MSD's Guide to Virtual Classroom Recordings, Student Privacy & Security

MSD is committed to providing excellent and engaging instruction for every student. As part of this commitment, instruction will be provided in a live virtual setting. We recognize there will be times that a student may not be able to attend a live class session, and therefore MSD may record part of our live classes. The recorded parts of the live classes will be posted in students' digital platforms (Seesaw or Google Classroom) and serve as both a recording of instruction for those students who missed class and as a resource for those that need to review the content.
Live recording of classes will occur during the first 10-15 minutes of class when direct instruction is occurring and for student privacy, the recording will not include any student's faces. During direct instruction, all students will turn off their video, at which time the teacher and the presentation will be recorded. The teacher will alert students when the recording begins and ends. Once the recording has concluded, students will be able to resume showing their video if they wish to do so. The teacher will post their video recording to their digital platform by the end of the day.
While engaging in live classes, it is possible that a student's personally identifiable information (PII) could be disclosed. We ask that all families read, sign and return MSD's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Consent for Group Instruction for Students with IEPs.
Distance learning is a community effort, and to that end we encourage families to view Howard County Public School's (HCPSS) Supporting Instruction at Home page. This webpage is also available in Spanish.
We have developed expectations and policies that are specific to distance learning and the virtual classroom, which are also informed by HCPSS's own policies.
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Zoom/Google Meet Behavioral Expectations for Students
Students at all levels participate in virtual sessions through Zoom/Google Meet. To ensure a positive and productive learning and social environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following expectations.
  • Always be respectful and courteous to other students and teachers/staff during a Zoom/Google Meet session. Inappropriate, offensive, or threatening comments; misrepresentation of identity; and/or disruptive behavior by any participants during Zoom/Google Meet sessions will not be tolerated and will be addressed following MSD's code of conduct.
  • Students must use their MSD email account to log into a Zoom/Google Meet session.
  • Login credentials and Zoom/Google Meet links must not be shared. Sharing of login information and Zoom/Google Meet links violates other students' and teachers' right 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.
  • Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any way any part of a Zoom/Google Meet session, including not posting on any social media platform.
  • Students should adhere to the policies as stated in the MSD Handbook including but not limited to:
    • Digital Network and Internet Use (page 38)
    • Dress code (page 39)
    • Anti-Bullying program (page 58)
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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.
  • Zoom/Google Meet virtual instruction is designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians should not actively participate in check-in sessions, except for as needed based on your child's age and functional level. 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 Zoom/Google Meet session, including not posting on any social media platform.
  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during Zoom/Google Meets should not be collected, discussed or shared.
  • Parents/guardians should not engage with students other than their child(ren) during Zoom/Google Meets.
  • If a parent/guardian has a question, please email your child's teacher.
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Virtual Learning Student Expectations
  • Attend and engage in all teacher-led (synchronous) lessons and complete independent (asynchronous) learning experiences and assignments.
  • Be on time and ready 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 support when needed.
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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.
  • Ensure your child's technology devices are charged daily and in working order 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 MSD 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.
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