Pleasant Ridge High School
Laptop Policy, Procedures, and Information
The intent of Pleasant Ridge High School's laptop initiative is to provide a common device for all teachers and students to utilize for the enhancement of teaching and learning for all students. Providing a common device for all high school students will allow students and teachers to have a technology device for more hours of the day. Over time, our students will be afforded changes in instructional practices and the opportunity to develop their academic skills in ways that are unprecedented. Our intent is to enhance the learning opportunities across the curricula and allow students to have more opportunities to learn away from the classroom setting by having an information pipeline at their fingertips. These policies and procedures include expectations, responsibilities and direction of student use of laptops as a tool to enhance teaching and learning.
Receiving Your Laptop & Check-In
Receiving Your Laptop
Laptops will be distributed at the beginning of the year. The laptop is district property. Students will be required to attend a meeting and must sign and return the Student Pledge documents before the laptop will be issued to any student to have on a 24/7 basis during the school year. It is the desire of the USD 449 School District for each student in grades 9-12 to have access to a laptop to enhance the learning environment for each student. In order for this endeavor to be successful, it will take a joint effort between the students, staff and parents/guardians to ensure the success of this program.
Failure to Check-in Consequences
If a student fails to return the laptop at the end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment at PRHS, that student will be subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil liability. The student/parent will also pay the replacement cost of the laptop. Failure to return the laptop will result in a theft report being filed with local law enforcement. In the instances where a student has agreed to only the use of the laptop during the school day, failure to check in the laptop at the end of each day would constitute a theft report being filed with local law enforcement.
The student/parent will be responsible for any damage to the laptops, consistent with the USD 449 School District policy and must return the laptops and all accessories to PRHS in satisfactory condition. The student/ parent will be charged a fee for any needed repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of the laptop.
Taking Care of Your Laptop
Students are responsible for the general care of the laptops that have been issued by the school. Laptops that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the designated location for an evaluation of the equipment (Mrs. Clay in the library).
The laptop is school property and all users will follow this policy and the USD 449 Acceptable Use Policy for technology.
The protective bags provided with the laptops have sufficient padding to protect the laptops from normal treatment and to provide a suitable means for carrying the device within the school. The guidelines below should be followed:
The laptop screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on or striking the screen.
Using Your Laptops at School
Laptops are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for laptops use, school messages, announcements, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the laptops. Students should bring their laptop to all classes, unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher.
Laptops Left at Home
If students leave their laptops at home, they are responsible for getting the course work completed as if they had their laptop present. If a student repeatedly leaves their laptop at home, the privilege to take the device home will be suspended for a designated period of time. If students fail to bring their laptop to school for three consecutive days, (with the exception of excused absences) the laptop will be considered stolen and reported to law enforcement. Students will not be permitted to leave the building to go home and retrieve their laptop and come back to school.
Laptop Undergoing Repair Loaner Laptop
Loaner laptops may be issued to students whose device is being repaired.
Charging The Laptops
Laptops must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. In cases where use of the laptop has caused batteries to become discharged, students may be able to connect their laptops to a power outlet in class as designated by the teacher.
When a laptop is checked out to a student the device will have the student’s name and an identifying number on it. That information should always remain on the laptop . Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver or background photo. Pictures of guns or weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, tobacco, and gang related symbols or pictures will result in disciplinary actions.
Sound, Music, Games, or Programs
Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Appropriate music is allowed on the laptops and can be used at the discretion of the teacher. Ear buds/ headphones should be used in the classroom based upon individual teacher approval.
Home Internet Access/Printing
Students are allowed to set up additional wireless networks on their laptops. This will be necessary to use web-based services outside of the school setting. Printing at home will require a USB connection or wireless printer, proper settings on the laptop for an eprint compatible printer, and possibly an additional app or software on your home computer/printer.
