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USD 235 Technology Agreement

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Uniontown USD #235 Technology Agreement

2016-2017

 

GOOGLE RELEASE

Google allows for students and teachers to create documents, presentations, etc. using Internet based applications.  It allows for collaboration, which will only be between members of the uniontown235.org domain for grades PK-8.  This means that only people associated with USD 235 have access to emailing, chatting and posting on these Google based services.  Students in grades 9-12 have open email access.  Because of your child's age, your child's access to Google Apps for Education requires your permission. We are requesting permission for your child to fully participate in the communication portions of Google Apps for Education such as (1) sending and receiving emails (the internal e-mail system only between USD 235 staff and students for PK-8),  (2) reading and posting messages in Google Apps for Education; and (3) personalizing certain areas in Google that are controlled by the child such as his/her profile page, portfolios and pages.

With your approval, we will activate your child's account so that your child can experience all of the learning community’s features and activities in Google Apps for Education. Your

child's participation in Google Apps will require that his/her information be collected

and that you consent to Google Apps use of cookies.  USD 235 only supplies Google Apps for Education with your child’s first and last name. The last four digits of their SSN are to be used as a password on their accounts but not released.  Our district does not input any other information about your child.

Just like any Internet based application, some of the features in Google Apps for education will enable your child to share personal information, we encourage you to monitor and supervise all of your child's Internet activities during his/her use of any website. You may, for example, want to set rules for your child about whom they can talk to and what general discussion topics are appropriate, and what personal information, if any, is appropriate to share. Please teach and remind your child to be cautious regarding the posting of personal

information such as name, telephone number or e-mail on any website.

MEDIA RELEASE

Uniontown Schools highlights the activities of the school and our students in a variety of ways, including the school’s website; e-newsletter; the school’s official social media outlets; brochures and other print publications; admissions outreach materials and fund-raising efforts; and occasionally with local or national news media. In promoting the school, we sometime use students’ names, images and samples of work.  These might include photographs; video/audio recordings; quotations; student writing, and artwork. These images are used solely for public relations and education about the school’s mission and purpose. For example, we may publish a photograph of an athletic team to celebrate a win or a great season, and if your student is on the team, he or she might be identified in a photograph.

NOTE:

In all of our digital communications –including the website, social media outlets, and e-newsletters –students are

identified only by first name and the first initial of their last name (e.g., John D.). Full names are never used on/in

digital publications, but are used in print publications. 

PERSONAL DEVICES:

USD 235 provides devices for student use during instruction.  Personal devices are not be used during class time.  Support will not be provided for personal devices.

TYPE OF USER ACCOUNTS:

The COPPA Act of 1998 (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)

Restricts children under the age of 13 from having most types of online accounts.  Due to the COPPA Act, devices for students under age 13 must be set up differently than for those students age 13 & older.

“INSTITUTIONAL” account (used in grades K-8). 

he devices for these grades are set up by the school (institution). Students cannot add or delete apps unless instructed to do so by USD 235 staff.

LAYERED account (used in grades 9-12). 

We reserve the right to restrict email accounts and limit the tabs a student can have open during school hours.  Devices will be preloaded with Google Apps and software requested by our staff.  Students are not to load any other software or use any peripheral device outside of those provided or approved by USD 235.  School appropriate apps may be added to Google accounts, such as a calculator or study guides.  However, if they detract from the learning environment, or are used in an inappropriate manner according to administration, they will be removed.  Any app that a student may choose to purchase on their USD 235 Google account will be lost once their account is terminated by the district when they leave school.  The district will not refund any of the cost of these apps or other files etc.

OFF CAMPUS RIGHTS

TAKE HOME 24/7 ACCESS:

During the school year, 9-12 students may use a district issued devices off campus on a 24 hour/7 day basis. School issued devices are not allowed in the commons area during meal times (breakfast and lunch).

