Netiquette and Digital Citizenship

  • We are excited to launch our Distance Learning Classes on Monday, April 13.  As we prepare for this transition, students need to understand that the expectations for remote instruction are the same as if they were at school and must practice “netiquette” (Internet etiquette).  This is the use of good manners in online communications such as email, forums, blogs, and social networking sites.

    Families should know that when students log into their school Google account, whether on a district Chromebook or personal device, they are logging into our district’s network. That means our internet content filters apply, and student internet activity is monitored. Students and staff must also follow the expectations outlined in Oak Harbor Public School’s Electronic Resources Policy and Procedure.  

    In using Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Meet, or any other online tools, we expect students to be respectful of their teachers and classmates.

    This includes:

    • Respectful behavior and language
    • Appropriate topic discussions
    • Appropriate video transmissions
    • Appropriate icon, emoji, and avatar submissions
    • Academic integrity and only submitting original work
    • Not recording or capturing video or still images that are altered, used in inappropriate ways, or posted to social media or other platforms

    Specific Expectations Virtual Teacher/Student Meetings

    Google Meet (Hangouts): This is a video conferencing app that allows participants to see and hear the teacher and other students in a group setting. The group can also view presentations and other documents from the teacher. Younger students will need parent assistance in using this service or app (if using a mobile device). 

    Teachers will:

    • Communicate participant expectations for virtual meetings
      • Instruct students on muting their mic and turning off their cameras.
        Note: Turning off the camera may be useful if bandwidth becomes an issue and you experience skipping during the online session
      • Instruct students on video protocol 
    • A plain or appropriate background
    • A space that avoids others in the background unless a parent is joining the lesson
    • School appropriate dress 
    • A public but quiet space to allow monitoring by parents/guardians
    • Communicate classes and time-blocks where video conferencing will be typically be used for remote learning (during regular school hours)

    Students with online access will:

    • Follow netiquette rules listed above
    • Dress school-appropriate
    • Keep mic muted, except when speaking
    • Find a quiet space that is somewhat public
    • Attend remote learning sessions as scheduled

    We are excited to continue to provide an OHmazing education for your child. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about our distance learning classes.