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The Burlingame School District authorizes students to use technology owned or otherwise provided by the district as necessary for instructional purposes. The use of district technology is a privilege permitted at the district's discretion and is subject to the conditions and restrictions set forth in applicable Board policies, administrative regulations, and the Student Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement (below). The district reserves the right to suspend access at any time, without notice, for any reason.

The district expects all students to use technology responsibly in order to avoid potential problems and liability. The district may place reasonable restrictions on the sites, material, and/or information that students may access through the system.

Each student who is authorized to use district technology and his/her parent/guardian shall sign this Student Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement (below) as an indication that they have read and understand the agreement.


District technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, the district's computer network including servers and wireless computer networking technology (wi-fi), the Internet, email, USB drives, wireless access points (routers), tablet computers, smartphones and smart devices, telephones, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, pagers, MP3 players, wearable technology, any wireless communication device including emergency radios, and/or future technological innovations, whether accessed on or off site or through district-owned or personally owned equipment or devices.



The Burlingame School District (BSD) provides electronic resources to students including access to the school local area network and Internet services through the BSD network. BSD seeks to promote educational excellence by providing these technological resources to students. BSD intends that these technological resources be used in a safe and responsible manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning.

Board Policy BP 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology

"It is the policy of the Board that appropriate technological tools and training to allow students to function successfully in society shall be available to students enrolled in Burlingame School District programs. Technology shall be used as appropriate to access the internet and other online resources and to support diverse delivery systems, including distance and virtual learning."

Acceptable Use

Acceptable use means that a student uses these resources in an appropriate manner, abiding by the rules and regulations described in this agreement and avoiding all unacceptable uses of these electronic resources as described below.

No student will be allowed to access BSD technological resources, including the Internet, until the student and a responsible parent/guardian sign and submit the BSD Student Acceptable Technology Use Agreement. The combined signatures at the end of this BSD Student Acceptable Technology Use Agreement indicate that the student and parent/guardian have read and understand the terms and conditions of appropriate use and agree to abide by them. Unauthorized or unacceptable use of county, school, or personal technology resources may result in suspension or revocation of personal technology privileges.

BSD Technological Resources

BSD technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, the BSD's computer network including servers and wireless computer networking technology (Wi-Fi), the Internet, email, USB drives, wireless access points, routers, tablet computers, smartphones and smart devices, telephones, cellular telephones, wearable technology, mobile hotspots, any wireless communication device including emergency radios, and/or future technological innovations, whether accessed on or off site or through BSD-owned or personally owned equipment or devices.

Personally Owned Digital Devices

Students shall not use personal digital devices, personal email accounts or social media sites on BSD technology, unless specifically authorized for educational purposes by the supervising teacher or administrator. If a student uses a personally owned digital device to access BSD technology, he/she shall abide by all applicable board policies, administrative regulations, and this Acceptable Technology Use Agreement. Any such use of a personally owned digital device may subject the contents of the device and any communications sent or received on the device to disclosure pursuant to a lawful subpoena or public records request. BSD assumes no liability for cell phones and other electronic/digital devices that may be confiscated (due to violation of BSD policies) or lost or stolen from the classroom.


Education Code provisions that apply to learning inside the classroom also apply to distance learning. California Code, Education Code 51512 states the following:

The Legislature finds that the use by any person, including a pupil, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom of the elementary and secondary schools without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal of the school given to promote an educational purpose disrupts and impairs the teaching process and discipline in the elementary and secondary schools, and such use is prohibited. Any person, other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. This section shall not be construed as affecting the powers, rights, and liabilities arising from the use of electronic listening or recording devices as provided for by any other provision of law.

Technology Service

BSD does not guarantee that its technology resources will be uninterrupted or error free; nor does it make any guarantee as to the results obtained from use of the service or the accuracy or quality of the information obtained on or by the network.

While using BSD technology, students will be exposed to content from a variety of sources including, but not limited to content created by teachers and other students, applications, video conferencing tools, and content purchased by BSD and individual schools and content located on the Internet. Access to the network is provided as available without guarantees of any kind. BSD specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information students may obtain from sources outside the district. BSD nor any of its agents or employees shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the network or Internet.

School-Issued Devices

The BSD Technology Acceptable Technology Use Agreement must be signed by both parent/guardian and student before equipment can be issued and/or accounts are set up for the student. School-issued devices are the property of the Burlingame School District and are for educational use. These devices may be collected at various times throughout the year and will be collected at the end of each school year and/or at the termination of the student's enrollment for maintenance, cleaning and software installation and/or upgrades. Students must return any and all school-issued device(s) at the termination of the student's enrollment.

