Tips for a Safe and Supportive Virtual Learning Space

The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff remains a top priority in Atlanta Public Schools. As we navigate the virtual learning space, we encourage families to continue to partner with us as we work to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. 

All APS students must adhere to Internet Acceptable Use and Information Security Policy and the student code of conduct/student discipline policy. The Student Handbook has guidance on digital citizenship included (page 3) for parents and students; this information will be reiterated in the classroom as well.  Some important points include the following:

  • Be respectful. If it is inappropriate face-to-face, then it is inappropriate online as well.
  • Be careful with humor; make sure it is not offensive, rude, or disruptive to class.
  • If in doubt, before posting, message your teacher for guidance.
  • Never share meeting IDs or meeting passwords outside of class. 
  • Never post inappropriate messages or content in classroom chats or privately.
  • Never post what appears to be a threat of violence to any student, staff or school.

Students who commit acts considered to be criminal in nature may face disciplinary action.  Click here for a copy of the 2020-21 Student Handbook to review virtual guidance, behavioral expectations, and consequences.   

As a reminder, students (grades 3-12) at traditional schools (not including charter/partner schools) are required to authenticate (log into the APS Zoom account), before entering a virtual Zoom classroom. Students (grades 3-12) who do not authenticate will not be admitted into the virtual classroom. This increased security measure should alleviate the potential of outside disturbances and add an extra layer of protection and accountability for students and staff.  

Students can find step-by-step authentication instructions here

If your child experiences any difficulties logging into Zoom, please review the login options with them or contact 404-802-1000 for assistance. 

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