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SLSD Distance Learning Guide

In an effort to provide guidance resources for our educators we have put together the following page. The first part is direction for communicating and instructing with a broader digital focus. That is followed by a series of links to videos/tutorials on how to use Google Classroom. 

Cottage Grove High School Online Behavior Guidelines for Digital Citizenship 

Below are important behavior guidelines for Zoom, Google Hangouts or any online classroom setting students and teachers will share. In addition to these digital citizenship guidelines, students must continue to adhere to all school rules and classroom rules, and all other SLSD and school policies, including but not limited to policies related to Student Discipline, Harassment, Bullying and Acceptable Use of Technology. 

Student Expectations

  1. Please be on time to scheduled sessions to the best of your ability, mute as you enter, or watch the recorded session as quickly as possible once available. Do not go into an online space when you are not scheduled to be there unless you have permission.
  2. Do not take photos, screenshots, audio or video recordings, etc. of any online classes or meetings without the consent of your teacher. Do not share links to any teacher’s online space with anyone outside of your classmates and your families.
  3. We know you cannot always prevent the appearance of a pet or others, but please make your best effort to do so to minimize distractions in the class setting.
  4. Avoid backgrounds that are distracting. Backgrounds and student work areas must be free of any material that violates the law or school policy.
  5. Students should not engage in side conversations on any other device or use devices for texting/playing games, etc. during an online lesson or live session with teachers.
  6. If the teacher asks you to mute or unmute yourself, please respond appropriately.
  7. Avoid background noise or talk that is distracting to the group. The teacher may have to temporarily mute you until the distractions stop.
  8. Take care of any borrowed district devices and follow the guidelines in the SLSD Chromebook Loaner Expectations. If you need help with passwords or a chromebook, please call the technology department: 541-942-2803. 
Parent/Guardian/others present at home Guidelines
  1. A parent/guardian or responsible adult caregiver should provide direct supervision during online instruction when possible.
  2. Family members or others in the home should not interfere, interrupt or engage in online sessions, unless requested by the teacher.
  3. If a student is receiving virtual, online or telephonic counseling services from a SLSD employee or contractor, to ensure student privacy, no other individual is allowed in the room or within seeing or hearing distance of the room or place in which the student is receiving the counseling service. 
  4. Parents/guardians and responsible adult caregivers must maintain strict confidentiality of any personal information they obtain regarding other students while supervising a student’s virtual or online instruction or school-related activities. 

It is important to remind students to act kindly, show consideration for others, and treat one another online appropriately. Any behavior that falls out of the above guidelines will be discussed with families/guardians. Students who repeatedly violate expectations may lose their privilege to join future live sessions and will be expected to watch recorded sessions and complete any work assigned on their own. 

Thank you for everyone’s cooperation in making this distance learning experience a positive and productive one. 

Go Lions! 

Expectations and tips for video all users:


  • Do not record video meetings with other employees.  
  • You may video-record yourself covering lesson content and make that content available to students, but you should not record students or meetings with students. Do encourage and expect that your students adhere to this guideline as well.
  • Do not share screenshots of video meeting participants or post them on social media, and teach this expectation to students as well. This goes for both classroom meetings and staff meetings.
  • Be aware of what is in your camera background. Project a professional image.
  • Close all unnecessary windows before sharing your desktop.
  • Use one-on-one video conferencing with students only when there is a clear educational purpose and necessity.  Examples include conferring with a student during office hours, or providing special education or other student services for which one-on-one communication is required.  Do transparently communicate with a student’s parent when using one-on-one video conferencing, just as you would for texting or emailing.
  • Be the first one in the meeting and the last one to leave
  • If interacting with student's Google Meets should be created using nicknames