The Santa Ana Unified School District has specific board-approved policies on student use of technology. Each student at MacArthur is assigned a chromebook for his/her use. Students whose parents have approved and signed the chromebook policy may take the chromebook home. Students whose parents choose to NOT bring the chromebook home may check out chromebooks on a daily basis. Chromebooks are assigned by student ID number, just like a library book.
The policy is listed below:
Santa Ana Unified School District
Student Use of Technology
The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technological resources and may establish guidelines and limits on their use. He/she shall ensure that all students using these resources receive training in their proper and appropriate use. (cf. 0440 -District Technology Plan) (cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology) (cf. 4131-StaffDevelopment) (cf. 4231 - Staff Development) (cf. 4331 - Staff Development) (cf.6162.7 - Use of Technology in Instruction)
At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians shall receive a copy of the District's policy and administrative regulation regarding access by students to the Internet and on-line sites. (Education Code 48980) (cf. 45.6 – Parental Notifications)
Student Obligations and Responsibilities
Students are authorized to use District equipment to access the Internet or on-line services in accordance with user obligations and responsibilities specified below and in accordance with Governing Board policy and the District's Acceptable Use Agreement.
- The student, in whose name any on-line services account is issued,is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall keep personal account numbers, home addresses and telephone numbers private. They shall usethe system only under their own account number.
- Students shall use the District's system responsibly for educational purposes. Commercial, political and/or personal use unrelated to an educational purpose is strictly prohibited.
- Students shall not access, post, submit, publish or display harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their actual or perceived ethnic group identification, color,sex, race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age,disability or religion (cf.5145.3 -Nondiscrimination/Harassment) (cf. 5145.7 Sexual Harassment) (cf.5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)
Harmful matter includes matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest and is matter which depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. (Penal Code313)
Students shall not post information about others that they know to be false. Students shall not engage in “cyberbullying” activities against other students or District staff. “Cyberbullying” includes the transmission of communications,posting of harassing messages, direct threats, social cruelty, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation or friendships. (cf.5145.3 -Nondiscrimination/Harassment) (cf. 5145.7 Sexual Harassment) (cf.5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior) Any student who engages in Cyberbullying on school premises, or off-campus in a manner that impacts a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with District policies and regulations.
- Students shall not disclose, use or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using electronic mail, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication. Students are also cautioned not to disclose such information by other means to individuals located through the Internet without the permission of their parents/guardians. Student Use of Technology Personal information includes the student's name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other individually identifiable information. Students should not post or share photographs of other students without the other student’s permission.
- Students shall not use the system to encourage the use of drugs,alcohol or tobacco, nor shall they promote unethical practices or any activity prohibited by law or Board policy. (cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)
- Copyrighted material shall not be placed on the system without theauthor's permission. Students may download copyrighted material for their ownuse only. (cf. 6162.6- Use of Copyrighted Materials)
Copyrighted material shall be downloaded or shared only in accordance with applicable copyright laws. Any materials utilized for research projects should be given proper credit as with any other printed source of information. (cf. 5131.9 – Academic Honesty)
- Students shall not intentionally upload, download or create computer viruses and/or maliciously attempt to harm or destroy District equipment or materials or manipulate the data of any other user, including so-called "hacking."(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)
- Students shall not read other users' electronic communication or files. They shall not attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic communication, nor shall they attempt to delete, copy,modify or forge other users’ communication or files.
- Students shall report any security problem or misuse of the services to the teacher or principal. If a student mistakenly accesses inappropriate information, the student must immediately report the matter to a teacher or school administrator.
- Students shall not modify or attempt to repair District computers or other hardware without prior authorization.
Computer files and communications over District electronic networks are not private. The District reserves the right to monitor any on-line communications for improper use and/or for regular maintenance of the District’s systems. Electronic communications and downloaded material, including files deleted from a user's account, may be monitored or read by District officials to ensure proper use of the system. (cf. 5145.12 -Search and Seizure) Students are informed that their parents have the right to request to see their student’s computer files at anytime. Students also are informed that their parents may be held financially responsible for any harm that may result from the student’s intentional misuse of District resources. Students may use the system only if their parents have signed a disclaimer of claims for damages against the District.
11.Students shall not connect any personal device in the network,such as wireless access points, routers, hubs, etc.
- Students shall not use web-based proxies/anonymizers or software that attempts to make online activity on the Internet untraceable.
The principal or designee shall make all decisions regarding whether or not a student has violated Board policy or the District's Acceptable Use Agreement. The decision of the principal or designee shall be final.
Inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation of the student's user privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy. (cf. 5144 -Discipline) (cf.5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process) (cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)
Approved:4-03 Santa Ana, CA