Distance Learning Interaction Tips

This page serves as a common sense approach to interacting with students online. These are guidelines created for the safety of both teachers and students. While the district may not seek to mandate a teachers approach to delivering online content, this page serves to establish some tips as well as be informative of the potential risks involved.

SCENARIO A:

RISKY: The district wants live interaction with few restrictions.
  • This scenario allows for teachers to have complete freedom to interact with students in a live situation. While this may seem the most humane approach (live interaction with students) it may pose some risks. The teacher should be reminded they are Mandated Court Reporters and would need to contact Child Protective Services (CPS) if they witness any abuse in the home, whether directed at the student(s) or through the environment as witnessed by the teacher. To minimize risk in this scenario, the teacher should:
    • Ask students to be present in as neutral an environment as possible (i.e.: living room, kitchen, patio, etc.).
    • Ask students to not be present in bedrooms even if alone. Ask students to have parents nearby for questions or concerns. Any teacher who has students present should ask their students to have other adults nearby. A teacher should not hold one-on-one sessions without an adult family member nearby.
    • Teachers should record all live sessions with student(s) to minimize risk. A teacher’s word choice could be misinterpreted and used against a teacher. Likewise, a student(s) or family members words could also be misinterpreted (threats, sexual advances, etc.).
    • Teachers who engage students online should have a neutral background whether this is virtual or real. Teachers must be aware of their surroundings they are interacting from. Political, religious, sexual, alcohol, tobacco, inappropriate, and even sports team images should be excluded from view (ex: Political t-shirt on a teacher interacting with a student whose parents do not support that political candidate, crucifixes being on display when interacting with non-Christian households, etc.).

SCENARIO B:

SAFEST: The district wants to minimize potential risks while also interacting with students.
  • This scenario is the safest solution. In this scenario, teachers create all lessons and read alouds by recording them and sending links for students to view at their convenience. This eliminates potential distractions which may arise from students watching a live lesson.
    • Teachers use Google Meet and record lessons or interactions, sharing links with students for them to view at their convenience.
    • Teachers who engage students online should have a neutral background whether this is virtual or real. Teachers must be aware of their surroundings they are interacting from. Political, religious, sexual, alcohol, tobacco, inappropriate, and even sports team images should be excluded from view (ex: Political t-shirt on a teacher interacting with a student whose parents do not support that political candidate, crucifixes being on display when interacting with non-Christian households, etc.).
    • Teachers refrain from posting screenshots of their interactions with students.
    • Teachers make phone calls home for live interaction with parents and students instead of using video platforms (less invasive).
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