for Distance Learning




Teacher Child Protection Guidelines
for Video Conferencing

  1. Zoom is our preferred platform for video conference calls. Google Meet / Hangout can be used as a backup option, but you will need to also use QuickTime to record the call. 
  2. Record all video sessions - both for child protection reasons and to be able to share the learning later with anyone who was not able to attend. 
    a. Turn on ‘Record Meeting Automatically’ in Zoom 
    b. Turn on ‘Recording Consent’ in Zoom settings so that students are reminded in each call that it is being recorded. 
    c. Upload these recordings to PSI registered Google Drive.
  3. Do not use apps like FaceTime, WhatsApp, WeChat or Voice / Video Call for 1:1 conversations 
  4. Sit in a well-lit, common space such as a kitchen or living room and be mindful of what things in your home may be in view of the camera. 
  5. All meetings will be held during the school day, Kyiv time. Students in other locations may need to access the recordings if they cannot attend the live events.
  6. Dress appropriately, as you would for any other workday. 
  7. Speak professionally and do not share personal stories that may be interpreted incorrectly. 
  8. Do not hold 1:1 conferences to discuss sensitive topics (e.g., growth & development topics, etc.). Discuss those topics in larger class groups only. 
  9. Refer any questions from students / parents, that are outside the scope of your lesson / subject to the relevant administrator. 
  10. All applications (especially video conferencing apps) are to be shut down at the end of the session. 
  11. The meeting host should set guidelines / standards about use of the mute / unmute button


Teacher Child Protection Guidelines
for Video Conferencing



This list is adapted from the Minnesota Department of Education 

  1. Persistence: Don’t panic when your Zoom doesn’t work, or the class time isn’t enough for you to understand what you need to do. Follow up with your teacher; ask friends for help; take a break and then come back to the work at hand.
    Effective time management: You have a much greater level of independence than you usually do. Keep a calendar of your Zoom appointments for the week and be ready to go a few minutes early. Prioritise your independent work based on due dates. Build in time for breaks, lunch, and exercise.
  2. Effective and appropriate communication skills. Use the tools we’ve given you: Zoom, Google Classroom, MyPSI, email, Google Chat and other platforms. Remember to always behave as if the teacher is in the room, and keep all communications with peers and teachers respectful and positive.
  3. Basic technical skills. We are all learning new technologies, so if you don’t know how something works, ask your teacher!
    Reading and writing skills. You’ll need these now more than ever. If you are a slow typist, consider taking an online typing class to bring your skills up to speed.
  4. Motivation and independence. Working online requires a lot of maturity. Think about why being in school is important to you. What are your future plans? How will an education help you get there? 
  5. Create a good study environment. Find a space in your house that is quiet and comfortable. Get rid of distractions, which means things like turning off your phone and closing down all game apps and websites. 
  6. Stay in touch! Make sure that you complete the attendance survey every day, that you attend all Zoom sessions, and that you connect with your teacher any time you feel confused or frustrated. We’re here to help!  



  1. Don’t panic! Your children are looking to you to see how to respond to this rapidly changing environment, both online and in terms of the quarantine. If you are calm and self-assured, your child will be, too. Help your child separate rumour from reality.
  2. Stay connected with the school. Email your child’s teacher and / or counsellor if your child is struggling with a particular assignment, the workload in general or the social isolation. Please be aware that teachers will respond within 24 hours Monday - Friday and on Monday for any emails that come in over the weekend.
  3. Keep us informed of any changes. Let us know if any member of your family becomes ill, if you are going to be out of town for any length of time, or if your child is going to be departing Kyiv. The more we know about your child’s situation, the more help we can provide. 
  4. Organise your time. The challenges here will vary depending on whether you are also working from home and whether you have multiple children. It’s important that you create a sense of routine for each child Some tips here include the following:
    — Even though they are off school, they should have regular times for going to bed and getting up. As much as possible, try to schedule your own time as well, so that your work doesn’t suffer.  
    — Identify the times when you are available to help them with homework and stick to that. 
    — Try to set a specific lunchtime and dinner time. 
    —Look at their daily agendas and determine when they can and should be online and when they can move away from the computer to get some exercise and down time.
  5. Monitor their online time. They’ll be spending more time than ever at their computers in order to complete school work. Check occasionally to make sure that they’re not getting distracted by social media websites, game applications, or other activities. Enforce the rule that they must step away from their computers on a regular basis during the day - even from school work, in order to give their brains, their eyes, and their bodies a much-needed break.
  6. Set aside time each day for kid-friendly activities. Have them close their computers for an hour and do some physical activities. Find games and activities that you can do together as a family. Let them pursue their interests and hobbies.
  7. Get outdoors. As much as possible, get them out into the fresh air. Walk the dog. Go for a bike ride. Play in the yard. 


PSI Distance Learning Roles and Responsibilities

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Student Guidelines
for Video Conferencing

  1. Be polite and kind, respect yourself, respect others and respect the online environment. 
  2. Remember that we are still learning and interacting with our friends from cultures around the world. Dress appropriately, as you would for any other school day. 
  3. Sit in a well-lit, common space such as a kitchen or living room where possible and be mindful of what things in your home may be in view of the camera. 
  4. Online lessons will be recorded. 
  5. 5. Students should only have applications and resources open as directed by the teacher. 
  6. Pause before you respond to make sure your classmate or teacher has finished talking. 
  7. Being in an online conference is like being in class. Contribute to the learning environment, and don’t make distracting noises or movements. We strongly advise you to eat your lunch away from your devices in order to give yourselves a break. However, you may have drinks or snacks nearby as long as they are not disrupting the learning for you or others.
  8. All applications (especially video conferencing apps) are to be shut down at the end of the session. 
  9. If students feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point, they should contact a trusted adult, including their school counsellor. 


Student Guidelines for Posting
to Online Discussion Boards

  1.  Think first. When you’re writing, people cannot hear your voice and may misinterpret what you’re trying to say. 
  2. Before posting your question, check to see if anyone has already asked it. 
  3. Respect the opinions of everyone in the group. It’s ok to disagree with ideas, but it is not ok to disagree with people. Disagree with ideas respectfully. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. 
  4. Stay on topic. Don’t post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, pictures. 
  5. Don’t type in ALL CAPS! If you do, it looks like you’re screaming. 
  6. Be brief and concise in your posts.