• Earth Science Classroom Expectations (COVID-19 Edition)

    Mr. Weiss

    Students are expected to follow all school rules as outlined in the student handbook. The Fort Defiance Honor Code governs all assignments. In addition to these school rules, the following classroom policies and procedures will be observed:

    • Students will need to bring a notebook or a binder with paper to class every day. Additionally, students will need to bring a pen or pencil every day.

    • Although traditional homework sheets will not be assigned, students should expect assignments to be posted online even during days that they are not in the classroom.

    • Since this course will primarily be virtual, anything students miss that would take place in person will be posted online, for instance, lectures and demonstrations.

    • Book bags will need to be placed anywhere out of the aisles.

    • Permission to leave the classroom for any reason is always necessary and at the total discretion of the teacher.

    • Students are expected to clean up after themselves. All trash will be put in the proper containers. Use the classroom recycling bin for paper products only. Please do not put non-recyclables in the paper recycling bin.

    • Students will not disturb materials on the teacher’s front desks, computer desk, or storage closet. Do not touch equipment set up for another class.

    • Students will NOT line up at the door waiting for the bell, but will remain at their seats until the bell rings and they are dismissed by the teacher. This policy promotes on-task behavior and prevents any difficulties that may arise as people enter or exit the room.

    • ALL PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES will not be used in class unless they are part of the learning process or permitted by the teacher. No personal music will be listened to during class time unless permitted by the teacher. If you need to use your phone to calculate or look up something, you must ask first. Unauthorized use of a cell phone will result in disciplinary action.

    • Food is not permitted during class unless it is lunch. Drinks are permitted as long as they are not a distraction.

    • Classroom furniture, equipment, books, sinks, etc. are to be used properly and not abused. Do not write or draw on desks, lab tables, or any other furniture and equipment in the room. Those who choose to do so will be responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

    • Students will be attentive in class; students will not be allowed to sleep or put their heads down on their desks in class unless permitted by the teacher.

    • Late classwork will receive a maximum score of 60%.

    • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students will not copy and paste text to complete their assignments and projects (Canvas has a tool that checks for plagiarism).

    • Students are encouraged to contact me if they need extra help, get behind in their work, or need to make up an assessment.

    • While at home, students are expected to spend at least approximately one hour per day on coursework for this course.

    • Students are to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. No other conduct is acceptable. Excessive talking, rudeness, uncooperative behavior, and/or breaking the rules above (or from the Student Handbook) will result in disciplinary action.

    • Students will be able to listen to music while they work on assignments as long as they do not break the rules established above.


    When agreeing to the Secondary Science Safety Rules Acknowledgement Form, you are also agreeing to the expectations listed above.