Technology Use at School
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. As a result, 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, 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.
The guidelines for responsible use of these tools are outlined in School Board Procedure 2022P.
Standard applications and accounts that are configured for student use include (but are not limited to):
- Active Directory: Each student is given an account in Active Directory that they will use to log on to any district-owned computer within the district network and provide them with access to a cloud-based folder where their important documents and projects can be stored. These credentials are also used to access our Library Catalog, GoogleApps for Education Environment, and Online Grades portal.
- Northshore’s Google Apps for Education Environment: This education-focused Google Apps environment is hosted by Google, and managed by the District. This collection of online applications provides students with a Google email account, calendar, and access to GoogleDrive, where students can create, share, and publish documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other artifacts of their learning. The District creates and manages user accounts; manages access to applications and email based on grade level organizations; and manages permissions. For example, email accounts the District creates for elementary students can only communicate with other email accounts created by the District. (Note that Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts are covered by more restrictive data privacy practices than “regular” Google accounts, including a restriction on advertising and the use of student data for advertising purposes. GAFE also was an early signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge.)
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 your student’s 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.
Given all of these factors, Parents or guardians still do have the right to terminate their student’s access to electronic tools and resources by signing the District Technology Opt-Out form. (El formulario también está disponible en español.)
If you do not want your student to use District technology resources, please be aware that your decision to eliminate access to these tools may significantly affect your student’s ability to work collaboratively with his or her peers on class assignments and projects, and may impact the development of skills necessary to live and work in this increasingly digital world.
Only complete the form if you choose for your student NOT to use District Technology. Return the signed form to your school and schedule an appointment to discuss this with your Principal or Designated School Administrator. After meeting with your Administrator, the Opt-Out request will remain in effect for one school year, and expires at the end of this school year. To keep this Opt-Out in effect, you must complete a new form every school year.
If no documentation is on file, it will be assumed that permission has been granted for access to the Internet, GoogleApps for Education (including email), Online Curriculum services, and other online applications and services that have been selected for use by the District, your child’s school, or your child’s teacher.
Questions about the Opt-Out request can be directed to your school’s Principal.