9.16.2020 Message from Superintendent Mulvey

9.16.2020 Message from Superintendent Mulvey
Posted on 09/16/2020

Dear Quincy Public Schools Students, Parents, and Guardians:

Today was our first day of virtual learning, where over 9,000 Quincy Public Schools students successfully logged on and engaged in learning with their teachers and reconnected with their peers.  Virtual learning presents challenges and I thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through the complexities.  Some of the challenges of the day included ensuring that students and families had technological support and understood the learning and behavioral expectations for this learning platform.  We are providing the following guidelines for your review in an effort to prevent inappropriate behavior and provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all.   We will also be working with educators to implement additional controls and safety measures within the Google and Zoom platforms.  Together, we can improve the learning experience as we move forward.

Behavioral Expectations for Students 

 Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual classes on Google Meet and Zoom. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following behavioral expectations.

  •  Always be respectful and courteous to other students and teachers during virtual sessions. Inappropriate, offensive, or threatening comments; misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive behavior by any participants during virtual sessions will not be tolerated.
  •  Students must use their Quincy Public Schools Google or Zoom accounts to log into a virtual session.
  • Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality, and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
  • Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” Google Meet  or Zoom virtual  sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the student code of conduct.  Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in virtual sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.
  • Students should adhere to the provisions identified under the Quincy Public Schools Acceptable Use policy and other policies including the Nondiscrimination and  Anti-Bullying Policies.

Privacy Guidelines for Parents/Guardians 

 To maintain a positive, productive learning                environment and assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines.

  • Google Meet and Zoom virtual sessions are designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians should not actively participate in sessions, although parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.
  • Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a Google Meet and Zoom virtual session, including posting on any social media platform.
  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during Google Meet or Zoom virtual session should not be collected, discussed or shared.
  • Parents/guardians should not engage with students during Google Meet or Zoom virtual  sessions. If you need to speak with your child during a  session, first mute your student’s microphone.
  • If a parent/guardian has a question, please email your child’s teacher.
  • Parents/guardians should email your student’s principal with any questions or concerns regarding privacy or virtual classroom expectations.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that remote learning is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for all participants.  As always, please contact me with any comments or concerns at kevinmulvey@quincypublicschools.com or 617-984-8701.

Sincerely,

Kevin. W. Mulvey, J.D.

Superintendent of Schools