Acceptable Use and Care Policy for Tablets

 

ACCEPTABLE USE AND CARE POLICY FOR TABLETS 
(Chromebooks/IPads)

 

Introduction

Students in the Everett Public Schools may be issued a Tablet or IPad (Tablet) to use for schoolwork in class and/or at home.  Note: Not all tablets issued to students may be brought home.

This Tablet Acceptable Use Policy (TAUP) provides information for students and parents and sets out student rights and responsibilities for the appropriate use of the Tablets or iPads.  In addition, we have developed a Care and Use Guide that provides additional information.

 

Technology resources in the Everett Public Schools are provided only for the purpose of supporting the educational mission of the school: To provide all students with a quality education that supports success. The district’s goal in providing a Tablet to students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, research, creativity, communication, increased productivity, and anywhere any-time learning among students and staff.

 

Use of these technologies is a privilege that carries responsibility and expectations consistent with all school rules and policies including, but not limited to, those in the TAUP and the Tablet Care and Use Guide.

 

The Everett Public Schools retains sole right of possession of the Tablet, its related equipment, and its accessories. Everett Public School (EPS) administrative personnel retain the right to collect and/or to inspect the Tablet and to alter, add, or delete installed software or hardware at its discretion.

 

Students and parents are responsible to:

  • Review the following:
  • Tablet Acceptable Use Policy (TAUP)
  • Tablet Care and Use Guide
  • Complete and return the signed TAUP
  • Accept the Tablet Insurance Protection Plan
  • Provide parental guidance and support to help their student understand the ethical and legal implications of cyber bullying and the value of practicing good digital citizenship within our global technological environment.

For additional information contact the Everett Public Schools’ Technology Department at 617-394-2490, Ext. 6991.

 

1.0 TABLET ACCEPTABLE USE

The use of the Everett Public Schools’ technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the school district and/or the school is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the school and terminates when a student is no longer a full-time Everett Public School student.

 

This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with appropriate, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates the Tablet Acceptable Use Policy (TAUP) or the guidelines specifically named or implied in this policy and the Tablet Care and Use Guide; privileges may be terminated, access to the school’s technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied.

 

Disciplinary action may include loss of technology access, suspension, expulsion, and payment of fees and/or fines as appropriate under the school district and/or school’s code of conduct. When applicable, the school district reserves the right to contact and involve appropriate law enforcement agencies.

To recover withdrawn privileges, the student and the parent/guardian must meet with EPS administration to request restoration of privileges. Neither the EPS staff nor the EPS administration accepts any responsibility in making requests for restoration of student Tablet privileges.

 

Students must assume that none of the data or information on the Tablet is private or confidential. Any data or information is subject to review by technology staff and/or school administration.

 

2.0 TABLET DISTRIBUTION

Tablets will be distributed to students in the various programs. Before a student can be issued a Tablet, parents and students must sign and return the Tablet Acceptable Use Policy (TAUP) and Tablet Insurance Protection Plan acceptance forms.

 

2.1 TABLET RETURNS

Tablets will be returned to Everett Public Schools before the end of each school year on a date to be determined by final exams. Students who transfer, withdraw, are suspended or expelled from Everett Public Schools must surrender their Tablet upon termination of enrollment or the last day of attendance, whichever comes first.

 

2.2 CHECK-IN FINES
A student who fails to return the Tablet at the end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment at Everett Public Schools will be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability and will not be eligible for academic promotion or for graduation. The student will also pay the replacement cost of the Tablet or, if applicable, any insurance deductible. In addition, the student is responsible for any damage(s) to the Tablet, consistent with the school’s TAUP. The student will be charged a fee for intentional damage(s), not to exceed the replacement cost of the Tablet. Failure to return the Tablet will result in a theft report being filed with the local police department.

 

3.0 TABLET USE

Tablets are intended to be used at school each day and should be brought to class fully charged. Unless specifically instructed not to do so by their program teacher, students are responsible for bringing their Tablet to class everyday.

 

3.1 GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

Tablets are school property and all users will follow the TAUP and Tablet Care and Use Guide as well as the school district’s Acceptable Use Technology Policy.

 

3.2 TABLE REPAIR

Students are responsible to maintain their Tablets and keep them in good working order. Tablets that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to the staff immediately and a damage report must be filed. The school will be responsible for repairing Tablets that malfunction. Tablets that have been damaged from student misuse, neglect, or are accidentally damaged will be repaired with potential partial or full cost being borne by the student. Students will be responsible for the entire cost of repairs to Tablets that are damaged intentionally.

 

3.3 TABLETS LEFT AT HOME OR UNDERGOING REPAIR

Loaner Tablets may be issued to students when their assigned Tablets are left at home or have been sent for repair

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3.4 TABLET AND EMAIL PASSWORDS

Tablets and Google accounts will be password protected. Each student will choose a unique password or the student may be assigned a password for the Tablet and Google access. All student passwords will be kept on record with the EPS technology department. Students are prohibited from sharing their unique passwords with anyone else except their parents and EPS administration.

 

3.5 PRINTING

Printing may or may not be available with the Tablet. Students will be given information and instructions on printing from the Tablet as it becomes appropriate.

 

3.6 HOME INTERNET ACCESS

Students are allowed to set up wireless networks on their Tablets to assist them with Tablet use while at home.

 

4.0 PROHIBITED STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials and/or the use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of plagiarized work are strictly prohibited. See Tablet Care and Use Guide for additional information.

 

TABLET SECURITY

5.1 TRACKING

Tablets that are stolen must be reported immediately to the appropriate school staff and the appropriate claims filed with the local law enforcement agency or police department. A claim should be filed at the opening of the next business day.

EPS employs a security system to assist with keeping track of valuable electronic devices such as the Tablets issued to students and teachers. Tablet security will provide EPS with device location information to assist in theft recovery, and will provide EPS with usage analytics that provide up-to-date student and teacher activity tracking.

 

5.2 DAMAGE

Students must notify a staff member in the event that their Tablet is lost or damaged.  A damage report must be filed for these occurrences:

  • Accidental damage, including drops/liquid spills, liquid submersion.
  • Theft and/or vandalism (by someone other than a Everett Public School student).
  • Fire, flood damage, natural disasters.
  • Power surges due to lightning or natural disaster(s).

 

A damage report must be filed immediately and no later than two (2) school days after an incident. After the damage report is filed, the student may be issued another Tablet.

 

Students will be held responsible for ALL intentional damage to their Tablets including, but not limited to the following: broken screens, cracked keyboards, and damage to internal components. Should the repair cost exceed the cost of purchasing a new device, the student will pay the full replacement value. For lost items such as cables, students may be charged the actual replacement cost.

 

5.3 PERSONAL HOME OR HOMEOWNER INSURANCE COVERAGE

Students may not use a parent/guardian’s personal insurance plan to protect the Tablet in cases of theft, loss, or accidental damage.