IPAD/Chromebook POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Teachers and administrators believe that excellence in education requires a seamless integration of technology into the curriculum and instruction and that iPads/Chromebooks constitute an innovative and powerful tool to increase students’ access to technology and prepare them for college and the 21st century workplace.
- to support the implementation of the local curriculum and common core learning standards
- to enhance learning opportunities by focusing on the application of skills in information retrieval, searching strategies, research skills, and critical thinking
- to promote life-long learning
In the interest of consistency and proper management of mobile digital devices, students using cell phones, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and other authorized digital learning devices must accept the iPad/Chromebook Usage Policy.
The use of RPS technology resources is a privilege, not a right.
The privilege of using the technology resources provided by RPS is not transferable or extendable by students to people or groups outside the district and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in RPS. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the user terms and conditions outlined in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied. The RPS Middle School Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to student infractions. Teachers have the prerogative of setting additional requirements for iPad/Chromebooks and other digital device usage in their classrooms.
***Note: Violations may result in disciplinary actions up to and including suspension/expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Please talk to your child about values and the standards that your child should follow on the use of the internet just as you do on other social media information sources (e.g., television, telephones, movies, and radio).
- Provide internet and email access to your child.
- Filter or block internet inappropriate or harmful materials transmitted via internet.
- Provide network data storage areas. RPS reserves the rights to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via RPS-owned equipment and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.
- Provide staff guidance to aid students in doing research and help assure student compliance of the acceptable use policy.
Students are Responsible for:
- Using computers/devices in a responsible and ethical manner.
- Obeying general school rules concerning behavior and communication that apply to iPad/related digital learning devices.
- Using all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment. This “damage” includes, but is not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions caused by the student’s own negligence, errors, or omissions.
- Contacting school administrators about any security problems they may encounter.
- Turning off and securing their mobile device after finishing with their work to protect their work and information.
- If a student should receive email containing inappropriate or abusive language or if the subject matter is questionable, he/she is asked to print a copy and turn it in to the Office.
Student Activities Strictly Prohibited:
- Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
- Taking any action that violates existing school policy or public law.
- Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials.
- Using chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports, and other forms of student work.
- Messaging services, for example: MSN Messenger, ICQ, and playing internet/computer games
- Using outside data disks or external attachments without prior approval from the administration.
- Changing iPad/Chromebook settings (exceptions include personal settings, such as font size, brightness, etc.)
- Spamming-Sending mass or inappropriate emails.
- Gaining access to other students’ accounts, files, and/or data.
- Using the school’s Internet/email accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity.
- Using of anonymous and/or false communications, such as MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger.
- Giving out personal information, for any reason, over the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to setting up Internet accounts including those necessary for chat rooms, Ebay, email, etc.
- Participating in credit card fraud, electronic forgery, or other forms of illegal behavior.
- Vandalizing (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software, or data including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) school equipment.
- Transmitting or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients.
- Bypassing the RPS Web filter through a Web proxy.
- 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 RPS Middle School 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.
- Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to penalties in the RPS Middle School Student/Parent Handbook. Violation of applicable state or federal law will result in criminal prosecution or disciplinary action by the District.