Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District

Technology Department

STAR Parent/Student Handbook
Hillside and Eisenhower Intermediate School

  1. PARENT INFORMATION:  All parents and students must read and acknowledge:
  1. Acceptable Use Policy  
  2. Electronic Communication and Recording Devices Policy
  3. STAR Handbook

  1. The Chromebooks are the property of Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District and all users need to follow district policies when using their device.
  2. Devices will not go home. The student is responsible for shutting down and charging the device at the end of each day.
  3. Chromebooks that are not working correctly must be reported to the teacher immediately.

  1. Keep food and drink away from Chromebook at all times.
  2. Chromebook must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, labels, and magnets.
  3. Chromebook must never be left in an unlocked locker or unsupervised area.
  4. Chromebook should be closed when carrying from class to class.  
  5. Students may provide their own carrying case if desired.

  1. SCREEN CARE:   The Chromebook screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment or excessive pressure.
  1. Do not lean on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
  2. Do not “bump” the Chromebook against lockers, walls, floors, etc.  
  3. Do not stack any books, heavy materials, etc. on top of the Chromebook when carrying it or placing in your locker.

  1. NO CHROME ZONES:  No Chrome Zones include: Cafeteria, All Purpose Room and Gymnasium.  No Chromebooks allowed unless requested by a teacher for educational use.

  1. Chromebooks will be operating on the latest version of Google’s Chrome Operating System (OS) and will be automatically updated when shutdown and restarted. It is expected that Chromebooks are shutdown at the end of each day and restarted each morning.  
  2. Students should not adjust or change the district settings on the Chromebook without teacher approval.
  3. Screensaver or backgrounds may not be changed.
  4. Sound must be muted at all times.
  1. Students should have their own personal earbuds.  
  2. Students may provide their own mouse if desired.

  1. GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION:  Students will only use their district Google account on their Chromebooks, not personal email accounts. Students will have access to their Google Drive from home on any device that has internet access.  This will allow them to have access to content anytime, anywhere.
  1. Google Drive: A collaborative suite for students and teachers to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and files. Students cannot share outside of the Bridgewater-Raritan school district.
  2. District email: All students will have an email address linked to their BRRSD account. Students have the ability to communicate only with BRRSD district staff and students.  They cannot send or receive email outside the BRRSD domain.
  3. District password: The district will assign each student a password that is a series of letters and numbers.
  1. Passwords are unique and are not to be reset.
  2. Students should not share their passwords with anyone except a parent or guardian.  
  3. Students should never use another student’s username or password.
  1. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides: Word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation applications that allow students and staff to collaborate and communicate online.
  2. Google Calendar: Students can create, edit, and share calendars for homework, projects, etc.  
  3. Google Sites: Students can create and share webpages to showcase work.  

  1. OTHER TECHNOLOGY TOOLS:  The following technology tools may be used for educational purposes only, at the discretion of the teacher:
  1. Chrome Web Store: Students have access to the Chrome web store. Students are only permitted to download educational apps as instructed by the teacher.
  2. YouTube:  Students have access to YouTube with high restrictions on search results and content.  The YouTube restricted mode is similar to how Google searches are filtered in the district. Content will be blocked based on whether the video is flagged as inappropriate by Google.
  3. Recording Devices: Some devices have cameras built into them. Webcams are to be used for educational purposes only, as directed by the teacher.

  1.  DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP:  In collaboration with parents, computer teachers and classroom teachers, students will be taught to be safe, responsible and ethical users of technology.
  1. Copyright: Students are expected to follow all copyright laws and cite all materials, resources, and images using the format specified by the teacher.
  2. Etiquette: Online communication should be used only for educational purposes.  
  1. Students will not write anything mean, unkind, untrue or inappropriate online.
  2. Students will T.H.I.N.K. before they write:

  1. The school district will be responsible for repairing devices that malfunction or need repair.
  2. The malfunctioning Chromebook will be repaired by the technology department at no additional cost and the student will receive a loaner device.
  3. If it is determined that the student intentionally damaged the Chromebook or the repair falls outside the standard repairs, the parent(s)/guardian(s) may be charged the full cost of the repair or replacement.
  4. If any technology repair is needed, it is the student's responsibility to inform the teacher immediately.