Based upon the feedback of various stakeholders, including teachers, parents, and students, Saddleback Valley Unified School District is adjusting the policy regarding the use of cameras while videoconferencing (Zoom, Google Meets, etc.).
Teachers may require students to turn their cameras on during class:
Teachers may use citizenship grades and comments to give feedback on student camera use.
Teachers may not increase or decrease a student’s academic scores based on camera use or lack of camera use.
Parents/guardians may opt their student out from the mandatory “camera- on” policy by logging into the Parent Portal and choosing the SVUSD Camera Opt Out option. Directions on how to do this are found on the district website under District Learning Resources.
Classroom Best Practices
It is recommended that camera use is related to a specific educational purpose when it is necessary to accomplish a learning objective rather than just, “all the time.” These activities are generally limited in nature and may include:
Start of a lesson/welcome
Students working in groups
Community building exercises
Students should be mindful of their surroundings and/or use a virtual background if possible when their cameras are on.
When students turn their camera off, they are encouraged to show a profile picture or bitmoji of themselves.
If students choose not to turn their camera on when prompted:
The teacher will first help determine if there is a technology issue by messaging students and/or communicating with parents/guardians. Students who experience connectivity issues cannot be penalized. This document can help trouble-shoot camera and microphone issues on a Chromebook. If you still have difficulty, please call the SVUSD Help Desk at 949.855.4357 Mon-Fri 7:30-4:30.)
Teachers may mark “Camera Off” in Aeries while taking attendance. This will send out an automated call to families.
School sites can determine if additional steps are necessary
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