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COVID-19: Zoom Meetings


What you need to know about video meetings.

Update 4/5 -- For security purposes, Zoom has added a password feature to every Zoom meeting. You should get this password from your student's teacher.

Where is My Zoom ID?

Students will enter a Zoom meeting with an ID or code (9-digit number) provided by their teacher.

Depending on grade level, students will either find their teacher's Zoom ID on their website (K-2) or within their Google Classroom (3-12).

For individual meetings (between a teacher and one student), Zoom IDs may be sent via email or communicated in person. These meetings will often be part of a weekly schedule defined by the teacher.

Why Sharing a Zoom ID is a Bad Idea

A teacher's Zoom ID is designed to make it easy for your students to interact with the teacher and classmates. Sharing this ID on a public forum opens the door to anyone that may wish to access the classroom and interact with students. We don't allow unsecured access into our school buildings for the safety and security of our students. This same philosophy needs to be extended to the virtual classroom.

Standard Zoom Meetings

Enter your Meeting ID and your real name (so the teacher knows it's you) then click the big blue "Join" button.

When you enter a meeting...
Your first default view may be speaker view, where the person speaking is highlighted and others in the meeting are smaller.

Clicking the "Gallery View" in the top right corner will show all participants at the same size.

In one-on-one meetings, you'll see a view of just your teacher.

Initial meeting settings...
Your teacher will set your initial settings, but look in the lower right corner to find your microphone and video settings. Click either to toggle audio and video on or off. These use your computer's camera just above the screen and the built in audio -- unless you have other camera or microphone devices attached.

If necessary, "unmute" your microphone and "start video" (webcam)...

  • In the bottom left corner, click the icons to Unmute and Start Video.
  • Now the class/teacher will be able to see and hear you.

Other options...

  • Ask a question
    ​Before speaking, it is requested that you "Raise Your Hand to Speak". 
    • Select "Participants" at the bottom of the screen.
    • Select the "Raise Hand" button at the bottom of the right hand panel that appears.
    • A blue hand will appear next to the names of the participants waiting to speak.
    • Click the "Lower Hand" button if you do not need to ask a question/speak.
  • Chat
    You can type a private message/question to the teacher.
    • Select the "Chat" icon in the bottom toolbar.
    • Type your message.
  • Leave A Meeting
    When your meeting has ended, click the red "Leave Meeting" in the bottom right of the toolbar.

Accessing Zoom

Zoom is accessed by students from icons or links within the Chrome Browser once they have logged in with their account. There's no need to go to or download anything.


► Chromebooks
Students using a Chromebook will find the Zoom icon at the bottom of the screen in the application "tray". You may need to move the mouse/curser to the bottom of the screen for this to reveal itself.

► Non-Chromebooks
Students using a Windows or Mac computer will need to log into Google and the Chrome browser with their account. They will then see an icon in the upper left of the browser titled "APPS". Clicking on this will reveal a number of applications including Zoom.