STUDENT INTERNET USE AND NETWORK ACCESS
II. Access to Information
III. Goals and Accessibility
IV. Acceptable Uses
V. Unacceptable Uses
VI. Monitoring and Filtering
VIII. Personal Technology Device (PTD) Rules
- A personal technology device (“PTD”) is a portable Internet accessing device designed to transmit communications by voice, written characters, words, or images, share information, record sounds, process words, and/or capture images, such as a laptop, tablet, smart-phone, cell-phone, PDA, or e-reader.
- Unless otherwise stated, references to “parents” include one or both parents, legal guardian, or legal custodian of a student, or person acting in loco parentis to the student.
- Student behavior guidelines are set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, which is updated and made available to students each year.
- Cyberbullying is the use of information and communication technologies, including but not limited to email, cell phones, text, still photograph or video messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal websites, and online personal or public web sites or journals, to convey an offensive, racial, derogatory, bullying, or obscene message to another person, including but not limited to references to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, physical or sensory disability, and/or physical appearance.
- The term malware, another word for malicious software, means “computer software designed to be destructive or disruptive, such as computer viruses and worms.” (Black’s Law Dictionary)
- “[A proxy] builds a firewall, which prevents attackers from gaining access to private information. It also protects users against harmful websites containing viruses.” Proxy avoidance sites “allow users to bypass the proxy and view any sites they wish. This allows users access to restricted sites.
- The term harmful to minors means “any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that: 1) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; 2) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and 3) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.” (Children’s Internet Protection Act).
- The Photo and Video Release form is available in the Student Forms booklet that is distributed at the beginning of the school year and posted online on the CMS Website (www.cmsk12.us).
- This section is applicable beginning with the 2012/2013 school year.
- CMS is not responsible for acquiring, using, servicing, or maintaining devices or data plans.
- CMS property means all property owned or operated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, including school campuses and buildings, athletic fields, playgrounds, parking lots, bus stops, District-owned vehicles including school buses and activity buses, and any other properties owned or controlled by CMS.
Students accept the terms of the Student Internet Use Agreement online.
A copy of this agreement form is reprinted in this handbook on the following pages so that parents can read it, but it is not necessary for students to return a paper copy of it to their school.
A form for parents to use if they do not want their children to be able to access the CMS network or the Internet at school is provided in the back of this book.
Note to parents and students: The following form(s) will be completed online by the student when logging on to the CMS computer network for the first time each school year. It is printed in the handbook so that parents can read the Internet Use terms that their children are being asked to accept.
It is not necessary for students to complete this form and return it to their school. Students who are unable to complete the form online will be asked to sign a paper copy at their school.
Student Technology Agreement
The purpose of the Student Technology Agreement is to provide CMS students with the required technological resources to access learning in the modern school environment. All assigned student technology are the property of CMS to be used for educational purposes only.
Student and Parent/Guardian Expectations
Handle devices properly to prevent breakage, damage, or malfunction.
Maintain devices by using them regularly for learning and keeping them clean.
Logout, secure, and store away CMS devices when not in use.
Only use CMS provided charging adapter(s) to charge the devices.
Abide by the expectations listed in CMS Board Policy (Policy IJNDB-R) for Acceptable Use of Internet and Websites.
Read and sign the Parent-Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, and Student Forms documents for this school year to understand all policies and expectations not explicitly covered in this agreement.
Return all technology and pay any fees if withdrawing from CMS at any time.
Please do not…
Operate or place CMS devices near food or liquids.
Engage in illegal or prohibited conduct of any kind. This includes visiting inappropriate websites for social, gaming, explicit, or academic dishonesty purposes.
Leave assigned technology unattended or in the supervision of someone that is not the designated student.
Copy, modify, remove, or replace CMS software, configuration, or the operating system (i.e. hack or jailbreak the system).
Remove, edit, or apply any stickers or labels on any CMS device.
Under no circumstances, attempt to or allow anyone other than CMS staff to fix or repair the equipment.
Lost, Stolen, Damaged, or Malfunctioning Technology Procedures
The student and parent/guardian agree to immediately notify CMS staff if technology becomes lost, stolen, damaged, or is malfunctioning. If the device is stolen outside of school premises/grounds, it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to contact the local law enforcement agency and file a police report and provide a copy to CMS.
After being issued a device, you are obligated to present the device for inspection or collection at any given time throughout the school year. If a student fails to provide his or her device at that time, the parent and student are responsible for the cost to replace the device. If a student damages two devices in a single school year, CMS at its discretion will issue an older, used device to the student or require that the device remain at school. Fees associated with damages can be found in the Online School Payment system. For further information regarding obligations and damages, please contact your school technology staff.
Technology Fee Structure
Lost Charging Cable – $10
*Returning a compatible charger from a non-CMS source will
not be accepted. [nonrefundable]
Damaged Device – $15
*Missing key(s), broken or scratched screen, damaged ports,
vandalism, etc. [nonrefundable]
Lost/Stolen Device – $50
*All devices are tracked by serial number. A lost device fee will
be issued if a device is returned that was not assigned to the
student. [refundable within 30 days if original device is found
Miscellaneous – $5 or more
*Fee assessed at the discretion of the school. [nonrefundable]
**All families are eligible to request a Financial Hardship Waiver from school staff.
School Staff Expectations
Ensure that all students have a functional device to use at school and at home for educational purposes.
Immediately communicate any assessed technology fees to students and parents.
Provide information on financial waivers to assist families with technology fees.
Ensure the digital safety of our students by using monitoring applications, internet filtering systems, and student account checks. Refer to CMS Board Policies S-SINT/R and IJNDB for clarification.
Refer to the Code of Student Conduct for any consequence related to a technology related action by the student.
We will not…
Withhold technology as a method of disciplinary consequence to an action not related to technology.
Share student PII (personal identifiable information) with any non-CMS person(s) or company without a legal contract with CMS.
Interfere, modify, or erase any digital learning material that is being assessed for a grade.
Senior Graduation Expectations
**Any student that receives financial obligations for technology fees may not participate in graduation exercises and/or may not receive a diploma until the fees are paid. Technology fees are attached to student accounts and transfer within CMS.
CMS Technology and Personal Devices
Examples of CMS Student Technology:
Chromebook & Charging Cable
Hotspot & Charging Cable
As needed, see school technology staff.
iPad & Charging Cable
Personal Technology Device (PTD) Disclaimer
CMS BOE Policy S-SINT/R states that principals have the authority to develop and implement rules for PTDs at their schools. School staff are not permitted to assist, repair, or use a student’s PTD. Students do not have a right to use PTDs at school. This includes personal cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. For ease of access to learning, always have your assigned CMS device(s).
I (parent/guardian signed below) have reviewed this agreement, understand it, and agree to the terms and conditions, disclaimers, and statements listed in this agreement. I furthermore give my student permission to use CMS provided devices for learning. I will also help ensure the safe and timely return of the device to CMS within the loan period.
Student Full Name:
Student ID Number: