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Technology Resources Policy

Grades 3-12

Pinnacle Classical Academy Technological Resources Policy for grades 3-12

The information available on the internet and resultant electronic communications are a constantly evolving and changing environment. The school recognizes that it is impossible to predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access or obtain. School personnel shall take precautions to prevent students from accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic or otherwise harmful to minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)(5)(B)‐(C), 254(l)

All school technological resources are under the control of the Board, including hardware, software and data and any files stored on the computer. The use of the school network and technological resources is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Users should not assume files stored on servers and hard drives of individual computers will be private.

In accordance with goals established in Board policy, the Board, Headmaster, and school administration will maintain a safe and comprehensive technological environment for all students.

School Technology Goals

  • To support, enrich, and enhance the implementation of the school curricula.
  • To enhance student learning opportunities by focusing on the application of skills in information retrieval, searching strategies, research skills, and critical thinking.
  • To encourage appropriate career development.
  • The Acceptable Use Policy addresses the ethical and appropriate use of our technology resources, the security of our network, and the safety of our students, administrators, faculty and staff. 
  • Reasonable precautions to limit access to controversial and/or offensive materials by:
    • Using software and hardware filters that may block certain materials;
    • Providing adult supervision;
    • Training students to appropriately use technology.

Pinnacle Classical Academy is committed to the use of electronic resources and technology to enhance the administrative, teaching and learning opportunities for students, administrators, faculty and staff. Therefore, students, administrators, faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize these resources within the guidelines set forth in this policy.

Acceptable Use

Pinnacle Classical Academy’s networks and technology resources are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner and must be in support of the educational objectives of Pinnacle Classical Academy. General school rules for behavior and communications apply as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Acceptable use and network rules include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Be polite – rudeness is never acceptable.
  2. Use appropriate language—swearing, using vulgarities, or any other abusive language is inappropriate.
  3. Never provide any personal information (such as address, telephone number, social security number, or checking/savings account numbers).
  4. Do not disrupt network functions or attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.
  5. Do not send electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).
  6. Do not use resources on the PCA network or violate another person’s rights by harassing, defaming, sending messages, transmitting text files, documents, posting messages, or other material that may be considered obscene, profane or harmful to minors or any individual.
  7. Users are prohibited from cyber bullying and other harassing activities conducted through PCA networks. 
  8. Any use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited.
  9. Assume all communications and information accessible via the network are private property and copyrighted.
  10. Students are only permitted to use computers during class when authorized to do so by a faculty member and only for the purpose stated by the faculty member.
  11. Accidental access to inappropriate sites or information must be reported to the instructor immediately so that such sites can be blocked from further access.  This is not a request; it is a responsibility.
  12. Promptly report the receipt of any communication that is threatening to the safety and security of persons or property of the school community, or that contains content that is otherwise prohibited.
  13. Violation of acceptable use may result in disciplinary action including suspension.

Teachers shall monitor and supervise students’ use of the internet during instructional time, to ensure that such use is appropriate for the student’s age and the circumstances and purpose of the use.

Unacceptable Use

This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Violating copyright laws.
  • The use or attempted use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering and/or the firewall.
  • Sending electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).
  • Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation.
  • Using another person’s account or password (with or without their knowledge and permission).
  • Using peer-to-peer file-sharing programs.
  • Accessing non-school email (e.g. Yahoo mail), chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications (e.g. instant message services) except those set up and/or approved by school administration.
  • Forwarding personal communications without the author's prior consent.
  • Using threatening or obscene material.
  • Distributing material protected by trade secret.
  • Utilizing the network for commercial purposes.
  • Using offensive or harassing statements or language including profanity, vulgarity, and/or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religious or political beliefs.
  • Sending or soliciting sexually oriented messages or images.
  • Sending chain letters or soliciting money for any reason.
  • Changing settings on computers.
  • Disrupting the use of the network or attempting to change any network settings or try to join a Wireless network besides the school’s.
  • Accessing programs, computer equipment, software, or proxy websites not designated for student use, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities to circumvent the firewall or network security.
  • Providing political or campaign information.
  • Non-Instructional use of network, computer and internet resources, or making sound recordings or take photographs without the consent of all persons being recorded and as part of a class assignment.
  • Any unacceptable use of technology may result in disciplinary action including suspension.

Off-Campus, Social Media, and Cyberbullying

The school reserves the right to address online material that substantially disrupts the school environment. When a student’s on-line behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and discipline in the school, the student may be disciplined. This includes uses that are likely to cause substantial disruption or material interference with the school’s educational objectives or operations.

