LEAD Online Details & Policies

 

General Information

  • Tuition: A full week of LEAD Online costs $100. A week of LEAD Elite with only the morning worldview element costs $75.
  • Daily Events: Devotions and chapel; teaching sessions; legislative activities; dynamic speakers.
  • Eligibility: High school-aged teens. In other words, students entering their first year of high school through those just having graduated from high school are eligible to attend.
    First-year summer students always participate in the House of Representatives. Those who have participated in an Onsite program can attend as a Senator.
  • What to Have: Computer (recommended) or tablet with webcam and microphone, reliable internet connection, headphones/earbuds (recommended for best experience, but not required)
  • Platforms: Students will use WebEx for lectures and caucus meetings and Moodle for access to their camp materials and other tools. Once you register, our staff will contact you with instructions and make sure you are able to log in and access these platforms. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to other common questions on our FAQ page. 

Financial Considerations 

If you are unable to pay for the cost of LEAD Online, please reach out to us (517-321-6233 or ssi@ssionline.org). We want to do all we can to work with you and your situation. 

NOTE: Please send as much of your tuition as possible when registering. A $50 minimum deposit is required to reserve a space. All balances must be paid in full two weeks prior to the week attending. 

LEAD Online Policies

We are excited that you have chosen to attend LEAD Online. It is our desire to make this a profitable, enjoyable, life-changing experience for everyone involved. While we expect no problems from the students, it is important to define the boundaries and lay the foundation for expectations and conflict/problem-solving ahead of time so everyone is aware of policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at (517) 321-6233. All students are required to read the LEAD Online Policies and sign the Student Conduct Covenant. 

While participating in LEAD Online, students will be under the supervision of staff, instructors, and chaperones. Our goal is to have the ratio of volunteers to students at no less than 1:10. SSI staff will monitor the platforms and be present during all class sessions. The staff, instructors, and chaperones will clearly communicate our expectations to students.   

LEAD Online Cancellation Fee / Refund Policy

Students who are unable to attend LEAD Online during the week for which they registered may request a refund of their registration fee. All refund checks are mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after the request is made. Due to costly administrative commitments, refunds will be honored as follows:  

Full Refund Deadline 

  • June 1, 2020: Deadline for FULL refund – all weeks Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than June 1st will be honored in full, including the deposit. 

Partial Refund Deadlines 

  • Week One (June 22-26): June 8, 2020 Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than June 8th but after June 1st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After June 8th, no refunds will be permitted. 
  • Week Two (July 13-17): June 29, 2020 Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than June 29th but after June 1st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After June 29th, no refunds will be permitted. 
  • Week Three (July 27-31): July 13, 2020 Any requests for refunds postmarked or phoned in no later than July 13th but after June 1st will be honored, minus the $50 deposit. After July 13th, no refunds will be permitted.  

NOTE: If a student is dismissed as a result of disciplinary action or chooses to stop participating for any reason during his/her week of LEAD Online, no refund or partial refund will be issued. Likewise, no one may attend in his/her place. 

Alternatives to Refunds

Attend a Different Week  Students are encouraged to attend a different week of LEAD Online, as track capacity allows, rather than not come at all. We will make every attempt to make adjustments where possible. Therefore, if a student wishes to switch to a different week, he or she must make that request to the SSI office as soon as possible. If there is no room available in another week, a refund may be issued according to the policy outlined above. 

Transfer Registration – A registration may be transferred to a different student provided registration has not yet closed for the week in questionPlease call the SSI office immediately if you are thinking of transferring your registration to another individual. In any case, new registration forms will be required. 

Donate Consider donating the tuition money to help cover the cost of the program. Registration fees cover only a portion of the cost to put on LEAD Online. Any donation to help mitigate the cost is appreciated.

Schedule

All activities are mandatory, and all students will be expected to participate in every activity unless prior permission is obtained to excuse a student. Each day will start at 10am EDT and will end between 3pm and 3:30pm EDT.  The final schedule will be distributed at registration. Students who miss multiple sessions may be asked to leave the program.

Platform Information

Leading up to camp, each family will be contacted to confirm that they were able to connect to the necessary platforms for camp and that video and audio is set-up for camp. Please plan on joining 15 minutes before camp starts every day to ensure that your student will not miss anything due to technical difficulties. 

What to Have

Technology: Computer (recommended) or tablet with webcam and microphone, reliable internet connection, headphones/earbuds (recommended for best experience, but not required) 

SuppliesBible, pen/pencil, notebook  

Clothing: Casual clothes for time spent in lectures and caucus meetings, and two dress outfits for a committee meeting and the final legislative session.

Dress Code

While we recognize that families have different tastes, views, and convictions on what constitutes professional, modest, and appropriate dress, all students attending LEAD Online are required to respect and comply with the following. If these standards are not met, SSI staff may ask a student to immediately change his/her outfit to comply with the dress code. 

General Standards 

Casual: Students should wear neat, clean, and modest clothing. No crude language or images on clothing.

Business: Collared shirt and tie with dress pants or suit for gentlemen; dress, skirt, or dress pants with blouse or business suit for ladies 

Ladies: No low-cut tops or shirts with spaghetti or thin straps. Shirts must cover the front, the midsection, and bra (including straps). No pajamas.

Gentlemen: No pajamas.

Specific Event Standards 

  • Teaching Sessions: Casual.
  • Legislative Track: There will be two events (Wednesday and Friday) for which the dress code will be business attire, so gentlemen should wear dress shirt with tie and dress slacks, or suit; ladies should wear a dress or modest blouse with a skirt or dress slacks. Make sure that all attire is in dress code. 

Learning Impairments and Mental Health

It is important that we are aware of any learning impairments or mental health concerns beforehand so that we can properly prepare to work with your child. Please be sure to include information in the Health Information section of the registration about any impairments or mental health concerns your child has. We will contact you for more information so that we can plan for the support necessary for your child and ensure a positive experience. SSI will do what it can within reason to accommodate students with learning impairments or mental health concerns. 

Additional Expectations

Students are expected to behave respectfully toward other students and LEAD crew and speakers 

Also, see the Student Conduct Covenant 

Disclaimer

Issues and topics debated for the Mock Legislature may be controversial or sensitive in nature. Please contact SSI for more information.