.

Communication Between Parent and Site Office Teacher

Contact between the certified teacher and parent insures that students are making adequate progress and meeting program requirements. Enrolled families are required to maintain monthly teacher-student or teacher-parent contact, and contact records must include reviews of the student’s academic progress. Students not making adequate academic progress may be required to make weekly contact with teachers until sufficient progress has been made.

Contact may be accomplished via phone, email, fax, mail correspondence or office visits. To help insure student success as part of the monthly monitoring, teachers will also verify receipt of curriculum/orders, and address any concerns or questions.

If more than 30 days transpires without required contact, the student’s account may be put on hold, and after 60 days without contact, a family may be withdrawn from the program for non-compliance with CyberLynx and state requirements.

Personal Education Report/Individual Learning Plan (PER/ILP)

The PER/ILP is a individually developed document for students, jointly created by your site office certified teacher and the home school parent, to outline the course work for the current school year. It contains the Personalized Education Report (PER) and State Standards that are met in each subject area along with methodologies of instruction (ILP). The PER is a working document that shows the students yearly classes, curriculum for each class, and serves as a quarter/semester grade report. A current PER/ILP must be on file, and the PER/ILP must be completed each year.

If the student is receiving special education and related services, courses required by a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), must be reflected on the PER/ILP under 4 AAC 52.

All curricula listed on PER/ILP must be on the CyberLynx list of approved curricula. If the curriculum is not listed, a course agreement is required, and each course requires approval by the CyberLynx principal. Curriculua can also be submitted through the approval process in order to possibly add it to our list of approved curricula.

During the academic year, a student’s PER/ILP may be revised, and changes are permissible. For the first (or fall) semester courses, the last date to make changes is January 15. For second (or spring) semester courses, the last date to make changes is March 15. To drop a class you must contact your site office certified teacher.

A current and signed PER/ILP from the current academic year must be on file with the district in order to release funding in the student’s account to process orders and reimbursements. Purchases must be directly linked to a class on each student’s PER/ILP.

 

CyberLynx students who also attend a local private or public school may only list classes that are not being taken at the private or public school or listed on the private school schedule.

High school classes must have a credit status to be put on a student’s PER/ILP. Auditing a class with CyberLynx is not an option.

Every student enrolled by October 23 MUST have a current PER/ILP by November 1.

Expiration/Completed PER/ILP

A student’s courses on their PER/ILP will be closed out with whatever grade he or she has earned up to that point:
• When a records request is received from another school district
• When a student is ready to re-enroll
• Student is not re-enrolled by November 1.
• If the student has been administratively withdrawn for lack of contact or failure to make adequate academic progress

Vendor graded courses expire as determined by individual vendors.
• If a class expires and the student has the  funds in their allotment to pay for an extension, they may request an extension. CyberLynx will only pay for extensions if funds are available in the student's allotment.

A grade of Incomplete (“I”) grade will be assigned to all courses that are not completed at the time of a student’s PER/ILP being closed out. Students have 30 days to complete the course or for a grade change. After 30 days, a grade of Incomplete becomes an "F" or failing grade. See more about our grading policy below.

State-Mandated Core Classes

The state of Alaska requires a student to be enrolled in a minimum of four classes per semester to be considered a full-time student. There is also a 50/50 rule that states that half, or more than half, of classes need to be core classes (math, language arts, social studies, technology, world language) and that no more than half (or UP TO half) of the classes can be non-core (art, music, PE, etc.). As many as eight classes can be listed on the student’s PER/ILP each semester. More than eight courses per semester requires approval by the CyberLynx principal.

Examples of Core Courses:

• Language Arts: English, Composition, Literature, etc.
• Math: 6th Grade Math, Algebra, Business & Consumer Math, etc.
• Social Studies: 5th grade Social Studies, Geography, US History, Economics, etc.
• Science: 4th Grade Science, Biology, Astronomy, Earth Science, etc.
• World Language: German, Italian, Spanish, American Sign Language, etc.
• Technology: Keyboarding, Game Design, Digital Photography, etc.

Examples of Non-Core Courses:

• Art: Multimedia Art, Art History, Drawing Landscapes, etc.
• Music: Piano, Violin, Drums, etc.
• PE: Taekwondo, Swimming, Gymnastics, etc.
• General Electives: Home Economics, Fundamentals of Electricity, Welding, etc.
• Health, Life Skills, etc.

Curricula

At CyberLynx, our goal is to give parents as much choice and flexibility as possible regarding both curriculum and instruction. We understand that parents who want to home school often know what methods and tools work best for their students.

CyberLynx students are required to use a designated curriculum for each course that has been reviewed and approved by the CyberLynx Principal. Please contact your site office certified teacher for a list of approved curricula.

If you are interested in using curricula not included on the approved curriculum list, you could either create a home-designed course (see below for more information on home designed courses), or request that the curriculum be reviewed for possible inclusion on our list of approved curricula. More information about the curricula approval process is also below.

Home Designed Courses

All home-designed or parent-designed courses in all grade levels require a Course Agreement. Your parent advisor will be able to assist you in developing the Course Agreement. Each course with a Course Agreement requires principal approval.

• Course Agreements must be completed during the PER/ILP meeting with the certified teacher.
• Course Agreements must include an overview of the class, including a semester-long syllabus that addresses the Alaska State Standards.
• Course Agreements require that students in grade 7-12 type an essay (one page per semester-long course) addressing what he/she learned through taking the class. Please see your contact teacher for essay requirements.

• Time logs must also be kept for all PE, Music, Art and direct instruction based Course Agreement classes. Please see your contact teacher for time log format requirements.

  • High School (grades 9-12) must log 70 hrs. for each one-semester class or 140 hrs. for each year-long class.
  • Middle School students (grades 6-8) must log 60 hrs. for each one-semester class or 120 hrs. for each year-long class.
  • Elementary students (1-5th grade) must log 50 hrs. for each one-semester class or 100 hrs. for each year-long class.
  • Kindergarten & Pre-School students must log 40 hrs. for each one-semester class or 80 hrs. for each year-long class

High school students taking home designed courses in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies must have a final test/project assigned by a CyberLynx certified teacher. These requirements will ensure compliance with regulations found in the federal “Every Student Succeeds Act."

Essays, work samples, and time logs must be submitted to the certified teacher along with any other requirements identified in the Course Agreement to receive credit.

Faith Based/Doctrinal Materials

The state of Alaska says that faith-based curricula, though they may be perfectly acceptable for use for credit, cannot be counted as part of the four minimum number of courses required to be considered a full-time student. CyberLynx families who rely on faith-based curricula will have to identify a minimum of four courses each semester (at least two each semester of which are core, the other two may be non-core) that are not faith-based.

CyberLynx cannot include, evaluate, or assign credit for classes whose primary focus is the teaching of religious doctrine or the study of religious texts.
(Examples of such classes could include Old Testament, New Testament, the Koran, etc.)

Curriculum Approval/Alignment Process

When a parent or teacher wishes to use a curriculum not currently included on the CyberLynx list of approved curricula, the parent or teacher may submit the curriculum for review and possible inclusion on our list. The process is as follows:

Certified teachers and the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) review the curriculum to see if it meets the Alaska State Standards for that content area and grade level and to determine if it is the same quality as those materials used by the district’s other programs.

The certified teacher submits the curriculum to the Principal for final approval.

The Nenana City School Board will review all CyberLynx curricula during its six-year review cycle.

