Department of Defense Education Activity

Student Responsibilities

ES Boy Virtually LearningIf you have never taken an online class, you are probably wondering how online courses compare to traditional classes--especially for younger students. Online courses have many things in common with traditional classes. Both have teachers, classmates, completion requirements, course materials and assignments. Although the basic academic skills for success are similar for all grade levels, in the online environment self-direction, time management, and self-motivation are critical for student success. For younger students, regardless of grade level, adult help with these characteristics is important.

Once enrolled, all DVS students are expected to:

  • Complete the online course.
  • Log into the course daily and interact with the teacher often.
  • Communicate politely with teachers and classmates..
  • Be flexible, patient, and tolerate change.
  • Demonstrate a sincere desire to learn and participate in class activities

Depending upon their grade level and development, students enrolled in online courses will be provided with the opportunity to increase their ability to:

  • Maintain self-discipline and avoid procrastination.
  • Be self-directed and self-motivated in his/her approach to learning.
  • Possess effective study skills and habits.
  • Work independently and have the ability to pace his/her own learning.
  • Meet deadlines and fulfill course requirements in a timely manner.
  • Read carefully and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Utilize basic computer skills such as e-mailing, downloading documents, utilizing the internet for research and/or data collection and using productivity software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite or Google Apps for Education).

Student Responsibilities

The DoDEA Virtual School expects all students to abide by ethical academic standards. In an online environment, plagiarism and cheating is one of the greatest concerns in regards to student achievement. Whether intentional or not, the use of other people's work can result in severe consequences.

Students are encouraged to work with each other through the use of interactive technologies such as Instant Messaging, Discussion Boards, and DoDEA Student Google Applications as needed. However, note that any obvious signs of cheating or copying may require the student to resubmit the assignment for a grade, especially for younger students. For students enrolled in courses for high school credit, depending upon the circumstances, students may receive a zero for the assignment and an administrative referral.  

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for the purpose of gaining advantage during an examination is strictly prohibited. These expectations apply to all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class.

Students are expected to engage in respectful communication with their teacher and other students in a variety of ways to support instruction within their online course. Respectful communication with peers using instant messaging and discussion boards allow students to share ideas and reflect and modify their own understanding of concepts.

Teacher-student communications are conducted via the following technologies based upon need and availability:

  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • Instant Message (IM)
  • Web Conferencing

Teachers are not only subject matter experts in their chosen fields, but are generally knowledgeable on the use of computers and our online learning environment. Think of your teachers as your first point of contact when you need help with your course materials or for any technical concerns. You should feel free to contact your teacher with any question and especially when you do not understand a concept in your readings or the instructions for an assignment or a test. If your teacher cannot answer a question, they will give you the information you need to contact the appropriate person(s) or department.

If you have questions or seek clarification about course assignments, please schedule a time for extra help with your teacher. Please do not hesitate to ask for help at any time.

Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards. We believe that the Internet provides invaluable resources to our students.

Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well.

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Visiting inappropriate sites, or downloading inappropriate files, will result in the cancellation of that privilege. Federal regulation mandates that you protect and conserve government property and not use such property for other than authorized purposes. A DoDEA student email account shall not be used for anything other than authorized purposes.

In accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01 "Computer Access and Internet Policy "the parents of all students in grades K-12 are required to sign the Student Network Use Agreement whenever a student registers for school. The agreement covers the use of the school LAN, Internet, and electronic mail (e-mail). The signed agreements are maintained at the school in each student's file. The student's local school maintains this record.

DoDEA Regulation 2051.1 is the policy and procedures for disciplinary action for all students enrolled in DoDEA. You are welcome to view the 45 page document if you wish. 

The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. Discipline provides an opportunity for students to understand that inappropriate behavior results in appropriate consequences. These consequences are designed to keep the students academically involved. Exclusion from learning opportunities is a final disciplinary option. We believe it is imperative to provide students with feedback for their disruptive behavior and allow for planning to avoid future incidents of behavior.

While much of student learning occurs at times outside of a traditional class day, it is important that students remain in step with the assignment schedule. Courses are not self-paced. The assignment schedule posted in each course provides a pacing guide for students to complete their necessary coursework. Broken into weekly “chunks,” each assignment schedule provides required due dates, direction for student independent work and for student-teacher collaboration during required live sessions.

  • Depending upon grade level, students may be required to attend live, synchronous instruction with their teacher. Synchronous meeting times can be found on the course specific weekly assignment schedule provided in each course.
  • For those students who are unable to attend a scheduled live session, please direct them to the recording of the session posted in the course.  
  • If you know in advance that your student will miss a live session or will be absent for the day, please reach out to your student’s teacher. He or she will provide you with instructions for addressing the missed session.

DoDEA Virtual School students are expected to dress appropriately during their live virtual class sessions. The following dress code applys to students enrolled in the DVS:

  • Clothing designs, logos, and text should not promote or contain references to sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, profanity, racism, sexism, discrimination, or hate speech. 
  • No revealing clothing is allowed. Examples include, but are not limited to see-through, backless, strapless, thin straps, (straps must be wide enough to cover any undergarment worn), or made of fishnet. 
  • Students will not wear sunglasses, hats, or other headwear (except for religious or medical reasons) during live sessions.

While enrolled in the Virtual School Option, students are expected to behave respectfully with one another, with teachers, and with support staff. Additionally, each student is to turn in their own work and is to abide by the DoDEA Internet use agreement. When students have violated these or any other issue that may impact their own or other student’s learning, the following steps of action may be invoked, depending upon the seriousness of the issue.

  • Teacher counsels student
  • Teacher and student conference
  • Teacher contacts the parent
  • Student may be referred to the counselor
  • Teacher and counselor may meet to develop behavior interventions
  • Administration, teacher and counselor meet with parent and student

Conferences, detentions, suspensions, or referrals are possible at any time depending on the serverity or nature of the behavior.