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Virtual Learning

To ensure a safe, respectful and positive learning experience, all SCDSB students and families must adhere to the virtual learning guidelines while participating in virtual/remote learning environments.

Students must:

  • follow the Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technology Policy (http://oss.scdsb.on.ca/parents/pay-fees );
  • participate in classroom instruction and activities;
  • follow established rules and routines (e.g. be on time, have learning materials ready, have all schoolwork and assignments completed);
  • be punctual, as daily attendance will be taken in the morning as usual and all students who are not on time will be marked as late; 
  • dress appropriately and respectfully and adhere to the SCDSB dress code policy;
  • respect the privacy of classmates and staff;
  • students are not permitted to video record or take screenshots in the classroom environment (in-class or online) without permission
  • the privacy of all students must be maintained at all times
  • keep personal login information private - virtual learning environments are intended only for those individuals who have been invited to participate by the classroom teacher;
  • use board-issued technology for education purposes only; and,
  • find a learning space that is free from distractions. Virtual learners must also choose a learning space free of personal artifacts and attire that would not normally be shared with teachers and peers; this includes private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in disciplinary action. Students are expected to follow the SCDSB Code of Conduct and the Information and Computing Technology – Appropriate Use Guidelines which outline the expected standards of behaviour.

Parents/guardians must:

  • advise the school office of late attendance or absence for both in-class and virtual learners;
  • recognize that the teacher is the person of authority in the classroom and is responsible for establishing and maintaining class order and management;
  • recognize that voicing concerns/feedback about learning content or classroom proceedings using the chat feature or on social media is inappropriate. Any comments should be addressed privately with the teacher;
  • understand that video/audio recording of classroom lessons or taking pictures is strictly forbidden in order to protect the privacy of students and staff; and,
  • understand that under no circumstance during synchronous live teaching will a parent/guardian interrupt the proceeding of the classroom. As outlined in the Education Act 212(1) , 'it is an offense for any person to willfully interrupt or disquiet the proceedings of a school or class.'