Online Learning Code of Conduct (Teachers)
All online interactions between teachers and students must be continuously observable and can be interrupted at any time. Specifically, teachers are required to conduct lessons that include two or more students at all times. No one-on-one video chat, facetime, or online chat groups with a student are permitted. For classroom security, teachers must keep the classroom (Zoom room/Google Meet) locked until the teacher is present and prepared to begin.
Relationships with Students Outside the Digital Classroom
Relationships with students formed as a result of the school are prohibited outside of the school (i.e. babysitting, tutoring). Online games and applications, used outside of the classroom, are also prohibited.
Staff, employees, and volunteers must not share their personal contact information with students or follow or friend them on social media platforms. Online learning requires teachers to maintain the same professional boundaries with students that they have in the classroom. Demonstrating healthy relationships between students and adults allows students to mirror with other adults and keeps students safer.
All persons associated with CMIS (young people and their families, staff, volunteers, administration and committee members) have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy. Relationships with students should be reinforced with respect for their personal space and their bodies, including online spaces.
All online contact with a student should be appropriate and observable by others; therefore, teachers (including Instructional Assistants, mentors, and tutors) must not send 1-to-1 personal or text messages to students. Feedback on assignments, messaging related to class, etc. should be communicated through a platform that supports a second set of eyes, i.e. Google Classroom, or school monitored email.
Staff, employees, and volunteers accept that professional responsibility takes precedence over personal needs and opinions. Professionalism is paramount in serving our families. students are impressionable and oftentimes model the behaviors of others, and professional behaviors must continue in the online environment. Professional Integrity begins before the online class starts.
The following professional online considerations for teachers must include:
Wear appropriate professional attire for class and other school-based meetings.
Conduct online video class sessions in an appropriate room. Avoid the bedroom and other personal spaces not conducive to teaching. (If using a backdrop, make sure it is appropriate for students). Be aware of items in the room that may be visible in the background … artwork, books, sculptures, etc.
Select an area that is free from noise (TV, other people, pets, etc.).
Silence all other devices.
Avoid eating during class time.
Keep your device on MUTE unless you are speaking.
Be sure the camera and microphone are working properly before the video classroom begins.
Online classrooms require the same level of professional interaction with students as a physical classroom. Avoid being too casual during interactions with students - this will deteriorate the integrity of the teacher-student relationship.
Communication to parents and caregivers remains an important component in an online classroom. Find innovative ways of including parents/caregivers (i.e. 5 minute weekly recap involving student and parent) in a daily or weekly communication.
The following behaviors are strictly forbidden in an online classroom:
Obscenities, profanity, or vulgar language
Harassing or intimidating behaviors
Sexually explicit, suggestive, humiliating or degrading comments
Viewing of any material inappropriate for a student viewing audience
To be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescription or illicit)
Use of any derogatory language regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, citizenship, socio-economic status or ability
Any form of verbal, sexual, or mental abuse or neglect