NOTICE: Rules & Guidelines For Participation in Live Remote Instructions
During the 2020-2021 school year, and consistent with the Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) guidance entitled Advance, Adapt, Achieve:  Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together (the “Reopening Guidelines”), Norwich Free Academy will be using live remote instruction, primarily through Google Meet, to provide live instruction to students participating remotely when we are in a hybrid or full-remote learning model as circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic may warrant or require.  This videoconferencing platform will also be utilized to provide live instruction for students who temporarily opt into full-time remote learning.
To implement live video conferencing, teachers will be delivering live instruction to students learning in the classroom at designated times (indicated on each teacher’s weekly planning sheet found on the Google Classroom page), and students learning remotely will be able to view and/or participate in these lessons simultaneously through Google Meet.  This instruction will be provided in a group setting with multiple students participating simultaneously in the classroom and remotely via videoconferencing.  As determined by the teacher or in accordance with plans for students with special needs, Norwich Free Academy may also use live remote instruction in small group and/or individual settings.  Student names and images will be visible to the teacher and other participants and observers.
Rules and Guidelines for Participating in Live Remote Instruction--Google Meet
To facilitate the delivery of instruction through live remote instruction and safeguard student privacy and confidentiality as appropriate and to the extent required by applicable law, Norwich Free Academy requires that students and parents/guardians adhere to the following:
  • Parents/guardians and students are prohibited from audio recording, video recording or photographing videoconferencing sessions (including participants in such sessions) in any manner.
  • Individuals present in the home other than the student are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the videoconference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student.
  • Students participating in videoconferencing from remote locations must join the videoconference on time, dress appropriately and follow all rules and guidelines established by the teacher.
  • All participating individuals must comply with relevant Norwich Free Academy policies and administrative regulations, including but not limited to those concerning the confidentiality of student records (Policy #5125) and acceptable use of the internet and computer networks (Policy #6141.321 & 4218, 4218.4).
While student privacy and the confidentiality of student information is of utmost importance, parents/guardians are reminded that Norwich Free Academy is not in direct control of individual homes or the physical locations of students participating in videoconferencing remotely.
In addition, please note the following suggestions regarding remote participation in videoconferencing.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their students participate in a location that is quiet and free from distraction, to the extent possible.
  • Consider adjusting the lighting on the student’s face for better visibility.
  • Please be mindful of what is in view on the camera behind the participant and take care to choose a location with an appropriate background.
  • Students are encouraged to use a headset or headphones while participating in videoconferencing, especially if they are in a room with other individuals.
Recordings of Live Lessons
Norwich Free Academy may record live lessons and make those recordings available to students following the lesson.  Parents/guardians and students are strictly prohibited from reproducing and/or sharing these recordings with others in any manner.