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The Granby Board of Education permits access by students and employees using school-assigned and privately-owned electronic devices to the district’s computers, district issued personal data devices (including Smartphones, Blackberries, PDAs, other mobile or handheld devices) and instructional technologies; communications and data management systems; informational technologies and the Internet; and a variety of other technology resources (collectively the “District technology resources”) in order to promote educational excellence. While the district intends to permit such broad access, the district’s technology resources have not been established as a public access service or as a public forum. Additionally, it is the expectation of the Board of Education that students and employees who access these resources while using personal electronic devices will act at all times in responsible and ethical ways which are fully in accordance with Board of Education policies, guidelines, school regulations, and local, state, and federal laws.

Through the publication and dissemination of this document, as well as other instructional means, the district educates students and employees about the district’s expectations for technology users outlined in its policies. The district will also provide professional development to employees regardingtheir responsibilities and duties while using personal electronic devices to access district technology resources. Members of the school community will be informed as appropriate.

The district will work together with the parents or guardians of Granby students to educate students about the district’s expectation that all students will act responsibly and ethically when accessing and using district technology resources, including times when access is achieved through the use of personal technology. With students able to access the district’s technology resources not only from district computers, but also from privately-owned electronic devices, it is important for each student to have the opportunity to learn about his/her rights, responsibilities, and duties when using personal electronic devices to access district technology resources. Through the dissemination of the district website and student handbooks, and through presentations by teachers and/or administrators at the beginning of each school year, the district will inform students of the applicable expectations regarding access to the district’s technology resources when using personal electronic devices on or near school property, at home, in school vehicles and busses, or at school-sponsored activities.

The district’s technology resources shall only be used to access educational information and to promote learning activities both at home and at school. The district considers access to its technology resources to be a privilege and not a right. Employees and students are expected to make responsible and ethical decisions at all times when using the district’s technology resources. Failure to do so will result in the consequences fully outlined in the district’s policies and regulations.

Definitions:

District Technology Resources: For the purposes of the District’s One to One guidelines, “District Technology Resources” refers to district’s computers, district issued personal data devices (including Smartphones, Blackberries, PDAs, other mobile or handheld devices) and instructional technologies; communications and data management systems; informational technologies and the Internet; and a variety of other technology resources in order to promote educational excellence.

Employee: For the purposes the district’s One to One guidelines, the term “employee” shall be deemed to include contractors, volunteers, Board of Education members, third parties and other non-student members of the school community.

Personal Technology: For the purposes of the district’s One to One guidelines, “personal technology” refers to school assigned and/or privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand-held equipment that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture and recording, sound recording, information transmitting and/or receiving, storing, etc. These devices may include, but are not limited to, personal laptops, Smartphones, network access devices, and other electronic signaling devices.

Technology Security: Responsibility for keeping school-assigned and personal technology secure rests with the individual owner. If personal technology is stolen, lost, or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to how other stolen, lost, or damaged personal artifacts are handled. Employees, students, and parents should be aware that the district is not liable for any personal technology that is stolen, lost, or damaged. Students should not share their personal technology with other students at any time.

District Technology Resources/Damages: Virtual or physical vandalism shall not be tolerated. Any intentional act by a user of the district’s technology resources that damages, or interferes with the performance of district hardware, software, operating systems, or communication and data management systems will be considered vandalism and will be subject to discipline and/or appropriate criminal or civil action.

Protocols for Using School-Assigned and/or Personal Technology: Students and employees must abide by all specific protocols outlined in these One to One guidelines and all policy and applicable regulations. Students and employees will be given specific information for log-on and access procedures using school accounts. No user may deviate from these log-on/access procedures. Students and employees are advised that the district’s network administrators have the capability to identify users and to monitor all One to One devices while they are logged on to the network. Users must understand that the district has reserved the right to conduct monitoring of district technology resources and can do so despite the assignment to individual users of passwords for system security. Any password systems implemented by the district are designed solely to provide system security from unauthorized users, not to provide privacy to the individual system user. The system's security aspects, message delete function and personal passwords can be bypassed for monitoring purposes. Therefore, users must be aware that they should not have any expectation of personal privacy in the use of personal technology to access district technology resources. This provision applies to any and all uses of the district’s technology resources and district or personal electronic devices that access same. Students are not permitted to connect to the internet via cellular service while at school. Students will only be allowed to connect to the Granby Public Schools computer network for internet service. Parents and students should be aware that, although in direct violation of district regulations the potential for a student to access inappropriate material does exist. The responsibility to connect to the Granby Public Schools computer network rests with the student.

Disciplinary Action 

Misuse of the district’s technology resources and/or the use of personal technology to access or utilize the district’s technology resources in an inappropriate manner will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.

For employees, such misuse may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. As no two situations are identical, the Board of Education reserves the right to determine the appropriate discipline for any particular set of circumstances.

For students, misuse may result in loss of access privileges, a prohibition on the use and/or possession of personal and/or school-assigned technology on school property, and/or suspension or expulsion in accordance with the Board’s policies related to student discipline.

For other members of the school community, misuse may result in loss of access privileges, a prohibition on the use and/or possession of personal technology on school property, referral to the local police, or other appropriate consequences as befit the specific situation.

Additionally Applicable Board of Education Policies & Guidelines:
  • Technology Acceptable Use Guidelines (Located on the school website)
  • cf. 4118.5 Acceptable Computer Network Use
    cf. 4118.5 Use of Social Media
  • cf. 6141.321 Technology and Instruction Use of Information Facilities and Services
  • cf. 5131.81 Students Possession of Beepers, Paging Devices/Cellular Telephones and Laser Pointers
  • cf. 4118.5 Personnel Right, Responsibilities, and Duties Acceptable Computer Network Use
  • cf. 6141.321 – Technology and Information, Technology and Instruction
    cf. 6141.322 - Web Sites/Pages
  • cf. 5131.911 Students Bullying
  • cf. 5145.5 Sexual Harassment

Full copies of all Board of Education Policies are located on the CABE website at: http://www.policy.cabe.org/granby/

In addition Employees and students are expected to adhere to any additional regulations set forth by the school.