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

CyberLynx parents and teachers serve on the parent advisory committee (PAC). The PAC has meetings in the site offices as needed in order to solicit parent comments and concerns, provide direct input on policy development and implementation, and to advise the principal about curricula to be recommended for adoption and use.

Academic Monitoring/Quarterly Work Samples

In accordance with state regulations, all statewide correspondence programs are required to review student work on a quarterly basis. During each quarterly review, the parent or guardian must provide a complete work sample for each course listed on a student’s Personal Education Report/Individual Learning Plan (PER/ILP).

Work Samples

A work sample is a collection, or a brief portfolio, of the student's completed work in a given subject. For example, a work sample could include daily assignments, quizzes, reviews, or exams showing the student's level of independent mastery of the instructed concepts and skills for each course.

A complete quarterly work sample could consist of the following:

  • Portfolio: work samples that show a student’s performance on daily assignments with assistance
    • End-of-Lesson or Chapter Reviews
    • Creative Writing
    • Reports
    • Daily Lessons/Assignments
  • Quizzes: work samples that show a student’s performance with little to no assistance
    • Mid-Unit Quizzes w/answer key
    • Chapter Tests w/answer key
  • Unit Exams: work samples that show a student’s performance with no assistance
    • Midterm Exams w/answer key
    • Semester Finals w/answer key
    • Independently completed writing assignments/prompts or essays
    • Independently completed projects or presentations
  • Vendor Reports: A vendor generated report showing student progress in each course. For vendor-graded courses, semester based semester-long courses must have half of the required work submitted (example: 4 of 8 lessons completed) to count for a completed quarter. Year-long courses must have a quarter of the required work submitted (example: 4 of 16 lessons turned in) to count for a completed quarter. 

The purpose for providing a work sample is to give the certified teacher a complete and accurate picture of what the student knows and is able to do in a given academic area.

Written responses to multiple-choice, true/false, short answer or constructed response questions need to include the original prompts to evaluate student responses. For example, “False” is understandable as the answer when the prompt “Alaska is the smallest state in the United States” is paired with it.

Students not making adequate academic progress may be required to make weekly contact with teachers until sufficient progress has been made. If weekly contact is not maintained, the student's account may be put on hold which will delay reimbursements and other payments. 

Work Sample Due Dates

Contact your site office contact teacher for a schedule of work sample due dates, or click on your site office page above.  Work samples may be accepted by your CyberLynx site office teacher either electronically or as a hard copy. If quarterly work samples for each course are not submitted to the certified teacher in a timely way, the student's allotment funds will be put on hold until your teacher is able to record grades on the PER. 


Grading Information

The certified teacher will assign the student’s grades. According to State Regulations, certified teachers and principals are the only persons allowed to assign student grades and credit on CyberLynx PER/ILP’s.

• Letter grades issued by vendors will be transcribed onto a student’s permanent transcript as reported.
• Vendor grading scales may vary from the CyberLynx grading scale. When a percentage is available the letter grade will be converted to CyberLynx scale.

Kindergarten through Grade 3 Grades 4-12  
E = Excellent A = 90%-100% D = 60% - 69%
S = Satisfactory B = 80% - 89% F = 0% - 59%
N = Needs Improvement C = 70% - 79%

P=Pass

Grades will be assigned by the student’s certified contact teacher using the following guidelines:

• Coursework not completed by the expiration of PER/ILP or at the time of withdrawal, or when a records request is received from another school, will be assigned an incomplete (“I”). Parents/students have 30 days to complete the courses and petition for the incomplete grade to be changed. After 30 days, an incomplete becomes a permanent “F” on the transcript.
• If enrollment in another school or records request is received, an “F” will be assigned to classes not completed.
• Plagiarized work will receive no credit for the particular assignment. The student must meet with the certified teacher and follow a course of restitution assigned by the certified teacher. If there is a second offense, there will be a loss of credit and possible withdrawal from the CyberLynx program.
• Appeals concerning grades should be presented in writing to the principal for final decisions.

Grading Services

Some curriculum sources offer grading services for a fee (fees for vendor grading services will be deducted from the student’s account). Contact your site office certified teacher for more information.

• Parents may choose to evaluate the coursework material themselves instead of using vendor grading services. However, state statutes allow only a certified teacher to award final course grades.
• A CyberLynx teacher reviews work samples and assigns grades after conferring with parents about the student’s academic progress.
• High school students taking home design language arts, math, science and social studies courses must also fulfill other requirements outlined on the course agreement. 

Academic Tutoring

CyberLynx has staff at each site office to provide tutoring sessions; please call to schedule tutoring sessions. Tutoring in the home is not available. However, private tutoring can be paid for out of student allotment funds. Please refer to the funding section for specific parameters. If you have additional questions, please contact your local site office.

Assessment/Testing

Assessment is an integral part of education, and good assessment is ongoing. The only way to know if a student understands the skill or concept being taught is through assessment. Most curricula you choose to use will have built in assessments in the form of informal checks for understanding, tests, reviews and quizzes, etc. These will vary by student, curriculum, and grade level. CyberLynx does not require a specific test for grade level advancement.

State Testing

The State of Alaska Department of Education typically requires all schools to test all students in grades 3 through 10 using the state's identified standardized tests. These standardized tests cover the content areas of English/Language Arts (reading and writing), Math, and Science. These assessment are typically administered in April of each year. 

College and Career Readiness Assessments

Student who are interested in continuing their education and training after high school through technical schools, colleges, and with applications for scholarships may want to take the SAT, the ACT, and/or the WorkKeys exams. Students applying for the Alaska Performance Scholarship must take one of these exams. For more information about the SAT, the ACT, the WorkKeys exam, or the Alaska Performance Scholarship, please contact your local office. 

If your family lives in an outlying area, please contact your CyberLynx certified teacher to make arrangements for testing.

Special Education

Each of our CyberLynx offices has qualified and certified staff to deliver educational services and manage the special education paperwork. Students with Special Education needs are eligible to enroll if it is determined that CyberLynx is the most appropriate and least restrictive educational environment. This determination is made by the CyberLynx Principal and the Special Education Director after a review of the student's IEP (Individual Education Plan). The student must be less than 22 years old on July 1 to enroll in CyberLynx with an IEP.

Students with an IEP who are dually enrolled with another local public or private school must have a Cooperative Services Agreement in place. The Cooperative Services Agreement identifies which school will be managing the IEP and related services. This is different than the Dual Enrollment Agreement.

Please contact your local office for more information about special education services. 

Withdrawal Policies

In order to process and finalize grades for the semester(s) of the year completed, progress reports and work samples must be submitted at the time of withdrawal. Grades of incompletes (“I”) with no credit will be assigned for each class if work samples are not completed and handed in to the certified teacher at the time of withdrawal.

Administrative Withdrawal

Students may be administratively withdrawn if:

  • Quarterly work samples are not received in a timely manner.
  • Work samples are not acceptable or not approved by the certified teacher.
  • Enrolled students do not have a signed PER completed by November 30.
  • There have been more than sixty (60) consecutive days of no contact with the assigned office staff.
  • It is discovered that the sttudent has moved out of state. 

Parent Withdrawal

A parent can withdraw his or her student at any time and for any reason. Parents can withdraw their student simply be letting us know that withdrawal is desired, and parents may do so in person, over the phone, via email, etc. 

If a student is withdrawn prior to the close of registration (November 1), all reimbursed funding and materials must be returned to the program immediately. The completion of a withdrawal form is necessary to formally exit the program. Please contact your site office certified teacher to communicate your plans.

