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Bethel Public School (BPS) Chromebook FAQ

Contents

  1. 1 Bethel Blended Learning Technology Plan
  2. 2 Why Chromebooks?
  3. 3 What is Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - UPDATE: GAFE is now GSuite
  4. 4 Why GAFE?
  5. 5 What about Privacy?
  6. 6 Can the district track web history?
  7. 7 What happens if students have been visiting inappropriate websites?
  8. 8 How is one student’s Chromebook identified from another student?
  9. 9 Will the Chromebooks ever leave the building?
  10. 10 My student forgot to charge their Chromebook before school. Now what?
  11. 11 Where can you get an Internet connection if the building’s wireless connection is not working?
  12. 12 What login will students use to get into the device operating system?
  13. 13 Can the Chromebooks be used with another username?
  14. 14 What happens if the device is damaged or lost?
  15. 15 Can you print from the devices?
  16. 16 What devices can be connected to a Chromebook?
  17. 17 What if another student damages a student’s device?
  18. 18 How would you go about repairing a Chromebook that is not functioning?
  19. 19 How much storage do students have?
  20. 20 What kind of applications are on the devices
  21. 21 Can students download apps?
  22. 22 How does the district filter inappropriate web materials?
  23. 23 How can students submit work or assignments via their devices?
  24. 24 What if a student is out of school for an extended period (illness, travel, family emergency, etc.)?
  25. 25 Will class lessons ever be recorded so students can review material?
  26. 26 Will devices be kept by students over summer?
  27. 27 How long should Chromebooks last?
  28. 28 Are other districts doing this?
  29. 29 How can you prevent student copying and/or plagiarism?
  30. 30 Can parents use the Chromebooks?
  31. 31 Can my child opt out of having a Chromebook?
  32. 32 What about computer viruses getting onto the Chromebook?
  33. 33 What happens to the teacher Mac laptop computer now that students are getting a Chromebook?
  34. 34 What are the shortcomings/weaknesses of Chromebooks?

Why Chromebooks?

Bethel School District uses Google Apps for Education (GAFE). The integration of Chromebooks and Google Apps makes for a seamless transition to student resources.
Low cost, instructional device that fits student and staff educational and productivity needs.
Chromebooks provide teaching and learning benefits of computers without the typical distractions that come with technology in the classroom. Each Chromebook is managed by the district and we restrict access to non-education sites and apps using 3rd party software from GoGuardian.
They boot in seven seconds and resume instantly—eliminating time wasted with traditional computer startup and network connection.
Long battery life (8-9 hours) means Chromebooks last an entire school day. It’s easy to connect a Chromebook anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi. Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud and are available anywhere the student has Internet access.
There is no special training required: If you know how to use the Web, you know how to use a Chromebook. Users may have to familiarize with key strokes as shortcuts.
Chromebooks can seamlessly access the Google Apps suite, as well as hundreds of other apps available in the Chrome Web Store.
Creates a “level playing field.”  All kids have the same device, eliminating the “haves and have nots. And teachers don’t have to troubleshoot multiple devices in classroom.

BACK

What is Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - UPDATE: GAFE is now GSuite

GAFE is Google Apps for Education (GAFE). It is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for FREE. These communication and collaboration apps include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Sites, and a GAFE account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exists completely online (or in the cloud), meaning that all creations can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection. Once a school decides to embrace Google Apps for Education, they can register their school domain (web address), and administer all teacher and student accounts from an administrative dashboard.

Why GAFE?

A short article on why use GAFE. http://www.educate1to1.org/google-apps-education/

What about Privacy?

Current GAFE Privacy Page - h​ttps://www.google.com/edu/trust/​.​ Also for more information, you can view Google’s Apps for Education - Gsuite click HERE.

New Google Privacy Documents on Google Privacy Process

Google Apps for Education   Privacy Notice        https://www.google.com/work
/apps/terms/education_privacy.html
Data Processing Amendment to Google Apps Agreementhttps://www.google.com/intl/en/work/
apps/terms/dpa_terms.html
Developer Program Policieshttps://developer.chrome.com/
webstore/program_policies
Chrome Developer User Data FAQhttps://developer.chrome.com/
webstore/user_data
Google Chrome Web Store Developer Agreementhttps://developer.chrome.com/
webstore/terms

This is an adaptive document and revisions are made as new information becomes available.


What are administrative and teacher expectations for using Chromebooks?


Here are a few of the reasons we chose Chromebooks for our 1:1 initiative:

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. Students and teachers can open and edit their documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. quickly and collaborate with one another or their teachers within this secure online environment.  With GAFE, students no longer have to worry about saving files, storing files on a USB key, attaching and sending files by email.  Anytime, anywhere access with GAFE provides users the ability to be productive at school, home, or even on their mobile devices. Because GAFE runs in a web browser, students can work from almost any family computer without having to purchase new software. Students and teachers can easily upload files from their home computer and share with any BPS GAFE account holder on PC or Mac machines.  GAFE also supports popular formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf. Files stored on Google Drive are always accessible and backed-up online. GAFE's commenting feature is ideal for teacher and collaborator's feedback on documents and/or presentations. Revision history allows users to review document edits over time.

  • Google Apps is a suite of web­-based collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software you have to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on any computer that is connected to the Internet.

  • GAFE is free dynamic set of tools and services.with no ads.

  • Bethel Gmail accounts create a virtual ‘bubble’ that restricts outside email coming in.

  • We can make customizable GSuite calendar for Bethel Gmail accounts only.

  • Access to services from anywhere, at anytime​— A key benefit of the Google­ hosted solution is that we can access files, email, contacts, and calendar from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, from anywhere in the world.

  • Real Time collaboration —​Using Google Drive, students and teachers can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and more, that students and teachers can view and edit at the same time. Students will be able to easily collaborate with other students on assignments and projects using Google Docs, Presentation, and Sheets (fundamentally similar to Microsoft Office). ​We can still use Microsoft Office ​products as needed, but now we will have more options for storing and collaborating on documents.

  • Easy ­to­ build web sites​— With Google Sites, teachers have the ability to quickly publish a robust internal web site on which to gather all sorts of shared information, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, files, and videos.

  • Safe and Secure​— Google Apps for Education provides a safe and secure online environment by respecting and ensuring the privacy of students. Google Apps for Education does not sell information to third parties. Please see this site for more details,

Bethel Public Schools (BPS) is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the confidentiality of student information.  BPS has contracted with Google to provide access to Google Apps for Education to its users (students and staff) in a closed and secure environment that is not accessible by anyone outside of BPS.   Google Apps is governed by detailed privacy policy and security measures which BPS IT has reviewed and is satisfied they appropriately protect the privacy of its users of these tools.  Under our Terms of Service Agreement with Google, like BPS, they are obligated to comply with FERPA regulations.  Additional information about GAFE security & privacy may be found here.


BPS Privacy Compliance with CT PA 16-189

We are obligated by our Bethel Strategic Plan to build 21st century learning environments for all students to experience learning Global Competencies and college and career readiness. These are best accomplished in blended learning environments and therefore the expectation is that teachers provide all students learning opportunities in a mixed environment that uses appropriate pedagogy and resources. Digital tools and resources enhance the probability of these experiences.

SUPPORTS

Even after class, students still need access to the best learning tools for their education. With GoGuardian, Bethel’s Chromebooks don't have to remain locked up on campus. Using Google's Admin Console and Chrome OS, GoGuardian is able to offer its complete Chromebook filtering and monitoring software wherever the device may be. Students have to use the Chrome Google apps log on and GoGuardian filtering and monitoring keeps records of everything students do in their Chrome account. GoGuardian

Can the district track web history?

Yes. Using GoGuardian, the district can track information on what sites students were on, when they were on them, and how long they were on those sites. Students should only visit sites that are approved by the district and those that are not in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. Violations of the policy can result in disciplinary action, including the student being suspended from using the school network and device use.

What happens if students have been visiting inappropriate websites?


Administrators monitor Go Guardian reports and will investigate inappropriate use and apply consequences as outlined in the Bethel Parent-Student handbook. Repeated offenses have tiered consequences.



