Middle School Student Expectations

All students are expected to behave and demonstrate responsibility, respect for others, and self-discipline on a daily basis, while in the virtual classroom, when participating in school-sponsored events, and before and after school hours.

During distance learning, students are expected to:

  • Make every effort to attend classes, engage in online activities, and be an active participant in their own education.
  • Complete assignments during the assigned time frame on their own, or with help from parents as appropriate.
  • Complete remote assessments (testing) as directed by teachers.
  • Communicate with their teachers around any conflict that may arise in regard to the completion of their work (illness, work, or care of siblings).
  • Take care of their APS issued device and interact online in accordance with APS policies and guidance.

As they engage in learning online, students should:

  • Actively attend and participate freely in class.
  • Come to class dressed appropriately and with an appropriate background (blur or another background choice) showing on Microsoft Teams.
  • Work under their teacher’s guidance regarding the use of their camera during Microsoft Teams meetings (live online instruction); staff will allow students and/or parents/guardians the flexibility of having cameras on or off.
  • Mute their microphone when they are not speaking.
  • Use the “raise hand” feature in Microsoft Teams if they have a question during class.
  • Minimize distractions to themselves and to other students (no TV on in the background, minimal interaction with family members, etc.)
  • Use appropriate language throughout all virtual interactions. Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication (e.g., emails, discussion boards, group projects, submitted assignments).
  • Treat each other, and their teacher(s), with courtesy and respect. Students have the right to express themselves in a safe online environment as if it were an in-person class.
  • Notify the teachers and/or school administrator immediately if they receive inappropriate online interactions.
  • Add a photo or bitmoji of themselves to their Canvas and Microsoft Teams profile.

Student conduct during distance learning should comply with all APS policies, and is subject to normal APS disciplinary procedures. Please see the Behavior and Disciplinary Responsibilities section of the APS Handbook.


Elementary students are encouraged to engage in nightly independent reading of their choice. Beyond that, no additional assignments/homework will be required outside of the expectations for asynchronous work that is part of students’ daily class time, or the 30 minutes per subject of asynchronous work assigned for Mondays.