Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Fall 2020 Plans

eLearning Attendance & Code of Conduct

CCHS eLearning Code of Conduct

eLearning Class Sessions

The eLearning class sessions are an important component of our digital curriculum.  In large measure, they provide the needed class interaction of a live traditional class. All participants in the eLearning sessions are expected to adhere to the following rules and best practices in order to ensure the best possible learning environment.

I. Attendance in eLearning
Strong attendance is an essential prerequisite for academic achievement. Students are expected to be in attendance and on time every day as mandated by Florida Law. It is the family’s responsibility to ensure that your son logs into his online class meetings on time, every day and for the duration of the class, completing all assignments, and turning them in on time, as determined by his teachers. Parents must not permit absences for reasons other than those of a serious nature and should cooperate with the school in cases where their child will be absent.

Students are expected to log into their course(s) regularly in order to keep up with the course materials. 
  • Faculty, staff, and administration are able to track the student’s activities online and are expected to log in to the course regularly in order to keep up with assignments. 
  • Students are responsible for signing in to OnCampus by 7:45 am on eLearning days.  An eLearning day is a regular school day. If students do not sign-in to OnCampus to record their attendance, they will be marked absent for the day by their instructor.
  • In the event of an absence, the student’s parent/legal guardian must email the attendance office at afernandez@columbushs.com or call the attendance office at (305)223-5650 Ext. 2214 between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. the day a student is absent. The email should contain the following information:
o   Student’s full name, I.D. number, and homeroom.
o   Date(s) of absence(s).
o   Reason for absence.
o   A phone number where the individual above may be reached during the day in question.
  • The absence may be considered unexcused if the student is absent and does not email or telephone-in to report the absence.
  • If an unexpected situation such as illness should arise and there is an extended leave from the course, the student needs to contact the teacher and report the problem to Dr. Vila (jvila@columbushs.com), who will determine alternatives and course of action for meeting class requirements.
II. Preparation for the eLearning Class Session
  • Make sure your technology is reliable and consistent and have a backup plan in place for when your internet or computer fails you.
  • Establish a quiet, consistent, distraction-free location to access and complete course requirements.
  • Set up a designated workspace, ideally with a desk or table with adequate lighting and a clear area for your charged iPad and all school materials.
  • Posture before the camera must be conducive to active learning and participation (i.e. not reclining and the student’s full face must be visible in the camera frame).
  • Once you find the place to work, prepare the area with the necessities for each class, be organized, and ready for class.
  • The background for an eLearning session must be the student’s setting and not a virtual image. This setting must be appropriate to the other participants and offer enough light for the student’s face to be visible.
  • Never enter, or attempt to enter, a meeting fraudulently using the name of another student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Never enter an eLearning session for a class that is not part of the regular schedule, and more so, never enter a meeting for a class at another school.
  • Class meeting IDs are never to be shared with others outside of the class.  
    • Students should only use the meeting IDs that pertain to the classes on their schedule.
III. Participation in the eLearning Class Session
  • Arrive on time for the class session. The student will be admitted to the “waiting room” before being admitted to the class.
  • While attending an eLearning session, students are expected to comply with the dress code. The dress code is designed to promote habits of neatness, good grooming, and hygiene among Columbus students. In addition, the dress code establishes an “academic” atmosphere conducive to learning. Students are expected to comply with the following code of dress and good grooming and hygiene during each school day.
    • Freshmen/Sophomores:
      • A long or short-sleeved button-down, Oxford shirt with the Columbus “ship” logo on the breast pocket. The shirt comes in three colors: solid white, solid blue, and striped blue and white.
      • The Columbus uniform ties with a Red/Blue stripe.
    • Juniors/Seniors:
      • A long or short-sleeved button-down, White, French Blue, or Blue mini-check shirt with a “C” logo on sleeve.
      • Columbus uniform Burgundy/Blue stripe tie
  • Set up a designated workspace, ideally with a desk or table with adequate lighting and a clear area for your charged iPad and all school materials.
o   Your workspace must be free of background noise and distractions so that you can give your full attention to the class.
  • Posture before the camera must be conducive to active learning and participation (i.e. not reclining and the student’s full face must be visible in the camera frame).
o   You should be seated upright during class and not lying on the floor, bed, or walking back and forth, etc.
  • Log into the Zoom account using your Columbus email account and the specific instructions sent out by the IT department, via Columbus administration. (ex. adelgado25141@columbushs.com).
    • The device being used should be identified by the student’s full name, which is the name the teacher will see on the Zoom “waiting room.” 
  • Keep our camera on. The students' full face must be visible in the camera frame and mute your microphone when not speaking.
  • As expected of any class interaction, participants are expected to treat each other with courtesy and respect. Students should be attentive and professional in front of the camera.
    • Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication. This extends to social media, emails, discussion postings, group projects, and submit assignments which may be part of or an extension of the eLearning interaction. 
    • Use of any profanity - written, drawn, displayed, or spoken - during a meeting is unacceptable.
  • Taking screenshots or screen recordings of virtual classrooms without explicit permission from the teacher and class members is unacceptable.
IV. Disciplinary Action/Options for Unacceptable Behavior in an eLearning Class Session
  • Disruptions to an eLearning class session may lead to the student’s removal from a session for part or the entire session.
    • Students with an unexcused absence or who are removed from an eLearning class session for disruptive behavior may not receive any credit for the activity, classwork, assessment, or participation that took place during his absence.
  • Repeated disruption will be reported to the Deans of Students and may lead to suspension from eLearning class sessions altogether. 
  • The student may face immediate suspension or expulsion from Columbus High School for any of the following major infractions with Zoom:
    • Entering a meeting fraudulently. 
    • Creating negative images of meetings using screenshots or screen recordings of any member of the faculty, staff, or administration.
    • Not dressed properly for class (ex. dressed in revealing clothes, dressed in clothes with inappropriate sayings).
    • Using profanity or obscenities in any form (ex. Usage of an Inappropriate name).
    • Participating in the viewing or exchange of pornography or obscene materials.
    • Verbal or physical abuse in the form of intimidation, harassment, or threatening behavior directed toward the teacher, fellow students, or administrative staff.
    • Stealing, using, or disclosing someone else's code or password without authorization.
    • Copying, pirating or downloading software and electronic files without permission.
  • Any student who is found plagiarizing or cheating may have his grade for the assignment/assessment lowered or may fail the course.
  • Unforeseeable Actions: As a matter of policy, it is recognized that not all foreseeable situations or their severity can be anticipated. Students and parents should understand that if unforeseeable situations should occur, the administrator will deal with these offenses at his/her discretion, including the possible use of law enforcement authorities.