DEVICES


How is one student’s Chromebook identified from another student?


All the Chromebooks are the same, so they look very much alike. However, each Chromebook will be tagged with a sticker with the student’s initials and student ID number on it. Additionally, district asset tags with bar codes will be on each device and each device has a serial number. The district keeps all that data, so if a Chromebook is misplaced, we can determine who it is assigned to get it back to the student user. Any ID stickers that are on the Chromebook when issued must stay on the Chromebook. No additional permanent markings of any kind (stickers, engraving, permanent ink pen, tape, etc.) shall be placed on the Chromebook or it’s carrying case at any time. While the devices are issued to students, they are still district-owned property. Additional permanent markings on the device or its case will be considered vandalism. Students can add non-permanent identifying items to the case such as ribbon, key chains or other removable items. High school and middle school cases come with Bethel logos.


Will the Chromebooks ever leave the building?


Middle school and high school students (grades 8-12) will be allowed to take the Chromebooks home for school-related use. Currently, BHS is investigating students keeping their chromebooks over the summer. Devices for elementary K- 3 are predominantly iPads while grades 4-5 are a mix of iPads and Chromebooks all kept at school.

My student forgot to charge their Chromebook before school. Now what?

Middle school and high school students are expected to charge their Chromebooks nightly at home and bring them to school fully charged. If one is available, students who do not bring a charged Chromebook back to school may be issued a loaner device for the day, which cannot be taken home. Loaners however are few and may not be available and your student may be without the Chromebook for the day. They may be able to charge the Chromebook in the charging stations during lunch or a study hall. Parents are reminded to teach responsibility and set up charging area in their home for student devices.

Cases

The student government helped select a case from an array of samples. Their choice represents the student body decision as well as expectation to keep Chromebooks in their cases at all times. Chromebooks screens are fairly sensitive and need to stay in the protective case.

Where can you get an Internet connection if the building’s wireless connection is not working?

The devices will only connect to the web wirelessly. If the district’s WiFi network is down during school, the Chromebooks will not have connectivity to the web. However, some features, such as access to the student’s Google Drive, will still work on a limited basis. The work that is done off-line will not be backed up until a wireless Internet connection is restored.

Here is a complete list of offline capabilities https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688`?hl=en


What login will students use to get into the device operating system?

Regardless of locations, students will each have an email address that is their primary login and username. Students can change their password, but they cannot change their username. The district cannot recover passwords and students should remember them to ensure successful logins. This is a Chrome logon.

Can the Chromebooks be used with another username?

No. Students and staff cannot access a district-owned Chromebook with any other login other than their district-assigned email. For example, students will not be able log using their personal Gmail account on a district-provided Chromebook. However, if a student logs into another device with their school GAFE username (a PC laptop, a school lab computer, a loaner Chromebook, etc.) all of their information (bookmarks, emails, documents, presentations, applications, etc.) will be available to them on that device when using a Chrome browser. Data can also be saved to a USB drive and transported between devices..


What happens if the device is damaged or lost?


Students and parents will be responsible for district-owned technology property that is issued to them, just as they are for other district-owned items such as textbooks, calculators, cameras, athletics equipment or library books. The district will repair or replace the device, but students and parents will be responsible for the cost of those repairs or replaced devices as outlined in the Bethel Blended Learning Agreement.

However, the liability on families/students can reduced significantly by taking part in the Bethel Chromebook Care Program. For $25 (non-refundable) per year, per device, the Bethel Chromebook Care program will repair or replace the device at a significant savings to the student and his/her family.

Choosing to enroll in the Chromebook Care program is optional. Stop by your school’s main office to determine the program’s enrollment deadline and see if you are eligible to still join the program. Enrollment in the program is an option when signing the Chromebook Policy form.


Can you print from the devices?


Digital online file sharing between staff and students is one of the great advantages of the Chromebooks and is an easy and efficient way to distribute and turn in assignments without printing in Google Drive, Google Classroom and or Gmail. It also saves on paper, ink and toner use, thereby saving the district money. There are ways to print from the Chromebooks, but it’s not encouraged or particularly easy as IT has to configure Google Cloud Print Services. we are encouraging staff to try and limit printing and experience digital assignments, note taking, and feedback.


Projection


The teacher, using their Apple MacBook Pro,  can project using Apple TV, an HDMI cable to TV, or VGA cable to projector. Student Chromebooks, at this time, can project through an HDMI cable adapter directly to the TV or the projector as Chromebooks do not use Apple TV. There is a Google Cast Chrome extension that will allow students to broadcast their screen to the class projector using Google CAST. This technology is quickly evolving for Chromebooks.

What devices can be connected to a Chromebook?

A Chromebook can connect to:

  • USB storage devices, mice and keyboards
  • SIM cards
  • SD cards
  • External monitors and projectors (via HDMI)
  • Headphones, earbuds, microphones

What if another student damages a student’s device?


In such cases, circumstances will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. School administration and the School Resource Officer may be involved if it is suspected to an intentional act or act of vandalism.


How would you go about repairing a Chromebook that is not functioning?

Damaged or non-functioning devices should be turned in to the student’s library (middle school and high school) or teacher (elementary schools) so a repair can be logged. District technology staff members can repair many problems in-house, which may take a day or two. Other problems may require the devices being sent out for repair, which can take a several days or perhaps longer.

Students who are without their device due to repairs will be issued a loaner through to use during school only. Loaner devices must be returned to the library at the end of the school day.

How much storage do students have?

Students using Chromebooks will have 16 gigabytes (about 16,000 megabytes) of storage on the machine, plus another 30 gigabytes of online “cloud” storage that is attached to their email and accessible via the Google Drive application. This should be more than enough space for class work each year. Students are encouraged to use a USB thumb-drive as backup storage as well.

What kind of applications are on the devices

There are many apps and extensions available in Google Chrome Web Store covering a wide variety of topics. The apps, which run in the Chrome browser, are downloadable through the Chrome Web Store.

Can students download apps?

No. Student access to the web store is limited and there is no hard drive on the Chromebook.

How does the district filter inappropriate web materials?

The district uses IBoss as well as GoGuardian. The is an iterative process involving staff vigilence.


How can students submit work or assignments via their devices?

Google Drive and Google Classroom have features built into it that allow work to be “shared” between teachers and even classmates. Students can create documents, spreadsheets, drawings, photos, presentations and videos. Each item can be “shared” with a teacher prior to its due date. The teacher can then see the work on his or her own computer to provide feedback or grade it for the student. Students can make revisions and teachers can follow changes using the revision history feature.


What if a student is out of school for an extended period (illness, travel, family emergency, etc.)?


With the devices, it will become even easier for students to receive work from their teacher. Assignments, readings, and other resources can be placed online and shared with the student who is absent. The student can do the work online from home and share it back with the teacher. Communicate with the parents and make arrangements. If the teacher uses Goolge Classroom then students have assignments in their Drive.


Will class lessons ever be recorded so students can review material?


Possibly. Some teachers are looking at different applications to video/audio record specific course lessons and make them available via the web. This would allow students to view recorded lessons and access related materials (handouts, presentations, etc.) online for review or for students who are out of school to not miss a thing.  Teachers interested in ‘flipping’ classrooms can make class videos of lectures and presentations and distribute through Google Classroom as homework assignments.


Will devices be kept by students over summer?


No. However, BHS is investigating students keeping Chromebooks over the summer. Devices will be turned in at the end of the school year so the district can do maintenance on them. Devices will be re-issued at the start of the school year to continuing students. Devices issued to students who leave the district (move, graduate, etc.) will be reformatted and re-issued to other students on an as-needed basis.


How long should Chromebooks last?


Chromebooks have very few moving parts in them and generate very little heat. Therefore the life expectancy — so long as they are treated appropriately — is fairly significant. Four years or more is not unrealistic. Additionally, the devices have powerful processors, adequate memory, and automatically update the latest software and security features without anything needing to be done by the student.


Are other districts doing this?


