I. Teurlings Technology Policy for Students
1. As TCH is a 1:1 school, all students have access to a school owned computer in every classroom as well as in the library before school, during break and lunch, and after school. The use of personal computers or electronic devices are not allowed on campus during the school day. 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.
2. Computers may only be used in the classroom and library under the direct supervision of the teacher. Cameras and audio recorders may only be used under the direct supervision of a teacher. At no time should the student use any device for anything but an educational purpose under the direction of a faculty member. 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.
3. No cell phones or personal devices, including wearable devices (ex: Apple watches or similar devices), that can store information, photos or provide internet connectivity are allowed in the classroom during the school day. Devices may be used before or after school but must remain in student’s locker or car, turned off, during school hours.
4. Students will be issued a TCH username and password to access email, Google Drive/Classrom, RenWeb and login to TCH computers. This same username and password should be used for the student’s Turnitin account as well as any online textbook login. Students should not share their passwords with other students.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Impersonation and/or anonymity is prohibited.
10. Accessing any religious material on a state-owned computer is prohibited.
11. Students may not alter in any way the screen appearance, screen-saver, controls, or any other management function of any Teurlings Catholic computer.
12. 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.
13. Browsing, deleting, adding to, or editing someone else’s work is a violation of the policy.
14. All student work should be stored on students Google Drive or personal flash drive and papers submitted through Turnitin.com (essays, research papers, etc.).
15. Sharing information, chatting or messaging other students through TCH applications are only allowed under the direct supervision of the teacher/faculty member.
16. Headphones or earbuds are only allowed with expressed approval from the teacher for educational purposes.
17. Teurlings Catholic does not guarantee that its technology resources will be uninterrupted or error-free. Access to the network is provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind. In the rare case that the network is down, neither Teurlings Catholic nor any of its employees will be responsible for lost or missing data.
18. Information created, received, transmitted, stored, held, copied, viewed, read, attached to or printed using school or personal devices (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.
19. User activity on the TCH network is monitored and logged. Teachers also actively monitor student activity using remote student monitoring applications. Teurlings Catholic utilizes a filtering system, however, the school cannot guarantee that access to all inappropriate sites will be blocked. Students should notify a teacher if they accidentally access an inappropriate site. Students should never use or transmit anything with racist, abusive, threatening, demeaning, slanderous, objectionable, sexually explicit or inflammatory content.
20. Unacceptable conduct regarding technology use includes but is not limited to using rogue access points or cell phones as hot spots to avoid TCH monitoring; downloading inappropriate materials, viruses or software; gaining unauthorized access anywhere on the network; misuse of the available network to bypass classroom management monitoring software; attempting to disable or circumvent the TCH Internet content filter and firewall.
21. Based on the rapid changes to technology, Teurlings Catholic reserves the right to revoke or modify technology policies or procedures at any time.
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 standard disciplinary actions such as detention, Saturday school, suspension, and expulsion.
2. Standard consequences for technology usage violations include: 1st offense – lunch detention, 2nd offense – Saturday school, 3rd offense – 1 day out-of-school suspension, 4th offense – 3 day out-of-school suspension, 5th offense – 3 day out-of-school suspension, resulting in dismissal. Consequences may change due to the severity of the violation.
3. Technology violations involving possession of cell phones, personal devices or wearable devices include:
1st offense – Saturday school, 2nd offense – 1 day out-of-school suspension, 3rd offense – 3 day out-of-school suspension, 4th offense – 3 day out-of-school suspension, resulting in dismissal. For each offense, devices will be held in the front office or disciplinarian’s office for parent pick up.
4. Student/parent is responsible for any monetary damages caused to Teurlings Catholic equipment or the network by the student’s action.
5. If warranted, academic penalties may also apply.
If there are any questions about the policy or consequences, please contact Academic Assistant Principal Lauren Jeffrey (Ext. 103), Disciplinary Assistant Principal Bruce Baudier (Ext. 102), or Technology Director 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.
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 aligns 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, outside of school hours, providing that this does not interfere with the performance of the electronic mail system or disrupt the operation of the school. Access to email at school is allowed only with expressed approval from the teacher. Email can be checked from home or from school computers.
Students will report any unusual activities such as "spam" communications, obscene emails, questionable content, and the like to the school's Technology Director. Students should not forward chain letters, jokes, or graphic 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.