Technology Resource Acceptable Use Policy

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Chesapeake Bay Academy provides technology resources that meet the academic needs and technological goals of our students. Since electronic media changes constantly and rapidly, this policy cannot lay down rules to cover every possible situation. Instead, this policy expresses and sets forth general guidelines to be applied to all users. Use of CBA technology resources is a privilege granted only to those who use these systems responsibly and ethically; inappropriate use of these resources can result in access to these resources being temporarily or permanently rescinded. In addition, other disciplinary consequences may be determined by division directors, as well.

Only users who sign this policy will be granted an access account and authorized to use these resources.

Technology Resources Defined – Any computer, tablet or other electronic device or software owned by CBA, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, and Microsoft cloud storage space.

  • Upper school and middle school students may use a privately owned electronic “Internet ready” device on the CBA wireless network with teacher or administrator permission.
  • The use of a privately-owned electronic device is to support and enhance instructional activities.
  • Students should not access the Internet using any external Internet service.
  • No student shall establish a wireless ad-hoc or peer-to-peer network using his/her electronic device or any other wireless device while on school grounds. This includes but is not limited to using a privately-owned electronic device as a cabled or wireless hotspot.
  • Voice, video, and image capture applications may only be used with teacher or administrator permission.
    Sound should be muted unless the teacher or administrator grants permission for use of sound associated with the instructional activities. A teacher or administrator may permit the use of earbuds or other types of headphones.
  • The privately-owned electronic device owner is the only person allowed to use the device.
  • Devices are brought to school at the students’ and parents’ own risk. In the event that a privately-owned device is lost, stolen or damaged, Chesapeake Bay Academy is not responsible for any financial or data loss.
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy cannot attempt to repair, correct, troubleshoot or be responsible for malfunctioning personal hardware or software.

Privacy – Users acknowledge that there is no expectation or right to privacy while using CBA technology resources. CBA retains the right to monitor, view, or access all uses of these resources, including but not limited to: Internet activities and accounts, and all data and / or software stored on desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and storage media.

Security – Users are responsible for the security of their files and passwords. Sharing of any usernames or passwords is not permissible and may result in the loss of account privileges. Computer users will be held accountable for any activity under their account.

Online Resources – CBA provides access to Office 365 (grades 1-12) and the Canvas Learning Management System for student academic use. Students in grades 1-12 may install Microsoft Office on their personal tablet or computer for use while attending CBA. Regardless of location, whether on or off campus, the use of CBA owned or contracted online resources will be subject to the acceptable use policy.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)- The goal of CBA’s BYOD policy is to create a technology rich learning environment. Students in grades 6-12 are required to have a personal mobile computing device to bring to school. Middle and upper school directors will provide device requirements. In addition to the acceptable use policy outlined above, the following policies shall be applied to personal computing devices:

  • CBA is not responsible for the replacement or repair of lost, stolen, or damaged personal devices.
  • CBA is not responsible for providing a spare device for use when devices are forgotten, lost, stolen or damaged.
  • Devices will be taken home daily to be charged and ready for the next day.
  • If parental controls are engaged on the device override passwords will be provided to the student’s division director

Chromebooks – Chromebooks are provided to all lower school students as they begin their journey on a virtual platform. Students are expected to care for and protect their device when taking it home. As the borrower of a CBA Chromebook, students accept the following guidelines and responsibilities:

  • To use the Chromebook for school purposes only.
  • Not to make any modifications to the computer’s settings unless my teacher approves.
  • Not to write on or place any labels or stickers on the Chromebook.
  • Not to disable or uninstall the virus protection program that is provided with the Chromebook.
  • To report any problems/issues encountered while using the Chromebook to the teacher.
  • To ensure any documents created are moved from the Chromebook to Canvas on a daily basis for backup purposes.
  • To understand that the IT provider may reimage the Chromebook at any point when it becomes unusable or unstable, and at the end of the year.
  • To understand that reimaging may be a course of action for any repairs or modifications on the computer and this will result in the loss of all data from the Chromebook.
  • To understand that all Chromebooks must be returned at the end of the school year.

Guidelines for Proper Care of the Chromebook:

  1. The Chromebook is not to be loaned to anyone.
  2. Other individuals should not be allowed to play on the Chromebook.
  3. Proper care is to be always given to the Chromebook, including but not limited to the following:
  • Give appropriate care to any electrical device.
  • Use a surge protector or unplug the Chromebook during electrical storms.
  • Keep food and drink away from the Chromebook.
  • Do not leave the Chromebook exposed to direct sunlight or extreme cold.
  • Position the Chromebook on a safe surface so it does not drop or fall.
  • Do not attempt to repair a damaged or malfunctioning Chromebook.
  • Do not attempt to upgrade the Chromebook or software.
  • Proper security is to be always provided for the Chromebook, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Secure your Chromebook in a safe place.
  • Do not leave the Chromebook in an unlocked car.
  • Do not leave the A/C adapter behind when moving the Chromebook.

All Chromebook computers, equipment, and/or accessories provided are the property of Chesapeake Bay Academy.