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The Career Cluster Survey is now located in the Maestro Student Information System. Students can access the form by going to:

Academic Info -> Forms -> Career Cluster Survery (log into Maestro here:

After you complete the form, press the OK button to save the information. The form can be updated at any time.

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How to Meet Attendance Requirements

QDA recommends that students work around one hour per subject per school day*. This ensures that students meet attendance requirements and progress through their courses in a timely manner. However, students may opt to work in specific subject areas if they choose as long as they meet the attendance goals below.

To ensure students meet attendance requirements, QDA recommends the following goals:

  • Students should have 5.1 hours of documented time per school day.
  • Students should have 25.5 hours of documented time per week.
  • Students should have 460 hours of documented time by the end of the first semester.
  • Students should have 920 total hours by the last day of school (if enrolled on the first day of school).

It is important to note that students may document attendance on non-school days (weekends or holiday breaks) to make up time missed.

Student attendance is automatically documented when logged into coursework, but students may document their "offline" time by using the Student Information System Attendance System. Some examples of offline attendance can include any of the following items as long as the student is not signed into their coursework:

  • Reading lesson material in a textbook.
  • Completing math workbook or practice problems.
  • Reading a novel for English Language Arts.
  • Doing a science experiment.
  • Conducting library research for an assignment.
  • Conducting Internet research for an assignment.
  • Composing an essay or written response in a Word Processor.
  • Watching an educational video related to the lesson material.
  • Graphic Design Project.

Students must enter a start and end time for each activity. Students CANNOT be logged into their courses during their documented offline time. Each activity must also include a description of what they did. Each submission must be approved by the student's Instructional Supervisor for the activity to count.

Directions for documenting time can be found below.

How to Document Offline Attendance within Maestro

*Working one hour per class is recommended for students that are enrolled in at least five classes. Students that are taking vocational classes or in the College Credit Plus program may have different attendance requirements. Please contact your Instructional Supervisor for additional information.

House Bill 410

HB410 requires all Ohio Schools to implement an absence intervention plan for students under 18 that meet one of the following triggers:

Habitual Truancy Triggers

  • 30 consecutive school hours missed (unexcused hours only).
  • 42 school hours missed in a full calendar month (unexcused hours only).
  • 72 school hours missed in a school year (unexcused hours only).

An Absence Intervention Plan is used to identify and correct habitual truancy. Once the plan is implemented, students that fail to improve their attendance may be referred to juvenile court for truancy.

Summary of Events after Triggering Event

  1. Written notification is sent to the student's parent or legal guardian.
  2. The student's Instructional Supervisor will make three good faith attempts to contact the student's parent or guardian to schedule a meeting date and time.
  3. A meeting will be held to develop an Absence Intervention Plan. The student, parent/guardian, a QDA Truancy Officer, and the student's Instructional Supervisor will be involved in the Absence Intervention Plan creation process.
  4. After the plan is implemented, students that continue to be excessively absent will be referred to juvenile court.
  5. A sixty-day review will be conducted after the plan is implemented. Students that fail to make satisfactory progress on their Absence Intervention Plan may be referred to juvenile court.
  6. Students that become excessively absent at any point after the sixty-day review will be referred to juvenile court.

Failure to Attend Absence Intervention Meeting

Parents and guardians that fail to attend an Absence Intervention Meeting may be referred to the county prosecutor's office.

An Absence Intervention Plan will be implemented with or without the involvement of the student, parent, or guardian.

Ohio House Bill 410 Requirements - Ohio Department of Education


Welcome to QDA!

We want to ensure that you get off to a great start so we require all new students to review the materials below. These guides will help show you around QDA's many resources and how to access your courses. If you have any questions or issues, please contact your Instructional Supervisor as soon as possible (Staff Directory).

New Student Orientation Guide

This presentation will go over school policies, resources, and how to access your coursework. Please return to this page after you have gone through the presentation. Select your curriculum provider below (your Instructional Supervisor can tell you which link to select):


Orientation Slideshow Video

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QDA Email System

All QDA students are provided with a email account. This account will be used to access QDA issued Chromebooks and can be used for student file storage and communication with school staff. All student accounts follow the same format:

  • Username: is the student's first and last name with no spaces Example: John Smith is
  • Password: the temporary password is the student's Maestro username. Students will be prompted to change the password after the first login.
  • Web URL:

Please contact the QDA Technology Department if you have issues accessing your QDA Email Account (1-866-968-7032  | Open Support Ticket).

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Additional Resources

Odysseyware Orientation - Slideshow

How to Access Courses - Video

How to Document Attendance - Video

How to complete the career cluster survey and student success plan - Video



QDA (Quaker Digital Academy) is K-12 public school for Ohio students. QDA is an Ohio non-profit online school with offices in New Philadelphia, Berlin, East Liverpool, and Steubenville. QDA provides students with a computer system, tutoring services, an academic coach, and access to hundreds of online courses. QDA is a tuition free school. Contact QDA today at 1-866-968-7032 or complete an information request to learn more about QDA.