Policy and Procedure
Dear Students and Parents of the Blackstone-Millville School Community,
Blackstone-Millville Regional School District is launching a digital learning program with the aim of enhancing student and teacher technology use. This Technology Program will be the pillar on which we plan to continue increasing technology use throughout the district. This manual sets out to help you understand the policies and procedures associated with the technology program. Blackstone-Millville Regional School District’s (BMRSD) intentions for creating this technology policy is not to impose restrictions that would contradict the district’s established culture of openness, trust and integrity. BMRSD is, however, committed to protecting students, staff and the community from illegal or damaging actions by individuals either knowingly or unknowingly.
Vision and 1:1 Core Values
The focus of the Technology Program is to help our students continuously grow as independent learners. Successfully integrating technology into the curriculum is essential for students to learn 21st century skills. The program aligns with BMR’s core values.
Innovate: Students will be able to imagine and create ideas centered around relevant and
authentic learning experiences. Technology will allow students to make meaning through exploration, application, and problem solving.
Communicate: Students communicate with their colleagues, teachers, and virtually anyone they choose in order to share ideas and learning experiences. Multiple forms of media are available to access information, putting them at the center of their own learning.
Appreciate: Students will appreciate and value cross-disciplinary perspectives and collaboration. Students will learn and teach something new every day by working together and modeling their understanding of concepts. They will build courage to take risks and care for those they affect!
At Blackstone Millville Regional Schools, we use technology as one way of enhancing the vision to teach the skills, knowledge, and behaviors students will need to succeed in the global community. These technologies may include, but are not limited to, district-provided equipment as well as personal devices (computers, tablets, cell phones, laptops, netbooks, e-readers, and more).
Rules and Conditions
• I will use technology in a meaningful, safe, and responsible way.
• I understand that I represent the school district in all my online activities. I understand that what I do on social networking websites should not reflect negatively on my fellow students, teachers, or on the District.
• I will use technology resources productively and appropriately for school-related purposes. I will avoid using any technology resource in such a way that would disrupt the activities of other users.
• I will use email and other means of communications (e.g. blogs, wikis, podcasting, chat, instant-messaging, discussion boards, virtual learning environments, etc.) responsibly.
• I understand that my school network and my school account are property of BMRSD and anything that I do with my account on the network can be monitored.
• I understand that District administrators will deem what conduct is inappropriate use if such conduct is not specified in this agreement.
• I will use technology in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Massachusetts:
• Criminal acts – These include, but are not limited to, “hacking” or attempting to access computer systems without authorization, harassing email, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, child pornography, vandalism, and/or unauthorized tampering with computer systems.
• Libel laws - Publicly defaming people through the published material on the Internet, email, etc.
• Copyright violations - Copying, selling or distributing copyrighted material without the express written permission of the author or publisher (users should assume that all materials available on the Internet are protected by copyright), engaging in plagiarism (using another's words or ideas as your own).
Internet use is governed by BMR School Committee, school rules and codes of conduct and applicable law and regulation. Students may be selected at random to provide their Chromebook for inspection by school administration and/or technology staff. From time to time, the Director of Technology will make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the acceptable use practice. Violation of any of these rules could result in loss of computer privileges, detention, suspension, or any punishment deemed appropriate by the school administration.
Consequences of Misuse
If students fail to comply with these guidelines, the following consequences may apply. Student infractions will be documented as a disciplinary referral for each offense. This list is to serve as a guideline and decisions will be made on a case by case basis as decided by the Principal, or other appointed school administrator.
1st offense – The mobile computing device will be confiscated until the end of the day, when the student may retrieve it.
2nd offense – The mobile computing device will be confiscated until the end of the day, when the student’s parent or guardian must retrieve it.
3rd offense – Loss of mobile computing device privileges for an undetermined period of time.
A set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Classroom, Docs, Drive and Calendar that allows for seamless communication and collaboration between people in the school district.
Students will use a school appointed Gmail as their account for school. When an email is sent, the name and user identification are included in the email message. Students are responsible for all email that they send. In association with any investigation, email, stored data, transmitted data or any use of online services will be made available to district, local, state, and federal officials.
Students login under their assigned username and password. Students should not share either with others.
