Students in grades 6-12 will be issued Chromebooks for use in school and at home. This document provides students and their parents/guardians with information about taking care of the Chromebook, using it appropriately for school, and being a good digital citizen.
Students and their parents/guardians are reminded that use of District Technology is a privilege and not a right and that everything done on any District-owned computer, network, or electronic communication device may be monitored by school authorities. Inappropriate use of District Technology is subject to all consequences outlined in the Digital Technology Acceptable Use & Internet Safety Policy. Some of these consequences include limited or banned computer use and/or disciplinary consequences, and/or legal action.
To understand the expectations of Gilpin Public Schools, students and their parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing the District’s Digital Technology Acceptable Use & Internet Safety Policy (GCSD Policy JS-E).
Ownership of the Chromebook
Gilpin Public Schools retains sole right of possession of the Chromebook. The Chromebooks are loaned to the students for educational purposes only until they graduate or leave the district. Moreover, Gilpin Public Schools’ administrative staff and faculty retain the right to collect and/or inspect Chromebooks at any time, including via electronic remote access, and to alter, add or delete installed software or hardware.
Responsibility for the Chromebook
Students are solely responsible for the Chromebooks issued to them and must adhere to the following:
Students must comply with the District’s Digital Technology Acceptable Use & Internet Safety Policy when using their Chromebooks.
Students must bring their Chromebooks to school every day and make sure it is fully charged. Disciplinary action may result for failure to bring a fully charged Chromebook to school. If a Chromebook is missing from school for 4 consecutive days, the Chromebook will be considered stolen and reported as such to the school resource officer.
Students must treat their device with care and never leave it in an unsecured location.
Students are advised to keep their device in a protective case or backpack when traveling.
Students must promptly report any problems with their Chromebook to the District Technology Department by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students may not remove or interfere with the serial number and other identification tags.
Students may not attempt to install or run any operating system on the Chromebook other than the ChromeOS operating system supported by the district.
Students must keep their device clean and must not touch the screen with anything (e.g., your finger, pen, pencil, etc.) other than approved computer screen cleaners.
Students are not allowed to apply stickers, artwork, vinyls, graffiti, or remove or change the physical structure of the Chromebook, including the keys, screen cover or plastic casing.
Students are not allowed to physically alter or destroy the ChromeBook or accessories. (e.g., removing or reordering keyboard keys, removing access compartments or removing or altering internal hardware)
Students must sign into their school issued Google education account.
Responsibility for Electronic Data
The students are solely responsible for any apps or extensions on their Chromebooks that are not installed by a member of the district technology staff. Students are responsible for backing up their data to protect from loss. Users of District Technology have no rights, ownership, or expectations of privacy to any data that is, or was stored on the Chromebook, Google Apps, school network, or any school-issued applications and are given no guarantees that data will be retained or destroyed.
Students must follow the six conditions of being a good digital citizen, failure to adhere to these conditions could result in disciplinary action or legal consequences. For more information regarding Colorado state laws about cyberbullying, please contact your local government office or representative.
- I will show respect for myself through my actions. I will select online names that are appropriate, I will consider the information and images that I post online. I will consider what personal information about my life, experiences, and/or relationships I post. I will not be obscene.
- I will ensure that the information, images and materials I post online will not put me at risk. I will not publish my personal details, contact details or a schedule of my activities. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at me. I will protect passwords, accounts and resources.
- I will show respect to others. I will not use electronic mediums to antagonize, bully, harass or stalk other people. I will show respect for other people in my choice of websites, I will not visit sites that are degrading, pornographic, racist or inappropriate. I will not abuse my rights of access and I will not enter other people's private spaces or areas.
- I will protect others by reporting abuse, not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications; I will moderate unacceptable materials and conversations, and not visit sites that are degrading, pornographic, racist or inappropriate.
Respect Intellectual Property -
I will request permission to use resources. I will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media etc. I will acknowledge all primary sources. I will validate information. I will use and abide by the fair use rules.
Protect Intellectual Property -
I will request to use the software and media others produce. I will use free and open source alternatives rather than pirating software. I will purchase, license and register all software. I will purchase my music and media, and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses. I will act with integrity.
Copyright and File Sharing
Students are required to follow all copyright laws around all media including text, images, programs, music, and video. Downloading, sharing, and posting online illegally obtained media is prohibited. Attempts to download copyrighted material via school internet or circumvent filtering provisions put in place to restrict said activity can result in loss of internet privileges, expulsion and/or any appropriate legal action.
Spare Equipment and Lending
If a student forgets their Chromebook or a student’s Chromebook is inoperable, the district has a limited number of spare devices for use while the student’s Chromebook is repaired or replaced. This agreement remains in effect for loaner computers. The student may not opt to keep an inoperable Chromebook to avoid doing class work due to loss or damage. Loaner Chromebooks must be checked out every morning and returned at the end of the school day to the District Technology Office.
Damaged, Lost or Stolen Devices
A student/family shall be responsible for the replacement cost if a device is damaged, vandalized, lost or stolen. The value of the device will be prorated based on its age and replacement value.