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Appropriate Use of Virtual Platforms

The Falmouth Public Schools is dedicated to providing engaging and effective remote learning opportunities for our students. As part of our remote learning opportunities outlined in the Continuity of Learning Plans, the district is offering these opportunities via a virtual platform. Prior to engaging in these virtual opportunities, the district seeks to clarify expectations around appropriate use of virtual technologies for educational opportunities.

  1.   The District strictly prohibits screenshots, pictures, audio/video recordings, and distribution of any virtual educational experience in order to protect student privacy, proactively prevent potential cyberbullying, prevent the distribution of copyrighted materials, and comply with Massachusetts law. Please note that in Massachusetts, it is a crime to record another person through any medium without their knowledge.
  2.   Students, and where appropriate parents/guardians, agree to engage in virtual educational experiences in a quiet, private area to the extent practicable given the circumstances, in order to minimize background noise and distractions and to protect the integrity of student engagement as well as student confidentiality.
  3.   Parents/guardians and other household members who normally are not privy to day-to-day classroom and group service discussions agree to respect and keep confidential any personal or private information (e.g., disability status) inadvertently discovered about other students due to proximity to virtual education.

As a reminder, the district’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to virtual learning, including school-issued devices and networks as outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy published in each school’s Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook. For questions regarding school policies and procedures, please send an email to info@falmouth.k12.ma.us.  

 

Thank you,

Falmouth Public Schools