BMRSD maintains filtering and firewalls as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The firewall and filtering restrict access to unacceptable sites, chat rooms, and online games. However, no filter is as reliable as adult supervision. It is the responsibility of the student to appropriately use the network and the Internet.
Internet Use At Home
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to monitor student technology use, especially Internet access, while at home. We highly recommend that Technology be used in locations that can be easily monitored and supervised by the parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contract with an Internet Provider in accessing Internet from home and it is the financial responsibility of the parent/guardian. BMRSD provides Internet filtering software when students are using their school provided Google accounts.
BMRSD’s Internet Safety Tips
Chromebooks are personal computers running the Google Chrome Operating System (OS). The computer has some offline features but is designed to be web-based. For more information click this link.
Students are responsible for
Arriving to school with a fully-charged Chromebook.
Attending each class with their Chromebook.
Agreeing to and signing the BMRSD Acknowledgement of Participation Form.
Using Chromebooks in a responsible and ethical manner.
Obtaining teacher permission before using devices during classroom instruction.
Device usage must support instructional activities currently occurring in the instructional environment.
It is recommended that students purchase a protective carrying case.
Protecting and backing up all electronic files or data
Do not alter the Chromebook’s appearance in any way (permanent stickers, glitter, markers, tape, etc…).
Please keep the AC adapter at home. Do not damage the AC adapter by bending it excessively, stepping on it or getting it wet.
Keep the Chromebook and accessories out of extreme weather conditions which can cause damage (extreme hot/cold).
Keep Chromebooks locked up in a safe place when not in use. Do not leave the Chromebooks unattended.
Keep the Chromebook away from food and liquids. Spills will damage the Chromebook.
Do not lean on or place heavy objects on top of the Chromebook.
Use only approved wipes or cleaners that are designed for LCD screens (regular glass cleaners that contain alcohol or ammonia will cause damage).
Do not poke the screen with your fingers or any other object.
While the Chromebook is off, you may clean the keyboard, trackpad, and surfaces with a lightly dampened cloth. Never spray cleaners directly on your Chromebook.
Never use any objects other than your fingers on the trackpad.
Do not place anything between the screen and the keyboard when you close the Chromebook.
Use your Chromebook on a hard surface that allows for adequate air circulation. Placing the Chromebook on items that block air vents can cause the Chromebook to overheat.
Work on a flat and level surface and not on top of other items on your desk.
If a student is leaving the school district, the Chromebook and associated accessories must be returned prior to the student’s last day of attendance.
General help desk questions
Students should visit the Library Media Center. Students will be responsible for paying for the parts and labor associated with the repair of a Chromebook. It is recommended that students purchase insurance for the Chromebook. In some instances students will be provided a loaner Chromebook for the duration of a repair. Loaners must be checked in and out of the library every day.
Lost or stolen device
Students and parents must file a police report. A full investigation will be conducted to help retrieve the missing Chromebook.
Apps and Extension
All required school apps and extensions will be installed on the Chromebook by the school’s technology department. Students will not have the ability to add apps or extensions directly. The technology team will consider the request and, if approved, it will be “pushed out” to the student’s Chromebook. Please do not attempt to delete or manipulate the Chrome OS.
Students are not permitted to download or install programs to their Chromebooks.
Illegal File Sharing
File sharing programs that illegally download music, videos, games, etc. may not be installed or used on the Chromebook. It is a violation of Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Policy and may be a violation of federal copyright laws.
To maximize battery life
Charge the Chromebook fully before the beginning of the day. Turn down volume. Turn down brightness. Dim the screen to conserve power and make the battery charge last longer. Only keep open applications and websites that are being actively used. This saves processor power, memory and extends battery life.
After school and at home
Use a surge protector, when possible.
Plug charger into the wall first, then connect it to the Chromebook.
When disconnecting from power, disconnect the Chromebook first, then unplug it from the wall.
Please restart your Chromebook at least once a week.
Shut down your Chromebook if you do not plan to use your Chromebook for a while.
Connecting to the Internet
For home use, students need to connect to a password-protected wireless network. The Chromebook can also access unprotected networks, although this is not suggested as it will leave the Chromebook and data vulnerable. If a wireless network is not available at home, an Ethernet cable can be plugged into a USB-to-Ethernet adapter that can then be connected to the Chromebook’s USB port.
