Video Conferencing Platform Proving Successful for Continuity of Learning

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April 22, 2020 – When schools initially closed in mid-March, CCPS began using Zoom, a cloud-based software platform, to enable video conferencing among staff. Prior to beginning the Continuity of Learning, administration upgraded to Zoom for Education through purchased licenses.

The educational version of Zoom meets all the requirements for security and compliance, and provides accessibility for all learners, ensuring all students can participate equitably. Zoom offers numerous security protections, providing teachers full control at any given moment. Participants enter a ‘waiting room’ first and are then granted admission to enter the full conference by the teacher. A teacher can mute one or all students as needed, and can end a meeting for all participants with one click.

“Early in this process, safety concerns about Zoom came to our attention through the news,” stated Superintendent Patty Saelens. “However, we exercised due diligence and found those incidents involved the free version, not the purchased, licensed version of Zoom for Education. In looking into all options, this was clearly the most equitable choice with the most desirable safety features for students and staff.”

CCPS administrative policies and regulations, including the Acceptable Use Policy continue to apply to online learning. In addition, protocols for video conferencing were developed and shared with students and families:

  • Zoom should be treated like a classroom.
  • Be on time if you have a scheduled meeting with your teacher.
  • Find a quiet place, free from distraction (siblings, pets, televisions, other devices).
  • Maintain respect in both speaking, writing and appearance (school
  • appropriate clothing).
  • Do not eat or drink while in front of the camera.
  • Do not film, record or share content.