Students are allowed to install acceptable apps, pictures, video, music, etc. on the laptop. Apps which allow time messaging or temporary display of texts, photos, etc. and do not store that information are NOT allowed on USD 449 School District laptops. Examples of this type of Apps are Snapchat and Instagram. The USD 449 School District will, within reason, provide configuration settings that will not allow inappropriate content/apps/music to be installed on the laptops. If space on the device becomes a problem student’s personal music, photos, apps, etc. will be removed from the device to provide additional space. District purchased or required apps and information takes priority over student’s personal materials. It is suggested students backup their personal material as the district does not guarantee or restore any personal material on the laptop.
Laptops and Extra Curricular Activities
Coaches/sponsors for individual activities may limit whether or not laptops are allowed to be on buses or at particular events.
Originally Installed Software/Apps
The apps and operating system originally installed by USD 449 must remain on the laptop in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add additional apps and iOS upgrades. Periodic checks of laptops will be made to ensure that students have not removed required apps, installed inappropriate material or altered the operating system (also known as jail breaking the device). Students are not to remove any district installed software, app, profiles, restrictions or tamper in any manner with the device profiles. Students are not permitted to share any passcodes with other students. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in a suspension of the use of the district laptops and other disciplinary action.
Other software or apps may be added by the school or the student throughout the school year. Some apps will be free and others may have a cost.
Students will provide their assigned laptop for inspection at any time requested by a school official. Laptop use and contents will also be monitored remotely.
Procedure for Re-loading Software/Apps
If technical difficulties occur, the laptops will be restored by the system administrator. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any apps or documents deleted due to the necessity of a re-format and/or re-image.
Upgrade versions of licensed software/apps are available from time to time. Students may be required to check in their laptops for periodic updates. Operating systems with devices change, and PRHS will notify students on how to update apps, should updates be necessary.
Technology support for laptops will be available during the normal business day at PRHS during the normal hours of operation. After hours support will not be available.
The use of the USD 449 School District technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the USD 449 School District is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the district and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in the USD 449 School District. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the User Terms and Conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied. The USD 449 School District Student handbook and acceptable use stipulations shall be applied to student infractions. Any repair to district owned laptops is restricted to district authorized technicians. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Parents/guardians are asked to talk to your children about values and the standards that your children should follow on the use of the Internet just as you do on the use of all media information sources such as television, telephones, movies, and radio.
Student laptops 24/7 access opt out is a parent consideration. In order to do so, submit a single letter to the school principal stating the reason why. The student is still responsible for meeting the course requirements. The student will be required to check in the laptop at the end of each school day.
Students will have access to their device during the school year 24/7. Obviously, parents will establish ground rules for laptop use outside of the school day. The USD 449 School District will restrict, within reason, legally purchased content that can be installed on the device. (ie. Explicit Music, R rated movies, etc.)
The school will provide:
Student Activities Strictly Prohibited
Students will be held responsible for maintaining their individual laptops and keeping them in good working order. Students will be responsible for damages to their laptops.
If a student violates any part of the above policy, he or she will be subject to consequences as listed in the Acceptable Use Policy and PRHS Student Handbook or BOE District Policy.
Protecting and Storing the Laptop
Student laptops will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Laptops can be identified based on serial number and USD 449 School District identification number.
Storing the laptop
When students are not using their laptops, they should be stored in a secured setting such as their locked locker. Nothing should be placed on top of the laptop. Students are encouraged to take their laptops home every day after school, regardless of whether or not they are needed. Laptops should not be stored in a student’s vehicle at school or at home. If a student needs a secure place to store their laptop, they may check it in for storage at the school designated location.
Laptops Left in Unsupervised Areas
Under no circumstances should laptops be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, commons area, the lunchroom, the gym, locker rooms, library, unlocked classrooms, dressing rooms and hallways or any location off school property that the student is not in direct contact of the device outside of their home. Any laptop left in these areas is in danger of being stolen or damaged. If a laptop is found, it will be taken to the office.
Individual school laptops, cover and accessories must be returned to PRHS at the end of each school year. Students who graduate early, withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or terminate enrollment at PRHS for any reason must return their individual school laptop in proper working condition upon termination
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