Device Take-Home Responsible Use Agreement for Parent/Guardian and Student
Overview: The principles set forth below are crucial for school issued devices (iPads/Chromebooks) to be successful in our classrooms and at home. Before being lent a device, each student and his or her parent/guardian are asked to carefully complete the following:
- Carefully read the “Device Take-Home Responsible Use Agreement for Parent/Guardian and Student”
- Responsible Parent/Guardian must sign the authorization form attached
The school devices are being loaned to our students without fee or charge. All we ask is that each loaned device be cared for, and used responsibly. In accepting possession of a school device, each student and his or her guardian is acknowledging that:
- Distinctive Schools retains ownership of the issued device.
- If a student damages a school device, or violates any principle set forth below, he or she may be subject to:
- Loss of the privilege to possess the device, and
- Disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct, and
- Legal action for any criminal act, and
- Financial responsibility for the replacement cost of the device,
- A student must return the device
- To school upon the next open school day so that the device can be a tool the child uses each day
- No later than the last day of school, or
- Upon the request of the Teacher or School Director in consultation with the school’s Technology Support Team.
- At the time he or she withdraws from our schools
- Damage, Loss, or Theft
The student and parent/guardian agree to the pay minimally required fees if a device is damaged while on loan to the student.
A student and his or her parent/guardian is financially responsible for repair or replacement of a school device (and/or any accessory) damaged or destroyed while in the care of that student/family. The cost shall be determined by the amount Distinctive Schools must pay to repair or replace the device or accessory.
A student or parent/guardian is required to immediately notify a member of the Technology Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org in all cases of stolen or lost devices.
(The Technology Support Team and administration may be able to assist in relocating the device if they are notified immediately.)
Parents/Guardians are responsible for filing a police report for suspected theft of a school technology device.
Distinctive Schools reserves the right to repossess the school device at any time.
The refusal to return a school device and accessories when due--or the continued use of a school device for non-school purposes after receiving a demand that the use be stopped—will be referred to law enforcement for prosecution. Additionally, such refusal or prohibited use will be subject to all sanctions authorized under the Student Code of Conduct. Replacement item price lists are available from the technology support team.
- Modification to the Program
- General Care of the Device:
- Do not do anything to the school device that will permanently alter it in any way. This includes “jail breaking” and engraving.
- Student devices in need of repair must be reported to the Technology Support Team.
- The Technology Support Team will determine whether the device can be repaired.
- Do not write, draw, paint, place stickers or labels or otherwise deface a loaned school device
- Never put weight of any kind (example: a pile of books), on any school device.
- Liquids, food and other debris can damage the device. Avoid eating or drinking while using the device.
- Take care when inserting and removing cords to avoid damage to the ports and cables.
- When charging, first plug your power supply into the electrical outlet. Second, plug your power cord into your device. When disconnecting, reverse this process.
- Do not expose your device to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, or ultraviolet light for long or extended periods of time. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the device and/or battery. If your device has been in a cold or hot environment for a long period of time, let it reach room temperature before using it.
- NEVER keep your device in an unoccupied vehicle.
- Cleaning your Device
- Routine maintenance on the device will be completed by Distinctive Schools Technology Support Team. Students are encouraged to perform simple cleaning procedures as outlined below
- Clean the screen with a soft, dry, anti-static or micro-fiber cloth. Do not use any type of liquid or water to clean the screen or other parts of the device.
- Wash your hands often to avoid any oil or debris buildup on the glass.
- Additionally we provide sanitation instructions based on CDC guidelines during seasons of high spread of viral infections in English: https://bit.ly/2WdsQBX and Spanish: https://bit.ly/2TUo0qk
- General Use of the Device
- Upon return to school, students are required to bring the device to school with a fully charged battery.
- Students remain responsible for turning in assignments completed on their device.
- Students may not be able to participate in class instructional activities if they return the device to school without a fully charged battery. Please charge the night before returning.
- The parent/guardian and student are fully responsible for the contents on the device.
- Do not delete any profiles, folders, files or apps. Deletion of files could result in device failure and may interfere with your ability to complete classwork.
- Student devices are subject to routine monitoring by teachers, administrators and members of the Technology Support Team. There is no expectation of privacy relating to content on or while using the school’s electronic information resources or Distinctive Schools-owned equipment.
- General Security
- Never leave the device unsecured. devices should be locked in a designated area when not in use.
- Students are expected to maintain the security of the device even during after-school activities. Unsupervised devices will be confiscated by staff, and disciplinary actions may be taken.
- Each device has several identifying labels. Under no circumstances are you to modify, remove or destroy these labels.
- Collection Procedure
The devices, cords, chargers and cases must be returned on the next active school day to a member of their school staff designated by the School Principal. If a student is leaving the school before the end of an Academic Year, they must return the device by an approved date set by the School Principal. Devices do not transfer between buildings.
- Email & Social Media Transmissions
- Email & Social Media transmissions and transmitted data shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by the administration or the Technology Support Team to ensure appropriate use.
- Students will abide by all email & Social Media guidelines as outlined in the Distinctive Schools Acceptable Use Policy.
- Internet Access/Filtering in School
- Distinctive Schools networks are equipped with a technology protection measure to help ensure students are protected as reasonably possible from inappropriate online content while they are at school.
- The school cannot guarantee that access to all inappropriate sites will be blocked. Students may accidentally or purposefully circumvent these precautions and restrictions.
- Any device application that accesses the Internet poses a risk, though small, of exposure to graphic, highly controversial, or potentially dangerous content.
- Internet Access/Filtering at Home
- Distinctive Schools will not provide internet access for home use.
- Away from school, or the school district, the device has limited internet protection measures and content may be unfiltered. Therefore, parents/guardians must assume responsibility for student use of the device at all times and from any location while away from the school or the school district.
- Distinctive Schools strongly encourages parents/guardians to secure their home network and to be aware of any other public access points that will likely be unfiltered.
- Opt In/Opt Out Policy
- Distinctive Schools will ask parents/guardians to choose whether or not their child may bring a device home.
- Parents must sign out the device with their community teacher each day and assume responsibility for the device and ensure it is returned charged and cared for appropriately.
- By Opting In: Parents/guardians agree to grant permission for their child to bring the device home. Parents acknowledge that students may be able to access undesirable content if not supervised. Parents agree to assume responsibility for student use of the device from any location and at all times while away from school.
- By Opting Out: Parents/guardians choose not to grant permission for their child to bring a device home.
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
Students have read, signed, and agreed to follow the Technology Acceptable Use Policy at all times. The policy is available for review in the student handbook.
- End User License Agreement
Distinctive Schools and parents/guardians are considered to be the end users for all applications installed on the student device.