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Code of Conduct

John Adams Middle School Virtual Learning Code of Conduct (2021/2022 SY)

“Go on and improve in everything worthy!John Adams

All students receiving digital instruction during the scholastic year 2020-2021 are subject to any applicable school and district policies as well as this Virtual Code of Conduct. As an online student, these are the expectations regarding online etiquette designed to protect all students and all staff members.

Rules and Expectations

Please review the following rules and expectations for Virtual Learning carefully:

  • Students are responsible for proper behavior during online learning. Always use a computer in a way that shows consideration and respect. It is not acceptable to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language.
  • Remote Learning correspondence is not private. Never say, write or record anything that will earn you a consequence.
  • Protect your passwords. Keep it secret from anyone except your parents.

Data that is composed, transmitted, accessed, or received via the Internet must not contain content that could be considered discriminatory, offensive, obscene, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or disruptive to any other person. Examples of unacceptable content may include, but are not limited to, sexual comments or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any other comments or images that could reasonable offend someone on the basis of race, age, sex, religious or political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Disciplinary Action

Abuse of internet platforms and tools in violation of school policies will result in disciplinary action. Below are examples of poor behaviors that are prohibited, but are not limited to this list.

These behaviors will result in disciplinary action:

  • Sending or posting discriminatory, harassing, or threatening messages or images.
  • Stealing, using or disclosing someone else’s code or password without authorization.
  • Copying, pirating or downloading software and electronic files without permission.
  • Participation in the viewing or exchange of pornography or obscene materials.
  • Sending or posting messages that defame or slander other individuals.
  • Disturbing and/or disrupting the virtual Learning Environment.
  • Refusal to follow the rules and regulations of each specific Virtual Learning Classroom.
  • Not dressed properly for class (examples: dressed in revealing clothes, dressed in clothes with inappropriate sayings).
  • Participating in Cyber bullying and/or Harassment.

Bullying And Harassment Expectations For Virtual Learning

Harassment is prohibited between members of the school community, including communication of any form between students, parents, faculty and/or staff, and any third parties directly or indirectly. We are committed to maintaining a working and learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff can develop intellectually, professionally, personally and socially. Such an atmosphere must be free of intimidation, fear, coercion and reprisal.

It is an expectation that all students and staff shall use all equipment and programs for the intended educational purpose. We are committed to protecting students and employees from bullying, harassment or inappropriate uses of computers or programs to participate in bullying behavior. Bullying and Harassment will NOT be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action.

Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited. Bullying, harassment, and cyber stalking are defined as inflicting physical or psychological distress, and/or communicating words, images or language using electronic mail that causes emotional distress and for which there is no legitimate purpose. Any action by a student or parent deemed inappropriate will be fully investigated by the appropriate school administrator.

Academic Integrity Policy

What is academic integrity? Academic integrity is an ethical code, whereby the student guarantees that all work submitted is the student’s own work. Why is academic integrity important?

  • When students submit an assignment that is not their own original work, there are two issues involved:
  • Students are earning credit for learning material for which they have not demonstrated mastery.
  • They may be violating the policies of the school.

What are some examples of academic integrity violations? There are two kinds of academic integrity violations. One is “plagiarism” and the other is “cheating.”

  • Plagiarism
    • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source. Some examples are, but not limited to the following:
      • Copying and pasting a report from the Internet and representing it as your own work
      • Copying any other work and not properly citing authorship
  • Cheating
    • To influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
    • To practice fraud or trickery to violate rules dishonestly o Providing questions/answers/ work to another student
    • Receiving questions/answers/work from another student

A variety of consequences will be administered when students are discovered cheating or plagiarizing. Additionally, final grades may be rescinded if a student is found to have cheated or plagiarized after the grade has been posted.

Parent Support of Student Learning

Parents, as partners in supporting student learning, you are encouraged to:

  • Ensure that their child’s work is authentic and original.
  • Monitor, via your parent account.
  • Ask any questions regarding plagiarism or cheating if they are not sure.
  • Report any suspicious activity.

Parent/Guardian’s Responsibility

As a parent/guardian of a virtual school student, it is very important to understand the responsibilities associated with that role. With the many distractions students have today, it can be difficult for some students to set aside time to work on courses when not in school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to encourage the student to manage their time in an effective way.

Teachers will keep the parent/guardian apprised of the student’s progress and will initiate contact if they fall behind in their coursework.

Parents are expected to supervise and monitor their student’s progress throughout the duration of the course, just as you would in a regular learning setting. This can be accomplished by accessing the parental account periodically to monitor student progress.

Parents should support Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity is one of our core values and one of the most important areas of focus as a learning organization. Students with Academic Integrity make decisions based on ethics and values that will prepare them to be productive and ethical citizens. You may contact your child’s teacher directly via email and/or Google voice to answer questions about the course that you may have. When a parent/guardian has a concern about the child's performance or behavior, the parent/guardian should set up a conference with the child's teacher.

*After viewing the Virtual Learning Code of Conduct, please complete your Virtual Learning Code of Conduct Acknowledgement

Code Of Conduct (Google Doc)