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Student Guidelines

1. Purpose: This classroom guideline outlines standards of study and behavior for students participating in distance learning classes.

2. Student Conduct Agreement: A copy of the Student Conduct Agreement (see Request Forms) should be provided to each student participating in a distance learning class.  Each student and a parent or guardian must sign and return to the local school district. Distance Learning Instructors are encouraged to also keep a copy of each signed Student Conduct Agreement on file for each class taught via the distance network. Note:  A sample parent/guardian letter may also be downloaded from the Request Forms site in support of an early announcement to parents/guardians regarding their son/daughter taking a class over video conferencing.

3. Class procedures: Since the teacher and students will be located in different physical locations, there are some classroom procedures which must be followed to ensure effective and productive classes.
a. Microphones: Microphones should be "unmuted" unless otherwise directed by the classroom instructor.
b. Candid Camera: Students should assume that any time they are in the distance learning classroom someone is watching or listening to them. When a connection is made, if one site has its TV monitors on and sound off mute, they can see and hear everything going on at the other sites in that class.  
c. Camera Shots: Students must stay in camera view at all times unless directed otherwise by their teacher. Nebraska Law requires that for a distance learning class to be certified by the state, all students in grades K-12 must remain in sight of the teacher at all times.
d. Local room facilitator. Each school will have someone, either a teacher or administrator, designated to assist the instructor in collecting tests, papers, and in handing out materials from the instructor. The distance learning instructor will let students know who that person is at each location.
e. Leaving class. If students have to leave class early at their school (athletic events, assemblies, etc.), they should tell the instructor at the beginning of class. Unexcused absences will be given if students leave class without informing the instructor. During fire or tornado drills or school emergencies, students should follow the procedures and instructions at their school.

4. Class Policies.

a. General. The general class policies such as class requirements, grading, and make-up requirements will be provided in a class syllabus by the instructor. These policies will be those of the host school in the case of high school classes. Students will follow the class syllabus provided by the instructor for any college course. If students have questions or don't understand a policy, they need to talk to their local site coordinator or principal.
b. Discipline: Each student taking a distance learning class will sign an Student Conduct Agreement which outlines expected behavior. The purpose of this Student Conduct Agreement is to maximize instructional quality, minimize classroom disruptions, and guarantee that students are aware of the standards for taking classes over the network. 
c. Class materials. Whenever possible, class materials will be provided to students by the local site facilitator through a digital format.  
d. Submitting materials to the teacher. The local site facilitator will be responsible for mailing, faxing, or delivering materials such as homework, tests, study guides or other papers to the teacher. Students are responsible for getting these items to their site facilitator by the required due date.
e. Contacting the instructor after class. If students need to contact their distance learning instructor outside of normal class times they should make arrangements with their local site facilitator to either arrange a video conference time or communicate via email with the teacher. 

5. Technology failure. In the event the network experiences video or audio difficulty and students can no longer communicate with their instructor, one student/proctor from the class should contact the local site facilitator or the school principal. The instructor may designate the student responsible for this duty at the beginning of the school year, second semester, or as needed.

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