High School

High school students are those students in grades 9 - 12. Through their coursework, high school students are always earning credits toward their high school requirements to earn a diploma. For the most part, a high school student's grade level advancement is based on the number of years they have been in high school.

Grade Levels

  • A freshman (grade 9) is a student in his/her first year of high school.
  • A sophomore (grade 10) is a student in his/her second year of high school, OR a student who has earned 5 credits but less than 10.5 credits.
  • A junior (grade 11) is a student in his/her third year of high school OR any year thereafter until the student has earned 15.5 credits. Of the 15.5 credits, there must be a minimum of 7 combined credits of academic core classes (English, mathematics, science, and social studies).
  • A senior (grade 12) is a student who has earned 15.5 credits OR any year thereafter until state and local graduation requirements have been satisfied or until the student exceeds school age. 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from CyberLynx with a high school diploma, students must earn 22 credits in the following specific areas:

English/Language Arts 4 credits
Math 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Social Studies (incl. one semester of Alaska Studies) 3 credits
Health 0.5 credits
Life Skills 0.5 credits
Physical Education 1 credits
Electives 5 credits

Please be advised that this is the minimum number of credits and courses required to graduate, but depending on your student's plans for after high school, he or she may want to complete more credits in particular content areas. Students who are interested in applying for competitive scholarships, competitive colleges, trade schools, or military enlistment should let their site office teacher know so that they can work with the student to develop a plan to work toward those goals.

Graduation

Most high schools have similar graduation requirements, but there are typically minor variations in the credits and courses required. The Graduation Credits Checklist shows how many credits are required in each subject area. The site office certified teacher and student will use this form to keep track of what credits and courses have been completed, and what credits and courses are still needed to meet graduation requirements.

CyberLynx graduates are strongly encouraged to participate in the annual graduation ceremony, but this is not required to receive a diploma. Student may graduate and receive a diploma at any time during the school year, whenever all graduation requirements are completed. Check with site offices to participate in mid-year and/or end of the year graduation ceremonies.

Please keep in mind that CyberLynx does not pay or reimburse for certain graduation-related expenses. Graduation gowns are available in each site office to borrow for the ceremony. Contact your local site office for more specific details.

Dual-enrolled students must talk with their teachers about which school they wish to graduate from. Student graduating with CyberLynx must make sure to obtain a final transcript from any private/public school and provide it to their contact teacher. Student graduating with another private/public school must finalize all grades with their contact teacher before graduation deadlines from the private/public school.

The State of Alaska requires that all graduates of a particular school year must complete all requirements by June 30 of that school year. Any student who has not completed all graduation requirements by this date will be submitted to the state as a drop out for that school year. These students must then re-enroll for the following school year and complete all graduation requirements to receive a diploma, regardless of how quickly they complete the graduation requirements. 

High School Courses

Talk to your contact teacher about which courses would be right for you and the many options to choose from. For English/Language Arts, a typical progression could be English 1, English 2, English 3, American Literature, British Literature, and World Literature. For Math, a typical progression could be Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II. For Science, a typical progression could be Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science (Biology), and Chemistry. For Social Studies, a typical progression could be US History, World History, Alaska History, and Government/Civics. 

CyberLynx does not stipulate which classes should be taken in a given content area, but only that the required number of credits be completed in each content area.

Vocational Education - Vocational education classes are those that teach the student a skill that he or she may use in obtaining a job or identifying a career interest. It may be a class that teaches business or office skills, business finance skills, or employability skills. Work Study (on the job training) courses can be done for credit using a Course Agreement. Work Study classes can only earn a grade of “P” for Pass. A “P” does not receive GPA points, but does receive credit.

Health/Life Skills- Health is a course to help students understand the components of a healthy lifestyle. Life Skills courses are those that contribute to and add awareness for healthy adult living. Examples could include Career Exploration, Employability Skills (interviews, résumé, etc.), and Personal Finance. Students may take two semesters of health or one semester of health and one semester of some other life skills course to meet this requirement. 

Technology - Technology classes are those that the student uses to increase his/her computer skills. Acceptable classes could include Keyboarding, Introduction to Computers, Digital Photography, Computer Programming, and Website Design.

Physical Education (PE) - Students can earn physical education (PE) credit in a variety of ways including participation in a competitive sport as part of a team, lessons for activities such as swimming, martial arts, etc., or working out at home or at a gym.

Driver’s Education - For a student to receive credit for driver’s education, the class must be listed on the PER and taken in conjunction with approved curriculum.
CyberLynx can also pay for local, behind-the-wheel driver’s instruction as a supplement to the student's driver's education course.

Electives – Any class that does not count for credit in another specific category can count as an elective. Typically, electives are those classes like art, music, photography, and world languages. Academic courses, beyond the required, can be electives. For example, if a student takes four math classes, the fourth math class may be used as an elective since only three credits of math are required.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Nenana City Public School District uses a 4.0 GPA scale.

One high school credit is worth the following: Accredited University/ College level, CyberLynx credit is worth the following:
A = 4 A = 5
B = 3 B = 4
C = 2 C = 3
D = 1 D = 2
F = 0 F = 0
P = 0 (Note: P or Pass does not receive GPA points, but does receive credit)

GPA Recovery

To substitute or replace a grade for a core course already on a student’s transcript, courses must meet the following guidelines:
• Out of district classes have to be identical in course title and taken from the same school/vendor/publisher as the course to be replaced. 
• CyberLynx classes must be identical in course title and curriculum to the course to be replaced.

College Level Courses in High School

High school students may take college level courses if they feel they can be successful. Students who earn passing scores from the college will be awarded high school credit for those courses.

Three credit college courses (a typical one-semester course) will earn 0.5 high school credits.

College credits are translated to high school credits as follows:

2 credit college class = 0.25 high school credits
3 or 4 credit college class = 0.5 high school credits

A one-credit college class does not earn high school credit, but it can be combined with another course from the same academic department to earn a grade of "P" and earn high school credits consistent with the equivalencies list above. 

Scholarships

CyberLynx Scholarships

The purpose of the CyberLynx scholarship program is to offer additional college opportunities for our current, full-time students. High school students can use this scholarship to take a college course while still enrolled in high school. This scholarship is awarded twice a year, and the deadline for submitting applications is December 1 and April.  See our site office for further information.

The Alaska Performance Scholarship

The Alaska Performance Scholarship is a program of the State of Alaska. It can be awarded to any Alaska high school graduate meeting eligibility requirements, including GPA, test scores, and completing certain coursework. The award can be used for post-secondary training at a college or approved career and technical program in Alaska. A student's eligibility amount varies based on GPA and test scores. In addition, the amount a student can receive is limited by costs of attendance, as certified by the post-secondary institution the student attends, and other financial aid. A prorated Alaska Performance Scholarship award may be available for eligible students studying at least half-time.

All recipients must meet annual satisfactory academic progress. For more information, please visit aps.alaska.gov. Please make sure to contact your site office to ensure that the student's course work will meet the desired APS requirements.

The UA Scholars Program

The UA Scholars Award is a program of the University of Alaska that awards a $12,000 scholarship to the top 10 percent of juniors from each qualified Alaska high school. The award may be used for attendance at any UA campus statewide. Students are designated by their high school based on their standing at the end of their junior year. UA Scholar designees are submitted after June 30 each year. To qualify, students must be enrolled in CyberLynx full-time, have at least 15.5 credits, , and have spent exactly three years in high school (first year as a junior). The student's GPA is cumulative of all high school credits. 

