I want to take a moment to ask parents to have a conversation with our students about a serious topic taking place across the Clark County School District – digital safety.
Next week, the administration will meet with classes to share expectations for distance learning. This is a long standing tradition at Mannion, but this year the presentation’s focus will be on distance learning (one way hallways will not be a covered topic). However, I feel the issue of safety during distance learning is one that must also be addressed at home, so I am asking for your support.
Stories have appeared on local and national news where students have made poor decisions during digital learning. Students need to realize that these sessions are recorded. While the recording with student faces and names will not be shared publicly, the information is used to help the teacher develop his or her skills as an online educator and to ensure that the classroom is a safe place. Students need to make sure that their behavior during learning time is school appropriate and reflects 21st century safety in which they were raised at home and here at school.
Another concern is students sharing the links and passcodes to the Google Meets with students that do not belong in the class, and in some cases do not belong at our school. We have taught students to never prop open a door at school while you have taught them to never hand out the garage code or key to your home. Both of these actions jeopardize safety. This life lesson applies with digital learning. Providing another student with your login and passcode for class is unacceptable, just as receiving one from a friend is equally inappropriate.
Students disrupting the learning environment, at our school or any other school, will not be tolerated. These types of behaviors may result in students being suspended from digital learning with their peers and requiring them to work independently with me or another school administrator. Significant infractions may also result in students’ revocation of the AUP, which would include access to digital content in Canvas, school gmail, google drive, and the use of a school computer. Students will be provided CCSD content based learning packets for instruction.
I share this with you because I know that distance learning is less than ideal. However, I also know that we have the ability to make this work. I would hate for one of our students to make a poor decision and force me to act on the least favorite part of my job. In an effort to be preventative and proactive, I ask you to have this discussion with your Mannion student to ensure they understand our shared expectations for student safety during distance learning.
If we can be of assistance, please let me know. Go Mustangs!
Todd C. Petersen, Principal