Students will not be able to print via their Chromebooks on District printers. We encourage students to share their work via a google share, email or via their teachers Google Classroom. To be able to print at home, printers must be “Cloud print” capable. For further instructions on setting this up, select this link.
Assistance is available before and after school as staffing allows in the Library Media Center. Students who experience problems with their Chromebooks should seek help. If an issue is unable to be resolved, the problem will be transferred to the appropriate personnel. The school stocks a limited number of Chromebooks for loan in the event of a technical problem, but these items are not intended for use by students who forget to bring or charge their Chromebooks.
Troubleshooting a Chromebook
If your Chromebook will not power up, check your battery to ensure there is enough power left.
If your Chromebook is not responding, try a hard reboot. Unplug your AC adapter and hold down the power button for seven seconds. Once the Chromebook has turned off, it can be turned on again.
If the Chromebook is still not responding, bring it to the Library Media Center.
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Personal Use of Student Owned Mobile Computing Devices in School
The Blackstone Millville Regional School District program allows students access to a wireless network and the option of using a personal mobile computing device as a means to enhance their education. Examples of mobile computing devices include laptop computers, netbooks, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones (mobile phones with advanced communication, storage and processing capabilities), iPod touch, and iPads. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that students recognize the limitations imposed on personal devices. In addition to these rules, all conditions set forth in the school’s Responsible Use Principles (RUP) must be adhered to on such devices. The RUP can be found on the BMRSD’s website technology page and the Student/Parent Handbook. During the course of the year, additional rules regarding the use of mobile computing devices may become part of this procedure. Every student is expected to follow all guidelines, written or orally given by school personnel, and to demonstrate good citizenship and ethical behavior at all times. Should the program become disruptive to the education of our students, Blackstone Millville Regional School District reserves the right to discontinue this pilot program at any time.
The BMRSD provides the opportunity for students to bring personal mobile computing devices to school for students to use as an educational tool. The use of mobile computing devices will be at the discretion of the teacher. The teacher may set restrictions for use such as using computers for note taking only without connection to the internet. All teacher requests must be complied with.
Students must obtain teacher permission before using mobile computing devices during classroom instruction.
Student use of a mobile computing device must support instructional activities currently occurring in the instructional environment.
Each student is to utilize their personal mobile computing devices to enhance their individual educational experience. There is an expectation that work will not be inappropriately shared or shared in such a way as to circumnavigate a teacher’s directive.
Students must turn off and put away mobile computing devices when requested by a teacher.
The playing of games, music, or other entertainment on a mobile computing device is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
The use of web cameras is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
The use of mobile computing device related audio and/or video recording is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
Mobile computing devices are not to be used for downloading large files or viewing/listening to streaming media unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
Personal communications via any mobile computing devices are prohibited unless explicitly approved by a teacher for educational purposes. Electronic communications include phone calls, email, instant messaging, texting, chat, blogs, or Skype type services, Facebook, etc.
Student selection of screensavers and wallpaper is expected to be appropriate. If a student is asked to change screensavers, wallpaper, or other inappropriate material, such requests must be complied with.
Students should be aware that their use of mobile computing devices could cause distraction in the classroom, especially as regards sound. Therefore, audio must be muted and headphones are not allowed during instructional time unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
The mobile computing device should only be used for educational purposes. If an adult asks a student to put his/her mobile computing device away, the student must comply or appropriate consequences will apply.
Students who loan their mobile computing devices to another student assume all liability for any inappropriate use by the borrower.
Mobile computing devices are especially vulnerable to loss and theft. The District accepts no responsibility for personal property brought to school. This includes mobile computing devices. Students who bring a mobile computing device to school assume total responsibility for said equipment. Mobile computing devices that are stolen or damaged are the responsibility of the student and their parents or guardians. The student who owns the mobile computing device assumes responsibility for any damage regardless of how that damage occurs. Students should take all reasonable steps to protect their property against theft or damage.
Mobile computing devices should never be left unattended for any period of time.
If a mobile computing device is left unattended, it will be picked up by faculty or staff and turned in to the Principal’s office.
Mobile computing devices should not be left in view in an unattended vehicle.
