Computer Use at USD 371


This page contains the following information:
Computer Best Use Policy (.pdf) (.epub)
Computer Use Agreement (.pdf) (.epub)                                          
High School computer Return Instructions
Instructional Care Video
 


Computer Best Use Policy

Introduction


The Apple MacBook Pro and carrying case that have been issued to you are the property of the Montezuma School District. This computer is on loan to the student, and must be used according to the following Policies and Procedures, the District’s Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. Use of this computer, as well as access to the computer network, the Internet and email is a privilege and not a right. These items are provided for educational purposes only, and are intended to support the learning objectives of South Gray High School and the Montezuma School District. Your use of these technologies is monitored at all times on the district network.

Using the Computer at School

• Each computer is assigned to an individual student. Students should never “swap” or “share” their computer with another student. Laptops should be in a student’s possession, or secured in their AES classroom at all times. 
• Students may never share their password with another student. Passwords should always be kept confidential. The District Technology Coordinator will keep a confidential record of student passwords. This is done so that District technology staff can perform service and maintenance when necessary. 
• Students who have permission to take their laptop home are responsible for bringing their laptop, fully charged, to school each day. 
• Students who do not have permission to take their laptop home may pick up their laptop in the grade school computer lab each morning, and are required to return their laptop to grade school computer lab at the end of each day. Students are responsible for making sure their laptop is plugged in for recharging each night. 
• Students will be allowed to recharge their laptops each day when needed. 
• Students are responsible for saving or backing up their documents. 
• Computers are to be used only in the classroom and at home for homework. 
• Students are not allowed to download or install any software or other materials without the permission of the District Technology staff.

Using the Computer at Home

• Students must have the written permission of their parent or guardian before they will be allowed to take their computer home. 
• Parents/guardians will be given the child’s login name and password, so that they can supervise the student’s use of the computer at home. 
• When at home, the computer should always be used under adult supervision in a common family location (i.e., kitchen, living room, dining room).
• If the computer is lost or stolen, parents/guardians should immediately report the loss or theft to the local police, administration, and Montezuma School District office. 
• If the computer is damaged or not working properly, it must be turned in to or District Technology staff for repair or replacement. Parents/guardians, students are not authorized to attempt repairs themselves, or contract with any other individual or business for the repair of the laptop. 
• Students are responsible for recharging the laptop at home on a daily basis.

Using the Computer for Internet and Email

• Students and parents/guardians understand that the Montezuma School District does not have control over information found on the Internet. While every attempt is make to block access from inappropriate material while the student is at school, the district is not able to monitor student usage of the computer while at home. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to supervise the information that a student is accessing from the Internet while at home. 
• Students should never share personal information about themselves or others while using the Internet or email. This includes a student’s name, age, address, phone number or school name. 
• Parents/guardians and students are required to read and agree to the District’s Acceptable Use Policy prior to receiving Internet and email access. 
• Students should be aware that Internet access and email, and other media that are accessed, created or stored on their computers are the sole property of the District. The District has the right to review these items for appropriateness, and to limit or revoke a student’s access to them at any time, and for any reason. 

General Use and Care of the Computer

• When transporting their laptop students should always be sure it is placed in the carrying case, and the case is fully closed. No other Items shall be placed into the carrying case. 
• Students are expected to treat their laptop with care and respect. The computer and case are the property of the Montezuma School District, and should be kept clean and free of marks at all times. Placing stickers, writing or drawing on, engraving or otherwise defacing the laptop or carrying case are not allowed and will result in loss of privileges. 
• Students are encouraged to help each other in learning to operate their computer. However, such help should be provided with voices and not hands. Students should operate their own computer at all times. 
• Any inappropriate or careless use of a computer should be reported to a teacher or other staff member immediately. 
• Students should not use their laptop while walking, on the bus, or otherwise being transported. Laptops should only be used while they are on a flat, stable surface such as a table. Laptops can be fragile, and if they are dropped they may break. 
• Students should protect their laptop from extreme heat or cold. Laptops should never be left in a car, even if the car is locked.
• Computers should be protected from the weather, water or other liquid, food, and pets. Students should never eat or drink while using their laptop, or use their laptop near others who are eating and drinking. 
• Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of your laptop. This includes books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc. 
• Students should use care when plugging their power cord, network cord and when using their CD ROM drive. 
• Computers should never be placed in their carrying case while they are turned on. The computer should be turned off. In addition, computers should not be placed on or under soft items such as pillows, chairs or sofa cushions, or blankets. This will cause the computer to overheat, and will result in damage to the computer.

Consequences of Inappropriate Use

The use of any district technology is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to use their computer according to these Policies and Procedures, and District Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. The student and parents/guardians agree to repair, replace, or pay for the repair or replacement of the technology that is damaged due to negligence. Failure to use this computer appropriately will result in the following consequences, as determined by the staff and administration of South Gray School and the Montezuma School District:
• Loss of internet/network use for 2 weeks (First offense).
• Loss of internet/network use for Semester (Second offense).
• Cancellation of student use or access privileges, including the privilege of taking the computer home. 
• Suspension from school. 
• Expulsion from school. 
• Civil or criminal liability under applicable laws.

