Academics Updates

    • All students will begin the school year with the Remote Learning model.
    • Schedules are being finalized and will be shared as soon as possible.
    • The district is working on videos to support parents on use of Chromebooks and the learning management platforms.  They are currently being translated.  More information will be forthcoming.
      • Getting Started with Your Chromebook 
        • How To Open
        • How to Power On
        • How to Log In
      • How to access your hotspot
      • How to access and become an observer on a Canvas account (to receive updates about my student)
      • How to access and become an observer on a Google Classroom account

Crisis Learning vs. REMOTE LEARNING

Remote Learning Definitions and Expectations

  • Definitions

    • Students and teachers will follow a set schedule to provide structured learning time for the length of the school day
    • Attendance will be taken throughout the day (3 times per day at elementary; every period for middle and high school)
    • Student learning will consist of synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (self-paced, independent) learning activities every day
    • Teachers will use the asynchronous activities as a way to work with a small group of students or conference with individual students throughout the day.  This means that while students are working on independent, self-paced tasks, teachers will be teaching students face-to-face through virtual meetings for the duration of the period


    • Check-ins with teacher at start of each lesson or class period
    • Live instruction every day
      • Mini lessons
      • Collaboration or discussions (may use virtual breakout rooms)
      • Use of Google docs and other learning software for student to student collaboration
      • Small group lessons and conferencing
    • Some independent, self-paced activities
      • Tasks aligned with daily objectives
      • Assignments aligned with learning software (iReady, Newsela, Learning A to Z, BrainPOP, etc)
    • Clear expectations for participating in remote learning
      • Age appropriate expectations

    Remote Learning Expectations Shared with Families on September 15, 2020

    By participating in virtual sessions as part of your student’s remote learning plan, you consent to the use of the Remote Learning by audio and video conferencing technology, tools, and services and acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to all of the following requirements and restrictions:

    1. Students and parents/guardians must not save, record, share, or post any sessions or any copies, recordings, materials, or photographs of/from this session.  
    2. Students and parents/guardians may not share the links to the virtual services or supports with others or otherwise invite or allow others to participate in the virtual services or supports.
    3. Teachers may not share the links to the virtual services or supports in public online platforms.
    4. All members of the school community (students and staff) will treat each other with respect and follow school behavior and conduct expectations to promote a safe and peaceful learning environment. During remote learning, parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their student’s learning, with the guidance and support of their teachers, and the use of Framingham Public Schools chosen learning platforms. As always, the Student Code of Conduct applies to all learning environments hosted by the school, including remote learning. Students and families should carefully review the expectations regarding cyberbullying and harassment. Actions and behaviors that do not meet school expectations will be managed using a tiered district-wide behavior response system, which could result in consequences. Your school will provide more detailed information on remote behavioral and conduct expectations and supports.  
    5. The District’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to virtual learning, including school-issued devices and networks. The district policies are available on the district website for questions regarding school policies and procedures.
    6. The District reserves the right to remove a student from a session for inappropriate behavior or conduct.
    7. During online instruction, information regarding students and/or their voice, image and writing may be shared with other students (e.g., group chats, shared assignments, video feeds) who are participating in the session. Additionally, these sessions may be recorded for teachers to post in their online learning platforms. However, the District has taken steps to ensure that confidential student record information in its possession is maintained in accordance with applicable laws.
    8. The District assumes no liability and makes no representation regarding the quality of the audio or video conferencing service used.
    9. The District has in good faith attempted to ensure that audio and video conferencing platforms that are compliant with FERPA, CIPA, COPPA and all other applicable federal and state laws. The District will take reasonable measures to preserve your privacy and the privacy of the student, and each of our educators will continue to maintain the privacy of student record information. Parents/guardians waive any and all claims against the District related to the use of these third-party vendors to provide audio and/or video conferencing services.
    10. Parents/guardians and students should be aware that they and the space they are using during the video conferencing can be observed by the educator and by other students and may elect to disable the camera feature.

    Your participation, or that of your child in any video, audio, or virtual sessions arranged by the Framingham Public Schools, means you agree to these terms and will not hold the Framingham Public schools liable for the release of any student or personal information. Participants who are unwilling or unable to abide by these provisions should contact your building principal.  

Platform Expectations