Teaching and Learning Parent and Student Expectations School Year 2020-2021
Randolph Public Schools District
Teaching and Learning Parent and Student Expectations
School Year 2020-2021
Students and Parents/Guardians: Please read this entire document to understand what the expectations are for all students this school year.
Attendance: All students are expected to attend school everyday. Attendance will be taken in all classes regardless if it is a hybrid-in (in person) class or a hybrid-out/remote independent (remote) class. Every day students will be either in person or “live” on zoom with the teacher.
Students are attending school either in-person or remotely everyday* from
- RHS: 8:20 - 2:20 pm
- RCMS: 8:35 - 2:35 pm
- ELEMENTARY Schools: 9:20 - 3:15pm
They must be signed-in and ready to learn everyday.
*Wednesday schedules look different and schools and classroom teachers will communicate those details.
2020-2021 ATTENDANCE POLICIES
Classroom and Classwork: Students in both hybrid and remote classes are expected to complete their work to the best of their ability and on time, just as they would have in a regular school year.
Zoom Meeting Expectations
BEFORE A ZOOM MEETING
- Check your full schedule each morning and be prepared for the day.
- Check in a few minutes before the Zoom Meeting start time to make sure your technology is working properly and fully charged. Be prepared with your physical and digital documents open ahead of time.
- Use the bathroom and eat your breakfast before your day begins.
- Look appropriate for your Zoom Meeting...as if you were going to school.
- Choose a quiet space with comfortable seating and a stable surface for your technology (not the bathroom or your bed please) where you can stay for the duration of your learning. Make sure your background is appropriate and not distracting to others in the Zoom Meeting.
- Speak to your teacher to approve a virtual background you prefer to use.
- Remove any technology that is not needed for the Zoom Meeting so you can focus. Leave your cell phone and other unnecessary devices in another room.
- If there is background noise in your area, use a headset or earphones that have a microphone.
DURING A ZOOM MEETING
- As soon as you enter your Zoom, mute your microphone to reduce background noise.
- Videos ON - Adjust your camera so your full face is visible for the entire Zoom.
- Speak to your teacher to approve a virtual background you prefer to use.
- Follow your teacher’s rules for using the microphone, raising hands, and using Chat.
- Use breaks in between Zooms to stretch, grab a quick snack, and use the bathroom.
- Speaking and Listening: Be sure to listen while others are speaking, and to wait your turn to speak. Make sure your microphone is muted when you aren’t speaking.
- Use some method to jot down notes and reminders during your zoom meetings (assignment notebook, a Google Doc, Post-its, or a physical notebook).
- You may not under any circumstances take pictures, screenshots, or record video/audio of an Randolph Public Schools Zoom Meeting or virtual experience.
- You may not share any part of the Zoom Meeting on social media.
- Never provide the link to live sessions to people not in your class. No one except those in your class are allowed to participate.
- It is prohibited for anyone besides the student (i.e., parent, guardian) to log on to a student’s Zoom Meeting while the student is at school.
- Activities not related to classroom assignments are considered inappropriate; messaging, videoconferencing, and social networking not connected to the classroom activities should NOT be done during school class hours.
Students should not be on a phone or partaking in any other activities during class unless they have been given permission by their teacher.
Any and all violations of these rules will result in disciplinary action.
AFTER A ZOOM MEETING
- Leave your Zoom when dismissed by your teacher, take a quick break if time has been given, and get ready for your next Zoom if you have one or complete assignments.
- Stay organized. Plan the rest of your afternoon by checking your notes, assignments, and Google Classroom or Seesaw.
- Email your teacher if you have any questions.
- If a student has had concerning interactions or experiences, reach out to a trusted adult in the school and/or your parent/guardian so that we can address your concern.
For Level 1:
For Level 2 or Level 3:
Teachers determine the appropriate intervention(s) and/or consequence(s) based on the seriousness and frequency of the minor behavior in collaboration with the student and family as necessary. Classroom responses support maximizing instructional minutes, continued academic progress, and social-emotional development for all students.
During remote classes, teachers will turn off the camera and microphone of the student and the teacher will make a referral to administration and interventions and/or consequences will be determined by the administrator.
Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to read this entire section and discuss the contents with their child or children.
Families are our partners in the educational process of your children. To ensure the success of every student, frequent and updated communication between the school and home is extremely important.
All parents/guardians should make sure that our student database system, iPass, has your updated and active phone number and email address. If you need to update your contact information please contact the school’s main office.
We recognize that hybrid and/or remote learning is a dramatic shift for all of us and many families have been challenged by this new reality. It is also true that students learn best when the significant adults in their lives work together to educate, encourage, and support them. As we partner with you to provide the best possible learning experience for all students, please read each section below to ensure that your child is ready for school.
Devices and Internet Connection:
- Each student attending RPS must have their own device. A phone is not an appropriate device to do schoolwork on this year. If your child requires a device, please contact the school’s main office so that we can schedule a time for you to pick up a device.
- Students are responsible for the safety, maintenance, and activity of their own device. If their device has malfunctioned, the student or parent should immediately contact the school’s main office.
- Synchronous Learning Sessions are not intended to replace parental/family/guardian supervision. We ask that you be nearby to provide supervision and support, if necessary, but ask that adults allow their child to learn and struggle independently. Rest assured, teachers will reach out if they feel your child needs more support or guidance.
- Create a routine for your child, ensuring that your child is present daily, adhering to the full day school schedule.
- You are responsible for the daily attendance of your child. If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, you must contact the school’s main office.
- Provide your child with a workspace that maximizes learning and minimizes distractions.
- Your child will be unmuting and participating in the classroom. Please monitor background language and behavior.
- It is new for all of us to have our homes invited into our classrooms. Please remember to keep all information regarding students in the classroom confidential.
Contacting an RPS Teacher or Administrator - We are here to help!
- Please do not interrupt the learning environment with parent questions or concerns.
- Students and parents may contact teachers via email throughout the day.
- Teachers will respond to student (and parents/guardians) inquiries within 24-48 business hours. If you do not get a response, please send a follow up email. If you do not receive a response to the reminder email within 24 business hours, please contact an administrator.