Robert Adams Middle School feels strongly that preparation for the 21st Century requires a strong use of computer technology in education and productivity. Today's students must have a solid background in how to use technology creatively, collaboratively, and constructively in order to be successful in most future academic and career programs.
All students in grade 6-8 will be issued Chromebooks for use in their daily academics. By providing each student a school-issued Chromebook, RAMS can ensure a consistent, equitable technology learning experience.
Additionally, the completed transition to 1:1 Chromebooks marks the end of our BYOD program. Teachers prepare activities with the understanding that students will have their school-owned Chromebooks with them, complete with school-installed apps, settings, and internet safeguards. Privately-owned student laptops, tablets, or Chromebooks are not an appropriate substitute in class, except in very unusual circumstances, and should stay safely at home. Personal preference is not an acceptable reason to bring a private laptop instead of the school-issued Chromebook.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
The Holliston Public Schools shall provide access for employees, volunteers, and students to the system/network, including access to external networks, for limited educational purposes. Educational purposes shall be defined as classroom activities, academic research, professional development, and high-quality self-discovery activities of an educational nature. The purpose of the system/network is to assist in preparing students for success in life and work by providing access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with others. The system/network will be used to increase communication (staff, parent, and student), enhance productivity, and assist staff in upgrading existing skills and acquiring new skills through a broader exchange of information. The system/network will also be utilized to provide information to the community, including parents, governmental agencies, and businesses.
The superintendent or designee shall implement, monitor, and evaluate the district’s system/network for instructional and administrative purposes.
Access to the system/network, including external networks, shall be made available to employees and students for instructional and administrative purposes and in accordance with administrative regulations and procedures.
Access to the system/network is a privilege, not a right. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations and procedures governing use of the system and shall agree in writing or electronically to comply with such regulations and procedures. Noncompliance with applicable regulations and procedures may result in suspension or termination of user privileges and
other disciplinary actions consistent with the policies of the Holliston Public Schools. Violations of law may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the Holliston Public Schools.
The superintendent or designee shall develop and implement administrative regulations, procedures, and user agreements, consistent with the purposes and mission of the Holliston Public Schools as well as with law and policy governing copyright.
Electronic mail transmissions, web postings, podcasts, messaging tools, blogs, and other use of emerging technologies by students, employees, and volunteers shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use for instructional and administrative purposes.
The Holliston Public Schools shall not be liable for users' inappropriate use of electronic resources
General Policy Provisions
This user agreement must be renewed each academic year by employees, volunteers, and students.
I have read the district’s Acceptable Use Policy and Administrative Procedures and agree to abide by their provisions. I understand that violation of these provisions may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension or revocation of privileges, suspension or expulsion from school, termination of employment, and criminal prosecution.
(To Be Completed by Parent/Guardian authorizing student access. This signature is required in addition to student signature above.)
I have read the district’s Acceptable Use Policy and Administrative Procedures. In consideration for
_____ I give permission for my student to participate in the district’s system/network. _____ I do not give permission for my student to participate in the district’s system/network.
Signature of Parent/Guardian:
May 15, 1997 Waived
MGL Chapter 4, Section 7(26); 950 C.M.R. 32
JICFB (Bullying Prevention)