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Bring Your Own Technology Agreement

Administrative teams at each school may modify this agreement to fit the needs of their particular learning community. However, any changes may not supersede the guidelines provided by the district's Student Code of Conduct, Responsible Use Guidelines or the Acceptable Use Policy.

As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Therefore, we have decided to implement Bring Your Own Technology at our schools. In this initiative, students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist their learning experiences. This Handbook is a contract which we will adhere to for Bring Your Own Technology within our schools. Please note that students who cannot bring in outside technology will be able to access and utilize the school’s equipment. No student will be left out of instructional activities.

a. Definition of “Technology”
For purposes of Bring Your Own Technology, “Technology” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable Internet devices, hand-held entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.

b. Internet
Only the Internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal, Internet-connected devices, such as, but not limited to, cell phones and cell network adapters (Hotspots) are not permitted to be used to access outside Internet sources at any time during the school day.

c. Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Bulloch County Schools is not liable for any device stolen or damaged while on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. It is recommended that appropriate skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.

d. Bring Your Own Technology Student Agreement
The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cellphone or other electronic device while at school without the approval of school personnel. When abused, the privilege of using a personal device in the classroom may be taken away.
Students and parents/guardians participating in Bring Your Own Technology must adhere to both the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Internet Use Agreement in the back of this Student Handbook as well as all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use (Policy IFBG) and Electronic Communications (Policy IFBGA-R(0) the conditions listed below. Students who fail to abide by any of these policies and conditions or who violate generally accepted rules of behavior when using personal or school system computers/communication devices which provide access to network services may be subject to disciplinary action, including revocation of use privileges, suspension, expulsion or other appropriate disciplinary action.

e. Students must adhere to the following conditions:

1. Student takes full responsibility for his or her technology device.
2. School is not responsible for the security of student-owned technology.
3. Student’s technology must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
4. Student’s technology may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.
5. Student may not use school or Bring Your Own Technology devices for non-instructional purposes during school hours.
6. Student may access only files on the computer or Internet that are relevant to classroom curriculum.
7. Student complies with a teacher's request to shut down the device or exit an application upon request.
8. Student acknowledges that the school's network filters will be applied to one's connection to the Internet and will not attempt to bypass them. 
9. Student understands that intentionally infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of the Board of Education’s Acceptable Use Policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
10. Student realizes that processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of the AUP policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
11. The school district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
12. The student realizes that printing from personal technology devices will not be possible at school.
13. Student may not photograph or videotape students, faculty or staff for non-school purposes nor distribute their likenesses through any digital, print or broadcast media platform without their express consent, unless assigned to do so by administration or faculty for specific school promotion purposes.