iPad Contract and Code of Conduct

  • The iPad Contract and Technology Code of Conduct outline the details of managing our iPad program. They contain information regarding the repair and replacement process, as well as specific things that our students are not allowed to do on the iPad. It is available in: English, Korean, Chinese and Spanish.

  • Great Neck South Middle School     

    2021-22 iPad Take-Home Agreement

    Dear Parents,                        

    As we continue to expand the use of instructional technology  in our school, every student will be issued an iPad to take home in support of the educational process that is taking place in their classroom.   All school-issued iPads have filtered Internet access while on the school network. When the school-issued iPad is used outside of school, including at home, Internet access is usually unfiltered and dependent on the subscriber.

    The student is not permitted to install content (software applications, games, music, videos, etc.) on the school-issued iPad unless directed by the supervising teacher. All messages or postings from a school-issued iPad to any Internet site on or off campus, at any time, shall be educationally purposeful, legal, appropriate, and under the supervision of a faculty member. Students shall respect copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to materials stored on a school-issued iPad. Facebook, instant messaging, and Facetime are also prohibited. 

    In the event that a school-issued iPad becomes inoperable, a spare iPad will be loaned, if available. Users are responsible for taking proper care of the iPad and accessories assigned to them, and must take all reasonable precautions against damage, loss, or theft. Any damage, loss, or theft must be reported immediately to the school. Expenses incurred to repair or replace District-issued electronic devices due to accidental damage or documented theft will be equally shared by the District and the individual to whom the device was issued. Students will have 24 hours to report any visible problems with their iPad (i.e. cracked screens) and exactly two weeks from the day they receive the iPad to report less obvious issues (i.e. camera/ microphone/battery malfunctions, etc.).  After this time, Board of Education Policy #8332: District-Issued Portable Electronic Devices​ applies and students are responsible for half the cost of any first repair.  Prices may vary; the current cost for a repair in this situation ranges from $23 to $86 (50% of our repair cost) or, in the case of replacement, $150 (50% of our cost to buy a new device). Costs associated with purposeful or repeated damage, loss or undocumented theft will be completely borne by the individual. Prices may vary; the current cost for a repair in this situation ranges from $34 to $172 (100% of our repair cost) or, in the case of replacement, $299 (100% of our cost to buy a new device).​

    The majority of 6th grade students will be provided with the following: 

    • iPad (8th Generation) 10.2” (32GB) - $299 (If Lost, Stolen or Unrepairable)
    • Apple 12 Watt USB Power Adapter - $19
    • Apple Lightning to USB Cable - $19
    • STM Dux Case - $30

    The majority of 7th grade students will be provided with the following:

    • iPad (7th Generation) 10.2”  (32 GB or 64GB) - $299 (If Lost, Stolen or Unrepairable)
    • Apple 12 Watt USB Power Adapter - $19
    • Apple Lightning to USB Cable - $19
    • UZBL Shockwave Volume 1 Case - $29

    The majority of 8th grade students will be provided with the following:

    • iPad (8th Generation) 10.2” (32GB) - $299 (If Lost, Stolen or Unrepairable)
    • Apple 12 Watt USB Power Adapter - $19
    • Apple Lightning to USB Cable - $19
    • STM Dux Case - $30

    The use of a school-issued iPad is a privilege and not a right.  

    *Any user who does not comply with these guidelines may lose access to the iPad. 

    *Any users who have repeated or severe infractions involving the iPad will be subject to disciplinary action as stated in the Code of Conduct and other district policies.


  • Technology Documents

    Below you will find the following documents:

    1. Digital Citizenship Agreement
    2. Statement of Academic Integrity
    3. Technology Code of Conduct
    4. Web Services Parental Permission
    5. Posting of Photographs and Videos Online Permission

     

    Digital Citizenship Agreement

    At South Middle School, we view the use of technology as a tool for educational growth, as well as a way for students to explore the world and interact with the school community.   In concordance with this statement, we expect students to follow the guidelines for proper technology use presented below.  

    Respect and Protect Yourself 

    • I will keep my passwords private and will not share them with my friends. 
    • I will be careful about posting personal information. 
    • I will only post text and images that are appropriate for school. 
    • I will be aware of whom I am sharing my files (keeping them private, sharing with teachers and classmates or posting them publicly).
    • I will always log off before leaving a computer. 
    • I will immediately report any inappropriate behavior directed at me to an adult at school. 

    Respect and Protect Others 

    • I will not use technology to bully or harass other people. 
    • I will not log in with another student’s username and password. 
    • I will not forward inappropriate materials or hurtful comments or spread rumors. 
    • I will immediately report any inappropriate behavior directed at my fellow students to my teacher, librarian, counselor, or other adult at school. 

    Respect and Protect the Learning Environment 

    • I will limit my web browsing at school to school research or personal research similar to that which I would do in class. 
    • I will not visit inappropriate websites. If an inappropriate page, image or search result comes up, I will immediately close the window or tab. 
    • I will not play games on school technology without specific teacher instructions. 
    • I will not change desktop settings and displays including cursors, background images and screensavers. 
    • I will follow the SMS Academic Integrity Policy.

    Great Neck South Middle School

    Statement of Academic Integrity 

    The South Middle School Community recognizes that the majority of our students work hard to present their own ideas in their homework, projects, essays, quizzes, tests, etc.  Those who choose to become academically dishonest not only cheat themselves and their teachers, but also other students who show integrity in their efforts.

    What is academic integrity?

