MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent Taylor’s latest newsletter expanded upon the district’s latest plans to ensure a smooth transition to an entirely virtual start to the school year.

A partnership between the South Orange-Maplewood School District and the South Mountain YMCA will offer childcare support to both South Orange Maplewood School District parents and district employees.

 Financial assistance and scholarships will also be made available for families in need. The district has committed to providing training to YMCA staff members in Canvas. The training will allow for YMCA staff to assist students while they use the new learning management system to attend school virtually.

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The district has also announced a new virtual learning code of conduct that will “give our students, families and staff members clear guidelines for what is expected of our students in a virtual setting.”

The virtual conduct guidelines address appropriate behavior while in a virtual classroom, expectations for academic integrity, proper care for district equipment and privacy and security for all students. New guidelines include requiring that student’s full names be displayed on their virtual profile and video being required for all students.

SOMSD is also prohibiting screenshotting or recording virtual classrooms to protect the privacy of the students and teachers. In the event that a teacher is recording a class they will announce beforehand and students can have the option to turn off their video for that lesson. While the academic integrity policies have not changed, the district has reinforced that students cannot copy or collaborate on assignments when it is not approved by the teacher.

All of these changes and updates are designed for students, staff and families to have a fluid transition into the all virtual marking period on September 8.


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