Masconomet Remote Learning Opportunities – Legal/Privacy Notification
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you know, the Masconomet Regional School District has opted to teach students through a remote learning model beginning on September 21st. This model may include analog materials, telephone calls, video conferencing, pre-recorded lessons, and other online services. Students are expected to participate in these services. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal if you become aware of any issues with your child accessing the remote opportunities provided by the District.
In accordance with state and federal laws, including the Massachusetts Wiretapping Act and FERPA, parents and students must refrain from recording any and all remote lessons. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis due to special circumstances, and only with the consent of everyone involved in the lesson.
In addition, while parents/guardians are permitted to observe online instruction in a non-disruptive manner, to the extent that remote learning opportunities provide access to confidential student information, all participants agree, by participating in this remote learning opportunity, to refrain from disseminating any confidential student information about other student participants with any and all third parties. By participating in the remote learning opportunities, consent to this request is hereby provided.
Similarly, we ask everyone in our school community to recognize that video conferences and other online services will be taking place in the homes of the students, and in some cases, the educators who participate in the calls, and to be mindful of everyone’s right to privacy. To that end, we remind our students to dress appropriately and choose an appropriate location in their home from which to participate in any and all remote learning opportunities, particularly those with a video component. Parents/guardians should take all precautions to safeguard personal or private information that they do not wish to be disclosed.
Students will be expected to behave in accordance with school rules of conduct while participating in remote instruction. Cyber-bullying, harassment, discrimination, and abuse of the remote learning process will not be tolerated and may result in suspension from remote learning, as well as additional consequences when in-person learning resumes. The District also encourages its staff and students alike to limit disruptions to remote lessons to the extent feasible (while also recognizing that sometimes pets, small children, and technical difficulties cannot be prevented from disrupting a lesson that happens at home).
Special education teachers, English Language Learner teachers, and individual service providers will be in contact with parents/guardians of students with specialized learning needs regarding necessary modifications to the remote instruction opportunities offered to other members of an individual student’s class, as well as to discuss direct and group service provision. Any small group, video services are also subject to this notice.
Parents/guardians may choose to request that analog materials be provided as a substitute to online lessons to the extent feasible.
By accessing these services, the District recognizes that you and your child consent to access online instruction and agree to fully comply with the requirements of this letter.
We appreciate your time and attention to this notice.
If you have any questions about the contents of this notice, please contact the appropriate building or district administrator. If you are unclear about the best point of contact, please contact Superintendent of Schools, Michael Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.