Yes. We’ve been in contact with other districts around the state that have done one-to-one technology rollouts for students, including using Chromebook devices. Before our Chromebook launch, we’ve sought advice on how to move forward from other one-to-one districts, learning from them what’s worked well and how to avoid certain problems and consulted educational advisors with our vendor at CDW-G.

Explore the many online resources about one-to-one programs in K-12 schools and we are using tips and advice from those sources, as well.


How can you prevent student copying and/or plagiarism?

There are ways within the software systems we have to check and see if work is copied between students. Bethel uses Turnitin.com. There are other free online plagiarism checkers available as well.


Can parents use the Chromebooks?

When a student is logged into the Chromebook, parents can use them to check on student work, view their browsing history or connect with teachers through our PowerSchool parent portal or via the student’s email. The Chromebooks are NOT at any time intended for personal use for the student, other family members, or their parents.

Can my child opt out of having a Chromebook?

Yes. Chromebooks are expected to become an integral part of the education all students receive at the Bethel School District and we want them to take advantage of the powerful learning resources available with it. Senior students however can elect to go with a bring your own device (BYOD) option. We advise against BYOD for younger grades as they can’t do standardized testing on personal machines.

What about computer viruses getting onto the Chromebook?

Since the applications run through the browser and online, there is little worry about having viruses infect the Chromebook’s software or hardware.

What happens to the teacher Mac laptop computer now that students are getting a Chromebook?

Teachers keep Mac laptop computers for now and we will continue to support them. The plan is that teachers will use a Chromebook with ever increasing frequency so that they will be well-versed with the Google Apps platform and other web based apps - and better understand students’ end user experience with Chromebooks.

What are the shortcomings/weaknesses of Chromebooks?

The Chromebook is a simple and easy to use device, but it is not without its shortcomings. Here are a list of them and what you can address them.

  • Minimal storage space: Chromebooks have roughly 16GB of storage locally and 30GB online. This should suffice for regular use cases, but do not expect to store your entire music collection, photos, and full length movies on there. You can upload videos to YouTube through your district Google user account. You can also store videos offline on media like a flash drive or external hard drive.
    Lack of powerful desktop applications (programs): Chromebooks do not have powerful desktop applications, such as Photoshop, Premiere/Final Cut Studio, GarageBand, or even iTunes. However, there are free, lower powered substitutes such as Pixlr, Youtube, and Google Music for those aforementioned apps. It will be important to explore, understand, and share these alternatives with students. You can find apps at Google's Chrome App Store by selecting the Store app on your Chromebook.
    Printing at school/home: Printing from Chromebooks requires Google Cloud Print setup. The district does not have this enabled at this time. Note: Document sharing through Google Docs/Drive can reduce the need for printing. This is the case for administration, teachers, and students.

Any further questions can be referred to Dr. Vose at vosem@bethel.k12.ct.us





Bethel Public Schools

Blended Learning Environment


Family-School Partnership

Guidelines & Agreement




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2016




   

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Goals:

●     Establish a positive blended learning environment (infrastructure & relationships)
       for all Bethel students.       

●     Build personalization using social and cognitive digital learning tools and pedagogies.

Contents

 Expectations.jpg                  Mission and Expectations

GAFE.jpg                  Google Apps for Education

CB.jpg                  Student Chromebooks/iPads

taking-care-of-your-chromebook-1-638.jpg                  Student Responsibilities

                        Family Responsibilities and Resources

byot.jpg                   Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

        BPS logo small.jpg                           Relevant Board of Education Policies

Instructional Leaders - Bethel Blended Learning Environment

Michael Vose, Gary Lawlor, Bryan Watson, Jess Wismar, Donna Burns

Bethel District School Board

April 2016



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Mission

The mission of the Bethel Public Schools, in partnership with families and the community, is to foster a culture of excellence and achievement accomplished by challenging curricula, committed teaching and optimized learning opportunities for all students. Our graduates will be resilient and perseverant, passionate self-directed learners, critical thinkers, college or career ready, considerate ethical citizens and globally competitive.

Bethel Public Schools acknowledge that to personalize 21st century learning and facilitate global competencies require all students and staff experience an equitable blended learning environment using rigorous and relevant instruction necessary for college and career readiness. Students using digital resources for engaging and self-regulating their learning is a critical component of Bethel’s blended learning environment.

Learning in Bethel Public Schools must be a continuous, dynamic interaction among students, parents, and the extended community. Implementation of a 1:1 mobile computing device initiative enables anywhere, anytime learning that is not limited by the physical confines of a classroom, school building, and/or school schedule. The district believes that purposeful technology integration in a blended learning environment liberates teachers from being deliverers/assessors of one size fits all content, and instead, allows them to be designer/activators of deep, personalized learning for all students.

Blended Learning Environment

Bethel Public Schools is committed to providing a personalized 21st century learning environment for all students. As such, the school district acknowledges that this requires all students learning and acquiring skills consistent with college and career readiness while discovering their own learning styles and career interests. Here is a short introductory video on blended learning environments.

Teachers are encouraged, trained, and expected to use multiple modes of instruction designed to address students’ individualized learning styles. Also, students are encouraged, trained, and expected to stretch beyond their current learning strategies to experience learning anyplace, anywhere, anytime consistent with college and career readiness. This is blended learning.

To enhance the digital side of this blend, the Bethel school district is providing each student in grades 6 through 11 a school-supplied Chromebook in a WiFi network using student accounts in Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Students using Google Chrome and monitored by Go Guardian, can access the internet in real time for up-to-date resources and communicate and collaborate with teachers, experts, and other students. In GAFE, students explore, analyze, and present with  Chromebook productivity tools.

Student GAFE accounts follow FERPA privacy guidelines since students are storing their files in the Google Cloud. Students are further protected by a third party software monitoring service provided by Go Guardian. GoGuardian works using a Bethel student Google account and Google Chrome browser on any device.

Bethel schools is choosing to use iPads primarily at grades K-3, a mix of iPads and Chromebooks at grades 4 and 5, Chromebooks in grades 6- 11, and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) at grade 12. iPads have great drag and drop apps for younger learners that may not have keyboard skills while Chromebooks have hard keyboards suitable for productivity using Google apps. Meanwhile, Bethel high school seniors will experience BYOT as part of transitioning to college BYOT environments.

In order to be successful in Bethel’s blended learning environment consider the following recommendations.


Expectations


Bethel students will:

  • Be empowered. Collaborate and do awesome things!  Students are encouraged to share with each other and their teachers creative thinking ideas and designs on what they can do together.
    Amaze each other!

  • Be nice! Help foster a respectful school community by practicing respectful communication as a physical and digital citizen. Be a positive social force either face to face in the classroom and/or online in social media!

  • Be smart and be safe. When online, be a critical thinker aware of personal privacy and scams to get a user’s attention and information. When in doubt ask an adult before filling anything out and never respond to requests for identifiable information.

  • Be careful and gentle. School resources are limited. Help take care of the school’s devices and networks so that they last year to year. Use the protective case and practice safe handling of devices.

  • Be responsible.  The Chromebook/iPad is a student’s learning tool. Bring it to school everyday, in the protective case, with a full charge ready to go. Keep your files organized and use effective folder strategies. Use your calendar to keep track of assignments and appointments. Students who are not bringing it home are responsible for making sure it is charging in the cart.

  • Be inquisitive. Explore! Question, search, analyze, evaluate, and reflect using appropriate learning tools existing in a blended learning environment.


Bethel Staff will:

  • Be creative. Ensure instruction prepares students for college and career readiness.

  • Be professional learners. Pursue professional learning on necessary characteristics of 21st century classroom and the Global Competencies in blended learning environments.

  • Be communicators. Be accessible on and offline for guidance, review, and feedback.

  • Be collaborators. Partner with colleagues and students to design and participate in collective experiences either as inquiry and problem solving or planning, delivering, and assessing instruction.

  • Be innovators. Experiment and try things with students. Engage their technology intuition.

  • Be coordinators. Use a shared calendar and class learning management system for all class sharing resources and notifications anytime, any place, anywhere.

  • Be character models. Model quality citizenship on and off line, encouraging students as good global citizens. Ensure devices are well cared for and get maximum product lifetime.

