Student Distance Learning Protocols
for 2020-2021


Last revision August 20, 2020

Distance learning protocols will be in effect for the duration of any period of extended campus closure, during which no on-campus instruction will be taking place.

Important Reminders

  • Focus camera on you, not ceiling or the contents of your room in the background
  • Late students must go through the Dean’s Office to gain admission to class

Synchronous Instruction 

  • Every school day in distance or virtual learning will proceed according to the bell schedule. Teachers will host a synchronous learning session via Zoom any time a given class would meet. Prior to the scheduled start time for a class, students should log in to the Zoom meeting room for that class, turn on their cameras, and be prepared to participate in the learning activities their teachers have planned.
  • Teachers are not required to post the link each day for each meeting; students are expected to open the link posted on their teachers’ Google Classroom pages (the preferred method) or join the room from their Zoom meeting history. Students will be unable to join a class without being logged in to their JHS Zoom account.
  • If a Zoom meeting for a class has not started within 10 minutes of the expected start time, students should check Google Classroom for any posted assignments. This will happen on occasion if a teacher is unable to make a class meeting for any reason; in these cases, teachers will schedule a Google Classroom post with instructions or an assignment for students to complete (as done during traditional in-person instruction). It is a student’s responsibility to check for and complete any work posted in this manner.


  • All students are expected and required to attend synchronous class sessions, the same as our attendance expectations during regular school operation.
  • Any absence for one or more periods should be routed through the Dean’s Office by calling the attendance line at (916) 480-2135.
  • Any student who is late to class will be marked absent and will not receive attendance credit for that class period without first contacting the Dean’s Office at (916) 480-2126. Students experiencing technical difficulties accessing a class should do the same.
  • Teachers will instruct students how to expect to be admitted to a particular class—from a waiting room, with an assignment ready to go, free to chat or muted, etc.
  • Students will not receive attendance credit without having their video enabled and/or being properly attired/situated in an appropriate work space.
  • Students will need to attend for the entirety of the session, and meet any accountability checks teachers establish during that class meeting (assessments, exit tickets, participation, etc.).

Dress Code and Learning Environment

  • The dress code for distance or virtual learning is our Friday casual dress code—a Jesuit logowear polo, T-shirt, or sweatshirt.
  • No hats or hoods are permitted without express permission from the Dean’s Office.
  • Students should attend their classes from a quiet, dedicated space for their school work, not in bed or in other environments that could be distracting to themselves or others.

Behavior and Etiquette

  • Student behavioral expectations from in-person learning also apply in distance or virtual learning. Please refer to the Student-Parent Handbook for more information about general behavioral expectations.
  • Individual teachers may set their expectations for their digital classrooms, but the default expectation is that students display their first and last name, do not enable Zoom backgrounds, stay on mute when they are not speaking, and use headphones to reduce the chance of feedback or other noise interference.
  • Zoom class meetings and office hours are academic meetings, and students should adapt their language and behavior to fit norms and expectations of a collegial academic environment.


  • Any new assignments will be announced/introduced during class sessions and posted to Google Classroom by 4 p.m. the day they are assigned (not later in the day or on a day the class does not meet).
  • Assignments will be given a clear due date and time that correspond to the start time of a subsequent class meeting, as well as instructions about how to submit work (e.g. what file format(s) are permissible).
  • Assignments may also be posted in the case of a teacher’s inability to run a live class session; students are expected to check Classroom at the start of class, or 10 minutes into a class if their normal Zoom session has not started.
  • Students will be expected to follow teacher directions for all “in-class” assignments and quizzes/tests, and submit work in the appropriate time and manner.
  • Students should expect 20-30 minutes of homework per class meeting; XL/Honors/AP classes may expect slightly more.

Assessments and Grading 

  • Students will be expected to abide by the Academic Integrity policy as outlined in the Student Parent Handbook, as well as any specific guidelines a teacher may give that pertain to a specific assessment (cameras on, phones off, etc.).
  • Students should expect their teachers to use multiple methods of assessment, from quizzes and tests to interactive discussions and exit tickets. Teachers’ syllabi and individual assessment instructions will indicate the relative weight or value of any given assessment.
  • Students should expect that their assessments will be meaningful and rigorous, with grades determined much the same as they would be in an in-person learning environment. Jesuit High School will not be using pass/fail grading in distance or virtual learning.

Use of Apps and Resources 

  • Teachers will use Google Classroom as the official means of communicating expectations and collecting work.
  • Teachers will use Zoom as the official platform for all synchronous class sessions. All students need to use their Jesuit-authorized Zoom account for any school-related meetings (class, office hours, collaboration, etc.).
  • Teachers will continue to use PowerSchool as the official portal for student grades and attendance.
  • Individual teachers may direct students to use other sites or apps in addition to these main platforms. It is up to students and teachers to work together to navigate any additional app/website expectations.

Distance or Virtual Learning Materials

  • a BYOD-program-approved device (laptop/tablet/desktop) for schoolwork
  • a webcam/front-facing camera-enabled device with Zoom installed (if separate from main device)
  • headphones (included microphone suggested)
  • microphone (if not included with headphones)
  • a way to scan/take photos of work for submission (e.g. smartphone)
  • any materials needed for class (books, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.)