Cameras During Virtual Learning: On or Off?

Feb 27, 2021 | Covid-19

Camera use – and whether to require students in distance learning to have cameras on – is a new and controversial topic this school year.

Students have different needs and there’s no one-size-fits-all-solution, particularly for students with disabilities. Having cameras on may be beneficial for some students with disabilities but detrimental to others. Students’ individualized needs should always be considered.

Arlington (VA) Public Schools just changed its camera policy from student choice to “encouraging” students to turn cameras on. This change has caused concern and confusion from families, with reports of unevenness in implementation. As a result, Arlington SEPTA released a Q&A for families.