Equipment Identification

Student equipment will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Equipment can be identified by the serial number, asset tag, and individual user account name and password. BSD tags should not be altered or removed, and should remain visible. Please notify your school administrator if these tags need to be replaced. Devices and covers must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of the BSD.

Caring for District-Issued Equipment

Students are responsible for the general care of the equipment they have been issued by the school. Should a BSD-issued device break or otherwise be damaged, fail to operate, or be lost or stolen, a notice must be reported promptly to your teacher or site administrator. Students and/or parents shall not attempt to repair or otherwise modify any BSD-issued device. Vendors warrant the laptops and devices from defects in materials and workmanship for a limited time. The warranty does not protect against damage caused by misuse, neglect, or abuse. Students will be entirely responsible for the cost of repairs to school-issued devices that are damaged intentionally or due to negligence. Continuous reports of damage will be logged and dealt with on an individual basis.

Potential Consequences of Unacceptable Use

Unacceptable use of BSD technological resources are outlined in the following section (Student Obligations and Responsibilities). Student use of BSD technological resources may be terminated, denied, suspended or revoked at any time. Disciplinary and/or legal action may be pursued in the event of violation of any conditions of applicable law, Board policy, administrative regulation, or the Student Acceptable Technology Use Agreement.

Student Obligations and Responsibilities

Students are authorized to use BSD technological resources in accordance with user obligations and responsibilities specified below. The following guidelines shall govern a student's direct or indirect use of BSD technology resources, whether on or off school grounds. Unauthorized or unacceptable use of, school, or personal technology resources may result in suspension or revocation of personal device privileges. Students may not violate any Federal, State or local laws or use the BSD network or devices for any illegal activity, including the unlawful use of copyrighted works, plagiarism and unlawful downloading of files. Specifically:

1. Students shall not use BSD technological resources for commercial or other for-profit activities, political purposes, or personal use unrelated to an educational purpose.

2. Students shall not purposefully disable or circumvent any technology protection measure, including any monitoring software installed on BSD technological resources.

3. Students shall not damage or take any equipment, or use BSD technological resources to commit acts of vandalism.

Attempting to repair, remove, or install hardware and software components is prohibited. Any damage to or theft of BSD property can lead to financial or criminal charges. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, hacking, intentionally uploading, downloading, transferring, or creating computer viruses and/or any malicious use of BSD technological resources. Also included are any actions that attempt to harm or destroy equipment or materials, whether paper or electronically based, or data in any form of any other user. Public offenses related to computer crime are further defined in Penal Code section 502.

4. Cyber Safety: Students should be aware of online safety rules including protecting one's self and others from online predators. Students should not give out personal or identifiable information about themselves or others. Personal information includes, but is not limited to, digital images, name, address, telephone number, and Social Security number.

5. Cyberbullying: Students are prohibited from accessing, downloading, posting, transmitting, publishing or displaying harmful or inappropriate matter that is obscene, disruptive, sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of any member of a group protected by State or Federal law. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary/legal actions.

Harmful matter, as defined by Penal Code section 313(a), means matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest, and is matter which, taken as a whole, depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct and which, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

Cyberbullying is defined as intentional harm inflicted through electronic media and includes, but is not limited to, the sending or posting on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies harassing messages, direct threats, socially cruel, intimidating, terrorizing, or otherwise harmful text or images, as well as breaking into another person's account and assuming that person's identity for harmful purposes.

6. Students shall not use technological resources to post, transmit, or publish copyrighted material, including multimedia and software, without appropriate permission or user license. Students may download copyrighted material for their own academic use only as permitted by copyright laws.

7. Students shall not knowingly access and without permission read, delete, copy, or modify other users' electronic files or mail messages; interfere with other users' ability to send or receive electronic content; or forge or fraudulently use other users' electronic files or mail.

8. Students shall not use technological resources to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or to promote or participate in unethical practices, such as cheating and plagiarism, or conduct any activity prohibited by law, Board policy, or administrative regulation.

9. Use of BSD technology, including, but not limited to, computer files, email, text messages, instant messaging, video conferencing, and other electronic communications, is not private and may be accessed by BSD for the purpose of ensuring proper use. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in using BSD technology.

10. Students shall not use any software or create proxy service to obscure either the student's IP address or the sites that the student visits. This includes but is not limited to creating wireless hotspots using devices or personal data plans to avoid BSD security.

Access and Security:

Some uses of BSD technological resources may require an individual account with a username and password. Students identified as a security risk may be denied access to these resources. Inappropriate use of these electronic resources may result in disciplinary action (including the possibility of suspension or expulsion), and/or referral to legal authorities.

