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 Forest City Community Schools

Student Computer Handbook 

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A.  Distribution of Computers

Computers will be distributed each fall to all students in grades 6-12 following an orientation on the operation of and rules and regulations for the use of student laptops. Additionally, parents and students must sign and return the Computer Protection plan and Student Pledge documents before the laptop can be issued to their child. The Laptop Computer Protection plan outlines three options for families to protect the laptop investment for the school district. Please review the Laptop Computer Protection plan included in this handbook. Laptops will be collected at the end of each school year for maintenance, cleaning and software installations. Students will retain their original laptop each year while enrolled at Forest City CSD.

B. Care of Computers

Students are responsible for the general care of the laptop they have been issued by the school. Laptops that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the Technology Literacy Classroom.

General Precautions

  1. No food or drink is allowed next to your laptop while it is in use.
  2. Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the laptop.
  3. Students should never carry their laptops while the screen is open, unless directed to do so by a teacher.
  4. Laptops should be shut down before moving them to conserve battery life.
  5. Laptops must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of the Forest City CSD.
  6. Laptops must never be left in a car or any unsupervised area.
  7. Students are responsible for keeping their laptop’s battery charged for school each day.

Carrying Laptops

The protective cases provided with laptops have sufficient padding to protect the laptop from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the computer within the school.

The guidelines below should be followed:

  1. Laptops should always be within the protective case when carried.
  2. Do not place other materials in the laptop carrying case to avoid placing too much pressure and weight on the laptop screen.
  3. The laptop must be turned off before placing it in the carrying case.

Screen Care

The laptop screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

  1. Do not lean on the top of the laptop when it is closed.
  2. Do not place anything near the laptop that could put pressure on the screen.
  3. Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
  4. Do not poke the screen.
  5. Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).
  6. Clean the screen with a soft, dry, antistatic, or microfiber cloth.

C.  Using Your Computer at School

Computers are intended for use school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for computer use, school messages, announcements, calendars and schedules will be accessed using the computer. Students must be responsible to bring their computer to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.  Students are encouraged to take computers home for educational use.

Computers Left at School

Middle school students leaving computers at school will store them in the Tech Literacy classroom at the end of 8th period and can pick them up there the prior to 8:10 a.m. the following morning.

High school students leaving computers at school will store them in the IMC at the end of 8th period and can pick them up there the prior to 8:20 a.m. the following morning.

Computers Left at Home

If students leave their computers at home, academic consequences similar to those applicable to forgotten or incomplete work will be enforced.  Students will not be issued a loaner computer for temporary use.

Computers Undergoing Repair

Loaner computers may be issued to students when they leave their computers for repair.

Middle school students will take their computers to the Technology Literacy Classroom for repair.  High school students will take their computers to the IMC for repair.

Computer Battery Issues

Computers must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition; if left at school overnight, outlets will be provided for overnight charging.  Failure to act responsibly with regard to ensuring battery charge will result in academic consequences similar to those applicable to forgotten or incomplete work; students will not be issued a loaner computer for temporary use.  In cases where required school use of the computer has caused batteries to become discharged during the school day, students may be able to connect their computers to a power outlet in class.

Computers Left in Unsupervised Areas

Under no circumstances should computers be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the cafeteria, computer lab, concourse, locker rooms, library, unlocked classrooms, dressing rooms, hallways, and unlocked lockers.  Any computer left in these areas is in danger of being stolen. Unsupervised computers will be confiscated by staff and taken to the Office. Disciplinary action may be taken for leaving your computer in an unsupervised location.

D.  Managing Files, Saving Files, Printing

Students will be logging onto the Forest City Community Schools network in order to access the Internet.  Students will be responsible for saving their own work on their computers.  Students should also back up their work to their own storage devices (such as flash drives, CD’s, DVD’s, external hard drives).  The school will not be responsible for the back-up of student work.

Printers will not be installed on student computers.  Students may use school printers only with express permission.  The school will not modify student computers for home printing.

E. Laptop Software

Originally Installed Software

The software originally installed by the Forest City Community Schools must remain on the computer in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times.

From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. The licenses for this software require that the software be deleted from computers at the completion of the course.

Inspection

Students may be selected at random to provide their computer for inspection.

Procedures for Reloading Software

If technical difficulties occur or illegal (including unlicensed and/or unauthorized) software is discovered, the Forest City CSD will re-image the student computer.  If said re-imaging is necessitated by student misuse, students will be assessed the cost of re-imaging at the rate of $20.00 per hour for the time required to complete the process with the student computer not returned until the payment is made.  The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any software deleted due to a reformat and reimage.

Software Upgrades

Upgrade versions of licensed software may be necessary from time to time. Students will be instructed what, if any action, will be required to complete upgrades.

F.  Acceptable Use Policy

Educational Purpose

Forest City Community Schools’ Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will extend to all students during their enrollment at the Forest City Schools.  The Forest City CSD is providing students with computers in order to improve instruction and engage in 21st Century learning.  The acceptable use of student computers is for educational purposes including research, multimedia production, communication, and homework completion.  Students are expected to follow appropriate rules for use, as outlined below.  Teachers and administrators throughout the district will enforce all policies established by the board of education and stated in this AUP.  