The UA Scholars program requires students graduate from an Alaska high school. UA Scholars receive $1,500 per semester for up to eight semesters. The award amount is fixed and is not dependent on other financial aid received. Once enrolled, UA Scholars must maintain full-time enrollment status and a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for the award. For more information on the UA Scholars program, go to www.alaska.edu/scholars/.

Transcripts

High school transcripts are typically requested by other high schools or Universities from our district office in Nenana. If requesting an official high school transcript, a Transcript Request Form must be completed and signed. Current or former students age 18 and above must sign their own transcript request. Parent's cannot request a transcript for students age 18 and older. Check with your site office for more information. 

Home School Transcripts

CyberLynx reserves the right to accept or deny transcripts/credits provided to us from other sources. Transcripts generated from sources other than recognized school facilities will have limitations. For high school students, grades will be transcribed on CyberLynx transcripts as Pass (“P”) with no GPA value. Only six credits per year will be accepted, with a maximum of 12 credits total.

After High School

Our goal is to prepare students for additional opportunities after high school. Colleges, universities, and different branches of the military all have specific requirements for admission. To that end, it is the parent’s/student’s responsibility to talk with your contact teacher of any post-secondary plans so that a plan can be mapped out to meet those goals.

Student Allotment and Funding Information

There is no cost to families for a student's participation in our program. Instead, a student funding allotment is provided. The allotment is an amount of money that we spend on your behalf or allow you to spend for all of the educational-related needs of your student. This allotment can pay for items such as a student's books, classes, school supplies, technology support, tutoring, music or activity lessons, PE, and other items related to your student's education.

  Full Time Student ¾ Time Student ½ Time Student
Grade Pre-K (w/enrolled sibling) $475 $356.25 $237.50
Grades K-3: $2,000 $1,500 $1,000
Grades 4-8: $2,200 $1,650 $1,100
Grades 9-12: $2,400 $1,800 $1,200

Funding cannot increase after October 28, even if student’s enrollment status increases (half-time to three-quarter time or full-time; or three-quarter time to full-time).

Mid-year enrollees, those students enrolling after October 3 will have a reduced allotment amount, depending on the date of enrollment. Students enrolling after October 31 will receive an allotment of 11% of the amounts listed above. 

Student accounts are to be used for educational expenses as listed and/or described on the Personal Educational Report /Individual Learning Plan (PER/ILP).

  • CyberLynx has final approval in the spending of funds.
  • CyberLynx recommends using a Pre-Approval form for any non-textbook/curriculum item that has a purchase price greater than $50.
  • Students may utilize funds from their sibling’s account(s) after their accounts are depleted.

Student allotments are available beginning July 1, as long as a signed PER/ILP has been signed all other requirements are complete.

Unexpended funds remaining in a student’s account at the end of the fiscal year will roll over into the student’s fund account for the following year as long as the student remains continuously enrolled with CyberLynx and does not age out (does not turn 20 years old before October 1) for the following school year. Preschool students’ unexpended funds do not roll over. A student’s account will be closed upon withdrawal from CyberLynx, and siblings cannot use funds from a withdrawn student.

Students that have a shortage in their fund account to pay for curriculum due to depleted funding or limited mid-year enrollment can add up to $75 to pay the balance of a curriculum order. This money should be submitted to CyberLynx by check, money order, or with a credit card online (nenanalynx.revtrak.net). Funds may be added once per year/per student. The student's name, the name of the course, and the name of the curriculum should be noted with payment. Payment must be received before the class can be ordered.

Preschool Sibling Funding

We provide preschool enrollment and a preschool allotment of $475 for a full-time enrolled preschooler. This allotment does not come out of their sibling's account(s), but a preschooler may utilize fund from thier sibling's account(s) after their accounts are depleted. 

Preschoolers must be four years of age on or before September 1 and must have at least one sibling in kindergarten or a higher grade to be eligible for enrollment. Preschool students must comply with all CyberLynx paperwork and requirements. A preschool students’ unexpended funds do not roll over.

School Supplies

Reimbursement/payment for school supplies/incentives is limited to $250 per full-time student per year.

  • Items used by more than one student in a family may be divided equally between allotments.
  • Reimbursements for learning incentives or motivational items are limited to $10 per item with a $100 cap per school year. 
  • Items such as make-up, candy, non-academic video games, cash money, gift certificates, gift cards, etc., will not be reimbursed.
  • Examples of school supplies are pencils, notebooks, paper, rulers, erasers, glue, and scissors. 
  • Reimbursements for backpacks are capped at $50, regardless of the price paid. 
  • State regulations allow for the denial of “items that are considered excessive by the school administrator.”

Lessons/Tutoring

CyberLynx can pay for lesson and/or tutoring only if the following requirements are met:

  • The class/activity must relate to the student’s instructional needs of a class listed on the PER/ILP, for example:
    • Any core subject: English, Science, Social Studies or Math
    • Electives need to specify activities:
      • PE – Swimming/Wrestling/Martial Arts/etc. (If no activity is listed with PE, we cannot honor any reimbursements for that activity.)
      • Music-Violin/Guitar/Voice/etc. (If no activity is listed with music, we cannot honor any reimbursements for that activity.
  • Tutoring for Core Classes is limited to 50% of student’s funding account each school year.
  • The cost of tutoring can only be for the student’s instructional time.
  • CyberLynx cannot pay for instruction/classes at private or sectarian (brick and mortar) schools.
  • The business or instructor must be on the CyberLynx Vendor List, and all businesses must have a current State of Alaska business license. If you would like to use a business/facility that is not on our Approved Vendor List, please click on FORMS above to find the Vendor Packet or talk to your CyberLynx site office certified teacher. 
  • CyberLynx does not pay for services provided to a student by a family member. In this section, “family member” means the student’s spouse, guardian, parent, step-parent, sibling, step-sibling, grandparent, step-grandparent, child, uncle, or aunt.
  • Receipts from vendors need to specify that they are for instructional lessons, the beginning and ending dates of the lessons, and whom the lessons were for.
  • The only way guarantee that payments for lessons will be made by CyberLynx is to submit a Price Quote for Services form prior to lesson/tutoring services being delivered.
    • This will reserve the funds in the student’s account in the name of the vendor, who may then submit a statement after services are provided. An authorization (PO) will be sent to the vendor confirming the dollar amount and the specific student that it was approved. Please confirm with your vendor that they received authorization to be assured that CyberLynx will pay future invoices.

If a student takes a class that is paid for by the parent, rather than by CyberLynx, the student can still earn credit on his/her transcript, as long as all requirements of the course are fulfilled.

Purchase Orders

CyberLynx reserves the right to determine with which vendors we will place orders. Some companies will not accept purchase orders. These companies are noted on the Approved Vendor List as “Reimbursement Only.”

Reimbursements

ALL REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CYBERLYNX OFFICES BY THE CLOSE OF BUISNESS ON APRIL 28 OR MAILED TO CYBERLYNX AND POSTMARKED BY APRIL 28.

All reimbursement requests must be submitted on the Reimbursement Form provided here on the CyberLynx website (see Forms above). Paper copies are also available at all site offices.

