iPad Acceptable Use

All KCSD 96 staff and students are required to comply with the KCSD 96 Acceptable Use/Internet Safety Policy, including specific iPad guidelines. Access to KCSD 96 technology resources is a privilege, not a right.

General Guidelines

  • The student will have access to all available forms of electronic media and communication that are in support of the educational goals and objectives of KCSD 96.
  • The student will use the device mainly for educational purposes; however, some personal use is permitted.
  • Each student is responsible for his or her own ethical and educational use of technology resources.
  • Transmission of any material that is in violation of any federal or state law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, confidential information, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, and malware.
  • Any attempt to alter data, the configuration of a device, or the files of another user without the consent of the individual, school administrator, or technology administrator, will be considered an act of vandalism and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Cyber bullying will not be tolerated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken immediately by the school administrator.
  • The iPad will be configured with a web filter to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and District policies. Any attempt to bypass or circumvent the filter may result in disciplinary action.
  • The equipment (iPad, charger, USB cable, pencil, and case) may be collected during the final week of school or sooner if a student leaves, withdraws, is expelled, or is reassigned to an alternative school from KCSD 96 schools prior to the end of the school year.

Privacy and Safety

  • The student should not open, use, or change device files that do not belong to him or her.
  • The student should not reveal his or her full name, phone number, home address, social security number, credit card numbers, password, or the passwords of other people.
  • Remember that the information stored on a student's device is not guaranteed to be private or confidential.
  • If a student intentionally or inadvertently accesses a website that contains obscene, pornographic, or otherwise offensive material, he or she must notify a teacher or an administrator immediately so that such sites can be blocked. This is not a request–it is a responsibility.
  • Student use of the internet on the school's network is filtered per local policy, as required by state and federal mandates.

Legal Propriety

  • The student should comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements.
  • Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If a student is unsure, he or she should ask a teacher, parent, or School Resource Officer.
  • Plagiarism is claiming someone else's work as one's own. It is an unacceptable practice. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet such as graphics, movies, music, and text.
  • Use or posession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to severe disciplinary penalties. Violation of applicable state or federal law–including the Illinois Penal Code, Title 7. Offenses Against Property; Chapter 33, Computer Crimes–will result in criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action by the District.

Email and Chat Rooms

  • When required by the teacher, the students' email accounts will be used on a limited basis.
  • Chat and messaging services provided within Google Apps or other web-based programs allow for collaboration and communication among peers in a safe, filtered environment.
  • Chat and messaging services and email will be used only as part of the instructional curriculum and must be supervised by the teacher.
  • When using email and messaging services, be aware that emails and documents on District-owned equipment are part of the public domain, not private, and are subject to inspection at any time.
  • Always use appropriate language in email and messaging services.
  • Follow Netiquette Rules.
  • Do not transmit language/material that is profane, obscene, abusive, or offensive to others.
  • Do not send mass emails, chain letters, or spam.
  • Maintain high integrity with regard to email content.
  • Report any inappropriate behavior or violation of these rules immediately to a teacher or administrator.

Consequences

  • The student in whose name a device is issued will be responsible at all times for its appropriate use, even if someone else uses the student's device to break the rules.
  • If a student's device contains an app that falls in the unapproved app category, it will have restrictions automatically applied. If this happens, the student may contact a coach or teacher for help.
  • Non-compliance with the policies of the iPad Handbook and the KCSD 96 Acceptable Use/Internet Safety Policy will result in disciplinary action.
  • Electronic mail, network usage, and all stored files shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by a designated KCSD96 staff member to ensure apropriate use. 
  • The District cooperates fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to violations of laws.