  • Be connected educators. Teachers know the world is changing. New and emerging Web technologies are connecting our children in ways never before possible. Through blogs, social networking sites, multimedia and other Web 2.0 tools, their world is becoming more and more networked and participatory. Get connected!



Google Apps for Education (GAFE)


  • Bethel Public Schools is a GAFE school district. As such, Bethel educators use Google Cloud services and Google apps for teaching and learning purposes. This includes Google extensions, Google Drive, Google Chrome, and Google Classroom.

  • In regard to student data, Google states they operate under the same guidelines as any ‘school official’ and are FERPA compliant. https://www.google.com/edu/trust/


Google Accounts/Passwords

  • Bethel students have Google accounts in grades preK through 12 with only middle and high school students able to email outside the district. Account names are generated as year of graduation followed by the first four letters of last name and first four letters of first name. Sophomore Jane Smith would be 18SmitJane@bethel.k12.ct.us.

  • Students will be provided with a username and password and must not change their password without permission.  Parents and guardians will be informed of the student’s username and password.


Google Email

  • Bethel middle and high school students use Google Gmail as part of GAFE. E-mail transmissions, stored data, transmitted data, or any other use of the computer on-line services by students, employees or other user shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use.

  • All email and all contents are property of the Bethel School District.

  • All email accounts and their contents remain on Bethel email servers for seven years.


Google Drive

  • Google Drive is a cloud service that has the Google production suite of apps and a virtual drive. Here is a short introduction.

  • Students are expected to maintain their work files in Google Drive with appropriate shares determined by their teachers.

  • Google Drive folders may follow students through their grade levels as an ongoing portfolio of their work. Each student account has plenty of storage capacity.

  • Students using a Chromebook are encouraged to backup important files to an additional USB device plugged into the Chromebook USB port.

  • Students leaving or graduating from Bethel schools can choose to backup their documents to a public cloud service as their GAFE account will be disabled.


Google Classroom

  • Bethel Public Schools recommends teachers use Google Classroom as a Google Drive tool for making announcements, sharing files, conducting polls, posting to class calendars and creating portfolios.

  • Teachers can post assignments, assessments, due dates, communications, polls, and share a class calendar. Folders automatically populate into student google drives and students can communicate directly with teachers or members of their class.

  • Teachers can also collaborate as co-teachers on projects in Google Classroom.

  • Here is a 4 minutes parent introduction to Google Classroom.



Student Chromebooks/iPads


Assigning Chromebook/iPad

Chromebooks/iPads will be assigned to individual students by name and barcode for the duration of their attendance (from one grade to the next) at Bethel Middle School and Bethel High School.  Upon receiving Chromebooks/iPads, students will inventory the condition of the Chromebooks/iPads. The students will complete an inventory sheet documenting any previous damages and/or issues.


Agreement

The Chromebook/iPad will be distributed to the student after both parents/guardians and students have read, agreed to, and signed the Chromebook/iPad Policy and Agreement posted in the registration section of the PowerSchool parent portal and show evidence of the insurance fee.


Retrieving - Grade 6 and 7 only

Students will retrieve their assigned Chromebook/iPad during homeroom. Students are responsible for retrieving their assigned Chromebook/iPad daily.  When students arrive late to school, they need to pick up their Chromebook/iPad from their homeroom between classes.

Returning - Grade 6 and 7 only

Students will return Chromebooks/iPads during 7th block..  Students dismissed from school early need to return their Chromebooks/iPads to the Library Learning Commons before leaving school, and pick them up there when they return to school. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure his/her assigned Chromebook/iPad is charging before leaving school.  


Retrieving - Grade 8

Grade 8 students get their Chromebook from the initial homeroom deployment at the beginning of the school year and are responsible for it until the end of the year.


Returning - Grade 8

Grade 8 students on the parent opt out plan will return Chromebook on a daily basis to their respective Cluster areas.


Retrieve and Return - BHS 9-11

High school students get their Chromebook from the initial homeroom deployment at the beginning of the school year and are responsible for it until the end of the year.


Summer and the Next Year

Chromebooks/iPads will be collected at the conclusion of the school year for any required services.  At the start of the next school year students will receive the same assigned Chromebook/iPad from the previous year. Therefore, to make it last, it is important for each student to take care of his/her Chromebook.


Protecting the Chromebook/iPad


General Precautions

  • The same Chromebook/iPad stays with the same student. Therefore, each students is responsible for proper care and condition of his/her school issued Chromebook/iPad at all times.

  • Student Chromebooks/iPads are labeled with the student’s name and Chromebook/iPad identification number, and inventoried in the school’s database Destiny Resource Manager.

  • Damage caused by food or drink near the Chromebook/iPad at any time will result in family being assessed fees for fair market value or repairs.

  • To prevent port damage, all cords, cables and removable storage devices must be carefully inserted and removed.

  • Chromebook screens and hinges are fragile; therefore, students can never carry the Chromebook while the screen is open.

  • Screens can only be cleaned with electronic wipes. Water and other cleaning solutions must not be used on the Chromebooks/iPads.

  • Students writing or drawing, placing artwork, stickers or labels on any Chromebooks/iPads are defacing school property as an act of vandalism.

  • Students are responsible for knowing where their Chromebook/iPad is located and must never leave it in any unsupervised area.

  • To protect the Chromebook/iPad it is mandatory for devices to remain in cases at all times.

  • To prevent potential overheating, Chromebooks/iPads must be turned off before storing in a student’s locker or the charging cart.

  • Students must keep Chromebooks charged. Administrators may allow students use of a designated charging station for emergencies only. Each building will have a charging station in the Learning Commons and possibly other locations.

  • Under no circumstances should Chromebooks/iPads or other devices be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas may include but are not limited to: school grounds, cafeteria, computer labs, Library Learning Commons, locker room, unlocked classrooms, unlocked lockers, and hallways. Parents and students are responsible for devices used off school grounds including field trips, sporting events, musicals, and family functions.


Student Responsibilities Using the Chromebook/iPad


All use of technology by all persons must comply with Bethel Public School’s Family - School Partnership Guidelines and Agreement.


Responsible Use

Chromebooks/iPads are educational tools to be utilized for academic use only.  Music, videos, games and websites must be approved by a classroom teacher or administrator and must be for educational use only. All Chromebook/iPad activity under each Bethel student GAFE account is actively monitored by GoGuardian, a Chromebook/iPad management system, with daily status available to administrators. Students are expected to use the Chromebook/iPad as a digital learning tool for research and productivity, collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking.


Know policies and procedures

  • Follow Bethel Public School policies and regulations and all Bethel school rules by demonstrating use of Chromebooks/iPads, school computers, and other technology in a responsible and ethical manner.

  • Be familiar with all Bethel Board of Education Policies and school rules. Prior to using Chromebooks/iPads assigned by the district, students must review the Bethel Board of Education policies regarding Responsible Use of District Technology Resources, Bullying and Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention, Cyberbullying, Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment, and the Board’s policy on Suspension/Expulsion and Due Process.

Report issues

  • Report any lost, stolen or damaged devices immediately to an administrator, teacher, the Library Media Specialist or Library Media Paraeducator.  

  • Report to a staff member when technology misuse is observed in or out of the classroom.

  • Report a technology malfunction at school or home to a teacher.  If the teacher is unable to resolve the issue, contact the Library Media Specialist in the Library Learning Commons.  

  • Always sign out of any computer or Chromebook/iPad after finishing work to protect their account from unwanted activity.

  • Always report requests from unknown sources asking for personal information.


Practice Responsibility

  • Be responsible for ensuring work is submitted electronically.  Technology malfunctions are not acceptable excuses for not submitting work.

  • If in grade 6  or grade 7, students retrieve and return their Chromebook each day.

  • When encountering a technology malfunction at home, students should try to complete the assignment with their own technology or without technology to the best of their ability.  They should also email or contact their teacher as soon as possible.  All malfunctions should be reported the next day to the Library Learning Commons.

  • Be prepared by having a charged Chromebook ready in school each day.

  • Practice the same responsibilities when using a loaner Chromebook.

