Digital Citizenship Policy
- Think before you post and avoid gossip.
- Get permission before taking pictures, videos or images. Students are not permitted to take photos, voice recordings, or video clips at any point of the school day and/or on school property without permission from administration.
- Protect your personal information online. Keep personal photos and information, including passwords, private and keep personal devices in a secure place.
- Be aware of your online safety.
- Tell a trusted adult about anything which makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Report cyberbullies and suspicious online activities.
- Be respectful in the online environment and report any online activities that are not in keeping with this respect.
- Devices are not be out or used during instructional time unless directed by the teacher.
- During school hours, phone is set to DO NOT DISTURB
- During class time students are not permitted to be using electronic devices in the hallways or bathrooms
- Students are permitted to use cell phones during recess and first half of lunch. They are not permitted in the Cafeteria.
- Follow your school electronic contract.
Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement Students and Parents/Guardians
The use of electronic devices is now a part of daily life for most students. These devices can help student learning and engage students in the classroom. Our school uses electronic devices such as computers, interactive whiteboards, tablets and other mobile devices in the classroom to enhance academic achievement and help motivate students. Through the use of the school’s network, access to learning resources and applications (apps) help all students meet learning objectives. To help protect all students, proper use guidelines and practices for these devices must be established, followed and monitored. All parents/guardians must sign an Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement prior to students being permitted to use/access technology and online resources at school. The purpose of the agreement is to:
- Ensure students and parents/guardians are aware of the conditions under which students are permitted to use technology;
- Outline expectations and responsibilities of students and appropriate and inappropriate use of technology.
We ask parents and guardians to monitor use and to discuss these regulations and the proper use of technology with their children and we thank you for your support.
Online / “Cloud Services”
Some online tools and apps are referred to as “cloud services”. This means that students will store saved work online. Using cloud services, or online resources, will allow students to work on projects outside of school time. Schools will provide each student a user name, password and email address. To gain access to online resources and applications, students will need to use the provided account, password, and email address. Online privacy is a top priority for our school and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (District) and we protect the online work of our students to the best of our ability.
Safe and Caring Schools
All students are expected to abide by the school’s Code of Conduct when using technology, accessing the Internet and interacting online.
Internet Access and Filtering
All schools now provide Internet access for teaching and learning. The Internet contains a wealth of educational material for the classroom but can also contain material that is not appropriate. The District filters web sites believed to be inappropriate for students. The District cannot and does not guarantee that inappropriate material can be completely filtered.
Students will be assigned a gmail account for email purposes, e.g. JDoe_s@nlesd.ca. All student email addresses have the underscore (_) and ‘s’ contained in them. For more information, go to the District’s E-mail Policy and associated Regulations. Social Media The District recognizes that social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) is a tool that can further enhance teaching and learning in our schools as well as communication between home and school and with the public. Students may have the opportunity to access various forms of social media at school. Further information will be provided at the school level. For more information, go to the District’s Social Media Policy and Terms of Reference for Students .
The use of portable electronic devices (e.g., iPads, iPhones, laptop computers) is now part of daily life for most students. These devices promote student engagement, creativity and learning. Many schools now have sets of devices available for classroom use. Students may also be able to use their own portable electronic devices at school, in accordance with consistent, school-wide guidelines as determined by the school administration and staff. This Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement applies, whether a student is using a school-owned or personal device.
Acceptable Use of Technology
- Technology, is to be used for educational activities and learning, and for other purposes as permitted by the school administration.
- The use of personal devices (e.g., student-owned iPads, cellular phones, laptop computers) during class time should be for educational purposes only, in accordance with consistent, school-wide guidelines and practices as determined by the school administration and staff. Please note that school trips are considered class time.
- Students must follow all District and school policies when using technology and treat others with respect at all times.
- Portable electronic devices are permitted in rooms where exams are being written, with the permission of the teacher. For instance, permission must be obtained to use a device as a calculator.
- In general, the use of personal devices is not permitted in K-6 classrooms, except in circumstances where their use is required to support the documented learning needs of individual students. The determination is made by the school administration, in consultation with appropriate staff.
The following is NOT permitted :
- Attempting to gain access to someone else’s information or account without permission;
- Sharing or posting personally identifiable information (such as phone number and address) online;
- Meeting in person with anyone met online without parent awareness and permission;
- Breaking copyright or license use agreements; copying ideas, work or writings done by another person or source; and
- Engaging in activity which may be considered to be bullying or intimidation of others or engaging in activity which is disruptive to the school environment.
- Student users are expected to :
- Behave as they would in any other environment where they represent their school and/or the District. Students are to conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical and respectful manner in accordance with the standards of the District.
- Ensure their mobile device is charged before coming to school – there may be limited electrical outlets available;
- Ensure proper action is taken such as turning off ringers, so that a personal mobile device does not disrupt instructional time;
- Ensure that their device is always stored in a safe and secure place;
- Keep usernames and passwords private and respect the privacy of others;
- Use all technology responsibly and not abuse or deliberately damage equipment or networks;
- Be responsible for their own mobile devices. The school or District is not responsible if a personal device such as a cell phone or iPad is lost, stolen or damaged;
- Immediately report any safety or security problems, or any inappropriate or uncomfortable situations involving technology; and,
- Respect information/media obtained on the Internet by including references/citing the correct source.
Monitoring and Access
Staff may access district-provided student accounts and communications for assessment purposes, to maintain system integrity, and to ensure students are using the system responsibly and safely.
Use of technology resources including networks, computers or mobile devices and the Internet is a privilege that can be restricted or denied at any time for misuse or abusive conduct. Students may be subject to disciplinary action for using technology in violation of district policies, up to and including suspension. Failure to cooperate with the above will result in the application of an escalating scale of clear and consistent consequences.
● In the event that an electronics device is used for academic fraud a parent will be contacted and the device will be confiscated, a grade of 0% will result.