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Computer Use Agreement

Montezuma USD 371 recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-century technology and communication skills.  To that end, we provide access to technologies for student and staff use. This Acceptable Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviors that users are expected to follow when using school technologies or when using personally owned devices on the school campus. The Montezuma USD 371 network is intended for educational purposes. All activity over the network or using district technologies is monitored and retained. Access to online content via the network may be restricted according to our policies and federal regulations, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Students are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online as offline.
Misuse of school resources can result in disciplinary action. Montezuma USD 371 makes a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online, but will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from use of school technologies. Users of the district network or other technologies are expected to alert IT staff immediately of any concerns for safety or security.

Technologies Covered

Montezuma USD 371 may provide Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers or devices, videoconferencing capabilities, online collaboration capabilities, message boards, email, and more. 
As new technologies emerge, Montezuma USD 371 will attempt to provide access to them. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all available technologies, not just those specifically listed.

Usage Policies

All technologies provided by the district are intended for education purposes. All users are expected to use good judgment and to follow the specifics of this document as well as the spirit of it: be safe, appropriate, careful and kind; don’t try to get around technological protection measures; use good common sense; and ask if you don’t know.

Web Access

Montezuma USD 371 provides its users with access to the Internet, including web sites, resources, content, and online tools. That access will be restricted in compliance with CIPA regulations and school policies. Web browsing may be monitored and web activity records may be retained indefinitely.
Users are expected to respect that the web filter is a safety precaution, and should not try to circumvent it when browsing the Web. If a site is blocked and a user believes it shouldn’t be, the user should follow district protocol to alert the Technology Coordinator or submit the site for review.

Email

Montezuma USD 371 may provide users with email accounts for the purpose of school-related communication. Availability and use may be restricted based on school policies.
If users are provided with email accounts, they should be used with care. Users should not send personal information; should not attempt to open files or follow links from unknown or untrusted origin; should use appropriate language; and should only communicate with other people as allowed by the district policy or the teacher. Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Email usage may be monitored and archived.

Social/Web 2.0 / Collaborative Content

Recognizing the benefits collaboration brings to education, Montezuma USD 371 may provide users with access to web sites or tools that allow communication, collaboration, sharing, and messaging among users. 
Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Posts, chats, sharing, and messaging may be monitored. Users should be careful not to share personally identifying information online. 

Mobile Devices Policy

Montezuma USD 371 may provide users with mobile computers or other devices to promote learning outside of the classroom. Users should abide by the same acceptable use policies when using school devices off the school network as on the school network.
Users are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive devices that the school is entrusting to your care. Users should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to IT staff immediately. Users may be financially accountable for any damage resulting from negligence or misuse.
Use of school-issued mobile devices off the school network may be monitored.

Personally Owned Devices Policy

Students should keep personally owned devices (including laptops, tablets, smart phones, and cell phones) turned off and put away during school hours—unless there is an emergency or as instructed by a teacher or staff for educational purposes.
Because of security concerns, when personally owned mobile devices are used on campus, they should not be used over the school network without express permission from Montezuma USD 371 administration. In some cases, a separate network may be provided for personally owned devices.

Security

Users are expected to take reasonable safeguards against the transmission of security threats over the school network. This includes not opening or distributing infected files or programs and not opening files or programs of unknown or untrusted origin.
If you believe a computer or mobile device you are using might be infected with a virus, please alert the district Technology Coordinator. Do not attempt to remove the virus yourself or download any programs to help remove the virus.

Downloads

Users should not download or attempt to download or run .exe programs over the school network or onto school resources without express permission from district Technology Coordinator. 
You may be able to download other file types, such as images of videos. For the security of our network, download such files only from reputable sites, and only for education purposes.

Netiquette

Users should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner. 
Users should also recognize that among the valuable content online is unverified, incorrect, or inappropriate content. Users should use trusted sources when conducting research via the Internet.
Users should also remember not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers, or future colleges or employers to see. Once something is online, it’s out there—and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways you never intended.

Plagiarism

Users should not plagiarize (or use as their own, without citing the original creator) content, including words or images, from the Internet. Users should not take credit for things they didn’t create themselves, or misrepresent themselves as an author or creator of something found online. Research conducted via the Internet should be appropriately cited, giving credit to the original author.

Personal Safety

Users should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or financial information, over the Internet without adult permission. Users should recognize that communicating over the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks, and should carefully safeguard the personal information of themselves and others. Users should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental permission.
If you see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes you concerned for your personal safety, bring it to the attention of an adult (teacher or staff if you’re at school; parent if you’re using the device at home) immediately.

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying will not be tolerated. Harassing, dissing, flaming, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking, excluding, and cyberstalking are all examples of cyber-bullying. Don’t be mean. Don’t send emails or post comments with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else.
Engaging in these behaviors, or any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action and loss of privileges. In some cases, cyber-bullying can be a crime. Remember that your activities are monitored and retained.