  • Be collaborative, responsible digital citizens


Practice Personal Safety

  • Use resources from Common Sense Media. This is the best resource on personal safety and being a digital citizen.

  • Protect yourself and your digital footprint by paying close attention to identifiable information used online.

  • Know your accounts and passwords.

  • When unsure ask questions of adults you can trust.

  • Always check with an adult before filling out forms and surveys.

  • Avoid ads with cookies and tracking services.

  • Avoid social media topics not related to class discussions or assignments.

  • Be safe! Know the resources, people, organizations, and services you contact.


Inappropriate Use

Bethel students are expected to be responsible citizens both in the community and online. Inappropriate use will result in temporary or permanent loss of technology privileges. Violations may result in disciplinary action including detentions, suspensions and/or expulsions for students pursuant to Board of Education Policy and in accordance with the school’s disciplinary codes in the Bethel Parent Student Handbook.  For any potential criminal incidents regarding Chromebooks/iPads, the district will notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies, and where appropriate, pursue criminal prosecution.  


Students are strictly prohibited from:


Distractions:

  • Using electronic resources for other than educational purposes, i.e. gaming, gambling, shopping, messaging, etc. in or out of class during the school day.

  • Using social media sites or apps for non-educational purposes such as, Ask.fm, Snapchat, Kik, Vine or Yik Yak, etc. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media can be used with staff knowledge and supervision.

  • Accessing unauthorized chat rooms, message boards, or forums on school issued and/or personal devices.

  • Excessive use of Youtube without teacher permission.

  • Using Spotify or other background music without teacher permission.

  • Using shopping channels including Amazon, ordering food, and/or contracting services online without staff permission.

  • Using inappropriate language in any online responses to forums, websites, surveys, chats, wikis, etc.




Unacceptable and/or Illegal Behaviors

  • Sending or knowingly receiving inappropriate or offensive messages, artwork, graphics,  or photos of themselves or others.

  • Hacking, phishing, and or scamming information by attempting to or gaining access to other student, teacher, and or school accounts.

  • Impersonating or using the likeness of other students, teachers or administrators on internet websites or in other internet forums.

  • Bullying or otherwise harassing, insulting, or attacking others on or offline.

  • Vandalism by wilfully destroying or vandalizing their own or other people’s work, computers, networks, servers, or computer programs or files.

  • Obscenity by attempting to access, upload, or transmit material that is pornographic, violent or explicitly sexual in nature, including transmitting or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean.

  • Photographing, video recording or audio recording other students or staff without their permission for any purposes.

  • Uploading, linking, or embedding images of self or others to non-secured, public sites without the permission of the teacher, administrator, and a signed parental permission slip.

  • Providing personal information for any reason over the internet.


Devices

  • Software - Students may not remove district-installed software from school Chromebook/iPad and may not install software that is not approved by the administration or their teachers.

  • Damages - Students may not destroy, deface or alter computers, tablets or related equipment not belonging to the student.

  • Cases - Students must keep devices in cases.

  • Usage - Students may not use school’s internet, email or device for financial, commercial or any illegal activity.  

  • Ports - Students cannot insert foreign objects (paperclips, pens, etc.) into the ports (openings) of the Chromebook/iPad.

  • Labels - Students cannot remove and/or damage District labeling of the Chromebooks/iPads.

  • Settings - Students cannot adjust Chromebook/iPad settings with the exception of volume and brightness levels.  If any other setting needs to be adjusted, the student must seek permission and have consent of the classroom teacher, administrator, or IT person.  Resetting  the Chromebook/iPad is prohibited.


Networks, Accounts, Passwords  

  • Students should have no expectation of privacy on any device using the Bethel Public Schools network infrastructure and Bethel Public Schools GAFE account.

  • Students may not change, alter, bypass, or attempt to bypass any Chromebook/iPad security measures, including filtered internet sites.

  • If a student fails to keep his/her password confidential or changes the assigned username and/or password without permission, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

  • Students who do not sign out are responsible for any inappropriate activity conducted under their name. Students are also responsible for monitoring their account.

  • Password sharing or attempting to discover or use another person’s password or account is prohibited.

  • Accessing other people’s folders, files or programs without permission is prohibited.

  • Knowingly placing a computer virus on a computer or network is prohibited.


Ethics

  • Students are ethical content users accessing acceptable content. Unacceptable content includes violence of any kind, sexism, prejudice, organized crime, terrorist organizations, racist groups, bigotry, and human rights violations.

  • Students must cite their work at all times. This includes graphics, charts, pictures, audio, music, video and any other content from internet resources. Resources are found here https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/

  • Students are required to follow this Family-School Partnership agreement, Board of Education policy, regulations, school rules, and state/federal laws.

  • Students are required to comply with all trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated at the Bethel Public Schools.  Students who plagiarize will be required to redo the assignment and be issued disciplinary consequences according to Board of Education policy and school rules. Parents will also be notified. Ignorance is not immunity; if a student is unsure, he/she should ask a teacher or parent.


Family/Parent/Guardian Responsibilities


Bethel parents are encouraged to:

  • Be engaged. Know your child’s usernames and passwords to devices, GAFE account, social media accounts, and Powerschool. Establish routines to log on and see student work. Check PowerSchool; know teacher emails and contact them when there are questions.

  • Be responsible. Periodically check the general condition of the Chromebook/iPad for cracks, scratches, and markings. Avoid damage by ensuring that the Chromebook/iPad is in the case.

  • Be in control. Set rules for home use and determine appropriate hours and locations for children going online. While the Chromebook is a school issued device you still set the rules for usage in your home.

  • Explore Common Sense Media’s resources on protecting children and setting rules for Internet use.

  • Talk to children about responsibilities regarding digital citizenship and internet safety.  Here is an example of texting apps to be aware of from Common Sense Media.

  • Review and discuss with their child the Board of Education Policies listed below in this Chromebook/iPad Guidelines and Student User Agreement.

  • Ensure that school computers are used only by the student to whom it is issued or by any family members assisting him/her with educational work.

  • Understand that mobile devices are 24/7 learning tools with student work and curricular resources on them. However, when outside of the school day, parents are encouraged to use common sense and sound judgment in setting rules for use at home. Here is a great set of helpful videos.

  • Use their child’s login information. As part of the partnership agreement, parents are strongly encouraged to supervise their child’s use of the computer and Internet access when in use at home.



Damaged/Destroyed/Lost/Stolen Chromebooks/iPads Claims

  • In case of loss, theft, vandalism, or other criminal acts, students and parents must immediately report the theft, vandalism or other criminal acts to the school administration and must file a report with the Bethel police department.  

  • Claims that a Chromebook/iPad is damaged or destroyed must be reported immediately to the library circulation/help desk in the Library Learning Commons.  Students who experience technical difficulties should also report the problem to the circulation/help desk in the Library Learning Commons.  


Insurance, Cost of Repairs, or Replacement of Chromebooks/iPads

  • Parents - There is a mandatory $25.00 insurance fee each year for each device. Parents may opt out of the insurance program however MUST understand they bear all costs for device repairs and or device replacements based on Table 1 and table 2 below.

  • Students will be held responsible for all damage to their Chromebooks/iPads ncluding but not limited to broken screens, missing keys, cracked plastic, damaged trackpads, ports, and jacks. Lost or damaged items, such as cords, will be charged the actual replacement cost.  

  • Power cords are not all the same. Chromebook and iPad powercords must be replaced with approved replacements in accordance to manufacturer’s specifications


Table 1

Chromebook parts replacement costs

Part

Cost

Power Cord

$49.00

          Screen

$85.00

                     Keyboard

$85.00

                     Battery

$63.00

                     Case

$25.00

                     Other

Based on repair costs

Note: Labor charges for repairs may be applied if repairs occur out of district. All costs are subject to manufacturer change.


Lost, Excessive Damage, or Stolen Chromebook

Students will be held financially responsible for any lost or stolen Chromebook/iPad including Chromebooks/iPads that are damaged beyond reasonable repair. Failure to meet replacement requirements will be considered a school obligation subject to restrictions.


