Acceptable Use Policy

Introduction

In order to satisfy our school's educational mission, enhance our curriculum, and maximize educational opportunities for students and teachers, La Salle High School provides students and teachers with an array of technologies and technology support. We believe that properly preparing students for college, career, and life in the digital global community requires the integration of technology in the classroom and technology training for students.

Some examples of technologies provided at La Salle High School include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless network with Internet access
  • Student data and authentication server
  • DyKnow software and server
  • Moodle course management site and Moodle server
  • Tablet computers and batteries.
  • Desktop workstations and peripherals
  • Hardware servicing lab and equipment
  • Video production studio
  • Audio/video equipment:
    • VCR/DVD players
    • Video cameras
    • Digital still cameras
    • Projectors
    • Tuners
    • Video editing hardware and software
  • Telephones and facsimile machines
  • Tablet docking stations with power packs
  • Google account with access to Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Chat, etc.
  • Various software and applications

This acceptable use policy applies to all students enrolled at La Salle High School and their parents. Parents and students alike must agree to support and abide by this policy in order to enroll/remain at La Salle High School.

Tablet PCs

Ownership

The student-issued tablet PCs are the property of La Salle High School. Students are responsible for taking basic care of the tablet and bringing any issues to the Help Desk in a timely fashion.

Re-Imaging

Re-imaging is the process of returning a computer's installed Operating System and software to a known-good state. La Salle High School reserves the right to re-image tablet PCs at any time for any reason.

Usage Rights

Students are forbidden to loan out or borrow student or teacher-issued tablet PCs, or to log on to another student or teacher's tablet PC. Students may not use any account except their own to access La Salle High School computers or services.

Fines

Fines for abuse, repeated negligence, re-imaging, and recovery of unattended machines will be assessed and collected by the hardware manager at the Help Desk. The schedule of fines is updated on a continual basis. Contact the Help Desk at help@lasallehs.net for the up-to-date schedule of fines.

Security

Students are responsible at all times for their tablet PCs. Computers are not to be left at school overnight, and should never be left unattended and unsecured. Tablet PCs left unattended will be turned in to the Help Desk if found. Please note that theft is not covered by the tablet PC warranty. Any stolen device must be paid for in full by the parent/student to whom it was issued.

Power/Charging

Students are required to bring their tablets to school fully charged. The Help Desk has chargers available for rental during the school day if the student needs one temporarily.

Carrying and Storage

Tablets must be stored in their protective cases when not in use. It is recommended that the case be carried in a backpack with a padded laptop slot when outside of school.

Hardware

It is forbidden to add, change, or otherwise access the internal hardware of the tablet PCs.

Personalization

Students may not personalize tablets with markings, stickers, etc. and may not remove or damage asset tags or stickers affixed to the device by La Salle High School.

Software

Student accounts do not have administrator privileges on their tablet computers and may not install or run software (e.g. printer drivers, games, etc.). Students who attempt to circumvent restrictions on their devices will be required to pay a fine for their computer to be re-imaged.

If a software application needs to be installed for educational purposes, students should report to the Help Desk for assistance. The educational merit of software installation requests will be determined at the sole discretion of the Technology Staff.

Outside Internet Access

Students and parents are required to have daily access to high-speed Internet when outside of school in order to facilitate communication with teachers, access school work, and collaborate with classmates when appropriate.

Keep in mind that the school Internet and Network Usage policy must be followed at all times when using the school-owned tablet PCs and that usage may be monitored even while outside of La Salle High School. Students are not to connect to the Internet via any method without the consent of the parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are expected to monitor home Internet usage. Students are responsible for any malware, images, text, cookies, etc. on their tablet PCs at all times.

During school hours, students are not to connect to neighboring Wi-Fi networks, tether, create hotspots, or utilize any network other than the La Salle High School wireless network which is pre-configured on their tablet computers. If a student is unable to connect to the La Salle High School network, they should visit the Help Desk.

Abuse and Negligence

The tablet PCs are covered by a four-year accidental damage warranty. However, in order to keep the cost of the warranty affordable for all La Salle High School students, it is extremely important that repair incidents are kept to a minimum. Therefore, students who have damaged their computer through abuse or repeated negligence will be assessed a fine.

Privacy

There is no expectation of privacy-implied or otherwise-for student data on La Salle High School computers or services. All files stored on La Salle High School services become the intellectual property of La Salle High School and may not be copied, deleted, or distributed without the consent of the creator of the file or the Technology Director. Files may be searched at any time by an administrator, the Technology Director, or an individual appointed by the Technology Director for inappropriate content. There is no assumption or guarantee that such searches will take place. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to conduct regular searches of their son's tablet PC for inappropriate material.

La Salle High School reserves the right to: limit access to the LSHS network, monitor network and computer usage both inside and outside of La Salle High School, confiscate laptop computers at any time for any reason, purge data, as well as monitor or restrict content transported across the network (though we offer no guarantee that content will be monitored).

Data Management and Protection

Backup

It is the student's responsibility to maintain a backup copy of all of his files on an external source such as Google Drive, a flash drive, SD card, or other storage device. Tablets submitted to the Help Desk will be re-imaged-erasing all data from the tablet hard drive. Re-imaging will also take place at the end of each school year.

