Virtual Learning Code of Conduct

Colonial School District
Virtual Learning Code of Conduct

Standards of conduct are just as important in our virtual (online) classroom environments as they are in our brick and mortar schools, and appropriate student behavior is expected. To ensure that all students and their families understand the behavioral expectations and norms for an online environment, we have developed a “Virtual Learning Code of Conduct” that all students will be expected to follow.

The Virtual Learning Code of Conduct addresses students’ online interactions with Colonial School District (CSD) faculty, staff, and other students as well as students’ individual actions. The virtual code of conduct is intended to complement, not replace, existing regulations and District policies, including those related to acceptable use, social media, electronic communications, and data security. The following expectations apply to all Learning Management System (LMS) platforms and synchronous (live) lesson environments.

  1. Students are expected to use respectful language when speaking and when communicating through text and/or chat features. Students are not to use obscene, profane, threatening, and/or disrespectful language or images in any communication with CSD faculty, staff, and/or other students.

  2. All communication with other students must be course-related (or class-related) in nature and must be polite, courteous, and respectful. The sending of unsolicited emails and/or messages to other classmates is prohibited. 

  3. Whenever possible, students should turn on their cameras while synchronous instruction is taking place. If/when this is not possible, a student self-photo, or “selfie,” should be used, so that they are easily recognizable to others. 

  4. Students must use a self-photo, or “selfie,” and video feed background that is appropriate for an educational environment. CSD faculty and administration reserve the right to determine if a profile picture and/or video feed background is inappropriate. Students using an inappropriate profile picture or video feed background will be required to update their settings.

  5. Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for all synchronous lessons. The CSD Student Dress Code shall apply to all virtual learning environments.

  6. During synchronous instruction, students are encouraged to find a quiet space where they will not be distracted from learning. Items that reveal personal information should be moved out of camera range. 

  7. Students are prohibited from sharing or posting videos (synchronous and/or asynchronous), pictures, or copies of either student-generated or teacher work on social media, gaming networks, or elsewhere online. 

  8. Students are prohibited from accessing the synchronous instruction for any class they are not scheduled to attend. 

  9. Recordings of synchronous instruction will be accessible only in a password-protected manner and should be viewed by students in a private setting that is not accessible to the public. 

  10. Students will be notified prior to the streaming or recording of instruction.

  11. No teacher or administrator will be required to stream or record instruction for a student’s routine illness or absence. 

  12. The integrity and authenticity of student work is taken seriously and checked using a variety of technologies. Copying the work of others, allowing others to knowingly copy a student’s work, doing another student’s (or your child’s) work, and/or misusing content from the Internet is prohibited and could result in removal from the courses with a failing grade. Final grades may be rescinded if a student is found to have cheated or plagiarized after the grade has been posted. 

    1. Parents/guardians, as partners in supporting student learning, you are encouraged to do the following:

      • Ensure that your child’s work is authentic and original

      • Monitor

      • Ask any questions regarding plagiarism or cheating if you are unsure

      • Report any suspicious activity

  13. Security and Safety is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you identify a security and/or safety problem in the district’s devices and/or educational platform, notify your teacher or building administrator. 

Disciplinary Action

  1. CSD students are subject to all local, state, and federal laws governing the Internet. Consequently, faculty and administration will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities conducted through Internet access.

  2. In the event there is a claim that a student has violated this policy, the student (and parents/guardians) will be notified of the suspected violation and given an opportunity to present an explanation.

  3. Violations to the CSD Virtual Learning Code of Conduct will initiate the following procedure:

    1. Upon the violation, the teacher will notify the building administrator.

    2. The administrator will notify the student and parent/guardian of the violation. 

    3. Based on the violation, building administrators will determine what, if any, disciplinary action must be taken. If an investigation of the violation must occur, the student may be temporarily removed from CSD virtual classes/courses until the investigation is complete and appropriate disciplinary action is taken. 

  4. Disciplinary actions will be informed by the CSD Code of Conduct and subsequent discipline policies. 

After reviewing the Virtual Learning Code of Conduct, please complete your Virtual Learning Code of Conduct Acknowledgment Form below. Parents/guardians should submit one response for each of their children in the District. Please submit your response on or before Friday, September 11, 2020.