  • Reimbursement requests must include original receipts, sales slips, invoices, etc., with your family's name on each one. 
  • Book reimbursements most include each book title with receipt. E-books must also include book titles with receipt. 
  • Price tags and admission tickets alone are not acceptable; there must be proof of payment (i.e. a sales receipt stating the method of payment). 
  • Check copies or carbon copies will not be accepted as proof of payment unless a copy of the cancelled check from a bank or bank statement is also submitted. 
  • Please number the receipts to correspond with the Reimbursement Form.
  • Reimbursement requests can be made beginning on July 1 for reimbursement from the upcoming school year's allotment.
  • CyberLynx recommends a Pre-Approval Form to be submitted for any non-textbook/curriculum item that has a purchase price of $50 or more.
  • For families with multiple students, each receipt (or group of items) must indicate which student account to be charged. If this is not done, the reimbursement process will be delayed. If a reimbursement is for all student, indicate "all." 
  • A student may utilize funds from his or her sibling’s account after his or her account is depleted.
  • CyberLynx keeps an account database of all purchase orders and reimbursements for students’ educational related expenses. These amounts frequently change upon our receipt of the final invoices from vendors due to price changes and/or shipping costs. Parents may contact their site office at any time and ask for an approximate dollar amount remaining in their student’s account.
  • CyberLynx cannot reimburse for next grade level materials/curriculum, to be used to be used for the following year with current fiscal year’s funds. For example, CyberLynx cannot pay or reimburse for curriculum for 2017-2018 with 2016-2017 funds. Parents wanting to purchase curriculum for the upcoming school year and wanting to take advantage of spring curriculum sales must be making purchases for re-enrolling students, and purchases must be pre-approved by the CyberLynx principal.
  • Reimbursements for items/lessons/tutoring purchased between May 1 and June 30 of the new school year will not be processed until July 1. Funds for these requests will be drawn from the current school year funds. Before funds are available, all requirements from the previous year must be completed, enrollment/re-enrollment confirmation must be completed, and a signed PER/ILP for the new fiscal year must be established. 
  • All equipment, supplies and materials purchased to meet PER/ILP goals will be reimbursed using comparable cost of like items for the public school setting.
  • Check with you teacher to ensure that your vendor (your piano teacher, your dance studio, etc.) is approved.
  • Reimbursements will not be made for amounts totaling less than $50 unless $50 or less remains in your child's allotment. 
  • It is not recommended to save all requests for payment until April 28. Many things can occur that might result in no payment at all. It is best to present your requests each month so that problems can be resolved early.
  • All orders will be mailed to Alaska resident addresses only. We will not mail orders to addresses outside of Alaska. 
  • Reimbursements and other payments to the family will be made via direct deposit or with a check mailed to the family's Alaska address or mailed to the local site office. We will not mail payments to families to addresses outside of Alaska.
  • Reimbursement requests may be delayed if the CyberLynx staff has not received quarterly work samples and/or monthly contact.
  • Checks are prepared on Wednesday of each week to be mailed on Friday, and direct deposits are made on Friday of each week. 
  • Please allow two to three weeks for payments to be processed.
  • Absolutely no reimbursements will be processed after the date of withdrawal, even if receipts are dated prior to the withdrawal date.

ALL REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CYBERLYNX OFFICES BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON APRIL 28 OR MAILED TO CYBERLYNX AND POSTMARKED BY APRIL 28.

Price Quotes

Price quotes allow us to reserve funds for lessons taken for the school year - July 1 through June 30 - as well as to purchase items that families have selected from vendors. Price Quote Forms must be received in the CyberLynx ffices by the close of business on April 28 or mailed to CyberLynx and postmarked by April 28.

CyberLynx offers two types of Price Quotes: Vendor and Parent Price Quotes.

Vendor Price Quotes

Payments drawn on reserved funds are made directly to the vendor. After lessons have been completed by the student, the vendor will bill CyberLynx. Please note that payments for lessons taken after reserved funds are exhausted are the responsibility of the parents.

CyberLynx has made arrangements with selected vendors to allow parents to select products they wish to purchase, and request that the store bill
CyberLynx directly. Examples of vendors who bill us directly include (but are not limited to) Barnes & Noble, Over the Rainbow, Learning Essentials, and Brainstorm Home School Supply.

  • After parents select merchandise, the vendor will submit a list of the items, including prices, to the Nenana District Office for approval.
  • Upon approval, a purchase order is prepared and returned to the vendor; this informs the vendor that the merchandise may be released to the parents.
  • The vendor will then submit an invoice to CyberLynx for payment.
  • CyberLynx makes every effort to complete this process within a few days.

Parent Price Quotes

Parent Price Quotes are for lessons and music instrument lease only. This is typically used when parents utilize vendors that will not accept PO’s or invoice CyberLynx directly. Reimbursement payments are only made after proof of payment is submitted to CyberLynx.

  • Please make sure reimbursement request states if a price quote was already submitted.
  • The deadline to submit April - June lessons for reimbursement for the current school year is July 15.
  • If this deadline is missed the reimbursement may be resubmitted for the new fiscal year as long as the activity is listed on the new school year's PER/ILP.
  • Lessons taken after reserved funds are exhausted are not reimbursable.

Field Trips/Camps

Field trips, camps, and similar activities are encouraged as part of a child’s educational growth. However, according to state law, “a correspondence study program may not pay for or provide money for services or materials that do not reasonably relate to the delivery of the students’ instructional needs" [4AAC 33.421(h)].
The stringent nature of the law requires that all such activities receive pre-approval from the CyberLynx principal in order to receive reimbursement for expenses. Field trip expenditures may be denied unless pre-approved.

Here are a few local Alaska field trip ideas that are always approved: 

The Imaginarium in Anchorage
The Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Anchorage Museum
The University of Alaska Museum of the North
The Anchorage Zoo
The Seward Sea Life Center
Close Up
The Fairbanks Children’s Museum

Upon approval by the principal, expenses for such events are to be submitted as reimbursements only and must meet specific requirements. Reimbursements may not be processed if the following requirements are not followed for a pre-approved field trip/camp/etc:

  • Students must demonstrate what was learned and how it connects to the courses on their PER/ILP. Age-appropriate assignments will be negotiated with the teacher prior to the trip. Examples of such assignments are a one-page essay for a high school student or a picture essay for a primary student. These assignments are to be turned in with the reimbursement form to your site office CyberLynx certified teacher.
  • The field trip/camp must be related to classes that the student is taking as part of his/her PER/ILP.
  • The field trip/camp must not be of faith based or doctrinal in nature or content.
  • Only the enrolled CyberLynx student’s expenses will be covered.

Reimbursable expenses may include:

  • All inclusive programs (example: Close Up). Student’s participating in all inclusive programs are not eligible for the meal per diem and lodging reimbursements.
  • Admission/registration).
  • Reimbursements for meals up to $44/day, for the student only, and only on days with field trip activities. Only overnight stays are eligible for reimbursement for meals. Reimbursements for meals will not be paid until after the trip and prof of the trip has been submitted (admission tickets, board passes, receipts for meals). 
  • Lodging - Hotel charges will be pro-rated for student’s share only. Hotel charges will be pro-rated for the student's share only. Hotel billing statements need to be included with receipts for reimbursement. 
  • Cab fees to and from airport and to and from educational venues only. Requests for cab fees must include a receipt and will be pro-rated for student’s share only.
  • CyberLynx will not pay for rental cars, gas, mileage reimbursement, tips, or parking fees.
  • Field Trip Completion Form signed by CyberLynx teacher, is required prior to reimbursement.
  • Reimbursements or payments for field trips/camps will only be made after they are completed.
  • Receipts submitted for reimbursement must include documentation specifying what each expenditure was for.
  • CyberLynx does not pay for any souvenirs or for activities that are purely entertainment.
  • Theme parks/sports events are considered entertainment and do not reasonably relate to a student’s instructional needs.

