Parent / Guardian Expectations

  • Parents / guardians will need to be actively involved in helping launch, support and monitor your middle school student’s learning using a virtual platform.
  • Consistent access to the internet will be critical to this form of instruction and learning. Equally important will be regular participation with the teacher and virtual learning materials provided in the online learning management system called Canvas.
    • ISD strongly recommends checking out the Chromebook the district provides to assist your student with ease of access in online learning.
  • Go to to set up your parent Canvas account access prior to your student starting. Help ensure your middle school student understands how to access their Canvas account from the resources provided.
  • Communicating with your student’s teachers should be done via email through the Canvas platform.
  • Be sure to go over these protocols for being a middle school student virtual learner with your student and adhere to the expectations.

Student Expectations

  • All instruction shall be delivered through Canvas. All directions and expectations for students will be posted on individual course Canvas pages. Students are responsible for checking each class on Canvas each day and for being especially attentive to email during this time. Students should check email several times throughout the day.
  • To be counted present, students must log out and then log back into Canvas one time per day through the Canvas website, not the mobile app.
  • Attendance, participation, engagement, and understanding will all be monitored through submitted work and active time within the Canvas system. Students who are not submitting work by due dates will be contacted and considered “absent.”
  • Students may not receive credit for the course if they are not successfully submitting work on time at least 85% of the time.
  • Work will be self-paced and guided by deadlines as designated by students’ teachers. Coursework may be assigned and due in “chunks” to allow students to work through the material at their own pace. However, students should pay attention to the deadlines set by teachers. All coursework will be submitted in Canvas. If for any reason you have trouble uploading your assignments, please contact your teacher via email or during designated office hours.
  • Students are expected to complete the assignments by the due date.
  • Students are expected to be prepared for and participate in the daily live instruction.

Video Conferencing Etiquette

  • Log in to the video conferencing software prior to meeting time.
  • Ensure mics and cameras are working.
  • Turn off mic unless you have been asked to participate in a discussion.
  • The background of your video should be free of distractions.
  • Students should stay seated during instruction.
  • Disruptive Behavior:
    • Student behavior will be monitored during the daily live lessons. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and it can result in the following:
      • a student being muted.
      • dismissed from the current live lesson
      • virtual parent and student meeting(s) with the teacher
    • Teacher will redirect the students as normal. The teacher will provide the student with warnings and support to correct the behavior. However, the disruptive behavior will not be tolerated when impacting the learning environment for other students.
    • If a student continues to disrupt the live session the teacher can remove the student from the session. If this is the case the teacher will need to send a follow up communication to the parent notifying them of the issue and letting them know the student can access the recorded session through Canvas to complete the assignment.
    • If the student is a constant disruption during direct instruction opportunities (student has had to be removed from the direct instruction sessions on three or more occasions) Principal will reach out to work with the family to develop a plan for success.
    • The student will be dismissed from the course.
    • The teacher will provide the student with warnings and support to correct the behavior. However, the disruptive behavior will not be tolerated when impacting the learning environment for other students.

Preparing the Learning Environment:

  • Dedicate a space in the house as a “learning space.” This can be any space with room to work and store materials that won’t be disrupted for the duration of the distance learning.
  • Have a timer available for students to set for each block of time to help manage daily learning. Discuss acceptable options if a student needs a break before the timer goes off, such as getting a glass of water or taking a walk outside.
  • Come to the daily live lessons prepared with writing materials to take notes and to jot down questions to ask the teacher during their office hours.

Teacher Availability / Office Hours:

  • Teachers will set daily office hours, for a minimum of one hour during the scheduled course time. Please see each teacher’s schedule for office hours.
  • The teacher will run office hours remotely by making a virtual room active and have students come and leave as needed.