  • School administrators will investigate and determine facts that rise to the level of substantial disruption or interference.

The school prohibits cyber-bullying. Cyberbullying may involve any of these behaviors:

  • Accessing, producing, posting, sending, or displaying material that is offensive in nature on the Internet.
  • Harassing, insulting, or attacking others on the Internet.
  • Posting personal or private information about other individuals on the Internet.
  • Posting information on the internet that could disrupt the school environment, cause damage, or endanger students or staff. Concealing one’s identity in any way, including the use of anonymization tools or another individual’s credentials/online identity, to participate in any of the behaviors listed above.
  • School administrators will determine whether or not specific incidents of cyberbullying have impacted the School’s educational environment, and appropriate consequences will be issued. 
    • The school is not responsible for electronic communication that originates off-campus but retains the right to impose discipline, where appropriate, for off-campus communication or conduct that substantially disrupts the educational environment.

Personal Electronic Devices

Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices (including but not limited to smart watches, MP3 players, personal computers/laptops, video games, tablets, etc.) are NOT allowed at school during the school day. Any personal electronic device found during the day will be confiscated.

Consequences

  • 1st offense - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  
  • 2nd offense - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  Student will also receive a one day suspension.
  • 3rd offense and beyond - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  Student will also receive a three day suspension. Repeated violations may result in longer suspensions, up to long-term suspension.

The possession of such electronic devices at school constitutes the consent to the search (either in the presence of the students possessing the device(s) or outside that students’ presence) and confiscation of the device(s) by school personnel.

Responsibilities of Students

At various times, all students will have access to Chromebooks and other technology, and with this privilege comes student responsibility. The ultimate responsibility for a student's actions rests with the student and his/her parent/guardian(s). Students will:

  • Learn and follow the Acceptable Use Policy set forth by Pinnacle Classical Academy.
  • Return a permission form signed by the student and a parent or guardian stating they agree and will adhere to all guidelines and policies and assume responsibility for their own actions
  • Students must…
    • keep the device secure and damage free;
    • not loan the device to another student;
    • not leave the device unattended;
    • not eat or drink while using the device or have food or drink items in close proximity; 
    • not place the device on the floor, ground, or on a sitting area;
    • not leave the device near desk or table edges;
    • place objects on top of the device;
    • not place objects (i.e. fingers, pencils, etc.) inside the device.

Fees, Damage, Etc.

There is an annual, non-refundable $25 technology one to one user fee for each student in grades 5-12. There will be a charge for any repairs associated with accidental or intentional damage to assigned school technology.

  • First incident $25.00
  • Second incident $35.00
  • Third incident $50.00

Intentional damage to or loss of assigned school technology may result in the actual repair/replacement cost. Repeated intentional damage may result in disciplinary action including suspension and actual repair/replacement cost.

Please see “Student and Parent/Guardian Laptop Agreement” in the Student/Parent Handbook for further details.

Disclaimer

Pinnacle Classical Academy will not be responsible for any damages suffered by the user, including loss of data resulting from delays, operator error, hardware failures non-deliveries, network interruptions or inaccurate information. The user accepts personal responsibility for any information obtained or delivered via the network, including the sharing of personal information such as home address, checking account and credit card information.

Statutory References

Legal Reference: 17 U.S.C. 101, 102, 106, 107,108, 110, 117; G.S. 115C-523, -524

Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g 


Grades K-2

Pinnacle Classical Academy Technological Resources Policy For Grades K-2

The information available on the internet and resultant electronic communications are a constantly evolving and changing environment. The school recognizes that it is impossible to predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access or obtain. School personnel shall take precautions to prevent students from accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic or otherwise harmful to minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)(5)(B)‐(C), 254(l)

All school technological resources are under the control of the Board, including hardware, software and data and any files stored on the computer. The use of the school network and technological resources is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Users should not assume files stored on servers and hard drives of individual computers will be private.

In accordance with goals established in Board policy, the Board, Headmaster, and school administration will maintain a safe and comprehensive technological environment for all students.

School Technology Goals

  • To support, enrich, and enhance the implementation of the school curricula.
  • To enhance student learning opportunities by focusing on the application of skills in information retrieval, searching strategies, research skills, and critical thinking.
  • To encourage appropriate career development.
  • The Acceptable Use Policy addresses the ethical and appropriate use of our technology resources, the security of our network, and the safety of our students, administrators, faculty and staff. 
  • Reasonable precautions to limit access to controversial and/or offensive materials by:
    • Using software and hardware filters that may block certain materials;
    • Providing adult supervision;
    • Training students to appropriately use technology.

