3000 - Educational Program

3221 Student Use of Personal Devices for Instructional Purposes

The Pender County School District recognizes that students increasingly have access to and are using personal electronic devices for many purposes, including educational purposes. The Board authorizes the superintendent and building principals to designate classes, grade levels and/or buildings where teachers are encouraged to utilize and incorporate personal electronic devices into their instruction and lesson plans in accordance with this policy. Teachers who incorporate such technology into their classrooms shall, with the assistance of the principal or designee, make accommodations for those students who do not have access to personal electronic devices. No student shall be penalized in any fashion for failure to own or have access to personal electronic devices.

Student use of personally owned devices on school property is subject to Pender County Schools policy 3225-4312-7320 (Technology Responsible Use).

I.              Definitions

a.    District Networks – Include both wired and wireless networks maintained by the district.

b.    Personally Owned Devices – includes all existing and emerging technology devices that can take photographs; record audio or video; input text; upload and download media; and transmit or receive messages or images. Examples of personally owned devices shall include, but are not limited to: MP3 players and iPods; iPads, Nooks, Kindles, and other tablet PCs; laptop and netbook computers; personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones and smart phones such as BlackBerry, iPhone, or Android, as well as any device with similar capabilities.

c.    Educational Purposes -- includes classroom activities, career development, communication with experts, in-class assignments and homework.

d.    Inappropriate Communication -- includes, but is not limited to, the following: obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language or images typed, posted, or spoken by students; information that can be reasonably expected to create substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities; personal attacks, harassment or stalking of others; knowingly or recklessly posting false or defamatory information about a person or organization; and communication that promotes the destruction of property, including the acquisition or creation of weapons or other destructive devices.

II.            Acceptable Use

a.    Possession or use of any personal electronic device on district property is a privilege, and students who fail to abide by this policy may forfeit this privilege.

b.    When approved by the building principal, students will be allowed to bring personal electronic devices to school for use during the school day in the designated classrooms. Each building administrator, under the direction of the superintendent or designee, shall determine the appropriate areas of the school where students may use personal electronic devices and the extent to which such devices will be incorporated into the classroom curriculum.

c.    The district will utilize a technology protection measure, such as a filter, on all district networks. Students shall not bypass or attempt to bypass the district's networks through any means.

d.    All personally owned devices brought to and used on school property must have updated virus protection and other security software.

e.    Students must be familiar with and responsible for the operation of their own devices.  Pender County Schools is not responsible for providing technology support or troubleshooting for personally owned devices

f.     Personally owned devices must be kept in silent mode at all times while on school property, except with the express approval of the classroom teacher or school principal.

g.    Possession or use of personal electronic devices must not in any way disrupt the educational process in the school district, endanger the health or safety of the student or any other person in the district, invade the rights of others at school or involve illegal or prohibited conduct.

h.    All use of personal electronic devices during the school day shall be for appropriate educational purposes only, not for personal use, and shall be consistent with the educational objectives of the district. Students using personal electronic devices must follow the same rules that apply to the use of district-provided technology. The district may examine the student's device to the extent allowed by law. The district administration may involve law enforcement if the district has reasonable suspicion that the device has been used for an illegal purpose or for a purpose that causes harm to others.

i.      While using personally owned devices, students must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and all applicable Board policies, including but not limited to Policy 4300 (Student Behavior), Policy 4318 (Use of Wireless Communication Devices), and Policy 3225-4312-7320 (Technology Responsible Use)

j.      Students must be aware of appropriateness of communications when using district or personally owned devices. Inappropriate communication as defined above is prohibited in any public messages, private messages, and material posted online by students.

k.    Failure to abide by this policy shall subject the student to disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.

III.           Limitations/Prohibitions

a.    All students shallreviewthis policyand associated technologyguidelines beforeutilizingany school and/orpersonallyowned devices.  All students and their parents/guardians shall sign and submit the attached permission form acknowledging their understanding of this policy.  Failure to sign and submit the form or to abide by the provisions of this policy will result in the loss of privileges under this policy.

b.    Students may only use acceptable devices under this policy, as described above.  Examples of unacceptabledevicesunder this policyinclude, but are not limited to, gamingdevicesorconsoles, laser pointers, modems or routers, andtelevisions.

c.    Irrespective of individual school decisions on appropriate locations for use of personally owned devices, theBoard expresslyprohibits useof personallyowned devices in locker rooms and restrooms.

d.    In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), personallyowned devices used in school arenot permitted to connect to theInternet througha3G,4G, orother content serviceprovider’s network, or through any physical network jack. Student devices with a data plan through the student's or parent's/guardian's mobile provider must have the external network turned off when on school premises during the school day. Personallyowned devices must access theinternet viathe District’s content filtered wireless network.

e.    Except as expressly permitted by a teacher or administrator for an instructional purpose, students arenot permitted to useanyelectronicdeviceto record audio or video mediaor takepictures of any student, parent or school employeewithoutthat person’spermission. Students may not disseminate pictures or videos of other students outside the classroom environment without permission of those students’ parents.  Thedistribution ofanyunauthorized mediamayresultin discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.

f.     Studentsmust not engage in cyber-bullying as defined under state law, and maynot otherwise utilizeanytechnologyto harass, threaten, demean, humiliate, intimidate, embarrass, or annoy classmates or othersin their community.

g.    Personally owned devices will not have access to network resources or hardware, including printers.

h.    Student may not create wireless “hot spots” using personally owned devices.

i.      Students may not use another person’s device, account, or password.  Students may not delete or in any way alter files belonging to another person.

IV.          School / District Reservation of Rights

a.    Use of personally owned devices in Pender County Schools is a privilege, not a right.  TheDistrict reserves the right to restrict and/or prohibit student use ofdistrict owned technologies andpersonallyowned devices on school propertyor at school-sponsored events.

b.    Students who bring personal electronic devices to school do so at their own risk. Pender County Schools shall not be liableforthe loss, damage, misuse, or theft ofanypersonallyowned devicebrought on school property.

c.    Students using personally owned devices on school property have no expectation of privacy in those devices.  Pender County Schools reserves theright to monitor, inspect,copy,and review apersonallyowned deviceor fileat any time to ensure network security.  The district does not guarantee that all areas of the district shall have wireless coverage or that the wireless service level will be consistent from day to day. The district is not responsible for any loss of information that may arise from the use of the district's wireless network or for any loss, injury or damages resulting from the use of the wireless connection.  Any evidence of criminal conduct or violations of the Student Code of Conduct discovered during a network security inspection may be referred to law enforcement or to school administration for disciplinary purposes.

d.    Pender County Schools reserves the right to seize and search a personally owned device when a teacher or administrator reasonably suspects that a search will disclose evidence of aviolation of the law, the Student Code of Conduct or other Board policy.

V.           Authorization Form

All students who wish to use personally owned devices within Pender County Schools must, along with a parent/guardian, sign and submit the attached permission form acknowledging their understanding of this policy and their acceptance of its provisions before using any personally owned device within Pender County Schools.

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Adopted:
Monday, 08 September 2014
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