Microsoft Teams Code of Conduct for Staff

Code of Conduct for Staff and Governors

When staff and governors of St. Mary’s CE Primary School are participating in an audio or video conference on Microsoft Teams, or any other video conferencing software, they should remember to maintain their professional relationship and they should conduct themselves as they would when meeting pupils, parents, carers or other stakeholders face to face. All staff and governors are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct when using Microsoft Teams:

  • Staff and governors should use their approved St. Mary’s CE Primary School account
  • Staff and governors should behave in a respectful, patient, polite and courteous manner at all times
  • Staff and governors should find a workspace that is quiet, safe and free from distractions; bedrooms should not be used; thought should also be given to the background that can be viewed (e.g. neutral with no personal photographs on display)
  • Staff and governors must be dressed appropriately at all times (e.g. no pyjamas, clothing worn must suitably cover top and bottom of body)
  • Staff and governors will not contact parents or pupils outside of any pre-arranged meetings
  • Staff and governors will ensure appropriate security settings are in place for the meeting. Joining participants will be held in a virtual waiting room while their identity is confirmed. This will ensure that access is only granted to the expected registered users or guests. Participants’ audio or video may be muted until appropriate.
  • Staff and governors should avoid public displays of affection
  • Staff and governors should remain attentive during sessions
  • Staff and governors should announce to all in the meeting/session if recording will take place and when the recording commences
  • Staff and governors should not upload, share or forward material that could be considered offensive, inappropriate or illegal
  • Staff and governors should not make comments that could be considered offensive. This explicitly includes any form of cyberbullying
  • Staff and governors will continue to follow the rules regarding use of technology as outlined in the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – Staff Agreement
  • Staff and governors must make sure they have ‘logged off’ the call/meeting correctly once it is finished or if necessary select ‘end meeting for all’ – before turning off any devices


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