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Responsible Use Policy

Responsible Use Policy for Technology

Purpose

Technology is an important part of life at Beacon Academy of Nevada (BANV) access to appropriate technological resources allows students to learn and develop key skills for success. Beacon Academy is committed to helping students and other members of the school community develop the critical skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century.

Definition

Technology includes:

  • Internet, network resources, and external storage devices
  • Desktop and mobile computers, tablets, and other handheld devices
  • Televisions, conferencing systems, projectors, and telephones
  • Online collaboration software, message boards, email, and Google Apps
  • Copiers, printers, and computer peripherals
  • Additional technologies as developed
 

The Responsible Use Policy for Technology applies to:

 
  • All school-owned technology, including that which is connected to the BANV network, BANV domain,  private networks, or offline
  • Any privately owned technology that is connected to the BANV network, BANV domain, accessing BANV technology systems, or on school property

Responsible Use

Users must conform to all school rules as outlined in the Student/Staff Handbook and the Responsible Use Policy for Technology. This policy establishes guidelines for appropriate technology use and procedures for accessing certain school technology resources.

Prohibitions

Prohibited uses of school technology include, but are not limited to:

  • Inappropriate Access or Communication - Users may not access, publish, forward, copy or display defamatory, abusive, obscene, explicit, discriminatory, harassing, bullying, threatening and/or illegal content.

  • Illegal Activity - Neither BANV nor its employees assume responsibility for illegal activities while using school computers or school-issued technology. Users may not use school technology for any illegal activity or in violation of any school rules or policies.

  • Copyright Infringement - Downloading, copying, duplicating, or distributing copyrighted materials, including software, music, sound files, movies, images or other content, without the express written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited except when used in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC) and content is cited appropriately.

  • Plagiarism - Users may not represent the work of other individuals, groups, or organizations as their own. Credit must be attributed to the copyright holder whenever source material of any kind is used. Research should be appropriately cited, giving credit to the original author.

  • Cyberbullying - Cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Any email, comment, or other communication with the intent to injure, intimidate, or scare others, including, but not limited to, harassment, ridicule, or impersonation, will be construed as bullying. Engaging in any behavior meant to harm (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action and loss of privileges. Cyberbullying can be considered a crime in some cases and appropriate action will be taken.

  • Unauthorized Access - Users may not share passwords, use others’ accounts, or attempt to circumvent any user authentication system.

  • Vandalism - Users may not misuse, disrupt or harm school technology in any way; This includes hacking, uploading malicious software, or physical destruction.

  • School Filters - Users may not attempt, by any means, to circumvent school security protocols or content filters.

  • Social Networking and Personal Use - School technology is intended for educational use only. Social networking or other personal uses shall not interfere with schoolwork. BANV reserves to right to discontinue access to school technology if it is not being used for an educational purpose.

  • Excessive Resource Consumption - Users will not disrupt network use by engaging in behaviors that will degrade network resources. This includes, but is not limited to, online gaming, video/audio streaming (not directly related to educational projects), excess printing or file storage.

  • Unauthorized Peripherals - Users may not attach peripherals or devices, including personal laptops, tablets, and handheld devices, to school technology without permission from the school administration or BANV technology services.

Privacy

Beacon Academy reserves the right to monitor or review all activity concerning school technology, as defined in this Responsible Use Policy for Technology. Students and staff should not expect any communication or information contained on school technology or related systems to be private or confidential.

Safety

  • Beacon Academy students are provided with accounts to access communication tools, educational resources, and learning systems. User accounts are intended for the individual use of each user. Do not share account information, including passwords or other security protocols with others users.
  • Never share personal information about yourself or others over the Internet except through secure and trusted media. Users  agree to report any inappropriate or dangerous communications, messages, or information to a school administrator.
  • Written permission is required before capturing  audio, video, or images of individuals or groups. Use of recording or imaging devices of any kind are prohibited in restrooms or similar private settings.
  • Beacon Academy may use LogMeIn or other software to provide remote technical assistance. Beacon Academy cannot access recording devices or files without permission from a user with physical access to the computer.
  • Beacon Academy will maintain the confidentiality of student information in accordance the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Damage/Liability

Users are responsible to compensate Beacon Academy for all damage to or loss of school technology. Beacon Academy is not liable for any unauthorized charges incurred by users while using school technology nor is the school responsible for charges related to violations of school rules/policies or applicable laws, including costs to investigate such violations.

Student Computer Loan Policy

Beacon Academy is an online high school and satisfactory attendance will require access to a computer with an internet connection. While we encourage students and families to provide their own arrangements, Beacon Academy understands that the additional burden cannot be accommodated in all situations. For students without access to appropriate technologies, Beacon Academy will allow students to checkout a computer to use for schoolwork at home.


Beacon Academy maintains a limited inventory of computers. Students who qualify under federal criteria, including those students with Individualized Education Plans or eligible for Free-and-Reduced Lunch, will be given priority to checkout Beacon Academy equipment. If excess computers become available, Beacon Academy Technology Services will release the excess computers for checkout by non-qualifying students.


A student may only check out one (1) laptop from Beacon Academy Technology Services at a time. A refundable deposit of $100 is required along with the Laptop Use Agreement Form, which must be signed by a parent/guardian. The maximum deposit per family is $150 with a separate Laptop Use Agreement required for each student. The deposit will be waived for students who qualify under federal eligibility criteria, including those with an Individualized Education Plan or who qualify for Free-and-Reduced Lunch.


After the Laptop Use Agreement and all deposits are submitted, students may receive a computer from Beacon Academy Technology Services. Upon receipt of the computer, each student will confirm the equipment’s condition, at which point the student/parent/guardian will assume custody and full responsibility of the computer, including, battery, charger, and charger cables. Students/parents/guardians are expected to abide by the terms of the Laptop Use Agreement and the Responsible Use Policy for Technology at all times.

Charges

In the event that a laptop is damaged or lost the student/parent/guardian is responsible to reimburse Beacon Academy for the cost of repair or replacement up to the total value of the unit. The following table represents the most frequently damaged or missing components and Beacon Academy reserves the right to assess charges not included in this section as required to maintain a functional inventory.

Damaged Item

Replacement Cost

Battery

$135

LCD

$85

Charger

$80

Keyboard

$30

Entire Unit

$800

Fees

Student/parents/guardians are expected to return equipment immediately at the request of school personnel or if the student ceases to attend Beacon Academy. A Late fee of $25 will assessed for each week that the student/parent/guardian fails to return the equipment.
Collections
 

If the Student/parents/guardians fails to return the computer, students/parents will be charged the replacement cost of the device and may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability as applicable. Beacon Academy employs the use a collections agency to assist in collections of laptops and fees.