Students will not have access to storage space on the La Salle High School network. Storage space is available through students' Google Drive account; however, this data is stored by Google and La Salle High School is not responsible for protecting or maintaining this data.

Organization

Each student is expected to maintain a consistent data management strategy on his tablet.

Authorship

A student may only access, modify, and delete his own files except with teacher permission.

Passwords

Students are required to safeguard passwords that allow access to La Salle High School network services. Students are expected to use a strong password consisting of at least twelve characters, that doesn't contain a simple pattern (such as the keys from a row on the keyboard), common phrases, or easily guessed data (such as a birthday or pets' names). Students may not share their passwords with anyone except their parents or guardians.

Students may not use La Salle High School property, equipment, or services to violate copyright or trademark laws.

Internet and Network Usage

Overview

The La Salle High School computer network provides access to the Internet. The Internet is a collection of interconnected networks forming an information and communications highway connecting millions of computers all over the world and millions of individuals. Students, teachers, and support staff have access to some or all of the following:

Electronic mail (email) communication with people all over the world.

Information and news from a wide variety of sources and research institutions.

Discussion groups on a wide variety of topics.

Access to many university libraries, the Library of Congress, and more.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of some materials that may not be considered to be of educational value within the context of a high school setting. The administration firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility of users procuring material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the school. Below are some guidelines to establish the responsibilities you are about to acquire. Any violations of these provisions may result in their account or access privileges being terminated, as well as disciplinary action.

Acceptable Use

The purpose of La Salle High School's provision of access to the Internet is to support research and education in and among schools and academic institutions by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of La Salle High School. Use of other organizations' networks or services must comply with the rules set forth by both La Salle High School and the organization-deferring to those of La Salle High School in any conflict.

Transmission of any materials in violation of any U.S. or state organization is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or materials protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

Privileges

The use of La Salle High School network services is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in a cancellation of those privileges. The site and/or system administrator(s) will report any inappropriate use to the Dean of Students for appropriate disciplinary action. This would include unauthorized chat rooms, games, any e-mail, instant messaging, and offensive sites. Also, the site and/or system administrator may close an account or deny access at any time as required. The site administration and/or staff of La Salle High School may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

Netiquette (Network Etiquette)

The use of an account/access requires that you abide by accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Be polite - Do not send rude or abusive messages to anyone.

Adapt to social norms - Before participating in any online community, take some time to read through its older content so that you may get a grasp of the community's social norms before posting.

Use appropriate language - In all messages, do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Anything pertaining to illegal activities is strictly forbidden. (Note that e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities must be reported to appropriate authorities.)

Protect privacy - Do not reveal the personal address or phone numbers of yourself or any other person. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed private property. Do not forward/distribute an e-mail message without permission from the author.

Below are some more specific guidelines on netiquette, adapted from those outlined by the Internet Engineering Task Force in RFC 1855 (https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1855).

Netiquette Guidelines for One-to-One Communication

  • Unless you are using an encryption device (hardware or software), you should assume that email on the Internet is not secure. Never put in a mail message anything you would not put on a postcard.
  • Respect the copyright on material that you reproduce. Almost every country has copyright laws.
  • If you are forwarding or re-posting a message you've received, do not change the wording. If the message was a personal message to you and you are re-posting to a group, you should ask permission first. You may shorten the message and quote only relevant parts, but be sure you give proper attribution.
  • Never send chain letters via electronic mail.
  • A good rule of thumb: Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive. You should not send heated messages (sometimes called "flames")-even if you are provoked. On the other hand, you shouldn't be surprised if you get flamed and it's prudent not to respond to flames.
  • Mail should have a subject heading which reflects the content of the message.
  • If you include an email signature keep it short. Rule of thumb is no longer than 4 lines.
  • Just as mail may not be private, mail (and news) are subject to forgery and spoofing of various degrees of detectability. Apply common sense "reality checks" before assuming a message is valid.

Netiquette Guidelines for One-to-Many Communication

In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one communication, be sure to consider the following when dealing with one-to-many communications such as mailing lists, social networks, or online forums.

  • Read content on a community for one to two months before you post anything. This helps you get an understanding of the culture of the group.
  • Consider that a large audience will see your posts. That may include your present or your next boss. Take care in what you write. Remember too, that any content send over the Internet may be stored for a very long time in a place to which many people have access.
  • Assume that individuals speak for themselves, and what they say does not represent their organization (unless stated explicitly).
  • Don't get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary material.

Netiquette Guidelines for Websites

In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one and one-to-many communication, be sure to consider the following guidelines when accessing websites.

  • Remember that all websites belong to someone else. The people who pay the bills get to make the rules governing usage. Information may be free - or it may not be! Be sure you check.
  • Do not assume that any information you find online is up-to-date and/or accurate. Remember that new technologies allow just about anyone to be a publisher, but not all people have discovered the responsibilities which accompany publishing.
  • Remember that unless you are sure that security and authentication technology is in use, that any information you submit to a system is being transmitted over the Internet "in the clear", with no protection from viewing or forgery by unauthorized third-parties.