Table 2

Chromebook fair market value chart

Chromebook

Fair Market Value

                   Year 1

$165.00

                   Year 2

$150.00

                   Year 3

$100.00

                   Year 4

$50.00

Note: Costs subject to change according to device manufacturer.




BYOT


All guidelines below apply to students electing to bring their own device.

Guidelines

  1. Students may use a privately owned electronic “Internet ready” device on the BPS wireless network with teacher, administrator, and or IT permission.

  2. The use of a privately owned electronic device is to support and enhance instructional activities only.

  3. Students should not access the Internet using any external Internet service..

  4. No privately owned electronic device may be connected to the BPS network by a network cable plugged into a data outlet. Network access is provided via Wi-Fi access only.

  5. No student shall establish a wireless ad-hoc or peer-to-peer network using his/her electronic device or any other wireless device while on school grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, using a privately owned electronic device as a cabled or wireless hotspot for server purposes.

  6. Voice, video and image capture applications may only be used with teacher, administrator, or IT permission.

  7. Sound should be muted unless the teacher or administrator grants permission for use of sound associated with the instructional activities. A teacher or administrator may permit the use of ear buds or other types of headphones.

  8. The privately owned electronic device owner is the only person allowed to use the device.

  9. No school-owned academic or productivity software can be installed on personal devices.

  10. No student shall use any computer or device to illegally collect any electronic data or disrupt networking services.

  11. Devices are brought to school at the students’ and parents’ own risk. In the event that a privately owned device is lost, stolen or damaged, BPS is not responsible for any financial or data loss nor the investigations into the loss of the device.

  12. Violation of school policies, district policies or regulations, local, state and/or federal laws while using a personal electronic device on the BPS wireless network will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action as specified in the Parent - Student Handbook, School Board policy and regulation as well as by local, state and/or federal law.

  13. The BPS IT personnel, interns, or student IT help desk personnel cannot attempt to repair, correct, troubleshoot or be responsible for malfunctioning personal hardware or software.

  14. The BPS reserves the right to examine the privately owned electronic device and search its contents if there is reason to believe that BPS policies or regulations or local, state and/or federal laws have been violated.

  15. The BPS reserves the right to take a privately owned electronic device that is being used or suspected of being used in violation of these Guidelines. The BPS may search privately owned electronic devices when reasonable, articulable suspicion exists that the device was used in violation of these Guidelines, the Code of Student Conduct, Parent - Student Handbook, School Board policy or regulation, or local, state or federal law or regulation. Such searches are limited to the scope of suspected violation. The BPS may contact appropriate law enforcement agencies and provide information concerning the use of the device for suspected violations of law or regulations.




Relevant Board of Education Policies


Relevant Board of Education Policies

Students and parents are expected to review and be familiar with all relevant Bethel Board of Education Policies.  The following policies are located in the Parent/Student Handbook of Selected Policies Procedures and Regulations and The Bethel Board of Education Policy page (http://z2policy.cabe.org/cabe/Z2Browser2.html?showset=bethel).


Bethel Board of Education Bullying and Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Policy (5131.911)


Cyberbullying Policy (5131.913)


Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment Policy (5145.42)


Suspension/Expulsion Due Process Policy (5114)


Responsible Use Policy (6141.321)


State Penal Code on Computers.


6141.321(a)


Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources


Policy Statement


Bethel Public Schools (the “District”) is pleased to offer students access to District computers and instructional technologies, communications and data management systems, informational technologies and the Internet, and an array of other technology resources to promote educational excellence and innovation.  While using District and personal technology resources on school property, in school vehicles and buses, at school-sponsored activities, or using District technology resources via off-campus remote access, each student must act in an appropriate, ethical manner consistent with school, District, and legal guidelines.  It is the joint responsibility of school personnel and the parent or guardian of each student to educate the student about his/her responsibilities, to establish expectations, and to monitor student behavior when using technology.


Access to District technology resources is provided to students who act in appropriate and responsible ways.  Prior to being allowed access to the Internet at school or through technology resources provided through the District, students and their parents must sign the District’s Responsible Use Agreement acknowledging their responsibilities.  Students must comply with all District regulations and protocols to be permitted the use of District technology resources.


The District’s technology resources are provided to students to conduct research, access curriculum resources, enhance parent and student involvement in the educational process, complete assignments, and communicate effectively.  The District grants access to its District technology resources as a privilege for students who conform to behavioral expectations with respect to use of technological resources.  Just as students are responsible for making good behavior decisions in a classroom or on school grounds, they are responsible for making good decisions when using District technology resources or personal technology in a manner that impacts the school environment.


If a student violates any of these rules, his/her use of the District’s technology resources may be terminated and future access may be denied.  A violation may also result in a prohibition on the use and/or possession of personal technology on school property.  Formal disciplinary action may also result.  If possible criminal activity is discovered, the proper law enforcement authorities may be notified.  Disciplinary action for students shall be in accordance with existing discipline policies and may include suspension or expulsion.






6141.321(b)

Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources


Definitions


District Technology Resources:


For the purposes of the District’s BYOT policy, “District Technology Resources” refers to District’s computers, District issued personal data devices (including Smartphones, Blackberries, PDAs, and 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.


Personal Technology:

For the purposes of the District’s BYOT policy, “personal technology” refers to 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, netbooks, Smartphones, network access devices, and other electronic signaling devices.


Applicable Standards for Use of District Technology Resources


In addition to the general principles set forth in this Student Responsible Use Policy, the use of District technology resources may be affected by a number of other legal and ethical principles.  While it is not possible to list all potentially applicable laws, regulations, and local standards, the following are provided:

  1. The District technology resources shall only be used to access educational information and to promote learning activities both at school and home, including the facilitation of communications between the home and school.


  1. Students shall not load personal software or programs on District computers, nor shall they download programs from the Internet without the approval of their instructor.


  1. Virtual and physical vandalism shall not be tolerated.  Any intentional act by a student that damages or interferes with performance of District technology hardware, software, operating systems, or communication and data management systems will be considered vandalism and will be subject to school discipline and/or appropriate criminal or civil action.


  1. Not all access to the Internet can be supervised.  Students agree not to send, access, submit, publish, display, or print over the Internet or the District network,


6141.321(c)

Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources


or using the District technology resources, any infringing, defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.  


The use of District technology resources in a manner intended to injure or humiliate others by disclosure of personal information (whether true or false), by personal attacks on others, by disparaging statements, expressed toward any person, or by disparagement of any person’s or group’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability are strictly prohibited.  Cyberbullying, as defined in Board policy 5131.913, is also specifically prohibited.  It shall be the student’s responsibility to immediately report any inappropriate use to the student’s teacher or another staff member.


  1. Although the District uses software filters to block known inappropriate web sites and prohibit access to harmful materials accessed from a District network, the District does not filter or block access to harmful materials accessed from District-provided technology resources that are being used outside of the District network.  Even in the best of circumstances, filtering technology is not perfect and therefore may, in effect, both interfere with legitimate educational purposes and allow some objectionable material to be viewed.


  1. The use of the District technology resources is not private.  Students should not expect that files stored on or transmitted via the District’s resources will be confidential.  All digital transmissions are subject to monitoring by District employees and other officials.  Digital storage is the District’s property, and as such, network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that students are using technology responsibly.


  1. The District denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained from the Internet or on-line resources.


  1. The District makes no warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, for the technology resources it provides to students.


  1. Copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws must be adhered to at all times.  All materials from the Internet and other digital resources, including graphics, which are used in student projects or reports, must be properly cited.  Materials containing or using intellectual property or proprietary rights owned by third parties, including without limitation, copyrighted materials, trademarks, service marks, patents or trade secrets,  may not be placed on the Internet without the permission of the owner of the applicable intellectual rights.






6141.321(d)


Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources


  1. Students shall not post or transmit their own or other’s personal information such as home addresses, telephone numbers, or other personal identifying information.  Last names and photos shall never be posted without the permission of all identifiable persons and/or without written permission from the owner of the copyright in the photo for such use.


