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Virtual Instruction Responsibilities, Expectations and Best Practices

A successful virtual instruction program requires collaboration and shared responsibilities among students, educators and families.

The following educator responsibilities, student expectations and family best practices are specific to the virtual instruction program and will ensure that every student is supported and has the best chance to learn and thrive.

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Educator Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement high quality synchronous (live) and asynchronous (flexible) virtual instruction using Maryland College and Career Readiness standards and HCPSS curriculum.
  • Adhere to HCPSS expectations for consistent delivery of instructional content and messaging, using Canvas for asynchronous work and teaching synchronous lessons via Google Meet.
  • Ensure students receive required special education, 504 and EL services and/or supports needed to address diverse learning needs.
  • Monitor, manage and protect the virtual classroom space so all students are learning in a safe environment.
  • Encourage students to establish a healthy learning environment where they can focus on and engage in learning.
  • Collaborate with families to support learning at home. Provide parents and students with timely feedback on academic and behavioral progress. Encourage two-way communication via Google Meets, Canvas announcements, parent conferences, email and phone calls.
  • Engage in professional learning around virtual instructional strategies, technology, and social-emotional learning.
  • Seek out support when needed for professional or technology challenges, self-care strategies and well-being resources.

Student Expectations

  • Attend and engage in all teacher-led (synchronous) lessons and complete independent (asynchronous) learning experiences and assignments.
  • Be on time for synchronous sessions, following the provided schedule.
  • Create a comfortable and quiet space at home where you can focus on and engage in learning.
  • Complete experiences and assignments provided each week on time. Show effort, accuracy and persistence in your work.
  • Understand the expectations for grading and attendance during virtual instruction, and ask for clarification when needed.
  • Take responsibility for your learning. Set personal goals and be aware of your academic progress. Ask questions and actively seek assistance from teachers and other school staff when you need support.
  • Behave in a virtual environment in a manner consistent with the expectations when in school.
  • Build positive relationships with classmates by respecting differences.
  • Practice self-care strategies and seek well-being supports when needed.

Family Best Practices

The following best practices are offered to support families in transitioning to virtual instruction in the home environment.

  • Support your child’s attendance and engagement in all teacher-led (synchronous) lessons and independent (asynchronous) learning experiences.
  • Encourage your child to complete all assignments on time.
  • Provide or request adequate technology for your child to be able to accomplish academic requirements.
  • Create a healthy learning environment at home to support your child’s academic and social-emotional learning.
  • Encourage your child to build positive relationships with classmates by respecting differences.
  • Support your child in using self-care strategies to help achieve their goals and maintain well-being.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers to clarify learning expectations and support academic and social-emotional progress.
  • Encourage your child to seek assistance and support from HCPSS staff and advocate for your child when necessary.
  • Take an active interest and role in your child’s education. Participate in family activities that support learning and well-being.