Hello Thunderbird Families:

We hope this finds you well. As we continue to engage in Remote Learning for the week of January 11th. Thank you to our students/parents/guardians and staff for all the work in navigating this teaching and learning platform.

Below are Roles and Responsibilities for both students and parents/guardians when working in a Virtual Learning Environment.
Each student is part of a Learning Management System approved by the WCDSB (Google Classroom, D2L Brightspace). Through synchronous learning, students engage with teachers and classmates (Google Meet or Microsoft Teams).

Parent/Guardian Expectations:

  • The microphone and chat feature are tools for your child to access to support learning,

  • When required, parents/guardians may act as a support. To honour the student learning journey, please allow your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and complete the work independently,

  • Generally speaking, parents/guardians should not appear on camera or speak directly to the teacher or class during synchronous learning time. Please do not unmute the microphone during instruction to ask a question or access the chat feature as the staff are teaching,

  • Please connect with the classroom teacher first should you have a question or concern; staff will do their best to respond in a timely manner. Please note that during instructional time, staff are unable to respond.

Student Expectations:

  • Treat others with dignity and respect in actions and words,
  • Participate and actively engage in the learning,
  • Respect the workspace of others during collaborative learning (no deleting,  moving or making changes to the work of others),
  • Have the camera and microphone turned on/off when directed by the teacher,
  • Google Meet or Microsoft Team links are not to be shared with others outside of the class; teachers to invite others, not students,
  • Use of Google Hangouts is not permitted during school hours unless directed by the teacher,
  • Appropriate use of the chat feature such as asking questions, responding to the teacher when prompted,
  • Any communication in the chat is to reflect appropriate manners and language. The following are examples of unacceptable forms of communication. Incidents will be brought to the attention of the administration and parents/guardians will be notified: profanity, comments/images/actions that are violent, racist, degrading or sexual in nature, chat spamming (repetition of a word/line commonly used in gaming chats),
  • Focus on the learning and avoid distractions – open tabs should be related to the learning and direction by the teacher,
  • When the camera is on: appropriate clothing is required just as it is in a physical school, raise a hand when wanting to share, sit up position,
  • Synchronous learning is not to be recorded and/or shared.

Thank you for your efforts and support as we continue to provide a Virtual Learning Environment – one that is engaging and interactive. Your patience, support, flexibility are appreciated.

St. Daniel Staff

~ Nurturing ~ Encouraging ~ Successful ~ Thunderbirds ~