TECHNOLOGY POLICIES AND ACCEPTABLE USE
FOR ALL COMPUTERS AND DEVICES
(PERSONAL OR SCHOOL-OWNED)
Please note: Signing the Handbook Acknowledgement Form indicates the parent and student are in agreement with the Teurlings Catholic High School Acceptable Use and Technology Policies listed below. No student will be allowed to use any computer equipment on the campus without a current, signed acknowledgment form.
I. Teurlings Technology Policy for Students
1. All personal devices used on campus must display an approval sticker issued by the TCH Technology Department. Misuse of these labels or failure to register a device on campus is a violation of the Technology Policy and results in a loss of computer privileges for the remainder of the school year.
2. Downloading, uploading, sending, saving, surfing, or accessing pornographic material on a school or personal device on campus is a serious violation of the safe schools policies of both Teurlings Catholic and the Diocese of Lafayette. Violating the policy will result in dismissal.
3. The inappropriate use of the name Teurlings Catholic or any logo/symbol associated with Teurlings Catholic is strictly prohibited on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, or any Internet posting sites. This includes pictures of the student that may also be deemed inappropriate. It is the right of school officials to determine what is inappropriate.
4. Students are prohibited from being a contact on a teacher or staff member’s social media site. In addition, the only email contact a student should have with an employee of Teurlings Catholic should be conducted via the employee’s and student’s TCHS email account for appropriate school-related issues.
5. Inappropriate pictures and inappropriate language either stated or implied, that may be offensive to or inflammatory of others or Teurlings Catholic, is strictly forbidden and it is the right of school officials to determine what is deemed inappropriate.
6. Impersonation and/or anonymity is prohibited.
7. No student may open chat or social media programs on any computer or electronic devices on campus. Students may not play, download, or view games. Further, students may not “surf” the Internet from any computer or electronic device on campus without specific directions from the teacher who is monitoring the activity. Accessing any religious material on a state-owned computer is prohibited. Electronic devices, school or personally-owned, may only be used in the classroom and library under the direct supervision of the teacher. Cameras and audio recorders may not be used on campus. Students are not allowed to take photos on campus without proper approval. Laptops and approved devices may not disrupt or distract from the learning environment. Student use of personal laptops and devices on campus must be in support of education and research consistent with the educational objectives of Teurlings Catholic High School. Students are responsible for removing inappropriate files from their personal device before the device is brought on campus. At no time should the student use any device for anything but an educational purpose under the direction of a faculty member.
8. Students may not alter in any way the screen appearance, screen-saver, controls, or any other management function of any Teurlings Catholic computer.
9. Browsing, deleting, adding to, or editing someone else’s work stored on the Teurlings Catholic network is a violation of the policy. All student papers (essays, research papers, etc.) should be stored on personal flash drives or cloud storage and submitted through Turnitin.com.
10. Information created, received, transmitted, stored, held, copied, viewed, read, attached to or printed using the communication system at the school or a personal system on campus (including but not limited to cell phones, tablets, laptops) is NOT protected by an individual’s right to privacy. It is the right of the school to access review and/or inspect all such information at its discretion, including disclosure to third parties when warranted. This includes personal devices used on campus.
11. Students may not play games on graphing calculators in any class. Calculators may not be used in class without teacher approval. Teachers have the right to check calculator memories at any time and to erase any material found in calculator memories. In addition to penalties for violation of the Technology policy, storing material in the memory of a calculator may also be considered a violation of the school’s policy on cheating.
12. No computer or device should be allowed in the classroom on desks during testing situations. In that case, all devices should be stored in the front or rear of the room. Failure to do so may also result in consequences for cheating, as well as a technology policy violation.
13. No cell phones or personal wearable devices (ex: Apple watches or similar devices) that can store information, photos or provide internet connectivity are allowed in the classroom.
II. Consequences for Violations of the Teurlings Catholic Technology Policy for Students
1. Violations of the policy will be dealt with individually and may result in suspension and/or expulsion from school. Penalties include but are not limited to the following:
a. Picking up the laptop or device and holding it in the front office until a parent or authorized adult comes to school to pick up the item;
b. Prohibiting the student from bringing a personal device on campus or using a Teurlings-owned device;
c. Standard disciplinary actions such as detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.
2. Student/parent is responsible for any monetary damages caused to Teurlings Catholic equipment or the network by the student’s action.
3. If warranted, academic penalties may also apply.
If there are any questions about the policy or consequences, please contact Academic Assistant Principal Marty Heintz (Ext. 103), Disciplinary Assistant Principal Bruce Baudier (Ext. 102), or Technology Coordinator Leslie Bergeron (Ext. 220).
III. Remedies and Recourse
Anyone accused of any of the violations has all of the rights that would normally apply if such people were accused of school vandalism or any other illegal activity. Teurlings Catholic has the right to restrict or terminate information network access at any time for any reason. The school further has the right to monitor network activity in any form that it sees fit to maintain the integrity of the information network.
TCH Technology Policy Amendment (effective January 13, 2017)
Use of Personal Devices
Effective Friday, January 13, 2017, students will no longer be able to use their personal devices on campus during the school day. With the implementation of the TCH 1:1 computer program, students have access to a computer in every classroom as well as in the library before school, during break and lunch, and after school. It is extremely important that students have access to a computer device and a printer at home to access online textbooks, online homework programs, collaborative group assignments, RenWeb and Google Classroom. The penalty for using a personal computer on campus during the school day, including lunch and break, will be the same as using a cell phone (first violation picked up and held for parent and Saturday School, with subsequent violations resulting in suspension as well as being picked up by a parent). This amended policy cancels the use of personal devices as written in the 2016-2017 Student/Parent Handbook.
Student Email Policies
The primary purpose of the Teurlings Catholic High School student electronic mail system is for students to communicate with school staff, outside resources related to school assignments, and fellow students to collaborate on school activities. Email communication between TCH school staff and students should be through the tchs.net account only.
All student email accounts are the property of Teurlings Catholic High School. Email activities must comply with the Teurlings Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the email system will align with the school's code of conduct and the code will be used for discipline purposes. Communication through the school’s email system will exhibit common sense and civility. Improper use of the system will result in discipline and possible revocation of the student email account. Illegal activities on the system will be referred to law enforcement authorities for appropriate legal action.
Account user names and passwords are created and monitored by the school’s technology director. Students may not change their email password. Students should not share their passwords. Students are responsible for messages sent from their accounts. Teurlings Catholic High School cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of electronic documents, and any messages that are confidential should not be communicated over email. Unauthorized attempts to access another person’s email or similar electronic communications or to use another student’s name, email, or computer address or workstation to send email or similar electronic communications are prohibited and may subject the individual to disciplinary action.
Messages posted on the school's email system cannot cause disruption to the school environment or normal and acceptable school operations. Occasional and reasonable personal use of the school's email is permitted, providing that this does not interfere with the performance of the electronic mail system or disrupt the operation of the school. Email can be checked from home or from school computers. Access to email at school is allowed only with expressed approval from the teacher.
Students will report any unusual activities such as "spam" communications, obscene email, questionable content, and the like to the school's technology director. Students should not forward chain letters, jokes, or graphics files.
Teurlings Catholic High School reserves the right to access email to retrieve TCH information and records, to engage in routine computer maintenance and housekeeping, to carry out internal investigations, to check Internet access history, or to disclose messages, data or files to law enforcement authorities.
The student will be removed from the system upon graduation from Teurlings Catholic or upon withdrawal from the school; therefore, students should use personal email accounts for all college and scholarship correspondence.