Student Technology Use

Northshore provides all students with a computing device for learning.  Students in grades PreK-1 are provided an iPad for use while in school.  Students in grades 2-12 are provided a Chromebook for use both in school and at home.

Northshore students are expected to recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and will act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.  Annually, students will receive grade level appropriate instruction on digital citizenship and internet safety educating them about appropriate online behavior, using devices at school, interacting with other individuals on web-based services, cyber-bullying awareness and response, and other relevant topics.

Care of Assigned Technology

Northshore students are expected to exercise good judgment in the care of any district-assigned technology.  Misuse, damage, and loss will result in a fine.  Students will:
  • Report damage and/or malfunction to school staff in a timely manner;
  • Refrain from eating or drinking near devices;
  • Avoid storing technology with liquids, such as in a carrying case;
  • Lock up devices that are not in use;
  • Do not not leave technology unattended or in plain sight in a vehicle or other vulnerable location;
  • Keep track of accessories like the power cable and bag;
  • Bring the device to school each day fully charged and ready for learning.

Avoidable damage, such as a broken screen, damaged housing/casing, or broken hinges, keyboard, trackpad or power supply will result in a fine assessed to the student/family.  Fines are assessed by School Technology Specialists and applied promptly once damage is reported.  Normal wear and tear will not incur a fine.  Lost devices and accessories will incur a fine equivalent to the replacement value of the item(s) lost.  In rare cases, a fine can be waived with approval from District Technology Staff.  If you want to apply for a fine waiver, please complete this form.

Device Protection Program (DPP) and Fines for Damage or Loss

The DPP program covers the device (Chromebook, Macbook, or iPad) loaned to your student against accidental damage for the school year. This program does NOT cover damage resulting from misuse or loss of the device.  We expect all students to properly use their device and to secure it when it is not being used.  If the device is used improperly or is not secured while the student is not using it, families will be expected to pay the full cost of replacement or repair. In rare cases, a fine can be waived with approval from District Technology Staff.  If you want to apply for a fine waiver, please complete this form.

The standard payment to enroll in the NSD Student Device Protection Plan is $25 per year; free for students who have qualified for free or reduced-price meals and who have provided consent to share their status for fee waivers. No refunds will be given once enrolled in this program.  If the assigned device is accidentally damaged, families will be charged according to the following deductible schedule:

●    1st Incident; $0
●    2nd Incident; 50% reduction of cost of repair
●    3rd Incident; Full cost of repair

Any loss of a device will result in a fine equal to the total cost of replacement of the device. This includes the device charger and bag.  In rare cases, a fine can be waived with approval from District Technology Staff.  If you want to apply for a fine waiver, please complete this form.

Enrollment in DPP must occur before damage occurs for DPP to apply.  If there is no DPP on file for a student when damage occurs and the fine is assessed, the full repair cost will be charged.  Fines for damaged devices will be applied promptly and can be paid in our online payment system.  We cannot take replacement items such as power cables that were purchased on Amazon or at a retail store, as use of those items may cause safety issues or void warranties.

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Filtering and Monitoring

Filtering software is used to block and/or filter access to web-based content that may be harmful. While filters make it more difficult for objectionable material to be received or accessed, filters don’t catch everything that may be objectionable. Students are expected to take reasonable care to avoid inappropriate web content. Staff have the ability and responsibility to monitor and adjust student access to web content.  The District employs several services that allow staff to view student internet history and searches and to control the content a student views in the context of a learning experience. Any attempts by students to defeat or bypass the District’s internet filter or conceal internet activity are prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.
 

Student Data Privacy

Students in Northshore are provided with a district account, which provides access to a wide variety of services for learning. This includes, but is not limited to, access to a monitored email account, an account in a learning management system, an account in the student information system, and accounts in curriculum-based services to support learning outcomes. These services are reviewed and vetted by Technology staff and should only be used once approved for use. If a parent or guardian has questions about the use of services regarding student data privacy, they should first contact their teacher.