Musical Instrument Rental, Reimbursement, and Lease Programs

For students learning a musical instrument, CyberLynx can assist families in acquiring a musical instrument. 

  • Student must have “music–(instrument)” on PER/ILP and purchase an instrument during the registered/current school year.
  • Receipts must be dated after May 1 and after the date of enrollment.
  • Receipts must show payment made in full (payment plans are not accepted)
  • Non-retail receipts (for person-to-person) must include the date of sale, the price, the method of payment (cash, check, etc.) and the signature of the seller.

CyberLynx can pay for musical instrument rental from an approved retail vendor. CyberLynx can make a one-time reimbursement of up to $250 toward the total price of a musical instrument, even if the purchase price exceeds $250, as long as the above conditions are met.

For musical instruments costing more than $250, a family may wish to participate in our musical instrument lease program. Under this program, rather than a one-time reimbursement of $250, we "lease" the instrument from the family for $38 per month for up to 36 months or until the purchase price of the instrument is reached.

To participate in the musical instrument lease program:  

  • A price quote with the original receipt for the instrument must be submitted. 
  • The price quote reserves the funds in the students account for up to three fiscal years or until the price of the instrument has been reached. Lease payments will come from the designated student(s) fund account.
  • Lease payments will be for the months that fall within the fiscal year.
  • Payments are made on the following schedule:
  • For the months July-September by September 15
  • For the months October-December by December 15
  • For the months January-March by March 15
  • For the months April-June by June 15
  • At the end of the lease program students may purchase another instrument.
  • Only one musical instrument lease per student, and one musical instrument lease per instrument. 
  • Lease payments terminate on the date of withdrawal from the CyberLynx program.

Materials Purchased from the Student's Allotment

Textbooks and other curricular materials purchased with state funds are property of the school district. Materials that are not consumables, including text books, must be returned to the district when the student exits the program or graduates. (4AAC 33.422 and .426 (h) (1)

  • The legal definition of “curriculum materials” includes textbooks, software, multi-media materials, and other materials for which the primary purpose is for an instructional activity. 
  • Families have the option of reimbursing CyberLynx for materials they would like to keep.
  • Any materials or books purchased with special education funds are the property of the school district and must be returned upon the student’s graduation or withdrawal.

CyberLynx Ordering

Whenever possible, we are happy to order your student's curricular materials for you. In this way there is less hassle and not out-of-pocket expense for you. Or, you may wish to order your own materials and be reimbursed by us afterward. Either process is fine with us. Here are some items to keep in mind when we are ordering for you:

  • Whether using a vendor’s order form or a CyberLynx Order Form, the address information for the vendor/company and all family information must be completed.
  • Requested orders may be submitted by email, or in person to our offices.
  • Orders must be legible, especially when faxing to CyberLynx. If the form cannot be read there will be delays in placing the order.
  • Families with multiple students must indicate which student's account is to be charged for each item (or group of items).  If this is not done it will delay the ordering process. If an order is for all students, indicate “all."
  • Students may utilize funds from their sibling’s account after their accounts is depleted. Preschool students may also do this. 
  • Shipping costs, type, and speed of delivery vary. Shipping costs are deducted from the student’s allotment.
  • Delivery time depends on the materials ordered, the vendor, and the time of year. 
  • Some companies will not accept purchase orders. These companies are noted on the Approved Vendor List as “Reimbursements Only." In these cases, parents may wish to order materials on their own and seek reimbursements afterward. 
  • At certain times of the year, particularly at the beginning of the school year, there are large numbers of orders being placed. Please allow up to two weeks for orders to be processed during these busy times. 
  • If you have any problems with orders placed by CyberLynx, please contact the Nenana CyberLynx Office as soon as possible (1-888-424-5969 x 0228). Please do not contact the vendors on your own as we have all the information needed to resolve most situations.
  • Only purchase orders placed by CyberLynx staff will be honored and paid. Families may not charge anything to CyberLynx or to the Nenana City Public School District. Families may not alter orders placed by CyberLynx.
  • Refunds of merchandise purchased by CyberLynx will be made to CyberLynx. The student’s account will be credited after the refund is received from the vendor.
  • CyberLynx cannot place orders or reimburse for the next school year until after July 1 and after the enrollment requirements are met.
  • All orders and reimbursements will be mailed to Alaska resident addresses only.
  • CyberLynx cannot pre-pay directly to a family or a vendor for services to be provided at a later time.

Vendors

Vendors are businesses that provide materials or services to our students and families. There are two types of vendors. The first are those who provide curricula, books, materials, resources, online subscriptions, vendor graded courses, etc. These vendors could be inside or outside of Alaska. Examples of these kinds of vendors include Calvert, Rainbow Resource, Teaching Textbooks, American School, Amazon.com, UAA, and many others. 

Some of these curricula/materials vendors will accept purchase orders and will bill CyberLynx directly. Others will require payment from the family, and a reimbursement request may then be submitted to CyberLynx. Check with our CyberLynx office to see if we can place orders from a particular vendor. Also, please note that some of these curricula/materials vendors are listed as "approved items only." This means that these vendors also sell faith-based or doctrinal materials for which CyberLynx, per state requirements, cannot purchase or reimburse. Parents may be asked to purchase from these vendors on their own and seek a reimbursement from CyberLynx. 

The other broad category of vendors are those who provide tutoring/instructional services to our students. Examples of these kinds of vendors include local piano teachers, academic tutors, art studios, martial arts studios, dance studios, sports teams, fitness clubs, etc. Some of these services vendors will accept purchases orders and will bill CyberLynx directly. Others will require payment from the family, and a reimbursement request may then be submitted to CyberLynx. 

Businesses/vendors must have a current state of Alaska business license and must be on the approved vendor list. Reimbursements or services will be held until a completed vendor packet is submitted and approved. A vendor packet can be found here on this website under Forms above. 

Restricted Purchases

We at CyberLynx want to provide you with all of the educational materials related to the educational needs of your child, and we provide the monetary resources in the form of the student's allotment to do that. We feel that this allotment belongs to you and should be spent in whatever way you think best, within the bounds of regulations and good sense. CyberLynx has final approval in the spending of all funds.

When a purchase request is denied, it is generally because:

  • the purchase is not related to the student's educational goals. 
  • has not been sufficiently justified on the Reimbursement Form or PER/ILP,
  • it is considered to be excessive according to common sense standards. 

If you do not agree with a denied purchase decision, you may appeal it. You can find information at the Appeals Process below. 

The only way to be sure that a purchase will be reimbursable is to have your purchase pre-approved using the Pre-Approval Form.. We recommend that you submit a Pre-Approval Form for any purchase over $50.

Vocational Education - Woodworking

We are able to reimburse for lumber or building supplies with the following conditions:

  • Materials for small woodworking projects only
  • No wood other than pine without approval
  • No wood more than 1” thick
  • $50 of materials is allowed per project without approval
  • Students must be in Grade 5 or above to take woodworking.

For shop projects that need special materials/items or cost over $50, adequate information must be provided to justify purchases. Pre-approval by the principal is required. Please provide the following with education relevance:

• Project plan
• Materials needed (2x4’s, plywood, sheet metal, etc.)
• Equipment/tools

Home Economics - Sewing 

  • Students must be in Grade 5 or above to take Home Ec.
  • Fabrics must indicate the specific project to be completed.
  • $50 of materials is allowed per project.
  • Anything over $50 a Pre-approval by the principal is required.

