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Parent/Guardian Protocols During Distance Learning
Posted 8/31/20

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.

 

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. 
  • In-classroom teaching is for the personal use of the student for the sole purpose of distance learning.
  • Parents/guardians and family members of early elementary students may support students as they learn how to use online platforms to access learning.
  • We ask that parents/guardians who need to communicate with their student’s teacher schedule a meeting with the teacher so that the live instructional time can proceed without interruptions. All teachers have identified office hours to support students and families. 

Academic Integrity

  • FUSD 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.
  • 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 the School Site

Our school sites are closed to the public but there may be instances when the site administrator will contact you or students to come to the 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: 

  • 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 during Distance Learning

  • 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.