HTEA allows 5th-12th grade students to access a wireless network and the option of using up to two personal mobile computing devices (MCDs) as a means to enhance their education on campus. Parents must sign off on this MCD policy before students can use the devices on campus. Students in grades 5-6 and 10-12 are not required to bring a personal mobile computing device. Students in grades 7-8 are required to bring a laptop to school as described below under 1:1 BYOD Program – Grades 7-9.
Permitted MCDs in these grade levels are as follows:
Grades 5-6: Laptop computers, Chromebooks, eReaders such as the Nook or Kindle, tablets (minimum 7 inches in size, such as the iPad or iPad Mini). 5th and 6th grade students may not use smart phones, iPod touches, or smart watches such as Apple Watches.
Grade 7-8: Laptop computers, Chromebooks, eReaders such as the Nook or Kindle, tablets (minimum 7 inches in size, such as the iPad or iPad Mini). 7th-9th grade students may not use smart phones, iPod touches, or smart watches such as the Apple Watch.
Grades 9-12: Laptop computers, Chromebooks, eReaders such as the Nook or Kindle, tablets (minimum 7 inches in size, such as the iPad or iPad Mini). 10th-12th grade students may use smart phones, iPods or smart watches such as the Apple Watch in class only with the express permission of their teacher.
1:1 BYOD Program - Grades 7-9
Students in grades 7-9 are required to bring a laptop to school to access digital resources, including Google Drive, electronic textbooks and resources, and other educational applications. The recommended minimum device specifications are as follows:
- Windows Laptop: I5 Processor dual-core (or equivalent) with 4 GB of RAM, Windows 7 or higher
- Macbook or Macbook Air: Mac OS X Mavericks or later
- Chromebook: Any model
- Windows Surface Pro 3 with Keyboard: Windows 8 desktop interface
Please note that while 7th - 9th graders may bring an iPad on campus as a secondary MCD if they so choose, this does not fulfill the laptop requirement.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students recognize the limitations imposed on personal devices. In addition to these rules, all conditions set forth in the school’s Responsible Use Policy must be adhered to on such devices. During the course of the year, additional rules regarding the use of MCDs may become part of this policy. Every student is expected to follow all guidelines, written or orally given by school personnel, and to demonstrate responsible and ethical behavior at all times. HTEA reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time.
HTEA provides the opportunity for students to bring MCDs to school for students to use as an educational tool. The use of MCDs will be at the discretion of the teacher. The teacher may set restrictions for use, such as using the devices for note taking without connection to the internet. Students must obtain teacher permission before using MCDs during classroom instruction.
- Student use of a MCD must support instructional activities currently occurring in the instructional environment.
- Each student is to utilize their personal MCDs to enhance his/her individual educational experience. Students are at all times expected to adhere to the HTEA honor code. There is an expectation that work will not be inappropriately shared or shared in such a way as to circumnavigate a teacher’s directive.
- The playing of games, music, or other entertainment on a MCD is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- The use of MCD cameras is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- The use of MCD related audio and/or video recording is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- The use of a MCD to post content online, including photos or videos, is prohibited at school unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- MCDs are not to be used for downloading large files or viewing/listening to streaming media unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- Personal communications via any MCDs are prohibited unless explicitly approved by a teacher for educational purposes. Electronic communications include phone/video calls, e-mail, instant messaging, texting, chat, blogs, Facebook and other social networks, etc.
- Student selection of screensavers and wallpaper is expected to be appropriate according to HTEA standards.
- Students should be aware that their use of MCDs could cause distraction in the classroom, especially as regards sound. Therefore, audio must be muted and headphones are not allowed during instructional time unless such activity is explicitly approved in each instance of use by a teacher for educational purposes.
- The MCD should only be used for educational purposes.
- If an adult asks a student to put his/her MCD away, the student must comply immediately.
- Students who loan their MCDs to another student assume all liability for any inappropriate use by the borrower.
Consequences of Misuse of Mobile Computing Device
If a student fails to comply with these guidelines, the following consequences may apply. Student infractions will be documented as a disciplinary referral for each offense. This list is to serve as a guideline and decisions will be made on a case by case basis as decided by the Dean of Students, the Head of the Lower or Upper School, or other appointed school administrator.
1st offense – The MCD will be confiscated for 24 hours. Friday violations will be returned on the next school day.
2nd offense – The MCD will be confiscated for one week. It will be returned same day one week later.
3rd offense – Privileges will be revoked.
MCD Security Risks
MCD are especially vulnerable to loss and theft. HTEA accepts no responsibility for personal property brought to school. This includes MCDs. Students who bring a MCD to school assume total responsibility for said equipment. MCDs that are stolen or damaged are the responsibility of the student and his/her parents or guardians. The student who owns the MCD assumes responsibility for any damage regardless of how that damage occurs. Students should take all reasonable steps to protect their property against theft or damage.
