Etiquette for Online Classes
(Session: 2020 - 2021)

Introduction

At CMS the Students, Parents and Teachers are the centre focus of our curriculum and we are committed in helping everyone with the online teaching and learning classroom during the Covid19 Pandemic.

Learning, we firmly believe is an ongoing process and must go on, even with greater enthusiasm during this Pandemic situation.

Recent events have taught us the need to anticipate the change, respond quickly and execute effectively. Our dedicated and committed staff from day one have left no stone unturned to adapt to online classroom teaching with a strong determination of performance and accountability.

CMS offers uniquely progressive 21st century schooling with special emphasis on nurturing human values, character development and peace education. In 2002, CMS was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, the only school worldwide to have been conferred this accolade for “promoting values of education for peace and tolerance”. In 2013, the Guinness Book of Records certified CMS as the world’s largest school in a city.

Netiquette (net + etiquette) is the “code of conduct” applied to online spaces. Teaching students about netiquette is just as important (if not more so) as teaching them to use technology or master content. Much like traditional etiquette, which provides rules of conduct in social situations, the purpose of netiquette is to help construct and maintain a pleasant, comfortable, and efficient environment for online communication, as well as to avoid placing strain on the system and generating conflict among users.


Online etiquette for Parents

  • Motivate your child to attend the classes with the spirit as he/she attends school.
  • Ensure that your child has taken a bath, had breakfast and is ready for school-online classes in proper school uniform.
  • For pre-primary section: parents should arrange all the material required for exercise of practical life and science experiment classes as they will get the information two days prior from the class teachers.
  • Parents must send an official Email regarding the absentee of their child.
  • Parents should ensure that the time table of the child should be put up for their reference somewhere in the room.
  • Pre-primary and primary section students should be given fruit in a small tiffin box daily for the fruit break.
  • Ensure that the students should sit in a well-lit room.
  • Provide a dedicated place for the child to attend to his/her online classes without any disturbance. Kindly ensure that the room is clear of any distractions (Noise - Pets or Younger siblings).
  • Poor internet connectivity should not hinder the teaching-learning session.
  • If you do not have a spare computer, then share your mobile with your child so as to help him connect with his/her teachers in the session.
  • Parents should ensure that there is no disturbance when the child is attending online classes.
  • If the child is attending online classes on the mobile make sure that the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature is active while the class is going on.
  • Parents should also emphasize on maintaining correct posture during the teaching-learning session and train the students accordingly on the same.
  • Parents should not intervene while the teacher is conducting the online class the child should be made to understand the importance of the class and how he/she must pay attention.
  • Parents are also supposed to be dressed up decently if they appear on the screen.
  • The timetable shared by the school should be followed diligently. At the same time assist the teachers because they too are trying hard and face similar concerns as you do during this pandemic.
  • Explain to the child the importance of online classes. Talk to them about the Corona Virus pandemic and the basic safety measures.
  • Parents need to monitor their ward frequently during the online classes to ensure the child is using the device for classes only and remains focused on the online learning session.

Online etiquette for Teachers

  • The teachers should be punctual and dressed up formally while taking online classes.
  • Teachers must use an email profile picture that is appropriate for an education environment.
  • The teacher must set a protocol and decorum in the classroom of what is expected from the students - their conduct and classroom discipline.
  • The teacher should keep his/her work environment free from distraction like noise of television, incoming calls etc.
  • The attendance should be taken for each period by the teacher.
  • The teaching-learning time should be used judiciously to make the class effective.
  • The teacher should be well-prepared and well-versed with the topic knowing all the nitty-gritty details as she is being listened to by the parents too and the students tend to put up more queries and the teacher should be able to answer them.
  • The teaching aids may be kept ready beforehand to avoid wastage of time during the class.
  • Any teaching aid (in the form of written matter or some objects) should have clarity (legible handwriting for written matter) and should be shown properly.
  • The teacher should strictly refrain from speaking in Hindi.
  • The teacher should leave the meeting only after the children have left (Signed Out).
  • Teachers must use laptops for teaching, in case they need to use their mobile phones they should use earphones to keep their hands free to show any action (segmentation and blending) or any teaching aids if required while teaching also should place mobile phones in a stable platform, so that the Point of View is not compromised.
  • During the entire teaching period the teacher should keep her video on and should be visible to the learners at all times.
  • Alternatively, the screen can only be used if there is any screen sharing or any teaching aid to be shown. All other times the teacher should be in face to face interaction.
  • The teacher may plan the teaching periods in such a way that she divides them into synchronous and asynchronous learning. During online teaching any written work or learning assignment should be given in asynchronous teaching-learning time in order to reduce the screen time for the learners as well as the teachers.
  • The teacher must have a closing activity - to allow students to reflect on the content taught (recapitulation).
  • Every teacher should guide the learners to do eye exercises every day after attending the online classes.
  • The assignments (Homework/ Projects) must be practical and accomplishable for the learning outcomes (Date and Time of submission must be clear).
  • Teachers must ensure her visibility is clear with a stable background, so that there is no distraction for the students.

Online etiquette for Students

  • Be in full school uniform to attend your classes.
  • The Students should sit in a well-lit room and be online and on time for attending the classes with electronic devices fully charged.
  • Be fully equipped for the class with paper - pen, textbooks and water bottle by your side before starting the online session.
  • The students should not annotate on screen until and unless instructed by the class teacher/ subject teacher.
  • The student needs to have more than 75% of attendance in each subject.
  • If the student is not able to attend the class, then prior information should be given to the class teacher/ subject teacher.(Leave Application) on official Email ID.
  • Please login with your real name or CMS ID only (Follow instructions carefully).
  • The students are supposed to switch on their cameras and switch off their mic (unless required to speak).
  • Engage fully in online work without any background distractions. Log-Out from all social media, so that you are not distracted during the lesson.
  • The students should raise hands or use the chat box to post their questions and queries. Before posting your questions just check if anyone has already asked it and received a reply.
  • Be brief while asking questions or replying to a question.
  • Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts or pictures.
  • Always remember to say ‘PLEASE’ and ‘THANK YOU’ while soliciting help from your teachers or classmates.
  • Respect the opinion of your classmates. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in our classmates' argument. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspective on the issue.
  • Recognize and respect diversity. It’s ok to ask questions to clarify things you don’t understand. If you’re not sure, email the professor privately for more information.
  • If you reply to a question from a classmate during online classes, make sure your answer is accurate. If you are not 100% sure DO NOT MAKE A GUESS!
  • Be forgiving-If your classmate makes a mistake, don’t badger him or her for it. Just let it go - it happens with the best of us.
  • Stay focused on the teaching and take down appropriate notes while the teacher is teaching.
  • Complete and submit all learning tasks and homework assigned by your teachers on a scheduled date.
  • There is to be no filming, recording or sharing content (you must not take screenshots or record staff members presenting information to you).
  • No eating/ munching is allowed during the session. However you are allowed to drink water if required.