Policy Information
Series 7000 - Students
STUDENT ACTIVITIES
STUDENT USE OF PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY
Policy # 7001

The Board seeks to maintain a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Advances in technology have made it possible to expand the learning environment beyond traditional classroom boundaries. Using personally owned electronic devices during instructional time can enable students to explore new concepts, personalize their learning experience and expand their global learning opportunities. Additionally, the use of personal technology devices is ubiquitous in today's society and standards for student use during non-instructional time should adapt to this change. This policy defines the use of personal technology during instructional and non-instructional times and reinforces the standard that all use, regardless of its purpose, must follow the guidelines outlined in the Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), the Code of Conduct, and the Dignity for All Students Act.

Personal technology devices include all existing and emerging technology devices that can access the Internet, take photographs; record audio or video; input text; upload and download media; and transmit or receive messages or images. Examples of personal technology includes, but are not limited to, iPods and MP3 players; iPad, Nook, Kindle, and other tablet PCs; laptop and netbook computers; personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones and smartphones  as well as any device with similar capabilities. Unacceptable devices shall include, but are not limited to, gaming devices or consoles, laser pointers, modems or routers, WiFi hotspots, and televisions.

Instructional and educational purposes include, but are not limited to, approved classroom activities, research, college admissions activities, career development, communication with experts, homework and other activities as deemed appropriate by school staff.

In accordance with building policies on use of personal technology, appropriate use by students is permitted:

a)         In classrooms and instructional areas when indicated by the teacher that it is acceptable, and for educational purposes.

b)         In other approved locations during the school day; see prohibited locations below.

c)  In accordance with 7001R Regulations for Use of Personal Technology

d)  Students with individualized education plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, or documentation from a medical practitioner that specifically requires the use of an electronic device may do so as specified.

The District is not responsible for inappropriate content or material accessed via a student's own personal technology or electronic device or via an unfiltered Internet connection received through a student's own personal technology or electronic device.

The District shall not be liable for the loss, damage, misuse, or theft of any personal technology brought to School. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, and/or retain personal technology when administration has reasonable suspicion to believe that a violation of school policy or or statute/regulation has occurred and the search is related to the violation.

Device Use and Testing

In order to ensure the integrity of testing, and in accordance with state, Advanced Placement (AP) and other 3rd party test security guidelines, students are not allowed to bring cell phones or other electronic devices into classrooms or other exam locations during testing of any kind. The exception to this policy is if a teacher gives specific permission for a device to be used during a local classroom (non-state non-AP, or other high stakes) assessment.

Test proctors, monitors and school officials shall have the right to collect cell phones and other prohibited electronic devices prior to the start of any test and to hold them for the duration of the test taking time. Admission to the test will be prohibited to any student who has a cell phone or other electronic device in their possession and does not relinquish it. Third party test security requirements will be enforced.

Prohibited Locations:
The Board expressly prohibits use of personal technology in locker rooms, restrooms, Health Offices and any other areas where a person would reasonably expect some degree of personal privacy.

Students will not be permitted to use personal technology devices in school or at school functions without a signed Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible to understand the applicable sections of the Code of Conduct and associated technology guidelines. The District reserves the right to restrict student use of District-owned technologies and personal technology on school property or at school-sponsored events, at the discretion of the administration. The use of personal technology may be restricted to use on designated networks/wifi systems, or only at specific times, at the discretion of the District.  Students should not expect that personal use will always be available.  Students are encouraged to use designated school wifi networks when using personal technology to avoid personal data charges.  The District is not responsible for personal data charges.

Students must follow the guidelines for use set out in the District Code of Conduct and the Acceptable Use Policy at all times. Consequences for misuse will follow guidelines in the District's Code of Conduct. Applicable regulations are defined in 7001R and 7315R. 

Policy Cross References:
 » 7315 - STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)
 » 7550 - DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT
 » 7551 - SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
 » 8271 - CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT: INTERNET CONTENT FILTERING/SAFETY POLICY

Adoption Date: 2/10/2014, Revised: 6/8/2015; 09/12/16, 11/13/17
7000 - Students