Electronic Communication Devices (for students and staff)

Electronic communication devices (ECDs) include computers,tablets, pagers, cell phones, smartphones, portable game units, graphing calculators, and similar electronic equipment. Students may not take photos, videos, or audio recordings without the permission of the staff and /or administration. Staff (includes Administrators, Supervisors, Teachers, Coaches, Aides, Secretaries, Custodians and Volunteers) and students will adhere to the following:

  1. For electronic communication, the staff may communicate with students only with the use of their Northern Valley Gmail accounts or PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku). Personal email accounts such as Hotmail, Personal Gmail, Yahoo, etc. are not acceptable for staff contacting students or for students contacting staff. The use of off-campus social media networking systems such as SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are not acceptable for staff to student and/or student to staff communication (Direct Messaging DM).
  2. To contact students by telephone, staff should use school issued phones from the high schools if possible. Personal ECDs may be used for emergency school business only.
  3. Students and staff are urged to be cautious when personal digital information crosses into the workplace. In using off campus social media networking systems, students and staff are urged to be cautious with settings that provide access to personal information.
  4. Staff should sign out a school phone when going on a field trip. Students may be given this number to communicate with the teacher in an emergency.

Other acceptable use guidelines are outlined in Board of Education Policy 6142.10 Technology - Guidelines for Responsible Computing as well as 3514.1 - School Furnished and Bring Your Own Electronic Device Distribution and Acceptable Use.

Staff or students who have questions regarding appropriate communication should see Dr. Mezzina, the Affirmative Action /EEO Officer for details.