Connectivity

Do not use the network or network services in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by others. During school hours students may not connect to any networks other than the La Salle High School wireless network which is preconfigured on their tablet. Utilizing bandwidth-intensive services such as music and video streaming services during school hours for non-education purposes is also prohibited.

Services

La Salle High School will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions. Use of any information obtained via La Salle High School network services is at your own risk. La Salle High School denies any responsibility for file accuracy or quality of information obtained through network services.

Security

Security on any system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem within the La Salle High School network, you must notify a system administrator either in person or via email (help@lasallehs.net). Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual's account, forge messages, or post anonymous messages. Attempts to login to the system as any other user may result in cancellation of user privileges. Attempts to login to La Salle High School networks as a system administrator or any other form of unauthorized access may result in immediate cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to La Salle High School network services.

Vandalism

Vandalism may result in cancellation of privileges and/or criminal prosecution. This includes, but is not limited to, hardware abuse, contamination, deletion or reconfiguration of data or degradation of system performance in any way.

Updates

La Salle High School may occasionally require new registration and account information to continue providing services. You must notify the system administrator of any changes in your account information. All Terms and Conditions as stated in this document are applicable to La Salle High School and shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, United States of America.

Prohibitions

The following Internet uses are strictly prohibited on any La Salle High School equipment (including tablet PCs) or on the La Salle High School network:

  • Gambling of any kind
  • Accessing pornography
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized access to other computers, systems, or devices
  • Attempting to bypass the La Salle High School network filter or tablet restrictions
  • Using proxy servers to conceal identity or visit prohibited websites
  • Posting unauthorized media (pictures, audio, video) to the Internet or social networking sites
  • Posting inappropriate or self-endangering information to the Internet or social networking sites
  • Downloading viruses or other potentially harmful files
  • Employing translation services for language classes without the expressed consent of the foreign language instructor
  • Using network bandwidth for non-educational purposes during school hours (6:45am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday)
  • Harassing, antagonizing, hazing, or flaming individuals
  • Representing La Salle High School in a way that could be conceived as deleterious to La Salle High School's reputation

Email

At the discretion of the classroom teacher, students may access only their La Salle High School email. Any use of other email accounts during school hours is prohibited.

Games

Students are not to play games during school hours, with the exception of educational games assigned by their classroom teacher.

Instant Messaging/Chat

At the discretion of the classroom teacher, students may access only their La Salle High School chat. Any use of other chat, SMS (texting), or messaging accounts during school hours is prohibited.

Network Access

Network access is intended for La Salle High School-owned devices. Students may not attempt to attach outside devices (such as phones, MP3 players, tablets, etc.) to the La Salle High School network without the permission of the Technology Director.

Student Accounts

Each student is responsible for safeguarding his network account password. A student may only access La Salle High School network services with his own school-assigned account.

Cheating

Students may not use the La Salle High School network to cheat or plagiarize work.

Use of School Hardware

Tablet PCs

See above sections.

Computer Labs

Students are not permitted in any computer lab unless a teacher is present. Improper behavior, such as, but not limited to, misuse of equipment, loading software, tampering with any hardware, internet misuse or tampering with other accounts, etc. will lead to serious disciplinary action.

Desktops and Tablet Stations

Desktop computers and tablet stations (e.g. a docking station attached to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse) may be available in labs and the media center for student use. This equipment must be used with care, and only with the permission of a teacher or the media center coordinator.

USB and Memory Cards

Students must use extreme caution when using USB devices and memory cards, as these are often the source of outside viruses entering networks. Students may only use devices they have purchased themselves. Devices attached to La Salle High School hardware must be dedicated solely for school-related storage, and should never be loaned out.

Printers

Printing services are not provided to students. Teachers are required to accept electronic submissions for all computer assignments.

Classroom and Cart A/V Equipment

La Salle classrooms are equipped with projectors, tuners, DVD/VCR units, and speakers. La Salle High School also has several portable carts that include this hardware. Students are forbidden to tamper with, move, or attach devices to any La Salle-owned A/V hardware (including items not mentioned by name above, such as video cameras, microphones, cables, studio lights, etc.) without the expressed consent of the classroom teacher or the Technology Director.

Phones

Classroom telephones may be used only with the permission of the classroom teacher.

Scanners

Scanners are available for student use in the media center. Scanners may not be used to violate copyright law.

Video and Still Cameras

Video and still cameras are available for check-out in the media center. Students who check out these devices are responsible for returning equipment in the same condition as received and in a timely manner. Parents/guardians of students who break or fail to return equipment are responsible for the full replacement cost of the equipment.

Other Considerations

This document is also included in the La Salle School Handbook, along with a separate section entitled "Archdiocesan Responsible Use of Technology Policy."

Any violation of the above policies will result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.

The La Salle Acceptable Use Policy is a living document and is subject to change as circumstances require, so please review the policy quarterly. When significant changes are made to this acceptable use policy, students will be notified through their La Salle High School email account and parents will be notified through the weekly Principal's newsletter.

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