We live in a global and digital world -- a world changed by technology and new ideas about how we communicate with one another and exchange information. With support from technologically capable staff, students must develop the research, information fluency, and technology skills that will allow them to be successful, safe, and ethical in this digital world. For this reason, staff and students are provided computer access privileges at school, as well as access to the Internet, email, digital communication and collaboration tools, online learning spaces, and electronic educational resources. These resources, tools, and equipment are essential to teaching and learning.
This Responsible Use Procedure (RUP) applies to all staff, students, and guests who utilize:
District-owned technology on the NSD network, on non-school networks and offline
Non-District technology, including privately owned technology that is connected to the NSD network or using non-district networks while on school property
Under the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the District is required to filter Internet access and to teach online safety. The District takes student safety and privacy very seriously and makes every effort to supervise and monitor student technology use. We use Internet filtering software to block access to content that is obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors. We provide instruction to all students in the area of Digital Citizenship through use of District-approved curriculum from Common Sense Media.
NSD’s Responsible Use Procedure is in place to foster concepts of digital citizenship. A digital citizen is one who:
Understands human, cultural and societal issues related to technology and practices legal and ethical behavior.
Advocates and practices safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology.
Exhibits a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning and productivity.
Demonstrates personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Exhibits leadership for digital citizenship.
As part of our efforts to comply with Copyright law, staff are expected to adhere to Fair Use principles in the creation of and use of curricular materials. Staff can read more about Fair Use by consulting this chart: Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers . from Technology & Learning
It depends on who the copyright owner is for the materials being sold. Work created by employees as part of their employment is considered property of the District under the terms of “work made for hire.” This means that content created using district time and/or resources becomes the intellectual property of the District, and should not be sold on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you create materials on your own time, using your own resources, and they are created off site, then you can sell those materials. If you have more copyright questions please contact Shelby Reynolds (Manager for Library Services and Instructional Technology) or Allen Miedema (Director of Technology).
For staff Google Documents, Northshore School District becomes the copyright owner under the terms of “work made for hire.” All work completed by students, both in and out of Google Drive, is owned by the student as soon as it is created.
Since parents are not district employees, they are not held to the same requirements and standards as district staff. Best practice would be for parents to work with teachers to understand the privacy needs of students in their class and properly inform all parents/guardians that pictures might be taken and shared. Teachers and/or Principals may determine that for any particular event, attendees should not take and/or share pictures to social media.
When you use a personal device for work-related activities, your entire personal device can be subject to discovery in a public records request. Staff should be careful about maintaining a strong boundary between personal and professional work. As the RUP states, “Student and Staff use of the network for incidental personal use shall be in accordance with all District policies and procedures.” Incidental personal use (such as checking a personal email account) is not prohibited.
Technology has the ability to unblock certain websites that you know you will want students to utilize for a specific project or unit (as long as there is a student-learning-related reason for the request). Technology also has the ability to make a site available for a set period of time. In circumstances like this, when you reach the iBoss block page, you (the teacher) can request an exception and include the specific information and rationale for needing access to the site. Teachers should NOT sign into iBoss with their teacher credentials for students.
Any web service that collects student data or where a teacher can enter student information must be reviewed for compliance with FERPA and COPPA. Staff who use these websites without review take on the liability of risking exposure of federally protected information. To initiate a review, staff should complete the form at http://go.nsd.org/digreview. For more information, including FAQs, please visit the Staff Toolbox. Some services will also need approval as curriculum. don’t need to go through CMAC unless they are a full curriculum (including pedagogical recommendations, assessments, content, and differentiation).
No, staff members should not text students from their personal cell phones. There are web-based tools available (such as Remind.com) that allow staff members to securely message students without revealing their personal cell phone number or needing to collect student phone numbers.
If the content of the messages is related to school/district topics, then those messages should not be sent via text. Email should be used to communicate student, school, or district information to parents so it can be archived and recovered, if necessary. In the case of field trips, it is ok for parents and teachers to exchange phone numbers to ensure that everyone can stay in contact during the outing. If a parent then starts using text messaging to communicate with the teacher, the teacher should copy the text into an email and respond from there.
No, you should not use Facebook to communicate with students. The Responsible Use Procedure states “district employees should not communicate with students via social media tools in a manner that is not readily visible and accessible to the students’ parents/guardians and the employee’s supervisor.” There are district supported tools that provide an approved alternative to the use of Facebook with students: Edmodo, Google Classroom, and Hapara/Teacher Dashboard. If you need support with utilizing one of these district approved tools, please contact one of your building's TRTs or your Instructional Technology Coordinator.
Be aware of your Privacy settings on social media sites. You can typically access privacy settings through your profile settings/options. Some social media sites even have privacy setting tutorials. As a school district employee it is important that you have a strong boundary between your personal and professional online presence.
Types of devices that are not safe or proper to use on the District network include: game players, personal media players (non-district Apple TV, Roku, etc.), anything that would create a backdoor network connection into our district network from outside (like dedicated Skype device), and anything that would be used to attack or steal information from our network. Additionally, any non-district network switch, router, hub, or similar devices indented to connect computing devices to the network are unauthorized.
Parents should first read information about the impacts that opting out can have on their student's educational experience. We recommend that parents and guardians interested in an opt-out schedule an appointment with the school Principal prior to completing the opt out process.
Updated September 22: This weekend, the District servers were the subject of a cyber attack. Out of an abundance of caution, we have shut down many systems. At this time, we do not feel that student, family or staff data has been compromised.
We are working with law enforcement and industry experts to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. However, we expect some service disruptions to last into the coming week, including StudentVue and ParentVue.