  1. The use of District technology resources involves the use of a password, network access code, or other identifying or validating code.  Such passwords and codes are to be protected as private information provided to the individual user for their sole use and purpose.  Such passwords and codes shall not be disclosed by student to others.  Students are specifically prohibited from gaining or seeking to gain unauthorized access to District technology resources, from using another person's password under any circumstances, and from trespassing in or tampering with any other person's folders, work or files.


  1. Students shall not use District technology resources to conduct business activities or use District technology resources for any personal purpose, or in a manner that interferes with the District’s educational programs.  Students shall not use District technology resources for advertising, promotional or commercial purposes or similar objectives, including the purchase of any items or services.


  1. Students may bring personal technology, including computers, Smartphones, network access devices, netbooks, other personal computers or other electronic signaling devices to school provided that such technology is used for instructional purposes.  Students shall abide by the instructions provided by teachers and other school staff in the use of such personal technologies.  Access to the Internet or other District technology resources from personal technology is limited to wireless access points on the school campuses or other access devices away from school.  Access to the Internet or other District technology resources from personal technology is not available via hardwired connections.



Network Access by Students Using Personal Technology


Students accessing the District’s wireless network must abide by the protocols outlined in the District’s “Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)” policy and the following administrative regulations:


  • Students are fully responsible for all of the personal technology they bring to school.


  • Students will access the District’s wireless network using their school account log-ins and passwords.  Students are advised that the District’s network






6141.321(e)


Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources

administrators have the capability to identify users and to monitor all BYOT devices while they are logged on to the network.  As part of the monitoring and reviewing process, the District will retain the capacity to bypass any individual password of a student or other user.  The District technology security aspects, such as personal passwords and the message delete function for e-mail, can be bypassed for these purposes.  The District's ability to monitor and review is not restricted or neutralized by these devices.  The monitoring and reviewing process also includes, but is not limited to the following: oversight of Internet site access,


the right to review emails sent and received, the right to track students’ access to blogs, electronic bulletin boards and chat rooms, and the right to review a student’s document downloading and printing.


  • Students and parents should be aware that the District is not liable for any student’s personal technology that is lost, stolen, or damaged.


  • No personal technology can be used during any assessments or tests, unless otherwise directed by the teacher.


  • Students must immediately comply with teachers’ requests to shut down personal technology devices or close their screens.  Personal technology devices must be in silent mode when not in use, and put away when directed by a teacher or other school staff member.


  • Students are not permitted to transmit or post photographic images or videos on public and/or social-networking sites which they have taken of any person on school grounds.


  • Personal technology devices must be charged prior to bringing them to school and must operate using their own batteries while at school.


  • To ensure appropriate network filtering, students will only use the BYOT wireless connection in school and will not attempt to bypass the network restrictions by using 3G or 4G networks.


  • Students will be held accountable for knowingly infecting the District’s technology resources with a virus, malware, or any program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information.  These actions are a violation of the Student Responsible Use Policy and will result in disciplinary consequences and criminal prosecution, if applicable.  The District has the right to collect and examine any personal technology device that is suspected of causing problems or is the source of an attack or virus infection.



6141.321(f)

Instruction


Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources


  • Students may only access electronic files or Internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum and/or suggested by a teacher or other staff member for educational purposes.  Students are prohibited from processing or accessing information related to “hacking,” altering, or bypassing network security policies, and they will be subject to disciplinary consequences and criminal prosecution, if applicable.


  • Students should be aware that printing from personal technology devices will not be possible at school.


  • Students should not physically share their personal technology devices with other students.


  • A student’s personal technology device may be searched by District personnel if there are "reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school."  


Consequences for Violating the Student Responsible Use Policy


Misuse of District and personal technology resources on school property, in school vehicles and buses, at school-sponsored activities, as well as using District technology resources via off-campus remote access, may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion, or appropriate criminal or civil action.  A violation may also result in a prohibition on the use and/or possession of personal technology on school property.  This policy shall be used in conjunction with Bethel Board of Education policies and other local, state and federal laws and regulations.


Students, parents, and guardians should recognize that the nature of the use of District technology resources extends outside of the school itself and into off-campus remote locations such as homes.  The District’s jurisdiction to enforce student behavior and discipline policies and rules shall apply whether the misuse or violation is at school or away from school as long as the District’s technology resources are being used in an inappropriate manner.



Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes

53a-182b.  Harassment in the first degree:  Class D felony. (as amended by PA95-143)

20 U.S.C. Section 6777, No Child Left Behind Act





Connecticut Penal Code


PART XXII*

COMPUTER-RELATED OFFENSES

*See Sec. 53-451 et seq. re computer crimes.

Sec. 53a-250. Definitions. For the purposes of this part and section 52-570b:

(1) “Access” means to instruct, communicate with, store data in or retrieve data from a computer, computer system or computer network.

(2) “Computer” means a programmable, electronic device capable of accepting and processing data.

(3) “Computer network” means (A) a set of related devices connected to a computer by communications facilities, or (B) a complex of two or more computers, including related devices, connected by communications facilities.

(4) “Computer program” means a set of instructions, statements or related data that, in actual or modified form, is capable of causing a computer or computer system to perform specified functions.

(5) “Computer services” includes, but is not limited to, computer access, data processing and data storage.

(6) “Computer software” means one or more computer programs, existing in any form, or any associated operational procedures, manuals or other documentation.

(7) “Computer system” means a computer, its software, related equipment, communications facilities, if any, and includes computer networks.

(8) “Data” means information of any kind in any form, including computer software.

(9) “Person” means a natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, partnership, incorporated or unincorporated association and any other legal or governmental entity, including any state or municipal entity or public official.

(10) “Private personal data” means data concerning a natural person which a reasonable person would want to keep private and which is protectable under law.

(11) “Property” means anything of value, including data.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 1; P.A. 95-79, S. 183, 189.)

History: P.A. 95-79 redefined “person” to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995.

See Sec. 53-451 re computer crimes.

Sec. 53a-251. Computer crime. (a) Defined. A person commits computer crime when he violates any of the provisions of this section.

(b) Unauthorized access to a computer system. (1) A person is guilty of the computer crime of unauthorized access to a computer system when, knowing that he is not authorized to do so, he accesses or causes to be accessed any computer system without authorization.

(2) It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution for unauthorized access to a computer system that: (A) The person reasonably believed that the owner of the computer system, or a person empowered to license access thereto, had authorized him to access; (B) the person reasonably believed that the owner of the computer system, or a person empowered to license access thereto, would have authorized him to access without payment of any consideration; or (C) the person reasonably could not have known that his access was unauthorized.

(c) Theft of computer services. A person is guilty of the computer crime of theft of computer services when he accesses or causes to be accessed or otherwise uses or causes to be used a computer system with the intent to obtain unauthorized computer services.

(d) Interruption of computer services. A person is guilty of the computer crime of interruption of computer services when he, without authorization, intentionally or recklessly disrupts or degrades or causes the disruption or degradation of computer services or denies or causes the denial of computer services to an authorized user of a computer system.

(e) Misuse of computer system information. A person is guilty of the computer crime of misuse of computer system information when: (1) As a result of his accessing or causing to be accessed a computer system, he intentionally makes or causes to be made an unauthorized display, use, disclosure or copy, in any form, of data residing in, communicated by or produced by a computer system; or (2) he intentionally or recklessly and without authorization (A) alters, deletes, tampers with, damages, destroys or takes data intended for use by a computer system, whether residing within or external to a computer system, or (B) intercepts or adds data to data residing within a computer system; or (3) he knowingly receives or retains data obtained in violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection; or (4) he uses or discloses any data he knows or believes was obtained in violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection.

(f) Destruction of computer equipment. A person is guilty of the computer crime of destruction of computer equipment when he, without authorization, intentionally or recklessly tampers with, takes, transfers, conceals, alters, damages or destroys any equipment used in a computer system or intentionally or recklessly causes any of the foregoing to occur.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 2.)

See Sec. 53-451 re computer crimes.

See Sec. 53a-301 re computer crime in furtherance of terrorist purposes.

Cited. 49 CA 582.

