Laptop Policies

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Smoky Valley USD #400 Laptop Policy

The Apple iBook and carrying case that have been issued to each student are the property of the Smoky Valley Public Schools. This computer is on loan to the student and must be used in accordance with the following policies:

Laptop Computer Security Policy

 During the school day, students must have laptops with them, or locked in their school lockers. Laptops must never be left unattended. Faculty will pick up and give unattended laptops to the Office.

 Laptops must be kept in the backpack or sleeve issued with the iBook. They may not be kept in regular book bags or backpacks without being in their protective sleeve. Laptops are not to be carried unless they are secured in the protective sleeve or backpack provided by USD 400.

 Coaches/Sponsors for individual activities may limit whether or not laptops are allowed on buses or to particular events.

 It is recommended that when laptops go home with students for the evening they should be recharged overnight and be ready for use upon return to school.

 Students are not to deface their iBook and carrying case in any way, for example, with stickers, whiteout, etc. If there are any questions, please check with an administrator.

 Students are not to remove, deface or alter the USD 400 identifying stickers, labels, or barcodesin any way.

Laptop Acceptable Use Policy

USD 400's network facilities and/or laptops are to be used in a responsible, efficient, and ethical manner in accordance with the philosophy of Smoky Valley USD 400. Students must acknowledge their understanding of this policy as well as the following guidelines. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in suspension or revocation of the offender's laptop and/or network privileges.

 The administration and /or their designee(s) have the right to inspect any computer, application, or peripheral device associated with any or all USD 400 computers. This includes but is not limited to email, documents, pictures, or other components associated with all USD 400 computers.

 E-mail and all other forms of electronic communication are to be used in a responsible manner.  Students may not use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. Students may not engage in personal attacks or harass others.

 Students are not allowed to register or sign up for anything via Internet or e-mail unless it is approved by a teacher or administration. When signing up or registering via the Internet or e-mail, they are not to use their assigned USD #400 e-mail address.

 Use of the computer for anything other than a teacher-directed or approved activity is prohibited during school hours.

 The Internet is to be used for research and as a means of obtaining academically relevant information. Material obtained through research on the Internet and then used in academic work is to be properly documented.

 Students may not access material that is obscene or that promotes illegal activity. If a student does accidentally access this type of information, he or she should immediately notify a teacher.

 Internet and computer games are prohibited during school hours.

 Installation of peer-to-peer file-sharing programs is strictly forbidden. (Ex. LimeWire) Using iTunes or similar programs to share music is also forbidden.

 Copyright laws must be respected. If you have any questions about what constitutes a copyright violation, please contact an administrator, media specialist, or language arts department person.

 If you have a specific need for additional software or you want to add personal software, you must fill out an application that can be picked up at the technology office.

 Computers may not be used to make sound recordings without the written consent of all those who are being recorded. Sound must be turned off at all times, except when being used as a part of a class. Students may use their own headphones to listen to music, etc., if they have instructor permission.

 The school has a limited amount of information that it can transfer at any one time. When downloading large files over the Internet or backing up files to the server, students should be hardwired to the network.

 Students are encouraged to back-up school related files regularly to the USD 400 student server. This space is reserved solely for educational purposes. Any item that is not educationally related will be deleted from the server. If you have any question as to whether your information should be placed on USD 400 servers, please contact the laptop coordinator, technology director, or the building administrator.

 Deliberate attempts to degrade the USD 400 network or to disrupt system performance will result in disciplinary action.

 School administrators reserve the right to remove student accounts on the network to prevent unauthorized activity.

 Smoky Valley Public Schools reserves the right to define inappropriate use of technology.

 Students must be enrolled in a minimum of four class periods in order to be eligible for the laptop program.

Laptop Costs

 Before a student is issued a laptop, he or she must have paid a $50 rental fee for the current school year, and have signed the acceptable use policy.

 Students are expected to pay for damages to their computer. However, a student will never pay more than $100 per incident.

 In addition, lost power adapters and batteries are the responsibility of the student/parent.

 Each student is expected to return their laptop in good working condition. 

Student Technology Use Agreement for Smoky Valley USD #400

I understand and will abide by the above policy and guidelines. I further understand that any violation is unethical and may result in the loss of my network and/or laptop privileges as well as other disciplinary action.

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have reviewed and discussed the USD 400 acceptable use / laptop agreement with my child. I understand that network access is designed for educational purposes. I recognize that, even though the school network has an Internet filter, it is impossible to entirely restrict access to controversial materials. I also understand that my child's photo and/or work (writing, drawings, etc.) may occasionally be published on the Internet and may be accessible on a World Wide Web server unless I specify otherwise.

I understand that use of school network services, including Internet access, is a privilege, not a right. After reading the Acceptable Use Policy and the Rules for Technology Use, I understand and will abide by the USD 400 Technology Use Guidelines. I also understand that my failure to comply with the above guidelines can result in loss of my network privileges as well as more serious disciplinary and/or legal action.