CPS Student Code of Conduct: Virtual Learning
Our society places great value upon the rights and responsibilities of each individual. Reflecting this emphasis, the School Board believes that one of its most important goals is to provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning no matter the means (school building or virtually). Students, staff, and parents have a joint responsibility to assist with providing this type of learning environment. Such an environment may be achieved through appropriate education, teamwork, policies, and when needed, appropriate disciplinary action. We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society. Although our classroom environment is virtual (online), the standards of behavior are as important as they are in our brick-and-mortar schools. In other words, our virtual classrooms are real classrooms with real teachers; therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected. To ensure that Chesapeake Public School (CPS) students understand the expectation of student behavior in an online setting, we have outlined expectations specific to virtual learning, defined appropriate interactions with CPS faculty, staff and students, and outlined consequences that explicitly pertain to virtual learning.
Classroom Environment During Virtual Learning
When attending virtual class meetings, activities, and / or discussions, students should participate as if they were attending class in a face-to-face traditional classroom. Students are to attend class in an environment that is conducive to learning with minimal classroom distractions. Only the student enrolled in an assigned teacher’s virtual classroom should be visible and able to participate. While we know our students are learning from home, siblings, pets, parents, etc. should not be in view of the class nor should they interrupt the learning environment. While in the virtual classroom, students should adhere to the dress code policy outlined for their prospective school while in view of the class. Students should, as much as possible, ensure that they are in a quiet setting free of unnecessary household noises such as background conversations, televisions, cell phone noises, and radios. In addition, students should be aware of their background views while participating in a virtual setting. Images displayed that would be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct are subject to disciplinary action.
Interactions with CPS Faculty, Staff, and Students in Virtual Learning
While in virtual classrooms, students should address all CPS faculty and staff members with the courtesy expected by education professionals. They are to use both the appropriate title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Dr.) and last name only. Students should phrase communications with CPS faculty, staff, and students in a polite and courteous manner to support a positive learning environment. The tone of emails, posts to discussions, and phone conversations should remain respectful. Since our online environment is a learning environment, students should not use excessive “slang” or language that might be used in other settings. Students should communicate with teachers in complete sentences. Students are not to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language or images in any communications with CPS faculty, staff, and students. These actions are prohibited as indicated in our Acceptable Telecommunications and Internet Use for Students Policy (AUP) which can be found in the Student Code of Conduct and Policy Handbook. Students must use the CPS email account and other CPS sanctioned communication methods. Emails that use profanity or may otherwise be construed as offensive, shall not be permitted in correspondence with CPS faculty and staff. CPS G Suite profile pictures should be a headshot of the student only and may not be offensive or inappropriate in any manner. CPS reserves the right to determine if a profile picture is inappropriate. All communications with faculty, staff, and students enrolled in CPS should be of a course-related nature. Sending any unsolicited email to other CPS classmates is prohibited. Inappropriate emails are flagged and sent to the appropriate administrator to address.
In addition, students should only participate in activities / meetings for courses in which they are enrolled. Students are not to share course links or facilitate the involvement of students who are not enrolled in the course. Links to courses should only be generated by the teacher. All communications with other students in any forum, course-related email, discussion posts, etc., must be polite, courteous, and respectful. Content shared virtually should be used for educational purposes only. Capturing content, screenshots, or pictures in any form, including audio, is only permitted with the written consent of the teacher. In addition, posting inappropriate pictures or comments on any platform is strictly prohibited. The integrity and authenticity of student work is something that we take seriously and check using a variety of technologies. Copying the work of others, allowing others to knowingly copy a student’s work, and / or misusing content from the Internet could result in removal from courses with a failing grade. Students are expected to abide by the CPS Honor Code and all CPS School Board Policies and Regulations. Collaboration with other students on your CPS assignments is only permitted when directed to do so by your teacher. Working together is useful in the traditional classroom; however, it is only permitted in our online environment when specified by the teacher. Parents should not log in to a student account and complete coursework on behalf of the student. In addition, parents are asked not to log in to student accounts to attend any videoconferencing sessions unless with express permission from the teacher.
Consequences in a Virtual Learning Environment
Violations to the CPS School Board Policies will follow the same procedures outlined in the Chesapeake Public Schools Student Handbook. Here, under the discipline section, you will find the consequences students are subject to for violating the CPS AUP, School Board Policies, and the Student Code of Conduct. Students violating these guidelines and policies will be subject to disciplinary action that may result in termination of network privileges including CPS-provided tools such as, but not limited to, G Suite and other tools provided by the district. Such violations may result in students being unable to complete and receive credit for the virtual learning course(s) in which the student is enrolled, as well as other disciplinary and / or legal action. CPS students are subject to all local, state, and federal laws governing the Internet. Consequently, administrators will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation when illegal activities have been conducted through Internet access. In the event there is a claim that a student has violated this policy, he / she will be notified of the suspected violation and disciplined according to CPS School Board Policies, Regulations, and the Student Code of Conduct. All students are expected to comply with the Chesapeake Public Schools Student Code of Conduct and are subject to further disciplinary actions outlined in the Chesapeake Public Schools Student Code of Conduct.