Privilege Statement

The use of computers loaned or leased to students by Forest City CSD is a privilege.  Students who do not use computers appropriately as outlined in this AUP or as by directed by district personnel are subject to loss of computer use.

Conditions and Rules for Use

Consequences for AUP Violations

The consequences listed below are examples of possible consequences.  Teachers, administrators, and technology personnel will determine the appropriate consequence based on the severity of the infraction.  Possible consequences may include, but are not limited to:

G.  Repair or Replacement of Computers

Manufacturer’s Warranty

This coverage is purchased by Forest City CSD as part of the purchase price of the equipment and warrants the laptops from defects in materials and workmanship. This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair the computer or computer replacement.  This warranty does not warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, accidents or computer viruses. Please report all computer problems to the Technology Staff.

Computer Protection Plans Purchased by Students/Families

Parents should strongly consider the purchase of a computer protection insurance plan through an insurance vendor of their choice. That insurance plan should provide protection for loss due to theft, fire, flood, natural disasters, vandalism, power surges, and accidental damages.  In lieu of insurance coverage, parents will be billed for repairs and/or replacement of the computer in the event of damage or loss.  

Claims

In the event of theft or fire, students or parents must file a police or fire report and bring a copy of the report to the principal’s office before a computer can be repaired or replaced.

All computer repairs or replacement, regardless of cause, will be completed by the school and then billed to the parents and/or insurance company.

Fraudulent reporting of theft or accidental damage by fire will be turned over to the police and insurance company for prosecution. A student making a false report will also be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook.  The District will work with the local law enforcement to combat fraud.

Intentional Damage or Damage Due to Willful Neglect or Loss

Students/Parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damage to computers or damage to computers that is due to willful neglect or loss.


Internet Acceptable Use Agreement (Student)

The Forest City CSD wants to provide you Internet/Computer access as part of your education. The network is provided for students to conduct research, complete assignments,and communicate with others. The following is an Acceptable Use Agreement that covers six conditions or facets of being a Digital Citizen. Please read and sign this agreement so that you can enjoy this privilege.

1. Respect Yourself. I will show respect for myself through my actions. I will select online names that are appropriate and not use false identities. I will consider the information and images that I post online. I will consider what personal information about my life experiences, experimentation or relationships I post. I will not be obscene.

2. Protect Yourself. I will ensure that the information, images and materials I post online will not put me at risk. I will not publish my personal details, contact details, or a schedule of my activities. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behaviour directed at me. I will protect passwords, accounts and resources. I will use my access for educational use and not for any profit-making or unlawful activities. I will not visit sites that are degrading, pornographic, racist or inappropriate.

3. Respect Others. I will show respect for others. I will not use electronic mediums to flame, bully, harass or stalk other people. I will show respect for other people by not using/altering their passwords/accounts. I will not abuse my access rights and I will not enter other people's private spaces or areas. I will only use computers or networks that I’ve been given permission to access. I am responsible for the appropriateness of the material I send/post.

4. Protect Others. I will protect others by reporting abuse, not forwarding inappropriate materials, images, or communication, including spam/junk mail. I will protect the private information of others (Ex. Email and Skype addresses, contact details, cell numbers)

5. Respect Intellectual/Physical property. I will not plagiarize the work of others, suitably citing any and all use of websites, books, media, etc. I will validate information. I will use and abide by the Fair Use rules and will request permission to use the materials of others. I will use the school’s computers, software, and other technology equipment with care and encourage others to do the same.

6. Protect Intellectual Property. I will request to use the software and media others produce. I will use free and open source alternatives rather than pirating software. I will purchase, license and register all software. I will purchase my music and media, and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses. I will act with integrity.

By signing this agreement, I undertake to always act in a manner that is respectful to myself and others, to act appropriately in a moral and ethical manner. I agree to follow the principles of digital citizenship outlined in this agreement and accept that failing to follow these tenets will have consequences. I understand school/district administrators will deem what is inappropriate use, take appropriate action, and determine consequences. Consequences may include restriction of computer/network access, suspension/expulsion, reimbursement for damage/loss of property, and legal action.

Student Name: _________________________________________   Student Signature:______________________________________________   Date: ___/___/___


PARENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

I reviewed the Student Computer Handbook with my child and acknowledge that I am familiar with usage guidelines and responsibilities.  I have checked the appropriate box below indicating whether or not my child may bring his/her computer home for educational use.

Reminders:  

  1. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase a computer protection insurance plan.  

  1. In cases of theft, vandalism and other criminal acts, a police report, or in the case of fire, a fire report by the student or parent may be required..

  1. Students/Parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damage to laptops or damage to laptops that is due to willful neglect.  Warranty and/or Laptop Protection Plans DO NOT cover intentional damage to laptops.

  1. If a student fails to return the laptop at the end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment at Forest City CSD, the district will proceed with criminal and/or civil actions.

YES. My child may bring his/her computer home for educational use when necessary.  On those occasions when he/she does not bring his/her laptop home, the 0 hour option described in the Student Computer Handbook will be observed.

NO. My child may NOT bring his/her computer home but will instead follow the “Computers Left at School” procedures described in the Student Computer Handbook

I agree to the terms included in the Computer Protection Plan, Internet Acceptable Use Agreement, and Parent Acknowledgment.

Parent Name: _________________________________________  

Parent Signature: ________________________________________________  Date: ___/___/___