Columbus Student Expectations for eLearning

As an eLearning student, there are additional rules and expectations regarding prior online etiquette in place in order to protect all students and all staff members. Access to eLearning must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. With expanded access to electronic information, the availability of inappropriate material is not uncommon. Some sites contain illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive information. We especially appreciate partnering with parents to teach responsible Internet use.

Columbus High School’s eLearning is designed to give students an engaging online learning experience that includes clear expectations and outcomes for each week.  These expectations will include online and offline learning activities.  The work for the week in each subject area can be found in the OnCampus student portal. Tools in OnCampus, such as instructional videos, live and recorded sessions, online resources, and chats will be used.

It is important that students understand their responsibility as learners to engage in their classrooms each day. In addition, they are responsible for the same regulations as listed in our school Code of Conduct. This includes appropriate online behavior within the eLearning Platform.   

Students will:
1. Attend all synchronous class meetings, via Zoom; when attending class meetings:
  • Follow dress code (stated in the Student Handbook)
  •  It is not acceptable to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language.
  • Limit background noise and other distractions
  •  Make yourself visible to the teacher at all times
  • Participate fully in class discussions; avoid side conversations with other students and/or anyone else in your house
  • Students may use cell phones only when directed by the teacher for instructional purposes
2. Regularly check OnCampus for class assignments
  •  The student portal may also direct students to other digital tools.
3. Regularly check your Columbus e-mail, maintaining communication with teachers and other students via e-mail and/or the Remind application.
 

Deans of Students

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of John Lynskey

    Mr. John Lynskey 

    Dean of Students/Assistant Development Director
    ext. 2215
    CCHS Class of 1978
  • Photo of Christopher McKeon

    Mr. Christopher McKeon 

    Dean of Students/Athletic Director
    ext. 2238
  • Photo of Alex Trujillo

    Mr. Alex Trujillo 

    Dean of Students
    ext. 2287
    CCHS Class of 1996

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Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.