Technology is an important component in high schools today. Each year, more and more classroom learning becomes reliant on technology. This means a top notch IT staff and inventory are needed for smooth use in classrooms. CMHS supplies students with a number of device options to use in class, in study hall, or at home. Students are expected to take excellent care of the devices they use and follow the school’s technology policy when using the devices and school network.
DEVICES & HARDWARE
CMHS provides students with both Apple and Windows devices. Students can check out HP Probooks from the library to use in the library or to take to classrooms. All laptops have printing and internet access. Several classrooms also have stationary HP laptops as needed for the class. CMS students are each provided with their own iPad complete with apps needed for the school curriculum. Several classrooms at CHS also have stationary iPads for students to use. Teachers at CMHS are provided with Macbook Airs to use for lesson planning, communication, and classroom presentations. All devices belonging to CMHS are under full control of the I.T. department whether they are used in school or out. Students should not expect to have privacy in their use of school devices.
EMAIL & SCHOOL ACCOUNTS
Students at CMHS are provided with a personal Calais Schools email account. Students are allowed to set their own personal password and log into their email wherever and whenever they want. Students are expected to use email for appropriate purposes only. The gmail accounts also give students access to Google Drives, Docs, Slides, and Sheets. This allows them to share files with other students and staff members. Students using Apple products are also provided with a school Apple ID. This allows Apple products and the students who use them to be easily managed. Students are allowed to use the Apple ID for their own purposes as long as they are appropriate. Google and Apple accounts at CMHS are under full control of the I.T. department and are monitored by the department.
NETWORKS & INTERNET USAGE
All devices owned and managed by the Calais School Department are connected to the CMHS network. Outside devices brought into school like cell phones and laptops are not to be connected to the school network. If a student does want to use a personal device in school, they should use a guest network if available. Like devices and emails, network activity is monitored by the CMHS IT department. Students should only use school WiFi for appropriate purposes. If students repeatedly violate school internet policies, then internet privileges may be taken away from that student.
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
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 & 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.
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 cyber bullying 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.
Legal Reference: 20 USC § 677 (Enhancing Education through Technology Act)
47 USC § 254(h)(5) (Children’s Internet Protection Act) 47 CFR § 54.52 Federal Communications Commission Order and Report 11-125
Cross Reference: EGAD – Copyright Compliance
GCSA – Employee Computer and Internet Use IJNDB-R – Student Computer and Internet Use Rules IJND – Distance Learning Program