Sec. 53a-252. Computer crime in the first degree: Class B felony. (a) A person is guilty of computer crime in the first degree when he commits computer crime as defined in section 53a-251 and the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds ten thousand dollars.

(b) Computer crime in the first degree is a class B felony.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 3.)

Sec. 53a-253. Computer crime in the second degree: Class C felony. (a) A person is guilty of computer crime in the second degree when he commits computer crime as defined in section 53a-251 and the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds five thousand dollars.

(b) Computer crime in the second degree is a class C felony.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 4.)

Sec. 53a-254. Computer crime in the third degree: Class D felony. (a) A person is guilty of computer crime in the third degree when he commits computer crime as defined in section 53a-251 and (1) the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds one thousand dollars or (2) he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Computer crime in the third degree is a class D felony.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 5.)

Sec. 53a-255. Computer crime in the fourth degree: Class A misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of computer crime in the fourth degree when he commits computer crime as defined in section 53a-251 and the damage to or the value of the property or computer services exceeds five hundred dollars.

(b) Computer crime in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 6.)

Sec. 53a-256. Computer crime in the fifth degree: Class B misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of computer crime in the fifth degree when he commits computer crime as defined in section 53a-251 and the damage to or the value of the property or computer services, if any, is five hundred dollars or less.

(b) Computer crime in the fifth degree is a class B misdemeanor.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 7.)

Sec. 53a-257. Alternative fine based on defendant’s gain. If a person has gained money, property or services or other consideration through the commission of any offense under section 53a-251, upon conviction thereof the court, in lieu of imposing a fine, may sentence the defendant to pay an amount, fixed by the court, not to exceed double the amount of the defendant’s gain from the commission of such offense. In such case the court shall make a finding as to the amount of the defendant’s gain from the offense and, if the record does not contain sufficient evidence to support such a finding, the court may conduct a hearing upon the issue. For the purpose of this section, “gain” means the amount of money or the value of property or computer services or other consideration derived.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 8.)

Sec. 53a-258. Determination of degree of crime. Amounts included in violations of section 53a-251 committed pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, whether from the same person or several persons, may be aggregated in determining the degree of the crime.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 9.)

Sec. 53a-259. Value of property or computer services. (a) For the purposes of this part and section 52-570b, the value of property or computer services shall be: (1) The market value of the property or computer services at the time of the violation; or (2) if the property or computer services are unrecoverable, damaged or destroyed as a result of a violation of section 53a-251, the cost of reproducing or replacing the property or computer services at the time of the violation.

(b) When the value of the property or computer services or damage thereto cannot be satisfactorily ascertained, the value shall be deemed to be two hundred fifty dollars.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the value of private personal data shall be deemed to be one thousand five hundred dollars.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 10.)

Sec. 53a-260. Location of offense. (a) In any prosecution for a violation of section 53a-251, the offense shall be deemed to have been committed in the town in which the act occurred or in which the computer system or part thereof involved in the violation was located.

(b) In any prosecution for a violation of section 53a-251 based upon more than one act in violation thereof, the offense shall be deemed to have been committed in any of the towns in which any of the acts occurred or in which a computer system or part thereof involved in a violation was located.

(P.A. 84-206, S. 11.)

Sec. 53a-261. Jurisdiction. If any act performed in furtherance of the offenses set out in section 53a-251 occurs in this state or if any computer system or part thereof accessed in violation of section 53a-251 is located in this state, the offense shall be deemed to have occurred in this state.


Source: https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_952.htm#sec_53a-250






6141.321(g)

Student Responsible Use Agreement


Limitation of Liability


The District shall not be responsible for any damages suffered by the student, including those arising from unauthorized use, loss of data, and exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material or people.  Use of any information obtained via the Internet or communications technologies is at the student’s own risk.  The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet.  The District assumes no liability for personal technology, including computers, SMART Phones, network access devices, or other electronic signaling devices if such devices are damaged, lost, or stolen.  The student and his/her parent/guardian shall indemnify and hold The District harmless from any losses sustained as the result of misuse of the District’s technology resources by the student, and/or the loss or damage of personal technology.


Agreement


I/We have read, understand, and will abide by the District’s Student Responsible Use Policy, as described above.  As a parent or guardian, I hereby consent to my child’s or ward’s use of the District’s technology resources.  I/We also agree to hold the District harmless for any damages suffered by my child/ward, including those arising from unauthorized use, loss of data, and exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material or people arising from or connected to the use of the District technology resources.


Student User Name (Please Print):______________________________________________


Student User Signature:_______________________________ Date: __________________


Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print)____________________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature:  ____________________________Date: _________________

(Parent/Guardian must sign if student user is under 18 years old.)


Please return this page of the Responsible Use Policy within one week.  

If you have questions, please direct them to your school administrator.  Thank you!









Student Responsible Use Policy for Use of District Technology Resources

20 U.S.C. 254 Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000

47 U.S.C. Children’s Online Protection Act of 1998


Policy Approved:  June 7, 1999                                                              BETHEL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Policy Revised:   3/9/2004, 5/22/06, 5/10/07, 6/28/11, 5/6/14                                 BETHEL,CT


Chromebook/iPad Student User Agreement and Parent Permission Form


As a user of the Bethel Board of Education’s computer network and as a recipient of a Bethel Public Schools’ Chromebook/iPad, I acknowledge receipt of and hereby agree to comply with the “Bethel Middle School Chromebook/iPad Policies and Student User Agreement” and with the “Bethel Board of Education Student Responsible Use” Policy.  I understand that my use of a Chromebook/iPad is subject to all policies and regulations of the Bethel Board of Education.  Specifically, I agree that I have reviewed and understand the Bethel Board of Education Bullying and Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention Policy (5131.911), Cyberbullying Policy (5131.913), Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment Policy (5145.42), Suspension/Expulsion Due Process Policy (5114). and Responsible Use Policy (6141.321).


Student Name (PRINT) _____________________________________________________


Student Signature ____________________________________Date  ________________


As the parent or legal guardian of the minor student signing above, I grant permission for the student named to access networked computer services and school computer hardware. I have read, reviewed and understand the “Bethel Public Schools Responsible Use” Policy and the “Chromebook/iPad Student User Agreement” and I have discussed both fully with my child.


Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires parental permission whenever a website or application collects personally identifiable information from children under age 13.

  • By participating in Google Apps for Education, student information may be collected and stored electronically and shared with the District.

  • The District’s use of student information is for educational purposes only.

  • For more information on COPPA compliance, see the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov/coppa

  • The privacy policies associated with the use of Google Apps for Education are available at https://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/benefits.html


I further understand my rights under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), described above, and I give permission for my child to use Google Apps for Education on my child’s Chromebook/iPad.  I understand that some materials on the Internet may be objectionable, but I accept responsibility for guidance of Internet use by setting and conveying the school’s standards, procedures and rules when selecting, sharing, or exploring information and media. I acknowledge receipt of and hereby agree that I have discussed with my child and that my child will comply with the Bethel Public Schools “Chromebook/iPad Policies and Student User Agreement” and with the “Responsible Use” Policy.


Parent/Guardian Name (PRINT) _________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature  _________________________________Date  _______________






References:


Image Citations:


Expectations - https://www.csu.edu.au/division/iep/csuadvance/handbook/expectations


GAFE - https://www.google.com/search?q=expectations&safe=strict&biw=1698&bih=878&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFyIWM7KnMAhUFeD4KHZgtA28Q_AUIBigB#safe=strict&tbm=isch&q=GAFE&imgrc=kY4qEHe3CBrFMM%3A


Student Chromebooks - https://www.google.com/search?q=expectations&safe=strict&biw=1698&bih=878&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFyIWM7KnMAhUFeD4KHZgtA28Q_AUIBigB#safe=strict&tbm=isch&q=Chromebooks&imgrc=Rq76xGlVmIZMuM%3A


Student Respnsibilities - http://www.slideshare.net/chapa1215/taking-care-of-your-Chromebook


Family Resources  - http://pixshark.com/juggling-mom-clipart.htm


BYOT - http://www.boone.k12.ky.us/9/Content/996