Learner safety is our top priority. One critical step in protecting our classroom community during each class, and in promoting open and positive communications, is to ensure that each participant is in fact a child (ages 3-18). To confirm that only children are enrolled in our classes, we require that each learner either join the class with video enabled, or connect by video with the teacher at least once at the beginning of each class. This allows the teacher to confirm that the learner is in fact a child. With that confirmation from the teacher, your learner may then elect to participate with the camera disabled.
We understand, however, that not all families have video access for such confirmation, or may not want to enable video for a myriad of reasons. Fret not: we have an alternative Child Learner Verification process! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. This process can take up to a week, so please email us well in advance of your class.
Please note that this is a program to bypass camera check-in protocols. Outschool continues to encourage all learners to engage with their teachers and classmates with their video enabled for a quality experience, although we do not require cameras on past check-in to participate. Most classes do not require the use of a camera past an initial check-in. However, since teachers make their own classroom rules, learner families should always carefully read a class description and check with a teacher prior to signup to see if cameras must be used in order to fully participate. Due to the subject matter, certain classes and teachers may choose to require cameras to be on for educational (face-to-face debate or private dance lessons) or safety purposes (like learning knife skills or working with chemistry equipment). If a teacher does has a mandated camera policy for a specific class, it will be clearly listed in the class description. If it is not mentioned in a class description, then a learner may choose to turn off their camera once they check into class.