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Beverly Hills USD |  AR  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The district may provide Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers or laptops, tablets, handheld devices, videoconferencing capabilities, online collaboration, message boards, email, web-based programs, document creation tools, shared calendars, education applications (including Google Apps for Education), and other technology and technology-related devices, capabilities, and/or features. These technologies improve student communication and collaboration skills, facilitate dissemination of lesson plans and assignments, and extend learning beyond classroom walls while building digital and technology-based skills. As new technologies emerge, the district intends to provide access to such technologies to the extent they further educational objectives. The guidelines, behavior, and terms and conditions of student use outlined in the Board polices and these Regulations cover all available technologies provided and/or made available by the district, not just those specifically listed herein.


The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technological resources and may establish guidelines and limits on their use. All instructional staff shall receive a copy of this administrative regulation, the accompanying Board policy, and the district's Acceptable Use Policy describing expectations for appropriate use of technological resources and shall also be provided with information about the role of staff in supervising student use of the same. The principal or designee shall ensure that all students using these resources receive training in their proper and appropriate use.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 4131- Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Teachers, administrators, and/or library media specialists shall prescreen technological resources and online sites that will be used for instructional purposes to ensure that they are appropriate for the intended purpose and the age of the students.

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

User Notifications, Obligations, and Responsibilities for Students: No Expectation of Privacy In Use of Technologies

Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of technology made available by the district. Students' computer files, internet usage, communications (such as email and voice mail), and other technology-related activities are not private; including communications and files deleted from a user's account. The district has the right to access, monitor and inspect technology systems and students' use thereof at any time, without advance notice or consent.

Use of Technology is a Privilege

The use of technology at district schools is a privilege, not a right. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times. Student safety is the district's highest priority. The district may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user access. The system administrators (operating under the aegis of the Board of Education and the district office) have the authority and discretion to determine appropriate technology use, and to deny, revoke, or suspend the use of any user. Their decision is final.

User Expectations and Conditions

Students' use of technologies provided or made available by the district is permitted and encouraged where such use is suitable for educational purposes and supports the district's goals and objectives. All technological resources are to be used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws, Board polices, these regulations, the Acceptable Use Policy, and standards of student conduct. Without limitation, students shall use technology provided or made available by the district in consideration of and in compliance with the following user expectations and conditions:

1. The student in whose name an online services account is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall keep personal account numbers and passwords private and shall only use the account to which they have been assigned.

2. Students shall use technological resources provided and/or made available by the district responsibly and only for educational purposes.

3. Students shall not access, post, submit, publish, or display harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

Harmful or inappropriate matter is that which, taken as a whole, or in part, the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, would consider as depicting or describing matter in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct, and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

4. Students shall use appropriate language while using technology-based communication and publishing services. Students are advised that matter communicated or published may be copied, reproduced, distributed, and or viewed globally.

5. Unless otherwise instructed and approved by school personnel, parent/guardian(s), and/or students shall not disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others. Personal information includes the student's name, address, telephone number, social security number, or other individually identifiable information.

6. Unless otherwise instructed and approved by a student's parent(s) or guardian(s), students shall not meet with someone they have met through the Internet.

7. Students shall not use technology-based communication services to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, nor shall they promote unethical practices or any activity prohibited by law or Board policy, or administrative regulations.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

8. Students shall not use technological resources provided and/or made available by the district to engage in commercial or other for-profit activities or for financial gain.

9. Students shall not threaten, intimidate, harass, or ridicule other students.

10. Copyrighted material shall be posted online only in accordance with applicable copyright laws, and such laws shall be observed in the use and distribution of information retrieved from or sent over the network/Internet. Any materials utilized for research projects should be given proper credit as with any other printed source of information. Downloading of copyrighted material may be done for personal use only, and copyrighted material may not be placed on the system for distribution without the author's permission. Software shall only be added when the original copy of the software's license is kept on file at the appropriate district location.

(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

11. Unless otherwise instructed by district personnel, students shall not upload or download materials on district-provided technological devises. Students shall not upload, download, or create computer viruses and/or otherwise intentionally or attempt to harm or destroy district equipment or materials or manipulate the data of the district or any other user in any manner.

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism and Graffiti)

12. Students shall not use another student's online services account, read other users' electronic mail or files, attempt to interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic mail, or delete, copy, modify, use or forge other users' mail or electronic files.

13. Students shall immediately report any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

14. Students shall report any security problem, damage to, or misuse of the network, technological resources, or technology-related services to the supervising teacher or principal.

15. Students shall not intentionally waste limited resources such as paper, ink, and hard drive space.

16. Students are responsible for maintaining up-to-date file folders. Email should be read and deleted regularly. File server space is limited.

17. The technologies provided and/or made available by the district are not public forums, they are extensions of classroom spaces where student free speech rights are limited.

Violation of User Expectations and Conditions

Whenever a student is found to have violated Board policy, administrative regulation, or the district's Acceptable Use Policy, the principal or designee may revoke, suspend, or otherwise limit or increase the supervision of the student's use of the district's technological resources, as appropriate.

In addition, student use of technological resources that violates applicable law, Board policy, administrative regulation, or the Acceptable Use Policy, shall also result in disciplinary action and/or legal action in accordance with law and Board policy. Consequences of such misconduct may include, but are not limited to: written notification to parent/guardian(s); documentation of offense in student's file; referral; detention; loss, suspension, or restriction of use privileges; suspension; expulsion; and/or legal action and prosecution.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)


approved: February 26, 2015 Beverly Hills, California