To be eligible for 24/7 off campus access, the student must complete all of the following:

  • Parent and the student signature on all sections of the User Agreement
  • Pay a $50 technology fee yearly
  • Follow all rules for appropriate usage

SCHOOL DAY ONLY ACCESS: 

  1. Before a device will be issued, the following must be completed:
  • Parent and the student signature on all sections of the User Agreement
  • Pay a $35 technology fee yearly (Grades 7-8 only)
  • Follow all rules for appropriate usage

DEVICE CHECK-IN PROCEDURE

Checking in Your Device at the End of the Year

  • Devices will be returned during the final week of school so they can be checked for serviceability. 
  • If a student leaves Uniontown Schools for any reason during the year after being issued a device the device will be returned at the time of checkout.
  • Graduates from Uniontown High School who have paid all fees are eligible to keep their assigned device after it has been released by the technology department.
  • If a student fails to return the device at the end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment in Uniontown Schools, that student will be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability.  The student will also pay the replacement cost of the device.  Failure to return the device will result in a theft report being filed with the Bourbon County Sherriff Department.
  • The student will be responsible for any damage to the device and/or accessories and will be charged a fee for any needed repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of the items or $50 whichever is less. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Lost chargers are not covered by insurance and currently cost around $55.00 from our supplier.  Students will be required to stand the costs for chargers not returned.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR DEVICE: 

General Precautions

  • Devices must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels.  The only exception:  the Uniontown Technology Department will place an identification sticker on the device and charger.
  • Students in grades (7-12) are responsible for charging their device overnight to ensure its usage throughout the next day.
  • Devices should always be within the protective case when carried. Students must use either the school issued case or one purchased from the school district.  No exceptions.
  • A plastic tag will be issued to each student to be attached to the case of the device.  This tag must remain attached at all times.  If a tag is lost it must be reported to the technology department immediately.

USING YOUR DEVICE

Devices are intended for classroom use every day at school.  Students should bring their devices to all classes, unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher.

Devices Undergoing Repair

  • Loaner laptops may be issued to students whose device is being repaired at the discretion of the technology department.                                                                                                                                                                 

Screensavers/Background Photos

  • Students will have the ability to customize their laptop screen background.  Appropriate media will be used.  Screen lock passcodes are not to be used.

Home Internet Access/Printing

  • Students are allowed to access additional wireless networks on their devices.  This will be necessary to use web-based services outside of the school setting.  But the district will not be responsible for the proper function of any wireless network on the device other than our school network.
  • Printing on a non-district printer will not be supported.  Students will have access to print on district owned printers while at school.

Personal Apps

  • 9-12 grade students may install appropriate Google Apps on their devices through their school issued Gmail accounts only. Uniontown USD 235 will, within reason, provide configuration settings that will not allow inappropriate content/apps/music to be installed on the devices. This does not limit what can be downloaded to the students individual account or other personal device.

MANAGING YOUR FILES & SAVING YOUR WORK

Saving to the laptop & Google Drive/Home Directory

  • Students can save work to the device. It is recommended students regularly back up data. It is suggested the student save school-related data to the Google Drive or their server file. Limited storage space will be available on the device—Data will NOT be backed up in the event a device has to be re-imaged or restored to factory settings. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. Device malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work. The school does not or will not accept responsibility for the loss of any apps or documents deleted due to the necessity of a re-format and/or re-image.  Device users should save to the Drive and we will have internal server space allocated for each user.

SOFTWARE ON DEVICES

Originally Installed Software

  • The apps and operating system originally installed by USD 235 must remain on the device in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add additional apps and upgrades.  Google accounts are web based and all apps will be online Google Apps.
  • Periodic checks of devices will be made to ensure that students have not removed required apps or installed inappropriate material.
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  • Since devices are owned by USD 235, the contents of the device may be inspected by school officials at any time.  Students should not expect any right or expectation of privacy since these devices are owned by the school and the expectations for appropriate usage have been explained in this policy.

Technology Support

Technology support for devices will be available during the normal business day (7:45-4:00) at Uniontown Junior/Senior High School.

Acceptable Use Policy

  • The use of the Uniontown School District’s technology resources is a privilege, not a right.
  • All users are expected to make efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources.
  • If a person violates any of the conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied.
  • The Uniontown School District’s Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to student infractions. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Student Activities Strictly Prohibited:

  • Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
  • Any action that violates existing Board policy or public law.
  • Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials.
  • Inappropriately utilizing photos, video, and/or audio recordings of any person.
  • Changing devices settings in an effort to circumvent the filtering system.
  • Downloading inappropriate apps.
  • Spamming or sending inappropriate emails.
  • Gaining access to other student’s accounts, files, and/or data.
  • Vandalism to your device or another student’s device.
  • Recording a teacher, staff member, or student without their permission
  • Changing any password or login on a device or school issued account

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:

  • Some students may have access to their device 24/7. As parents, you will need to establish ground rules for devices use outside of the school day. While using the device at school, our Internet filter is designed to provide a safe surfing environment. Away from school, when not connected the school’s Internet service, you need to understand that this device will be filtered through our system, but we cannot guarantee that all questionable content is filtered.
  • USD 235 will not block specific sites on an individual basis.  As a parent, it is your responsibility to monitor and/or control your student’s Internet usage.