    Academic integrity means being honest with yourself and your work. In order to have complete ownership over your education, you must be the one in charge of your learning.  Stay honest to yourself and your academic potential when completing assignments.  Your academic honesty becomes compromised when you engage in any of the following activities: copying another student’s homework, discussing answers to an exam you have yet to take, glancing at a peer’s test to “compare” answers, or putting your name on a piece of work that is truly not your own.  While these actions may or may not seem serious to you, they are all significant offenses and cannot be tolerated.

    We are especially concerned about both plagiarism and cheating.  Plagiarism is the use of other people’s words and/or ideas, in whole or in part, as one’s own work.  The Great Neck Board of Education includes plagiarism and cheating, among other forms of academic misconduct, in the Prohibited Student Conduct section of the Code of Conduct: Prohibited Student Conduct Policy 5300.30.  Plagiarism and/or cheating may take many forms including, but not limited to the following:

     

    • Allowing your own short or long-term assignment (i.e. homework, an essay, project, etc.) or quiz/test answers to be copied by another student. 
    • Submitting in whole or in part the work of another student or an assignment written by someone else.
    • Allowing your partner or group member to complete all of the work for a given assignment
    • Copying word for word from any outside source without proper acknowledgement. This applies to the use of an entire paper, the use of entire sections and paragraphs, and the use of a few words, phrases and/or structure
    • Presenting ideas from any outside source (such as the Internet, books, or encyclopedias) without properly crediting that source..
    • Sharing files with another student.
    • Submitting a foreign language assignment that has been written using translation devices or internet sites.
    •  Copying quiz and/or test answers from another student or sharing information regarding a quiz/test you have already taken with another student.

      

    If plagiarism and/or cheating are suspected, the teacher will investigate the matter and will review the seriousness of the alleged offense with the student and/or the parent. If plagiarism and/or cheating is found to have occurred, then a range of consequences depending on the frequency of the offense will be considered, as per Board of Education Policy 5300.40; including severe grade reductions on that assignment. 

    You are intelligent and you are more than capable of thinking for yourself.  Use your own ideas and words to make sense of the world around you; it is a smarter choice to make!

     

    Great Neck South Middle School 

    Technology Code of Conduct

    Being a student at Great Neck South Middle School has many privileges. One of those privileges is that we provide you with many different technologies that will enhance your learning experience. If used appropriately, these technologies will be  powerful tools for you to use throughout your time here. However, it is important to note that these things are meant strictly for educational use. Misuse of any of these technologies can result in a variety of consequences ranging from but not limited to: a verbal warning, contact with parents/guardians, removal of your iPad, suspension of your Google or computer account, or more severe measures as deemed necessary.

    1. All iPad use should be for educational purposes. This is a school-issued device; it is not intended for personal use. As such, it should not be used for: taking “selfies” or photographing or recording your friends, other students, or teachers without their permission. 
    2. The Internet is to be used for educational use only. Using your iPad or a computer to browse the Internet (unless directed by a teacher), play games, or any other inappropriate use is strictly prohibited. This includes installing games or other software on any school-owned device.

    3. Any attempts to circumvent the filter will be deemed inappropriate. This includes but is not limited to: buffering YouTube videos at home, redirecting network traffic to a proxy server, and connecting to a wireless or 3G hotspot in school.

    4. Sometimes, there will be bugs or other exploits in software that we have no control over. Taking advantage of a known bug or exploit in an app or the operating system is strictly prohibited.

    5. School-issued online accounts (such as Google) are to be used solely for the purposes of creating documents, collaborating with other students and teachers on school-related assignments, and other educational projects. You may not use any school-issued accounts to create, join, or take part in “chat rooms,” copy the work of another student, or other activities not related to school.

    This Code of Conduct is in accordance with Board of Education policy. 


    Great Neck South Middle School 

    Web Services Parental Permission

    Great Neck South Middle School uses Google Apps for Education in the classroom, along with Edmodo, Prezi, and a variety of other web-based tools to advance the integration of technology in our learning environment. Many of these educational services require parental permission when used by children under the age of eighteen. These requirements are legislated by the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and many companies have added the stipulation of parental consent beyond the existing legislation.

    In an effort to enable our faculty to use the most innovative and effective educational tools available, Great Neck South Middle School is asking for your permission to act as an agent for you, and grant your child access to web-based educational services that require parental consent. By signing the authorization form, you will be affirming Great Neck's right to act on your behalf to approve appropriate educational services on the web for your child, under direction of his or her teacher.

    These are some of the laws and policies that help to protect our students online:

    Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    http://fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html

    The school is required by CIPA to have technological measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials, including those that are obscene and pornographic. This means that use of the internet through Great Neck's network is filtered. Harmful, obscene or inappropriate images and content will be blocked.

    Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

    http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm

    COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for Apps for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. This permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context through the use of any educational site that the teacher deems appropriate. The school’s use of student information is solely for education purposes.


    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa

    FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents the right to review student records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade level, etc...) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information.

    1. The school will not publish confidential educational records (grades, student ID #, etc...) for public viewing on the Internet.
    2. The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student names or any other personally identifiable information associated with this work.
    3. Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child’s files in the student's Google Apps for Education account.

      

    Great Neck South Middle School     

    Posting of Photographs and Videos Online

    As per Board of Education Policy 5221, photographs and videos that visually identify students may be published online if access is secure and limited to the parent/guardian, student, staff or partnering institution as a component of a collaborative educational project that has been approved by the building principal or designee. In Grades 3 - 8, they may be published online for public access unless the parent/guardian provides written direction to the contrary.  


    Great Neck South Middle Acknowledgement Form 2021-22

    Please acknowledge that you have read and understand South Middle School’s
    expectations and policies by completing the Great Neck South Middle SchoolAcknowledgement Form here.