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Student and Family Technology Handbook:

District-Owned Devices for Student Learning

at Home and School

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHY NKSD CONNECTED        1

Acceptable Use Procedures        2

NKSD 1:1 Program        3

Damaged Device Procedure        3

Device Care        4

Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety        5

Forgotten, Lost, or Stolen Device Procedure        5

Inappropriate Behavior        6

Internet Access at Home        6

Security, Filtering, and Monitoring        7

Student Email        7

Technical Assistance and Support        8

WHY NKSD CONNECTED

The 2021-2022 school year brought the exciting launch of NKSD Connected, a new approach to teaching and learning that harnesses the power of digital resources and tools to ensure all students are given authentic, relevant, and engaging learning experiences. As part of NKSD Connected, all NKSD students are provided a district-owned device. This privilege will allow all students to engage with their learning at school and at home in new, exciting, and innovative ways that prepare them to be empathetic, active and collaborative problem solvers in a global society.

NKSD Connected aligns with the district strategic plan in four main areas outlined below:

Acceptable Use Procedures

NKSD students and families must understand that:

  1. All users of the North Kitsap School District (NKSD) network and equipment must comply at all times with the district’s Student Network/Internet User Agreement.
  2. All district-issued devices for student use remain the property of NKSD.
  3. All users are accountable to all school, district, local, state and federal laws.
  4. All use of devices and network must support education.
  5. Students and families must follow all guidelines set forth in this document and by NKSD staff.
  6. All rules and guidelines are in effect before, during, and after school hours, for all NKSD devices whether on or off the school campus.
  7. All files stored on NKSD equipment or the network are the property of the district and may be subject to review and monitoring.
  8. Students are permitted to personalize their devices with stickers. However, there are to be no stickers or other coverings over the student’s name or the device asset tag.
  9. The term “equipment” or “technology” refers to devices and power cords/chargers. Each piece of equipment is issued as an educational resource. The conditions surrounding this equipment can be equated to those of a textbook.
  10. Students are expected to keep the devices in good condition. Failure to do so may result in bills for repair or replacement.
  11. Students may not tamper with any asset tag, serial numbers, or other identifying marks on the devices. Removal of these items could result in disciplinary action. Devices with removed asset tags and serial numbers are still able to be identified by the technology department.
  12. Students are expected to report any damage to their device as soon as possible to the library. This means no later than the next school day.
  13. Students who identify or know about a security problem are expected to convey the details to their teacher without discussing it with other students. The use of proxy servers or other exploits to bypass security measures is strictly prohibited.
  14. Students are expected to notify a staff member immediately if they come across information, images, or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, or threatening.
  15. All users are expected to follow existing copyright laws and educational fair use policies.
  16. Students may only log in under their assigned username. Students may not share their password with other students.
  17. Students should not loan equipment to other students. Students who do so are responsible for any loss or other damages incurred.
  18. Students are expected to return their device upon graduation or leaving/withdrawing from the district or fees will apply. Unreturned equipment will result in a $300 (device) or $45 (charger) fee being placed on the student account.
  19. Any failure to comply may result in disciplinary action. NKSD may remove a user’s access to the network without notice at any time if the user is engaged in any unauthorized activity.
  20. NKSD reserves the right to confiscate the property at any time.

NKSD 1:1 Program

All NKSD students receive a district-provided Chromebook to use as a resource in their learning. In order to ensure network security and stability and the ability to provide in-time technology support, students are required to use their district-provided device during school hours as it will be the only device allowed on the secure network. This handbook documents numerous policies, procedures, and expectations for the management of the 1:1 program including the expectations for device use and care.

Damaged Device Procedure

        All devices are inside a protective shell. The shell acts as the device’s insurance. As long as the shell is on the device when it is damaged, most accidental breakage will be repaired at no cost or a flat deductible of $35. Only two insurance claims can be made per device in a three-year time frame. If your student has more than two claims on the device, it is possible they could be responsible for more costs not covered by the insurance, up to $300 device replacement. The shell should never be removed. It is highly likely that the device could be damaged during the removal process. If a device is out of claims, the student will be financially responsible for any required repairs.

