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Distance Learning Protocols

Distance Learning Protocol
DUSD Parents/Guardians and Students

 

As we move into a new full distance learning model this year, it’s important for our parents/guardians and their families to understand and respect the legal aspects pertaining to students, teachers, and staff. We encourage you to review the following page in preparation for the 2020-21 year. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to read the information provided and contact your site with additional questions.

 

Student Confidentiality

  • All students have the right to confidentiality, which extends to distance learning.
    • Exception: By law, staff members are mandated reporters and required to report suspected child abuse, as well as safety concerns related to danger of self and to others. 
  • To the extent possible, all students should remain in a confidential setting while viewing in-classroom teaching. 
  • Per Education Code 51512, it is illegal to record teachers and/or students. This is a violation of student and staff privacy. Any person, other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

Student Interaction ONLY 

  • In-classroom teaching is for the personal use of the student ONLY for the sole purpose of distance learning.
  • Parents/guardians and family members should not interact during a live session or class with a teacher. If they need to communicate with their student’s teacher, they must go through the proper channels and schedule a meeting. 

 

Academic Integrity

  • DUSD places a high value on academic integrity and honesty.
  • Students are expected to use only the resources and references allowed by their teachers in completing assignments and assessments.
  • While collaborative work with other students is often encouraged and acceptable, students must follow teacher directions when told to work independently.
  • Students who cheat on assignments or assessments will be penalized. 

 

Student Dress Code and Behavior 

  • Students should keep to the dress code as they would in a physical classroom,  and avoid inappropriate clothes during a live session.
  • Distance learning is subject to the District’s Acceptable Use Policy. The District has the right to monitor behavior, identify bullying, and set expectations for good behavior while using these platforms. 
  • The District may use audio or video recordings when investigating possible inappropriate behavior. 

 

Visiting a DUSD Site

In order to follow health and safety guidelines provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we ask that all visitors: 

  • Make an appointment to speak to site admin and/or a counselor, when possible.
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet with anyone around you. In addition, we will only allow a maximum of two visitors at a time in all school offices.
  • Wear face coverings at all times. Those without a face covering will not be allowed on any school property.
  • Limit their movement on campus to the school office only.  Visitors, including parents/guardians, are not allowed to enter the school grounds or classrooms. 
  • Adhere to the drop off/pick up schedules for packets and assignments as determined and communicated by each school site.

 

Best Practices for Students and Staff

  • With an eye towards these privacy issues, we have put together the following shortlist of best practices when using distance learning platforms:
    • Avoid uploading sensitive, confidential, or personally identifiable information to these platforms whenever possible.
    • Always access these platforms from the same device (e.g., designate one computer for distance learning; do not use multiple computers or devices).
    • Regularly clear your internet history, including your browsing history, cache, and cookies.
    • Do not share your login credentials or meeting links with anyone.
    • Use an advertisement blocking program while accessing these platforms.