Here is everything you need to know about our Chromebook policies. To get a "Chromebook Damage & Replacement Contract," you can pick them up and turn them in at the front office. You can find Chromebook Tips HERE.
- Repairs & Responsibility For Chromebooks
- Cost of Repairs
- Chromebook Repair
- Acceptable Use (Privacy And Safety)
- Access Restriction
- Consumer Safety (Advice For Students And Parents)
- Digital Citizenship (Advice For All)
- Laws And Policies
Students are expected to use their Chromebook in accordance with the handbook, Douglas County School District's Acceptable Use Policy, and the law. Students are responsible for maintaining a working Chromebook at all times and shall use care to ensure that the Chromebook is not damaged. Douglas County School District reserves the right to charge the student or parent up to the full cost for repair or replacement when damage/loss occurs.
Devices are property of Douglas County School District and are only to be repaired by district authorized personnel. Students will take the device to their school's Library Media Specialist to report any damages. Upon receiving the damaged device and help ticket, the district's Information Technology department and/or the DHS Help Desk will assess the damage and then determine any applicable repair/replacement fees. Students may borrow a loaner device while theirs is repaired. After two incidents of accidental damage, the student may lose some privilege of being in the Chromebook 1:1 program and may not be permitted to take the device home.
Google Apps for Education is provided by DCSD for educational use only. Students that use Google Apps for Education for personal use are subject to the restrictions below and additional school rules and policies that may apply.
Privacy - School staff, administrators, and parents all have access to student email for monitoring purposes. Students have no expectation of privacy on the Apps system.
Limited personal use - Students may use digital applications and tools for personal projects but may not use them for:
- Unlawful activities, including the promotion of illegal drug use
- Commercial purposes (running a business or trying to make money)
- Personal financial gain (running a website to sell things)
- Inappropriate sexual or other vulgar, lewd or plainly offensive content
- Threatening another person or causing a substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities (cyberbullying)
- Modify or tamper with the DCSD's network or computing infrastructure
DCSD Apps, sites, email, and groups are not public forms. They are extensions of classroom spaces where student free speech rights are limited.
- Students may not post personal contact information about themselves or other people. That includes last names, addresses and phone numbers.
- Students agree not to meet with someone they have met online without their parent approval and participation.
- Students will report to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Students are responsible for the use of their individual accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account. Under no conditions should a user provide his or her password to another person.
Access to Google Apps for Education is considered a privilege at the discretion of the District. The District maintains in its sole discretion the right to immediately withdraw the access and use of Apps when there is reason to believe that violations of law or District policies have occurred. In such cases, the alleged violation will be referred to the Principal for further investigation and possible account restoration, suspension, or termination. As a party to the Agreement with Google, DCSD also reserves the right to immediately suspend any user account suspected of violating this Acceptable Use Policy. Pending review, a user account may be terminated as part of such action.
- Don't get scammed. Crooks are good at fooling people. They create fake emails and web pages that look real in a practice called phishing. Don't trust links or web pages sent by email. Instead, open a new browser window and type in the address yourself.
- Don't get spammed. Spam is unwanted advertising sent by email. Never reply to spam and never do business with a company that sends spam. Use the "report spam" button in Gmail to get rid of spam.
- Treat others well. It hurts to get a mean email just like it hurts when someone is mean in the school hallway. When using email or making a post to social media or digital forums, be kind. Everyone will see what you write so think before you type. Be careful with what you say about others and yourself.
- Respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual reproduces a work without permission that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
- Students have First Amendment rights to free speech but such rights are limited in school. If you post something via email or on a school web page that disrupts the learning environments in your school, or is vulgar, lewd or plainly offensive, your right of free speech shall be restricted. School web sites, email, and groups are for educational use and are not considered public forums for debating ideas. This means that a school has the right to limit student speech that is likely to cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities.
These are the laws and policies that help protect our students online:
Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
The school is required by CIPA to have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene and pornographic. This means that student Internet access and email is filtered and websites and email containing content that is obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors will be blocked.
CIPA - Visit this site.
Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school use of student information is solely for education purposes.
COPPA - Visit this site.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents rights to review student records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc.) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.
- The school will not publish confidential education records (grades, student ID #, etc.) for public viewing on the Internet.
- The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student last names or other personally identifiable information.
- Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children not be published.
- Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child's email and Apps for Education files.
FERPA - Visit this site.