1. Students are expected to safeguard all personal passwords. Sharing username and password information with others or accessing another user's files will result in access being revoked or suspended. Students are expected to notify an administrator immediately if they believe their student account has been compromised.

2. Students are expected to access technology only with their account and not to allow others to use their account or to use the accounts of others, with or without the account owner's authorization.

Cultivating and Practicing Digital Citizenship

The Burlingame School District is dedicated to protecting students, teachers, and administrators throughout the district as the use of technology becomes increasingly more prevalent in classrooms. As such, we encourage all stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of digital citizenship through Common Sense and other resources, by studying topics that include:

* Creating, connecting, and safely and responsibly exploring the Internet;

* Safeguarding from cyberbullying and maintaining privacy;

* Developing relationships and understanding online communication;

* Understanding the importance of copyright and the concept of creative credit; and

* Evaluating the validity of online information (Information Literacy).

Developing a strong foundational understanding of digital citizenship and then consistently practicing appropriate behaviors will lead to positive experiences and results for all.

For more information and resources, visit our Digital Citizenship Information and Resources page at

Internet Safety:

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), BSD will implement filtering and/or blocking software or hardware to restrict access to internet sites containing pornography, obscene illustrations, or other materials harmful to minors less than 18 years of age. However, no filtering is foolproof and there is still the risk a student may be exposed to unacceptable content. If a student accidentally connects to such a site, they should contact his/her teacher/supervisor immediately. If a student sees another user accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher/supervisor immediately.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

In order for BSD to continue to be able to provide your student with the most effective web-based tools and applications for learning, we need to abide by federal regulations that require a parental signature as outlined below.

Our schools utilize several computer software applications and web-based services, operated by third parties. This includes, but is not limited to learning management systems, video conferencing applications, monitoring and filtering software, and similar educational programs and applications. In order for our students to use these programs and services, certain personal identifying information, generally the student's name and email address, must be provided to the web site operator. Under federal law, these websites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13.

The law permits schools to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent to be given directly to the website operator. Signing this Acceptable Technology Use Agreement form will constitute consent for BSD to provide information for your child consisting of first name, last name, school email address and username to the operators of any web-based educational programs and services which have been reviewed and selected for instructional use.

Privacy and Monitoring Policy

The students of BSD network must be aware that information accessed, created, sent, received or stored on the BSD network or its school sites are the property of BSD. Since the use of technology is intended for educational purposes, students shall not have any expectation of privacy in any use of BSD technology.

BSD reserves the right to monitor and record all use of BSD technology, including, but not limited to, access to the Internet or social media, communications sent or received from BSD technology, distance learning classes and office hours, or other uses. Such monitoring/recording may occur at any time without prior notice for any legal purposes including, but not limited to, record retention and distribution and/or investigation of improper, illegal, or prohibited activity. Students should be aware that, in most instances, their use of BSD technology (such as web searches and emails) cannot be erased or deleted. All passwords created for or used on any BSD technology are the sole property of BSD. The creation or use of a password by a student on BSD technology does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Local Policies & Practices

These policies apply to all schools and students within BSD. Individual schools and teachers may develop local policies and procedures which may be more restrictive than BSD policies. Not all schools or teachers will use all types of software or hardware described in this document.

Student Acceptable Technology Use Agreement:

Use of BSD's technology resources is a privilege that BSD extends to students in order to support and enrich their learning experiences. Students shall report alleged violations of the student obligations and responsibilities specified above, the applicable Acceptable Technology Use Agreement, and any other misuse of technological resources to a member of the instructional staff, a supervising adult, or a BSD employee.

I have read, understand, and agree to the conditions of this BSD Student Acceptable Technology Use Policy.

Student Name: ___________________________________________

Student Signature:_________________________________________

Date: ___________________________________________________

I have read and discussed the provisions of the BSD Student Acceptable Technology Use Policy with my student.

Parent/Guardian Name: ______________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ____________________________________

Date: _____________________________________________________

Legal Reference:


51006 Computer education and resources Education Code

51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills Education Code

51512 Electronic listening or recording Education Code

51870-51874 Education Technology

Penal Code 313 Harmful matter

Penal Code 502 Computer crimes, remedies

United States Code, Title 20,

6777 Internet safety United States Code, Title 20,

6801-6979 Technology for Education Act of 1994

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 16,

312.1-312.12 Children's online privacy protection Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47,

54.520 Internet safety policy and technology protection measures


version: April 28, 2020 Burlingame, California