School Rights/Responsibilities:

  • Provide Internet access to its students during the school day.
  • Provide Internet filtering both at school and home.
  • Provide staff guidance to aid students in doing research and help assure student compliance of the acceptable use policy.
  • Recommend students use the “Drive” and our data servers for data storage of school related content.
  • Monitor pictures, video, and audio recordings of any student or staff member and ensure they are being utilized in an appropriate manner at school.
  • USD 235’s network, facilities, and/or mobile device are to be used in a responsible, efficient, and ethical manner in accordance with the philosophy of USD No. 235. Students must acknowledge their understanding of this policy as well as the following guidelines. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in disciplinary action and/or revocation of the offender’s mobile device and/or network privileges.
  • The administration and/or their designee(s) have the right to inspect any mobile device, application, or peripheral device associated with any or all USD 235 technology. This includes but is not limited to email, documents, pictures, music, or other components associated with all USD 235 technology.
  • Uniontown Schools reserves the right to define inappropriate use of technology and add to or alter this agreement at any time.

Students are responsible for:

  • Using devices in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Obeying general school rules concerning behavior and communication that applies to device use.
  • Using all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment.
  • Helping Uniontown School District protect our computer system/device by contacting an administrator about any security problems they may encounter.
  • Monitoring all activity on their account(s).
  • Securing their device after they are done working to protect their work and information.
  • Notifying a school employee in the event they receive correspondence containing inappropriate or abusive language or if the subject matter is questionable.
  • Returning their device to the Technology Department at the end of each school year. Students who graduate early, withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or terminate enrollment at Uniontown for any other reason must return their individual school device on the date of termination.
  • Students will be held responsible for maintaining their individual laptops and accessories and keeping them in good working order.  They will be issued the same device and accessories for their entire junior high/high school experience.
  • Device batteries must be fully charged and ready for school every day.
  • Devices that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to the Tech Department or the Principal’s office. The school district will be responsible for repairing devices that malfunction and/or repairs covered under warranty and insurance. Devices that have been damaged from student misuse, neglect or are accidentally damaged will be repaired with the first $50 of repair cost being borne by the student.  The USD 235 technology personnel will only be responsible for the repair of devices owned by the school district; they will not perform repairs on student owned devices.
  • Students will be responsible for the entire cost of the insurance deductible of $50 to repair or replace the device that is damaged intentionally, stolen, or lost.  Chargers must be replaced by the student at full cost.
  • Devices that are stolen must be reported immediately to the Office and the Bourbon County Sherriff’s Department.

Legal Propriety

  • Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask a teacher or parent.
  • Plagiarism is a violation of the Uniontown Schools Code of Conduct. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text. Violation of applicable state or federal law will result in criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action by the District.

Student Discipline:

If a student violates any part of the above policy, board policy, or school handbook policy, he/she may be subject to the following disciplinary steps based on the offense at the discretion of administration:

  • Damage
    • First Offense: $50 deductible with a warning
    • Second Offense: $50 deductible and one week without computer
    • Third Offense: $50 deductible and no computer for the rest of the semester.
  • Lost Computer (Can’t be found)
    • Student is responsible for replacement costs incurred by the district.
  • Lost Computer (Found unattended in rooms, etc.)
    • First Offense: Detention
    • Second Offense: Three days without computer
    • Third Offense: One week with no computer
    • Fourth Offense: No computer for the rest of the semester
  • Lost Charger
    • First Offense: Warning
    • Second Offense: Detention
    • Third Offense: One week with no computer
    • Fourth Offense: No computer for the rest of the semester
  • Computer Not Charged
    • First Offense: Warning
    • Second Offense: Detention
    • Third Offense: One week with no computer
    • Fourth Offense: No computer for the rest of the semester
  • Inappropriate Computer Usage
    • First Offense: Detention
    • Second Offense: No computer for 3 days
    • Third Offense: No computer for one week
    • Fourth Offense: No computer for the rest of the semester
    • The severity of the offense may call for more serious punishment than above and that is at the discretion of administration.
  • Inappropriate Handling of the Device
    • First Offense: Detention
    • Second Offense: No computer for 3 days
    • Third Offense: No computer for one week
    • Fourth Offense: No computer for the rest of the semester

All unattended devices found are to be brought the the tech room.  Students will still be required to visit with administration but must pick machines up from the tech room.

Student offenses are to be recorded in a Power School log.

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