When a device is damaged, it should be reported to the library media specialist (LMS) as soon as possible. If needed, the LMS will send the device out to be repaired and will checkout a loaner device to the student. Depending on the needed repairs, the original device might be returned to the student after being repaired, or the student may be issued a permanent replacement. If a device is intentionally damaged and must be replaced, the student will be assessed a fine of $300.

     Deductible and Fine Procedure

Device Care

     General

     Screen Care

     Charging

     Access

Scaffolded time restrictions are in place to support the overall well-being of students. Research shows that the blue light from electronic screens can reduce or delay the body's production of melatonin, which can hinder a person's ability to fall asleep. Blue light can also shorten the amount of time people stay in rapid-eye movement (REM) and slow wave sleep. These two types of sleep are directly linked to cognitive functioning during the day. While we are very excited to be able to provide these resources to students, we also take the responsibility that comes with these tools very seriously        

Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety

In recognition of the fact that students use technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, it is important that they learn how to use that technology responsibly. All students will receive instruction on the digital citizenship and internet safety categories below:

Forgotten, Lost, or Stolen Device Procedure

        If a student forgets their device at home, they should try to contact their guardian and attempt to get their device brought to school. If this isn’t possible, the student should check-out a day loaner device from the library. The day loaner should be returned to the library at the end of the school day. If the loaner is not returned, a fee of $300 will be assessed to the student’s account until it is returned.

If a student device is lost, the student should report it to the principal or library media specialist as soon as possible. The device will be inventoried as lost and removed from the student account; however, a fee of $300 will be assessed to the student’s account. The library media specialist will assign a new device for the student to use.

        If a student device has been stolen, the student should report it to the principal or library media specialist as soon as possible. Local law enforcement should also be notified, and a copy of the report should be sent to the school office.  The device will be inventoried as stolen and removed from the student account. Should a police report not be submitted to the school, a fee of $300 will be assessed to the student’s account. The library media specialist will assign a new device for the student to use. See Board Policy No. 3520 and Board Procedure No. 3520P for additional information.

Inappropriate Behavior

Students are expected to follow all school rules when using their Chromebook.  Most tech-related behavior violations are equivalent to “traditional” classroom violations.

Internet Access at Home

The North Kitsap School District is committed to helping families get reliable internet access at home to allow students to continue to interact with their schoolwork outside of the school day. To meet the needs of as many families as possible, we have established the following procedures to work towards this goal:

  1. First, all families without internet access at home are encouraged to apply for broadband internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Gaining internet access through the ACP provides the whole family connection across personal and school-provided devices. District hotspots will ONLY connect to district-provided devices.
  2. NKSD has a limited number of hotspots families without internet access at home may request for students to use with their district-provided device to complete schoolwork at home. These hotspots are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Should there be a waitlist for a hotspot, monthly data usage will be examined and any unused hotspots will be redistributed. To apply for a district hotspot, please fill out the following form: NKSD District Hotspot Application.

Security, Filtering, and Monitoring

The school district is required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to provide certain levels of filtering and monitoring of the use of all district owned technology and electronic resources. All students are expected to support these efforts to provide a safe and legal electronic learning environment. It is expected that parents/guardians will monitor the student’s use of the Internet at home so that the district-owned device is not used to access illegal or inappropriate websites or download any material from those sites. Please be aware of these key points:

Student Email

All NKSD school students are issued an email account, which allows students to safely and effectively communicate and collaborate with NKSD staff and classmates, giving them an authentic purpose for writing. These accounts will be used at school for school-related projects. NKSD uses differentiated permissions for email based upon student age groups. High school and middle school students  are able to email with staff, peers, and outside organizations and entities. Elementary students can only email staff and other NKSD students. All students on restricted access are unable to send or receive any external emails. All emails are audited by Securly to check for any unsafe or inappropriate material.

     Email Usage Guidelines

Technical Assistance and Support

NKSD is committed to providing exemplary support to students and families when they need assistance with their district-owned device. Students and families should take the following steps to get technical assistance and support:

     At School

     At Home

All in for All Students