Home Economics - Cooking 

  • Students must be in Grade 5 or above to take Home Ec.
  • CyberLynx will not reimburse for food items.
  • Specialty items/seasonings may be requested - with a copy of a recipe - for pre-approval.
  • Cookware/Cooking Appliances/Utensils will be limited to $50 per year per student.
  • Any one item costing more than $25 will need a Pre-Approval by the principal. If additional items are needed that exceed the $50 limit a Pre-approval by the principal is required 

Art 

Craft supplies or specialized art supplies may be reimbursed as long as Art is listed as a class on the PER. Craft supplies and specialized art supplies must be for a specific project, and we recommend utilizing the pre-approval form for anything out of the ordinary. 

Musical Instruments

  • CyberLynx will reimburse up to $250 for instruments purchased during the current school year. 
  • Families purchasing an instrument costing more that $250 may opt for the musical instrument lease option described above. 
  • Instrument maintenance/repairs CyberLynx will reimburse 50% of the repair cost, up to $100 per year.
  • Piano tuning once a year up to $250.
  • Leasing or rent-to-own equipment must be pre-approved by the principal.

Photography/Digital Photography

  • Students must be in Grade 5 or above to be enrolled in a photography/digital photography course. 
  • Cameras, camera bodies, lenses, or other photography equipment may be reimbursable if photography/digital photography is listed on the PER. 
  • Film developing can be reimbrsed only if photographs are for a photography course on the student's PER. Verification of pictures may be requested. 
  • Photography equipment is limited to $250 per item and limited to $500 in total per year, per student. 

Physical Education 

  • PE equipment is limited to $250.00 per year, per student.
  • CyberLynx will only pay for clothing, uniforms, or other personal items needed for lessons (no specialty items for performances).
  • Trampoline purchases must include a safety surround. 
  • Anything over the yearly limit must be pre-approved by the principal.

Legos/Building Blocks/Kinex/Linking Logs/Haba Building Blocks and similar items

  • Students in grades PK-2nd are limited to $50 per year, per student for these items to be used as manipulatives.
  • Specialty projects using these kinds of materials for grades 3-HS must be submitted to principal for pre-approval. Reimbursement may be denied unless pre-approved.
  • Lego Robotics and other approved robotics curricula may be approved if "Robotics" is listed as a separate class on the PER/ILP with an approved curriculum. Additional materials must be submitted to principal for pre-approval. 

Electronics

  • Computer repairs may be reimbursed at the rate of 50% of repair cost, up to $100 per year.
  • Additional laptops, beyond what is allowed with the computer procurement programs, may be purchased for each student and reimbursed up to $250 each. No more than one computer per student in the family through computer program and reimbursement. Families may be eligible for a replacement computer up to $250 out of student allotment upon principal approval.
  • Protective bags, cases, or covers are reimbursable, but limited to up to $50 for each item, regardless of the price paid.
  • IPads, tablets, Nooks, Kindles, or other similar devices may be reimbursed up to $250. See more information under Technology Support below. 
  • Educational related apps and e-books can be purchased and are reimbursable as long as the sales receipt specifies application and/or book title purchased.
  • No electronics accessories (screen protectors, screen filters, extra chargers, etc.) are allowed.
  • Educational related video/computer games are capped at $100 per student/per school year.

SAT/ACT

CyberLynx will reimburse students for the testing fees for the SAT and/or the ACT. Sign up for either test on your own and submit receipts with the reimbursement request. Reimbursement will be deducted from the student's fund account. We can also reimburse for test prep aides and test prep courses, up to $120 per year.

Miscellaneous

  • Flying lessons must be provided by CyberLynx approved vendor. Flight instruction vendors must supply proof of insurance with their vendor packet.
  • Animals, horseshoes, pet supplies, etc., (including aquariums, food, fish) must include a written justification of educational relevance with pre-approval form and submitted to the CyberLynx principal for approval.
  •  Furniture (including desks, chairs, bookcases, and filing cabinets) is limited to $250 per year per family.
  • CyberLynx cannot place magazine subscription/book club orders for you. These will be reimbursed only.
  • CberLynx can pay for local, behind-the-wheel driver's instruction as a supplemental activity if Driver’s Education is listed as a class on the PER, and it is taken in conjunction with an approved Driver's Education curriculum. 
  • Headphones are reimbursed up to $25, regardless of the price paid. 
  • Microscopes are reimbursed up to $250 as long as science is listed on the PER. 
  • TV's are reimbursed at one per two students enrolled full-time, limited to 27", and a written justification of educational relevance must be submitted. 

All equipment, supplies, and materials purchased to meet the educational goals listed on the PER will be considered for reimbursement according to a comparison of similar items used in the public school setting.

Denied Purchases

The following items are not allowable for purchase or reimbursement. Parents who feel that an item listed below is required and can provide educational relevance/rationale for a class on a student’s PER/ILP can supply documentation and a Pre-Approval Form to the CyberLynx principal.

The following items are not allowable for purchase or reimbursement.

  • Physical examinations for sports participation
  • Rental cars, gas, parking fees, or tips when travelling
  • Theme parks/sports events that are considered entertainment that do not reasonably relate to a student’s instructional needs
  • Souvenirs
  • Entertainment, including theme park admissions or fees that allow entrance to a facility in which no instruction/activity is directly connected to the PER/ILP
  • Permanent items that adhere to or enhance the value of a non-school facility
  • Toys, sleeping bags, and other materials or activities with no obvious educational value
  • Dolls, action figures, puppets, doll furniture, and doll clothing
  • Handbags (purses), lunch boxes
  • Rock tumblers
  • Scrap booking supplies
  • Products of “party plan” businesses such as Pampered Chef, Tupperware or Creative Memories
  • Picture frames, digital frames, photo albums, etc. 
  • Pre-fabricated matting, and/or framing products or services
  • Cleaning supplies or equipment
  • Tools for supplying a home-based business
  • School pictures
  • Jewelry/watches
  • Postage or mailing supplies (bring curriculum returns to site office for postage)
  • Gardening supplies, seeds, tools
  • Camcorders, digital photo docking stations
  • Firearms or ammunition
  • Computer upgrades, internal components, parts, extended warranties
  • Graduation announcements and student portraits, graduation gowns, announcements, or memorabilia.
  • Girl/Boy Scout badges or dues
  • Taxes
  • Scholarship application expenses


Technology Support

CyberLynx is proud to offer one of the best technology programs among the statewide correspondence programs.

Computer Procurement Programs

There are three ways to acquire a computer for your student. The first is with a one-time reimbursement of up to $250 taken from the student's allotment. Each individual student can secure a computer in this way. The second and third are the Computer Lease Program and the Computer Assignment Program, both described below. 

Computer Lease Program

The Computer Lease Program allows the family to purchase a new computer at any time during the school year. Families are free to purchase from a retail store whatever new computer best meets their family’s needs and preferences. Bring the original receipt for the computer and a signed Computer Reimbursement Form to the CyberLynx site office. CyberLynx will reimburse the family for the computer at the rate $38 per month for 36 months or until the computer is paid off. If the student withdraws from the program, computer reimbursement payments will cease, and the computer remains the property of the family. These reimbursements are over and above the student’s allotment, and do not impact the allotment. Payments are made to the family according to the schedule of disbursements below. 

