Technology Acceptable Use Policy
All students and visitors are expected to use technology devices, the network, and their resources with appropriate etiquette and respect for people and property. The District network, hardware, and software, collectively known as District Technology, are designed to facilitate the exchange of information for the academic, educational, and research purposes of the school community. District Technology may not be used for private commercial purposes or personal entertainment. Students who abuse computer privileges may face disciplinary action including, but not limited to, exclusion of technology privileges over a designated period of time, paying to repair or replace damaged District Technology, reimbursing the District for unauthorized electronic commerce.
Students may not engage in activities that:
- Interfere with the ability of others to learn or use District Technology;
- Use District Technology for illegal purposes or for unauthorized access to systems, software, data, or websites;
- Maliciously attempt to harm, destroy, or alter the data of another user;
- Engage in electronic commerce;
- Does not meet the purposes of District Technology discussed above.
Responsible use and expectations are outlined in the Learning First handbook, which is distributed at the beginning of each year and reviewed with students by classroom teachers.
Cell phones, portable music devices, Smart watches, and other hand-held devices that are capable of sending and/or receiving text or electronic messages or images are to be turned off during school hours and are to be kept secured in a student’s locker, unless otherwise authorized by school personnel. Under no circumstances are students permitted to take and/or transmit digital images (pictures or videos) at school, on school property, or at school events (including field trips) where students and/or staff have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Electronic devices may be confiscated by a staff member who determines that one or more of these procedures have been violated.
Loss of access to personal wireless electronic devices can occur if District personnel become concerned about its appropriate use. Examples of District concerns include safety, potential for disruption to educational processes, and security issues related to connecting a personal computer to the District network.
Safety and Security of Personal Technology
Students who bring in electronic wireless devices do so at their own risk. District 28 shall not be responsible for the safety, security, loss, or damage of personal electronic devices. When the devices are used on school property, they will be treated as school property. The District may examine students’ personal electronic devices and search their contents if there is reason to believe that school policies, rules, or regulations have been violated. The building administration may involve law enforcement if the device is used for an illegal purpose or for a purpose that causes harm to others.
Social Network Passwords
School District administrators may request a student’s social media password information in the case that they believe the student’s account on a social media networking site has evidence that the student has violated a school rule or policy.