BTSD Policy and Procedures and Information

Bristol Township School District Technology 

Policy, Procedures, and Information






The focus of technology use  is to prepare students for their future, a world of digital technology and information. As we enter the twenty-first century, excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. Access to technology is essential for that future. The individual use of a technology is a way to empower students to learn at their full potential and to prepare them for the real world of higher education and the workplace. We encourage students to solve problems and think critically by stimulating analytical thinking through leveraging technology.  Learning results from the continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. 



















Topics 



1. Receiving the Device                


2. Taking Care of the Device               

2.1 General Precaution 

2.2 Carrying Devices            

2.3 Screen Care 


3. Using the Device at School                 

3.1 Screensavers 


4. Software on the Device                

4.1 Originally Installed Software 

4.2 Additional Software 

4.3 Inspection 


5. Acceptable Use  

5.1 General Guidelines 

5.2 Privacy and Safety 

5.3 Legal Propriety 

5.4 Email

5.5 Consequences 


6. Protecting and Storing the Device  

6.1 Tablet Identification 

6.2 Password Protection 

6.3 Storing Your Tablet 
















1. Receiving Your Device:  

Tablets will be distributed each fall during iPad Deployment. All iPads will be in a school-issued case that must remain on the iPad. Parents & students must sign and return the BTSD Internet User Agreement before the tablet can be issued to their child. The iPads will be collected at the end of each school year for maintenance, cleaning and software installations.



2. Taking Care of Your Device:

Students are responsible for the general care of the iPad they have been issued by the school. iPads cannot be shared or borrowed from other students. iPads that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the Technology Help Desk located in Mrs. Martesi’s Class- Tiger Techs Room (room ) 


2.1 General Precautions 

1. No food or drink is allowed next to your device while it is in use. 

2. Devices should remain in their cases at all times. 

3. Devices must never be left in a car or any unsupervised area. 

4. Devices should never be stored in an area that receives direct sunlight, an area that is excessively heated, or an area which exposes the device to excessive cold. Exposure to these conditions could damage the device.

5. Students are responsible for keeping their device battery charged for school each day.  


2.2 Transporting  

The protective cases provided with iPad have sufficient padding to protect it from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the tablet within the school. The guidelines below should be followed: 


1. The device should always be within the protective case when carried. 

2. Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.


2.3 Screen Care 

The iPad screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen. 

1. Do not lean on the top of the device. 

2. Do not place anything on top of the screen that could put pressure on it. 

3. Do not toss, throw or bang on the screen.

 


3. Using Your device at School 

Devices are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for device use, school messages, announcements, calendars, and schedules will be accessed using the tablet. Students must be responsible to bring their iPad to all classes unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher. 


3.3 Screensavers 

1. Your full name must be on your home screen. 

2. Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver. 

3. Presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, gang-related symbols or pictures will result in disciplinary actions. 



4. Software on Your Device


4.1 Originally Installed Software

 The software originally installed by the school district must remain on the tablet in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. 


4.2 Additional Software

It is prohibited to install files, apps or games on the device. 

1. Violent games and computer images containing obscene or pornographic material are banned. 


4.3 Inspection 

Students may be selected at random to provide their device for inspection. Any teacher/faculty has the right to inspect a student’s device. 


5. Acceptable Use 


5.1 General Guidelines 

1. Students will have access to all available forms of electronic media and communication which is in support of education and research and in support of the educational goals and objectives of the Bristol Township School District. 

2. Students are responsible for their ethical and educational use of the technology resources of the Bristol Township School District. 

3. Access to the Bristol Township School District technology resources is a privilege and not a right. Each employee, student and/or parent will be required to follow the Technology User Agreement  Policy

4. Transmission of any material that is in violation of any federal or state law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the following: confidential information, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, and computer viruses. 

5. Any attempt to alter data, the configuration of a computer, or the files of another user, without the consent of the individual, campus administrator, or technology administrator, will be considered an act of vandalism and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Bristol Township School District  Policy Handbook. 


BTSD Acceptable Use and Internet Agreement Document


5.2 Privacy and Safety 

1. Do not reveal your full name, phone number, home address, social security number, credit card numbers, password or passwords of other people. 

2. Remember that storage is not guaranteed to be private or confidential. 

3. If you inadvertently access a website that contains obscene, pornographic or otherwise offensive material, notify a teacher or a principal immediately so that such sites can be blocked from further access. This is not merely a request; it is a responsibility. 


5.3 Legal Propriety 

1. 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. 

2. Plagiarism is illegal and a violation of the Bristol Township. 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. 

3. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to consequences. Violation of applicable state or federal law, Computer Crimes, will result in criminal prosecution or disciplinary action by the District. 


5.4 Email 

 1. Always use appropriate language. 

 2. Do not transmit language or material that is profane, obscene, abusive, or offensive to others.

 3. Do not send mass emails, chain letters or spam. 

 4. Students should maintain high integrity with regard to email content. 

 5. No private chatting during class without permission. 

 6. Email is subject to inspection by the school. 


5.5 Consequences 

Student use of the device is a privilege, not a right.

Standard Privileges:

1. School use

2. Web Browsers: Chrome, Safari 

3. Google Applications 

             4. Pre-Installed Apple Store Apps



Suspended Privileges: This procedure will help ensure that student iPads are well-cared for and that they will be available for use throughout the student’s career at Armstrong Middle School. In addition to these consequences, some violations may incur disciplinary and/or legal action. The number in each row refers to the first and subsequent violations. The school reserves the right in some cases to change the violation punishment.

Violation

Verbal Warning

Loss of tablet use for that class & parent contact

Write up=

Admin

consequence

Parents notified by the administrator

Tablet Suspended for a minimum of 10 Days, Meeting with Parents/

discipline office

Tablet Suspended for the rest of the school year, Meeting with Parents /

discipline

Letting someone borrow your tablet/having someone else’s iPad

1st

2nd

3rd

4th



Tablet Use Violation- “screens up” “Screens down”

Not following teacher directives

1st

2nd

3rd

4th



Network Violation - For example: Changing passwords

1st

2nd

3rd +




Intentional Damage to a Tablet





1st + replacement cost

2nd

Inappropriate material- games, websites, videos or photos



1st

2nd

3rd

4th






6. Protecting and Storing the device


6.1 Device Identification 

Student tablets will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Tablets can be identified by the serial number. 

6.2 Password Protection 

Students are expected to use and keep their log-in password confidential to protect information stored on their iPad.

6.3 Storing Your Tablet

When students are not monitoring iPad, they should be stored in their lockers with the lock securely fastened. Nothing should be placed on top of the tablet when stored in the locker.


7. BTSD Technology Fee 

The Technology fee is waived during the COVID school closure.

7.1 Cost and Conditions

Students have a technology user fee this one-time amount of $35.00 to cover the cost of iPad insurance and accessories.  This program will ensure that in the event of damage, loss, or theft students will receive a replacement Device as soon as the required paperwork has been turned in.  This can be as early as the next school day.  


7.2 Technology Fee/Coverage

All payments will be made by check,  cash or money order payable to BTSD 

Technology Fee

Non refundable fee ....... $35 (annually)

Stolen deductible ......... $100 with Police Report.

Refunds: No refunds after payment and delivery of the Device.



7.3 Financial Assistance

We understand the financial hardship that this program may cause some families.  In order to assist with this, we have financial assistance available to families who apply and qualify in order to ensure that all Devices are covered in the event of damage, loss, or theft.  Please contact your child's principal for assistance.











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