Policies

  • To ensure a successful 1:1 Program, policies, guidelines, expectations, and responsbilities have been designed to ensure the safety and security of the students and the devices.  Therefore, all Sparta Middle School and Sparta High School students and parents must sign required forms that outline these in order to participate in the 1:1 Program.  In addition, all students must:

    • Have forms signed prior to a receiving a Chromebook.
    • Successfully completed the Digital Drivers License.
    • Ensure all activity on the device supports learning, adheres to local, state, and federal laws, and is school appropriate.

    Students should adhere to the following security practices at all times:

    • Do not share logins or passwords.
      • Exception: Students should share passwords with parents/guardians.
    • Follow Internet safety guidelines.

    Below briefly outlines some of these policies.  For more information regarding policies and guidelines, please review the forms and/or visit the District's policy page by clicking here.

Caring for the Device

  • Since the device is district property, all student users must follow all district and school policies and procedures, as well as:

    • Use the device assigned to them and not lend their device to others.
    • Be responsible for the general care of the device issued by the school.
    • Must arrive at school with a fully charged device.
    • Report all damaged devices or devices failing to operate properly to the school's designated support specialist.
    • Carefully insert cords and cables into the device to prevent damage.
    • Never leave devices unattended, in an unlocked locker, unlocked car, unsupervised area or in extreme temperatures.
    • Only labels, decals, stickers approved by STSD may be affixed to the device case ONLY.

Carrying the Device

  • Each Chromebook will come with a protective case. Chromebooks must stay in these cases at all times.  

At Home Device Care

  • In order to ensure the device is ready for the next school day, students should:

    • Keep the device power cord/charger at home.  
    • Charge the device fully each night.
    • Use the device in a common room at the home.
    • Store the device on a desk or table- never on the floor!
    • Protect the device from:
      • Extreme heat or cold.
      • Food and drinks.
      • Small children.
      • Pets.
    • Do not leave the device in a vehicle.
    • In case of theft, an official police report will be required.

Email

  • All students are issued an email account (username@students.sparta.org), which also serves as the student's login for the Chromebook device. This email permits students to safely and effectively communicate and collaborate with teachers and classmates on school activities.  Therefore, students are responsible for:

    • Good behavior while using school email (at school and at home), just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway.
    • All messages sent from their accounts.
    • Reporting any unusual activities such as "spam" communications, obscene email, attempts by adults to lure them into dangerous behaviors to a teacher or guidance counselor.
    • Only using their school email to sign up for school related accounts and other collaborative Internet tools.

    Studens should never:

    • Share their passwords.
    • Give out personal information over email, including telephone numbers, home addresses or passwords.

    Students will not:

    • Use email to bully, harass, or threaten other students or individuals.
    • Use email to send chain letters, viruses, hoaxes or forward social or non-school related email to other students or staff.

    Note: Student email is provided by the district and is district property. STSD reserves the right to archive, monitor and/or review all use of its email system, and users should not have any expectation of privacy in any electronic message created, sent or received on the District's email system. 

Chatting

  • Chatting should be used for educational purposes to collaborate with teachers and fellow students on a school based project.  Similar to supervision at school, we recommend parent/guardian supervision of device use at home.

    Note: Similar to email, student chatting is provided by the district and is district property. STSD reserves the right to archive, monitor and/or review all chats, and users should not have any expectation of privacy in any electronic message created, sent or received via chat under a District login.

Webcams

  • Devices are equipped with a webcam which offers students an extraordinary opportunity to develop 21st century communication skills.  For security purposes, webcams are to be used for educational purposes only, under the direction of a teacher or parent/guardian. Examples include:

    • Recording videos or taking pictures to include in a school project.
    • Recording a student giving a speech and playing it back for rehearsal and improvement.

Streaming Music, Video and Gaming

  • As with other devices, streaming music and video is available.  However, listening to music on your device is only allowed with permission from a teacher or parent/guardian, and watching movies/YouTube videos on a device is only allowed with permission from a teacher or parent/guardian for educational purposes only.  Online gaming is not allowed on the device unless you have been given permission by a teacher or parent/guardian. Any games must be in support of the District's educational program.

Backgrounds and Wallpaper

  • Any images set as a device or browser background must be school appropriate. Inappropriate media may not be used as a device background; presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drugs, or gang-related symbols will result in disciplinary action and/or loss of device privileges.

Copyright and Plagerism

  • The policies outlined in the Student Handbook on copyright and plagerism, also apply when on a device.  Therefore, students are expected to follow all copyright laws. The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number or words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission.  Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission. Copyright protects the particular way authors have expressed themselves. The safest course is to get permission from the copyright owner before using copyrighted material.  In addition, many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas. To "plagiarize" means that you are stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one's own. You should never use another person's work without crediting the source. In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.