Virtual Civility
Guidance for Students and Families

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Parents and guardians play a critical role in student learning and achievement and their support is particularly important during virtual learning.

As teachers are working remotely and children are learning in their homes, occasional disruptions may occur. However, the online classroom is in fact a classroom, and it is important that it’s treated as such.

Virtual learning is new for everybody. Flexibility and patience are key with virtual learning. We celebrate the work that our schools are doing to support students and the role that our parents and guardians play in student success.


For Parents 

 
  • It is important to treat the online classroom as a regular “classroom.” Make sure your children are on time, come ready to learn, are engaged, follow class rules and adhere to the MCPS Student Code of Conduct. The same standards of behavior that you would practice in "real life" should be followed with virtual learning.
  • The virtual learning world is new to all of us. We understand that sometimes, occasional disruptions or technical hiccups may occur. Designate an area of the household for “school” and do your best to limit distractions, such as TV, cellphones and music.
  • Remember that school is a safe space for students to demonstrate their understanding. This will help teachers identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and differentiate instruction.
  • Communication: Schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher.
  • Assist your child with their work as needed, but do not finish their work or supply answers.
  • Be mindful of what your child’s camera and microphone can pick up.
  • Help to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for class, and be mindful of what others in the household may be wearing.
  • It is important to respect the privacy of other students and families. Recording instructional sessions without permission is prohibited, as is posting photos or videos of your child’s class to social media.
  • Respect class time: regularly scheduled class time is instructional time for your students, this is not the time for parents to discuss student issues or to otherwise interrupt class.

When sending an email to teachers and school staff:

  • Use a descriptive subject line.
  • Be clear about the issue you'd like addressed and desired outcome.
  • Include your child's full name, your name and contact information.
  • Teachers are busy, allow a reasonable amount of time for a teacher to respond to parent emails.
 
For Parents Guidance  

For Students

 
  • Come to class ready to learn and be engaged, follow class rules and adhere to the MCPS Student Code of Conduct.
  • Be mindful that the online classroom is in fact a classroom and not the appropriate time to engage or add comments during the teachers’ instructional time with the class.
  • Do not interrupt, engage or interact with the teacher during live instruction. Remember, schedule an appointment to talk to the teacher.
  • Treat teachers with respect, in email, or any other communication.
  • Everyone in a household who may appear on camera needs to wear appropriate clothing.
  • Recording instructional sessions without permission is prohibited. Unless to capture critical visual information needed for classroom work
  • Do not interrupt during live instruction. If you need to speak with your teacher, email them to schedule a time for a conference.
  • Be mindful of what your camera and microphone can pick up.
  • Virtual learning is new for everybody. We celebrate the work that our schools are doing to support you and the role that our parents and guardians play in your success.

 
For Parents Guidance