Sometimes we will restrict a teacher’s activity on Outschool or remove them entirely. That is an unusual outcome, and we try our best to avoid it. Over the history of Outschool, we have removed a small number of teachers from the site. Teachers who have been removed for violating our Terms of Service and or Community Standards are not eligible to reapply to the platform at this time.

We understand that even the best teachers will get bad reviews, miss an occasional class, or have a parent complain about them. In moderation, none of those are concerning.

We may restrict or remove teachers when we see repeated or extreme unprofessional conduct, including but not limited to:

  • Using a personal Zoom account to teach live classes, rather than going through the Outschool classroom

  • Missing class

  • When a class is missed, failing to follow up and reschedule with parents

  • Starting class more than 5 minutes late or ending class more than 5 minutes early

  • Canceling a class with less than 24 hours’ notice. To properly cancel a class, parents should be notified more than 24 hours before the class is set to start and the class meeting should also be canceled more than 24 hours before the class starts. Canceling within 24 hours of the class start time due to low enrollment is not an acceptable excuse.

  • Providing consistently poor-quality experiences

  • Posting materials for flexible schedule classes or Groups irregularly or late

  • Not providing regular feedback or being available for questions in flexible schedule classes

  • Not responding to messages from parents who are enrolled with the teacher

  • Deceiving, or trying to deceive, parents or Outschool

  • Parent complaints about the teacher’s behavior

  • Disregard for learner or parent safety or privacy

  • Requesting enrollment fees from families to be paid outside of the Outschool platform

  • If you attempt to circumvent our process for using third party tools and nonetheless use a non-compliant resource, Outschool will remove you from our platform if it becomes aware of this violation.

  • Asking or directing users to enroll in your class(es) on another site.

  • Withdrawing learners or canceling classes based on parent reviews or comments on other classes

  • Failure to send back a payment

  • Failure to renew your yearly background check

  • Failing to maintain a good working relationship with the Outschool team

  • Other unprofessional behavior

  • Other violations of our community standards

When we have concerns about a teacher’s activity on Outschool, we share them with the teacher. In most cases, teachers will be warned prior to removal. The only exception is in cases of an egregious breach of trust and safety or extreme quality concerns.

Additionally, to help ensure parents see relevant content, we unlist classes if they appear inactive. A class will be unlisted if there are no active or future sections and no new sections have been created in the past 12 months. In the case that a teacher has no active sections of any classes in the last 6 months, all classes will be unlisted. If you have been unlisted solely due to inactivity, simply submit your classes for approval again.

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