Computer receipts must be in the Nenana district office by the last day of each leasing period in order to receive a check on the next processing date. Checks will be prepared on the Wednesday’s on or after the following dates
July 1 through October 31 November 15
November 1 through December 31 January 15
January 1 through February 28 March 15
March 1 through April 30 May 15
May 1 through June 30 July 15

Computer Assignment Program

The Computer Assignment program allows the family to purchase a new computer directly from CyberLynx. With a $200 out-of-pocket deposit and the Computer Assignment Form, families will receive a new Dell laptop computer. $375 will be charged to the student's allotment each year for three years. At the end of the three school years, the family may choose to return the computer to CyberLynx and have the $200 deposit returned, or the family may decide to keep the computer at no further cost. Computers under this program will not be delivered to the family until mid-November of each year.

Families can acquire multiple computers through our Computer Lease and Computer Assignment programs. If the family full time student count is three to four, families are allowed two computers under any combination of these programs. If there are five to six full time students, families are allowed three computers. Families may re-qualify for a computer upon the termination of the previous computer program. 

Tablet computers, iPads, Nooks, Kindles, other E-readers

One iPad or tablet per full-time student will be reimbursed every two years through a one-time reimbursement of a one-time $250 taken out of student allotment account or through the Computer Reimbursement Program. Families may submit a pre-approval for a new iPad or tablet prior to the two years at the discretion of the principal.

Internet Reimbursement

CyberLynx will reimburse families with at least one full-time student for up to $50 for their monthly internet service. The internet reimbursement does not come out of the student’s allotment, but is a benefit over and above the allotment. The individual family is responsible for establishing their internet service and keeping their account current. For reimbursement, families must submit their monthly statements of internet charges and proof of payment along with the internet reimbursement form. We will reimburse for internet for all months enrolled, July through June.

Requests for internet reimbursement must be made within six months of the monthly statement. Statements older than six months will not be paid. Families must be currently enrolled in order to be reimbursed for internet. 

Some areas in Alaska do not have local internet service. In these cases, CyberLynx does not pay for long-distance charges associated with dial-up service, nor does CyberLynx does not pay for phone lines.

AT&T MiFi Personal Hotspot

CyberLynx has partnered with AT&T to provide our families with mobile internet connectivity. If you chose, CyberLynx will provide your family with an AT&T MiFi. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi is a portable mobile hotspot with the ability to simultaneously connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices (personal computers, mobile phones, digital cameras, music players, digital picture frames, gaming consoles, etc.) to the internet. 

This service is provided by AT&T, but only CyberLynx can set up an account for you. CyberLynx will pay $50 per month directly to AT&T for the MiFi service. A fee of $1 will be taken from the student’s allotment to pay for the MiFi device. Depending on the location of the family’s residence, additional fees and surcharges may be taken from the student’s allotment. These fees are typically no more than a few dollars each month.

Please make sure AT&T service is available in your area prior to signing up. To participate, a least one child in the family must continue to be a full-time-enrolled CyberLynx student.  Internet service will be disconnected on the date if withdrawal from the CyberLynx program. CyberLynx will offer this internet service to our families for as long as it available from ATT.

Families can select a monthly internet reimbursement OR use the AT&T MiFI device, but cannot do both. Please contact your local site office for more information or to sign up for a MiFi device.

Out of State Travel

In order to remain enrolled with CyberLynx, families traveling outside Alaska for more than 60 days between August and May of the enrolled school year must meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain approval from the CyberLynx Principal using the 60 Day Transient Approval form.
  • Maintain monthly contact with the contact teacher.
  • Submit quarterly work samples in a timely way.
  • Orders and reimbursements will only be mailed to Alaska resident addresses.

Administrative Discretion

If there is no written Nenana School Board policy for a specific situation, the CyberLynx principal will make the final determination. Parents who disagree with such a determination may appeal the decision.

Appeal Process

Parents are entitled to appeal any decision (policy, purchase denial, etc.) made while they are participants in the CyberLynx program. To appeal, the parents must first contact the CyberLynx principal in writing, specifying the area of concern. If the principal’s decision is not satisfactory, parents may then appeal to the superintendent of the Nenana City School District in writing. If the superintendent’s decision is not satisfactory, parents may then appeal to the Nenana City School Board in writing. The decision made by the Nenana City School Board is considered final.

Accidents

The Nenana City School District is not responsible for accidents which may occur during classes or activities with parents or classes taken through vendors.

Non-Discrimination

The Nenana City School District complies with all federal and state anti-discrimination statutes and regulations. 

Transcripts

High school transcripts are typically requested by other high schools or Universities from our district office in Nenana. If requesting an unofficial and/or an official high school transcripts, a Transcript Request Form must be completed and signed. Current or former students age 18 and above must sign their own transcript request. Parents cannot request a transcript for adult students. Check with your site office.

Independent, Family-Generated Home School Transcripts

CyberLynx reserves the right to accept or deny transcripts and/or award credits. Transcripts generated from sources other than recognized schools will have some limitations. For high school students, grades will be transcribed from a home developed transcript to a CyberLynx transcript with a grade of Pass (“P”) with no GPA value. Only six credits per year will be accepted, with a maximum of 12 credits total.

For students in grades 1 through through 8, grade placement will be by age. Starting with grade 1, students must be 6 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year.

Record Requests

Requests for forwarding of student records must be made in writing at least 24 hours in advance. Permission to Release Information forms may be used. Only required information will be forwarded to another school or organization.

School Sponsored Activities

CyberLynx student may be allowed to participate in sports or other activities with the local public high school. Students wishing to participate in ASAA (Alaska School Activities Association) sanctioned sports and competitions, must meet ASAA requirements. Before being eligible to participate in high school interscholastic activities, a CyberLynx (“alternative education”) student must register for the activity with the ASAA member school at which he/she is requesting to participate. The student’s residence has to be physically located within the attendance area of school, or if not, the student has to request to participate at school and receive approval from the school’s governing body. ASAA encourages school districts to adopt a policy which provides public notice and a period of pre-registration for these activities. For more information go to: asaa.org/home-school/

CyberLynx is regulated by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. To that end, CyberLynx is obligated to follow any determination set by the Department of Education in regard to its policies and procedures.

Dates to Know

Office Vacation Day Schedule Office hours may vary; please refer to http://cyberlynx.org

  Dates to Know
May 1, 2017 Enrollment begins for the 2017-2018 school year
May 29, 2017 Office Closed for Memorial Day
June 26 Families may begin submitting orders for the new school year
July 1 New fiscal year begins and families may begin submitting reimbursements for the 17-18 school year
July 3-July 7, 2017 Offices Closed for July Fourth Holiday
September 4, 2017 Offices Closed for Labor Day
October 28 Last day for Personal Education Reports to receive full funding
Winter Months Offices will be closed when local school districts announce closure due to road conditions
   
November 23-27 Offices Closed
December 1 CyberLynx College Scholarship application due
December 21-Jan 1 Offices Closed
January 15 Last day to make changes to 1st semester of PER
February Many scholarships have a deadline date of February 28th
March 15 Last day to make changes to 2nd semester of PER;
March Spring Break Contact Your Local Office for Dates
April 1 CyberLynx College Scholarship application due
April State Assessments are given for students in Grades 3-10
April 30 Orders and reimbursement requests must be received in the CyberLynx Offices by 4 p.m. or mailed to Nenana and post marked by April 30th. Please plan ahead so that all paperwork is received by this deadline. We cannot honor requests submitted after this date, regardless of the circumstances.

Quarterly Work Samples Contact your teacher for work sample due date schedule or visit http://cyberlynx.org and click on your site office page.