We foresee that online classes are going to be the norm for a while now and therefore we request your support in enabling your ward’s learning. At Deens, it is our endeavor to stimulate a normal school day for the children incorporating co-curricular activities in the most effective way possible as per the class time table.
To facilitate virtual learning at Deens we are using the application offered by Microsoft Teams. Each student is provided with a unique email address for the Teams app. and the link for download and steps to install this App.
Student attendance will be taken each period by the facilitator and parents will be notified of the absence of their child. Please note that there will be no repetition of each class, in case a child is absent. We will not enable recording of classes, either.
To facilitate a smooth functioning of the virtual classrooms we request the following online etiquette to be followed by the students and their caregivers.
Virtual classroom space
- The Student needs to be seated in a dedicated study space for the duration of the virtual class, with no distractions or access to any other persons.
- Students are requested to maintain silence and not disrupt the class when the session is on. They also need to keep audio and video is on during the session unless requested otherwise by the facilitator.
- Students are expected to use headphones mandatorily, so that there is minimum distraction to them. We advise this over earphones.
Virtual classroom attendance
- The classes will be as per the time table, for a duration of 35 minutes and there is a gap of 10 minutes between periods, so that the student can attend to any personal needs, do a quick recap of the previous class independently , and set up for the next period. For students who have classes beyond 12.15 pm, a short lunch break has been factored in.
- Attendance is taken for each period by the facilitator. Students are expected to login into each class a few minutes before the scheduled start time of the class. Once the class commences, no student will be permitted to enter the classroom.
- Should there be a glitch during a particular class session, the teacher is instructed to end the meeting and set a new class for later on the same day or for the upcoming Saturday of that week.
- Parents will need to send a note to the class teacher, in case of technical issues/ absence due to other reasons.
Virtual classroom Decorum
- Students are expected to login into each class a few minutes before the scheduled start time of the class.
- Once the class commences, no child will be permitted to enter the classroom.
- Students to keep all books and school supplies handy and organized, timetable wise, to avoid disruptions during class.
- Students will not eat/snack during class hours. Water bottles are allowed in the class though
- Students are expected to be dressed formally for class sessions. Night clothes and attire that is listed as unacceptable in our policy documents are to be avoided.
Interaction with teachers during virtual classrooms
- Students shall avoid asking rude questions. They need to listen and not interrupt when someone is answering.
- Students shall not annotate unless specifically asked to
- Medium of instruction and communication is English except in language classes
- Use of regional/ international languages will be restricted to language classes only
- Students will use formal language through the online sessions
- Use of abusive/invective language during sessions will result in removal of student from the class/session
Please note: Parents are not permitted to interact with their ward or the teacher, while the class is on. In case there is any concern it be communicated through email or eduflex portal with the teacher/ Headmistress / Vice Principal/ School Principal.
Homework and Submissions
- Students shall submit their assessments/homework on time.
- Late submissions will result in marks being deducted.
- Notebook work is facilitated through the Microsoft teams portal, so the facilitator will check the progress of the students notebook work.
- Physical notebooks and workbooks will be reviewed when school opens.
- For Lab experiments, the teacher will demonstrate the experiments and children are expected to record the same in their notebooks. They may even be asked to conduct home assignments and experiments with materials available at home.
- Students are expected to adhere to all the norms mentioned for the online classes. Failure to do so will entail the following :
- First instance – warning/ removal from meeting/session depending on the issue
- Marks will be deducted if deviant behavior continues post 3 warnings.