Pinnacle Classical Academy is committed to the use of electronic resources and technology to enhance the administrative, teaching and learning opportunities for students, administrators, faculty and staff. Therefore, students, administrators, faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize these resources within the guidelines set forth in this policy.

Acceptable Use

Pinnacle Classical Academy’s networks and technology resources are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner and must be in support of the educational objectives of Pinnacle Classical Academy. General school rules for behavior and communications apply as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Acceptable use and network rules include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Be polite – rudeness is never acceptable.
  2. Use appropriate language. 
  3. Never provide any personal information (such as address, telephone number, social security number, or checking/savings account numbers).
  4. Do not send electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).
  5. Users are prohibited from cyber bullying and other harassing activities conducted through PCA networks. 
  6. Any use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited.
  7. Students are only permitted to use computers during class when authorized to do so by a faculty member and only for the purpose stated by the faculty member.
  8. Accidental access to inappropriate sites or information must be reported to the instructor immediately so that such sites can be blocked from further access.  This is not a request; it is a responsibility.
  9. Promptly report any inappropriate messages or communication. 
  10. Violation of acceptable use may result in disciplinary action including suspension.

Teachers shall monitor and supervise students’ use of the internet during instructional time, to ensure that such use is appropriate for the student’s age and the circumstances and purpose of the use.

Unacceptable Use

This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Violating copyright laws.
  • Sending electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).
  • Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation.
  • Using another person’s account or password (with or without their knowledge and permission).
  • Using offensive or inappropriate language.
  • Any unacceptable use of technology may result in disciplinary action including suspension. 

Cyberbullying

The school prohibits cyber-bullying. Cyberbullying may involve any of these behaviors:

  • Accessing, producing, posting, sending, or displaying material that is offensive in nature on the Internet
  • Harassing, insulting, or attacking others on the Internet
  • Posting personal or private information about other individuals on the Internet
  • Posting information on the internet that could disrupt the school environment, cause damage, or endanger students or staff.
    • Concealing one’s identity in any way, including the use of anonymization tools or another individual’s credentials/online identity, to participate in any of the behaviors listed above.
  • School administrators will determine whether or not specific incidents of cyberbullying have impacted the School’s educational environment, and appropriate consequences will be issued. 
    • The school is not responsible for electronic communication that originates off-campus but retains the right to impose discipline, where appropriate, for off-campus communication or conduct that substantially disrupts the educational environment.

Personal Electronic Devices

Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices (including but not limited to smart watches, MP3 players, personal computers/laptops, video games, tablets, etc.) are NOT allowed at school during the school day. Any personal electronic device found during the day will be confiscated.

Consequences

  • 1st offense - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  
  • 2nd offense - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  Student will also receive a one day suspension.
  • 3rd offense and beyond - Student’s personal electronic device will be taken and turned into the front office for a parent/guardian to pick-up.  Student will also receive a three day suspension. Repeated violations may result in longer suspensions, up to long-term suspension.

The possession of such electronic devices at school constitutes the consent to the search (either in the presence of the students possessing the device(s) or outside that students’ presence) and confiscation of the device(s) by school personnel.

Responsibilities of Students

At various times, all students will have access to Chromebooks and other technology, and with this privilege comes student responsibility. The ultimate responsibility for a student's actions rests with the student and his/her parent/guardian(s). Students will:

  • Learn and follow the Acceptable Use Policy set forth by Pinnacle Classical Academy.
  • Return a permission form signed by the student and a parent or guardian stating they agree and will adhere to all guidelines and policies and assume responsibility for their own actions

Fees, Damage, Etc.

There will be a charge for any repairs associated with accidental or intentional damage to assigned school technology.

  •   First incident $25.00
  •   Second incident $35.00
  •   Third incident $50.00

Intentional damage to or loss of assigned school technology may result in the actual repair/replacement cost. Repeated intentional damage may result in disciplinary action including suspension.

Disclaimer

Pinnacle Classical Academy will not be responsible for any damages suffered by the user, including loss of data resulting from delays, operator error, hardware failures non-deliveries, network interruptions or inaccurate information. The user accepts personal responsibility for any information obtained or delivered via the network, including the sharing of personal information such as home address, checking account and credit card information.

Statutory References

Legal Reference: 17 U.S.C. 101, 102, 106, 107,108, 110, 117; G.S. 115C-523, -524

Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g