Students may access the Internet via the Wireless connection while on campus. This network provides filtered internet access but does not allow access to shared resources on the secured network such as network printers, network folders, etc. Parents should be aware that although there are filter controls on the Wireless connection the potential exists, as it does with all internet use, for the student to access material that may contain content that is illegal, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to students and their parents. Even with filtering software it is not possible to absolutely restrict access (accidental or otherwise) to all such material. It will be each student’s responsibility to adhere to the school wide acceptable use policy and the general usage rules set forth in this document.
Internet access using cellular broadband networks is NOT filtered. The use of cellular broadband networks is the sole responsibility of the student and their parents. Their use is governed by existing policy and is subject to the same disciplinary policies regarding inappropriate use and the access of inappropriate content.
Students and their parents assume all liability for inappropriate or illegal content accessed using cellular broadband networks.
No student shall knowingly gain access to, or attempt to gain access to, any computer, computer system, computer network, information storage media, or peripheral equipment without the consent of authorized school personnel.
No student shall install school owned licensed software on their mobile computing device without the explicit instruction and permission of Information Technology Department staff.
Students must refrain from illegal use of any computing device to collect any electronic data or disrupt networking services (hacking).
Students will not attempt to bypass security settings or internet filters, or interfere with the operation of the network.
School administrators may examine a student’s mobile computing device and search its contents if the school administrator has reason to believe that the student in possession of the mobile computing device is using it to violate a school policy, regulation, guideline or law.
The BMRSD is not responsible for damage, loss, or misuse of a mobile computing device. The BMRSD technical staff will not troubleshoot or download software onto mobile computing devices. Support must be obtained by the student and their parents independently of school technical support.
The owner of the mobile computing device must supply all equipment necessary to set up and operate it. Cables, network cards, dongles, antennas, etc. cannot be borrowed from the school.
Windows based laptops: Students are required to install Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software on their Windows based personal laptops and keep these programs updated. They are also required to regularly update the Windows operating software with critical updates. Windows users may wish to install Secuinia PSI, a free security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. The computers should be free of spyware, adware, worms, viruses, trojan horses, and peer to peer software.
There are a number of commercial antivirus, antispyware, and firewall applications available for Windows machines. You may wish to consider one of the following free programs listed below. The BMRSD accepts no responsibility or liability for problems incurred by the use of this software.
Free Antivirus Software
Avira AntiVir Personal
Microsoft Security Essentials
Spybot Search and Destroy
Microsoft Windows Defender
Macintosh laptops: Although Macintosh computers are currently shown to be less vulnerable to viruses and malware, students are strongly encouraged to install antivirus and anti-malware software on their machines. You can learn more about securing your Macintosh computer at http://www.apple.com/support/security/.
Blackstone Millville Regional School District
To comply with the rules and regulations in the school’s Technology Program.
That school administrators may examine a student’s mobile computing device at any time if the administrator has reasonable suspicion that the student is using the mobile device to violate school policy, regulation, guideline or laws.
That District is not responsible for any damage or theft in connection to the student/parent’s choice to bring a mobile computing device to school
Students are fully responsible for damage to school owned property (ie. Chromebooks).
This agreement can be modified by the school at any time without notice.
This agreement must be resubmitted each year by students and parents.
Students and their parents/guardians wishing to take advantage of this voluntary program must comply with all rules and regulations set forth in this Policy. By choosing to participate in this program, you are consenting to monitoring, and to examination of the student’s mobile computing device as set forth above. The school retains the right to revoke mobile computing device privileges based on any policy violation. In such cases, the parent will be informed and any consequences related to revocation are in addition to consequences related to the school’s code of conduct.
To acknowledge this agreement please use the online form by clicking on ------> HERE or sign below and send to the Main office of your school.
I understand and will abide by the above Principles. Should I commit a violation, I understand that consequences of my actions could include suspension of computer privileges, disciplinary action, and/or referral to law enforcement.
Student Signature ______________________________________
Student Name (Print) ____________________________________
As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Principles. I understand that technology is provided for educational purposes in keeping with the academic goals of the District, and that student use for any other purpose is inappropriate. I recognize it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold the school responsible for materials acquired on the school network. I understand that children’s technology activities at home should be supervised as they can affect the academic environment at school.
I hereby give permission for my child to use technology resources provided by the District.
Parent or Guardian's Signature ____________________________________________
Parent or Guardian's Name (please print)___________________________________