- All MCDs must be clearly labeled with the student’s name.
- MCDs should never be left unattended for any period of time.
- If a MCD is left unattended it will be picked up by faculty or staff and turned in to the office.
- MCDs should not be left in view in an unattended vehicle.
Students may access the Internet via the HT Student (Upper School) or LS Student (Lower School) wireless connections while on campus. The HT Student wireless network is filtered by MAC address, meaning that students can only access this network if a signed MCD policy listing their device MAC address(es) is on file with the school. This network provides filtered Internet access but does not allow access to shared resources on the HTEA secured network, including printing. Parents should be aware that, although there are filter controls on the HT Student and LS Student networks, the potential exists, as it does with all Internet use, for the student to access material that may contain content that is illegal, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to students and their parents. Even with filtering software it is not possible to absolutely restrict access (accidental or otherwise) to all such material. It will be each student’s responsibility to adhere to the school-wide Responsible Use Policy and the general usage rules set forth in this document.
- Without express permission from the IT Department staff, a student may not connect his/her MCD to the secured HTEA network, either wirelessly or by using an Ethernet cable plugged into a wall jack. MCDs connected in this way will be confiscated and users may lose access privileges.
- Internet access using cellular broadband networks is NOT filtered. The use of cellular broadband networks is the sole responsibility of the student and their parents. Their use is governed by existing policy and is subject to the same disciplinary policies regarding inappropriate use and the access of inappropriate content as internet access provided by HTEA. Students and their parents assume all liability for inappropriate or illegal content accessed using cellular broadband networks.
- No student shall knowingly gain access to, or attempt to gain access to, any computer, computer system, computer network, information storage media, or peripheral equipment without the consent of authorized school personnel.
- No student shall install school owned licensed software on their MCD without the explicit instruction and permission of Information Technology Department staff.
- Students must refrain from illegal use of any computing device to collect any electronic data or disrupt networking services (hacking). Students shall not attempt to bypass security settings or internet filters, or interfere with the operation of the network.
By choosing to bring a MCD onto campus, students and their parents are consenting to allow any staff member to examine the MCD at any time for the purpose of verifying that the content and usage of the device is in compliance with this agreement. Students shall have no expectation of privacy once they have been authorized to use their MCD on campus or at school sponsored events. School personnel may examine the MCD and search its contents if there is reason to believe that school policies, regulations, or guidelines have been violated.
HTEA is not responsible for damage, loss, or misuse of a MCD. HTEA technical staff will not troubleshoot or download software onto MCDs. Support must be obtained by the student and their parents independently of school technical support. The owner of the M CD must supply all equipment necessary to set up and operate it. Cables, network cards, dongles, antennas, etc. cannot be borrowed from the school.
Windows based laptops: Students are required to install Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software on their Windows based personal laptops and keep these programs updated. They are also required to regularly update the Windows operating software with critical updates. Windows users may wish to install Secunia PSI, a free security tool designed to detect vulnerable and outdated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. The computers should be free of spyware, adware, worms, viruses, Trojan horses, and peer to peer software.
There are a number of commercial antivirus, antispyware, and firewall applications available for Windows machines. You may wish to consider one of the following free programs listed below. HTEA accepts no responsibility or liability for problems incurred by the use of this software.
- Free Antivirus Software: AVG Antivirus, Avast!, Avira AntiVir Personal, Microsoft Security Essentials
- Free Antispyware: Malwarebytes, Spybot Search and Destroy, Spyware Blaster, Lavasoft Ad-Aware
- Free Firewalls: Zone Alarm
Although Macintosh computers have historically been less vulnerable to viruses and malware, the risk to Mac users is increasing. Students are strongly encouraged to install antivirus and anti-malware software on their machines. You can learn more about securing your Macintosh computer at http://www.apple.com/support/security/
- To comply with the rules and regulations in the guidelines of the MCD Policy, Student Responsible Use Policy (RUP), and Family Handbook.
- That school personnel may examine MCD at any time for the purpose of ensuring that the MCD is in compliance with this agreement.
- That Holy Trinity is not responsible for any possible damage or theft in connection to the student/parent’s choice to bring a MCD to school.
- That HTEA provides no technical support for MCDs including troubleshooting or software installation.
- That use of MCDs may be revoked at any time.
- That this agreement can be modified by the school at any time and a new agreement would need to be signed.
- That this agreement must be resubmitted each year by students and parents.
Students and their parents/guardians wishing to take advantage of this voluntary program must comply with all rules and regulations set forth in these guidelines and the Responsible Use Policy. By choosing to participate in this program, you are consenting to monitoring and verification of use, and to examination of the student’s MCD as set forth above. The school retains the right to revoke MCD privileges based on any policy violation. In such cases, the parent will be informed and any consequences related to revocation are in addition to consequences related to the school’s code of conduct.