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Toronto Catholic District School Board

TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy for Technology
 
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) reflects the growing technological presence of electronic communication systems in our schools and emphasizes the use of technology in a respectful manner that upholds the dignity of the human person and is consistent with our Catholic teachings.  It recognizes that in 21st century there is a shared responsibility between the Board, families, schools and students to provide guidance on the appropriate use of technology.  The AUP has been created to establish guidelines for users to understand what governs “safe and appropriate use”. 
The AUP defines electronic communication systems to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s).   In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 
All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the AUP. The full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup
Summary of the AUP expectations for students when using the TCDSB electronic communication system:
Behaviour Expectations:
Ø  All students must sign a "Student Access Agreement" before receiving their individual user accounts and gaining access to the Board network. If a student is less than 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must also sign the agreement.
Ø  Using the Board’s electronic communication systems is a privilege, not a right, and can be restricted or, if appropriate, removed altogether.
Ø  Individual user accounts must remain private.
Ø  Students must act ethically, lawfully and in an appropriate manner when using the Board’s electronic communication systems. 

Personal Safety & Privacy:
Ø  Students will promptly inform a school Administrator or teacher if they receive any inappropriate communication that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Ø  Students should always protect their personal information and privacy.
 
Unacceptable Activities:
Ø  Attempts to access unauthorized areas of the Board’s system, or any other computer system through the Board’s network.  This includes attempting to access another user’s files or attempting to log on using another person’s account.
Ø  Malicious destruction or abuse of the Board’s network, computer systems, hardware, software, or electronic devices.
Ø  Accessing, installing or distributing unauthorized equipment, software or media files on the Board’s network or computer systems.
Ø  Engaging in any illegal activities such as the sale of drugs or alcohol, criminal activity or threatening the safety of another person.
Ø  Engaging in any inappropriate behaviour such as cyberbullying, personal attacks, threats, harassment, hate motivated and discriminatory behaviours at school, school related events or in circumstances that negatively impact on the school climate. These actions will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school codes of conduct.
Ø  Impersonation or using a false identity.
Ø  Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Ø  Students must not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet and properly obtain permission and/or site original ownership for copyright materials. 

Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):
Ø  The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with student learning, duties and obligations. 
Ø  Students are allowed to bring their own Personal Electronic Device (PED) including cell phones and laptops to school, but not to class unless permitted by the teacher, for an educational purpose. 
Ø  For educational purposes, students may use their PEDs when not in class in the following designated area: Cafeteria
Ø  All other times PEDs MUST be securely stored away by the student and in silent mode during regular school hours.  A student who uses a PED in class without the teacher’s permission is subject to regular classroom and school disciplinary procedures. 
Ø  The teacher may send a student to see an administrator if a PED is used inappropriately during class.  The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is resolved.
Ø  The school administration may decide when and where PEDs are permitted and prohibited within a school environment
Ø  Students may connect their devices to the Board’s Guest network for internet access only, in designated study areas and as per school policy. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.
Ø  Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has been be licensed for home use. 
Ø  All PEDs must have anti-virus malware protection on them prior to connecting to the Board’s network.  If a PED is suspected of interfering with the Board’s network it must be disconnected and securely stored by the student.
Ø  Students may not use PEDs to capture video or images in private areas such as washrooms or change rooms.   When photographing a student or students on school property their consent must be granted.  Parental/guardian consent is required for photographing a student with special needs. Any images being posted or transmitted electronically while photographed on school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s) or the principal.  Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.

Disciplinary Consequences:

Ø  In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.
Ø  A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student’s access to the Board’s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school.  Appropriate legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.
Ø  The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.