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Technology Services

The Bulloch County Board of Education recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technology change the ways that information may be accessed, communicated and transferred by members of society, those changes may also alter instruction and student learning. The Board generally supports access by students to rich information resources along with the development by staff of appropriate skills to analyze and evaluate such resources.


The Bulloch County Board of Education makes available to its students and employees a wide variety of media resources, including electronic media such as the Internet. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees during an age of information. The Board expects employees will blend thoughtful use of such information throughout the curriculum and that employees will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources.

Digital Resources

Bulloch County Schools utilizes Google Apps for Education for instruction and collaboration for all students in grades K-12. Students have access to all tools within the Google Apps Domain, with the exception of Google+ unless specifically allowed by parents. Access to Google Apps includes Email, Drive Documents, Calendar, Google Classroom, YouTube, etc. All web traffic accessed on school property is appropriately filtered according to current CIPA compliance requirements.
 
The school system may also provide students access to other beneficial digital resources. Access to Internet resources enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world. The Board believes that the benefits to students from access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. Please read our Student Internet Use Agreement for more information about our protocols and processes for digital resources.

Student Internet Use Agreement

You and your child’s signatures on the Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook Notices & Affirmation page indicate that you have read the previously mentioned documents to which you are bound and by which your actions are governed if your child accesses the internet at any time and under any circumstances as a student of Bulloch County Schools and grants express written consent to the use of the internet and the school system’s digital media resources for students. To that end, Bulloch County Schools supports and respects each family’s right to deny internet access and the use of Google Apps for Education and other digital resources for their child. Parents or legal guardians may obtain a Request to Deny Internet Access form available in the principal’s office.

  1. Student Internet Appropriate Use Regulations and Administrative Procedures - The school district will enforce the following administrative procedures. Although some specific examples of prohibited uses by students are stated, they are intended as illustrations only and do not purport to be an all-inclusive list of inappropriate behaviors. Failure to comply with these administrative procedures shall be deemed grounds for revocation of privileges, potential disciplinary, and/or appropriate legal actions.
  2. Terms and Conditions
    • Acceptable Use: Access to the school’s internet is provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the school system’s educational mission and goals.
    • Privileges: The use of the school system’s internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use may result in the cancellation of those privileges. The superintendent or designee(s) shall make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these policies and procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.
    • Unacceptable Use: The user is responsible for all his/her actions and activities involving the network. Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following:
      • Access of materials or communications meant for the following:
        • Use of the network in a fashion inconsistent with directions from teachers and other staff and generally accepted network etiquette
        • Use of the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked
        • To attempt to read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail of other system users and deliberately interfering with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail
        • To forgage electronic mail messages
        • To use the network for commercial or private advertising;
        • To post anonymous messages;
        • To post material authorized or created by another without his/her consent
        • To use another user’s account or password
        • To invade the privacy of individuals
        • To gain unauthorized access to resources or entities (hacking)
        • Use of any software that has the purpose to damage the unit’s system or user’s system
        • Wastefully using resources
        • Use of the network for private financial or commercial gain
        • To copy or download copyrighted material without the owner’s written permission. Copyrighted materials may only be distributed with the owner’s written permission. Such permission must be specified in the document or must be obtained directly from the owner in accordance with applicable copyright laws, Board policy, and administrative procedures
        • To copy or download copyrighted material on any system connected to the School System’s hardware/ software without the owner’s permission. Only the owner(s) or individuals specifically authorized in writing by the owner(s) may copy or download copyrighted material to the system
        • Use of the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts or transmitting any material in violation of U.S. and State regulations
        • Other unlawful activities
        • Unauthorized access including so-called “hacking”
        • Sending or posting materials or communications which are 
          • To damage another’s reputation
          • To be threatening
          • To be sexually oriented
          • To be obscene
          • To be abusive
          • Contrary to the school system’s policy on harassment
          • Harassing
    • Compensation: The student and/or the student’s parents or legal guardians shall be responsible for compensating the school system for any losses, costs, or damages incurred by the school system relating to or arising out of any student violation of these procedures and policy.
    • Security: Network security is a high priority. If the student identifies or perceives a security problem or breach of these responsibilities on the internet, the user must immediately notify the principal, his/her designee or other appropriate staff. They must not demonstrate the problem to other student users.
    • Vandalism: Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the school unit’s equipment or materials, data of another student, the Internet network, or agency. This includes but is not limited to the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
    • Telephone Charges: The Board of Education assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees including but not limited to long distance charges, per minute surcharges and/or equipment or line costs.
    • Network Etiquette: The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following:
      • Limiting streaming music and video files for educational use only
      • Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property
      • Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users
      • Recognize that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities
      • Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of any students
      • Use appropriate language. DO NOT swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language
      • Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others
    • Unauthorized Disclosure: Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors are illegal under the Children’s Internet Protection Act. If you have questions about this policy and these procedures, you may wish to speak to your principal, media specialist, and/or technology coordinator.
    • Bullying: The term “bullying” means an act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system, that is:
      • Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that
      • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school
      • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment
      • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education
      • Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1
      • Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm
      • Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so
Student Network Folders Agreement

Each student is provided storage space on Bulloch County Schools' network.  These network folders are a privilege and should be used to store only school/classwork related files.  Each student’s folder is limited to 500 MB.  Each student is expected to maintain his/her folder within 500MB.  Failure to do so will result in all files being deleted.  If a student continues to fail to maintain his/her folder’s size, the student’s privilege of a network folder will be removed.  Bulloch County Schools are not responsible for lost data due to a student’s failure to maintain his/her folder size.

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 (BYOT) at our schools. In this initiative, students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist their learning experiences. This Student Handbook is a contract which we will adhere to for BYOT 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.

Definition of “Technology”

For purposes of BYOT, “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.

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.

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.

BYOT 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, parents, and guardians participating in BYOT 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 Internet Safety (Policy IFBGE) and 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.

  1. Students must adhere to the following conditions:
    • Student takes full responsibility for his or her technology device.
    • School is not responsible for the security of student-owned technology.
    • Student’s technology must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
    • Student’s technology may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.
    • Student may not use school or BYOT devices for non-instructional purposes during school hours.
    • Student may access only files on the computer or Internet that are relevant to classroom curriculum.
    • Student must comply with a teacher's request to shut down the device or exit an application upon request. 
    • 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.
    • 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 (AUP) and will result in disciplinary actions.
    • Student understands 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.
    • 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.
    • The student understands that printing from personal technology devices will not be possible at school.
    • Students 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.