CMHS Media Center

MEDIA CENTER DIRECTOR: Ryan Furtek

The CMHS Media Center is one of the best sources for educational media and information. Students can check out books, magazines, and other written materials to use for classes or to read for pleasure. In addition to written materials, laptops can be checked out by students to use for classes. All students using school laptops are reminded to use them responsibly. Laptops can be brought home to use for school purposes as long as they are brought back the next day in good condition. Study halls are held in the Media Center every block of the school day. It is recommended that students add a study hall to their schedule.

For more information regarding the Media Center contact Mr. Furtek at rfurtek@calaisschools.org.

LIBRARY/STUDY HALL RULES

  • No cell phones
  • Please log out and shut down computers when finished.
  • Food and beverages (with the exception of water) are not allowed in the library.

COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY

The CMHS media center provides laptops for students. Students in study hall or other classes are allowed to check out laptops to use for class. Students are expected to use them for homework or other productive activities. Games, social media, and other non productive sites are not allowed. All students at CMHS are provided with a school email. Students can use this email for school communication or personal reasons. Google Docs and Drive are also provided with this email.

RESPONSIBLE INTERNET USE

The use of the Internet and telecommunications is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Be polite and use appropriate language. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and the pursuit of appropriate disciplinary or legal action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other telecommunications systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

Due to harassment and supervision issues, during instructional times students may not access social networks and videos over the Internet without written approval from either their teacher or administration. This includes but is not limited to IMs, myspace, facebook, youtube and any noneducational games from the Internet. Email will be permitted as a communication tool as long as it is for an academic purpose. The school librarian and classroom teachers will use their best judgment in this regard. All disputes beyond that will need to be reported in writing to the assistant principal. Students that demonstrate an inability to follow the rules will not be allowed to use the Internet for five (5) school days and become subject to the school’s progressive discipline policy.

STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE AND “CYBER SAFETY”

Calais School’s computers, network, and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff. This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.

Compliance with Calais School’s policies and rules concerning computer and Internet use is mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked. The building principal is authorized to determine, after considering the circumstances involved, whether and for how long a student’s computer privileges will be altered. The building principal’s decision shall be final. Violations of this policy and Calais School’s computer and Internet rules may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.

Calais School’s computers remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school unit at all times. The school unit monitors all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on school property or elsewhere.

CYBER SAFETY

Calais Schools use filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography. Although Calais Schools take precautions to supervise student use of the Internet, parents should be aware that the Calais Schools cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer and Internet use by students in violation of Board policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school. The school unit is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.

In the interest of student safety (“cyber safety”), Calais Schools also educate students about online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms, the dangers of hacking, and issues surrounding “sexting” and cyberbullying awareness and response. The Superintendent shall be responsible for integrating cyber safety training and “digital citizenship” into the curriculum and for documenting Internet safety training.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for implementing this policy and the accompanying “acceptable use” rules. The Superintendent/designee may implement additional administrative procedures or school rules consistent with Board policy to govern the day-to-day management and operations of the school unit’s computer system.

Students and parents shall be informed of this policy and the accompanying rules through student handbooks, the school website, and/or other means selected by the Superintendent.