Examples of Acceptable Use
I will:
Use school technologies for school related activities.
Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that I am expected to follow offline.
Treat school resources carefully, and alert staff if there is any problem with their operation.
Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to use communicative or collaborative technologies.
Alert a teacher or other staff member if I see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online.
Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for educational pursuits.
Cite sources when using online sites and resources for research.
Recognize that use of school technologies is a privilege and treat it as such.
Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others.
Help to protect the security of school resources.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Users should use their own good judgment when using school technologies.


Examples of Unacceptable Use
I will not:
Use school technologies in a way that could be personally or physically harmful.
Attempt to find inappropriate images or content.
Engage in cyber-bullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others.
Try to find ways to circumvent the school’s safety measures and filtering tools.
Use school technologies to send spam or chain mail.
Plagiarize content I find online. 
Post personally identifying information, about myself or others.
Agree to meet someone I meet online in real life.
Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom.
Use school technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities.
Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that isn’t intended for my use.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Users should use their own good judgment when using school technologies.

Limitation of Liability

Montezuma USD 371 will not be responsible for damage or harm to persons, files, data, or hardware.
While Montezuma USD 371 employs filtering and other safety and security mechanisms, and attempts to ensure their proper function, it makes no guarantees as to their effectiveness.
Montezuma USD 371 will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for unauthorized transactions conducted over the school network. 

Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy

Consequences of Inappropriate Use:
The use of any district technology is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to use their computer according to these Policies and Procedures, and District Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. The student and parents/guardians agree to repair, replace, or pay for the repair or replacement of the technology that is damaged due to negligence. Failure to use this computer appropriately will result in the following consequences, as determined by the staff and administration of South Gray School and the Montezuma School District:
• Loss of internet/network use for 2 weeks (First offense).
• Loss of internet/network use for Semester (Second offense).
• Cancellation of student use or access privileges, including the privilege of taking the computer home. 
• Suspension from school. 
• Expulsion from school.

Negligence

The student and parents/guardians understand and agree to pay an insurance premium each year that they use the equipment. This insurance will cover damage to the equipment that is not covered by warranty. The deductible for each incidence is $100.00. The student and parents/guardians agree to repair, replace, or pay for the repair or replacement of the technology that is damaged due to negligence.

Consequences for Negligence:
1st Claim: Equipment will be repaired at The Students and Parents/Guardians expense (deductible).
2nd Claim: Equipment will be repaired at The Students and Parents/Guardians expense (deductible). Student will not be allowed to use the equipment off campus. 
3rd Claim: Equipment will be repaired at The Students and Parents/Guardians expense (deductible). Student will lose the use of equipment.

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High School Computer Return Instructions

General Information

1. Make sure that all parts are returned. This includes: 
computer
AC adapter
ducktail plug
extension chord
computer case.
2. You will be required to start the computer in order to verify the working condition of the computer.
3. All equipment will be checked for damage. If there is damage you will be responsible for the
  repairs/replacement.
4. It is your responsibility to archive all data to a separate hard drive, optical disk, flash drive, etc.

Instructions for Computer Return

1. Empty the computer bag.
2. Unwind all cables on the adapter. Please be sure that you have cleaned the adapter cable, extension cable, and AC adapter (A Mr. Clean© Magic Eraser sponge works great!).
3. Take the bag to the sweeper and sweep out the inside of the bag.
4. When it’s your turn, put your laptop on the desk, plug the adapter in and place the adapter on the desk so we
   can check the wires.
5. Hand the bag to the teacher.
6. When the teacher is done, you need to wind up the adapter and extension cable, put it in the laptop pocket, put
   your laptop in the bag, and place it where the teacher instructs.

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Staff Computer ID

J. Hodgson       MBP 2.5 GHz 131
M. Applegate    MBP 2.7 GHz 132
G. Salmans      MBP 2.7 GHz 133
J. Blattner       MBP 2.7 GHz 134
J. McMillan     MBP 2.7 GHz 135
N. Briscoe       MBP 2.7 GHz 136
K. Wall          MBP 2.7 GHz 137
C. Fisher       MBP 2.7 GHz 138
W. Watts    MBP 2.7 GHz 139
K. Gillespie     MBP 2.7 GHz 140
J. Deges         MBP 2.7 GHz 141
A. Maxwell     MBP 2.7 GHz 142
M. Pena        MBP 2.7 GHz 143
A. Davidson    MBP 2.7 GHz 144
Mi. Scott       MBP 2.7 GHz 145
D. Berg         MBP 2.7 GHz 146
W. Koehn      MBP 2.7 GHz 147
A. Lang         MBP 2.7 GHz 148
M. Goossen    MBP 2.7 GHz 149
K. Baker         MBP 2.7 GHz 150
K. Hedlund     MBP 2.7 GHz 151
Tr. Lutters      MBP 2.7 GHz 152
A. Holderness   MBP 2.7 GHz 153
To. Lutters      MBP 2.7 GHz 154
M. Bachman      MBP 2.7 GHz 155
S. Hibbert      MBP 2.7 GHz 156
Ma. Scott       MBP 2.7 GHz 158
M. Ohnick      MBP 2.7 GHz 159

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