Technology Policies

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Policy

Rationale

SCAS utilises a BYOT policy to enhance and support learning. The ubiquitous and diverse technologies at SCAS promote the development of 21st Century skills and engaged learning. Schooling must match technological advancements and help prepare students for the modern networked workforce and world.

Please note that the SCAS cannot accept responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of any personal property belonging to staff or students.

Policy

  • “Technology” includes but is not limited to tablets, laptops, mobile devices, storage devices and software.
  • Teachers direct student usage of technology during school hours. This includes before and after school and break times. Teachers may confiscate devices if they are concerned about inappropriate use.
  • Charging of devices at school is not allowed. Students must ensure devices are prepared with full charge before arriving at school.
  • Students must only use the secured SCAS Wi-Fi network to connect to the internet while at school. Personal 3G and 4G connections are prohibited, as are VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), and internet browsers designed to bypass school internet filtering.
  • While at school, student activity on the school network and internet may be monitored. Any student activity in the SCAS Google Education Suite can be monitored and reviewed. This includes emails or communications that are sent while students are connected to other networks.
  • Students must only use their own passwords to connect to any system or resource.
  • Teachers and IT Staff may collect and audit any student technologies when needed.
  • Laptops should have installed anti-virus software which will protect personal devices and the SCAS networks and their connected devices.
  • Devices may not be used for gaming while at school.
  • No personal technology devices are to be used in the school playground (before and after school including lunch breaks) unless supervised by a teacher. Students wishing to use devices during these times should attend the library or inform a staff member to seek permission.
  • Students are not permitted to use mobile phones for calls or messages from the time they arrive on campus until 3.20pm, when they may make travel arrangements. Students wishing to make calls should attend the relevant student administration office.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

Students need to know that it is unlawful to use mobile phones or electronic devices to:

  • Threaten others or incite violence;
  • Take pictures or video footage of other students without their permission;
  • Post pictures of other students on websites or social networking sites without the formal, written consent of the parents of such students;
  • Bully or harass other students.

In addition:

  • No mobile phones, cameras or video equipment are ever to be used in toilets or change rooms. Breach of this directive will result in the item being confiscated and permanently banned from being brought into the SCAS grounds.
  • Students’ access to, and use of, mobile devices during camps, retreats, excursions and overseas trips will be advised by the teacher in charge.
  • Parents seeking to send a message to their child must do so via the Front Office. Even in cases of emergency, SCAS needs to ensure that students are under the care and supervision of suitably qualified staff and have up to date information on all students at all times during school hours. If students need to contact parents during the day, they are to go to the relevant administration office after seeking permission from their Head of School or classroom teacher.
  • No abusive emails, pictures or information are to be sent or received by staff and students.
  • Abusive, threatening or hurtful emails, posts, messages, pictures or behaviours will not be tolerated and will result in immediate corrective action. The police will be notified at the Principal’s discretion.
  • Disrupting others’ learning or damaging others’ property will result in restorative justice whereby the cost of replacing the property and/or repairing the damage will be borne by the perpetrator.
  • The sending of any messages without clearly identifying the sender’s details is in breach of this ICT policy and will result in the immediate suspension of ICT privileges and access.

Uphold Laws regarding Copyright and Intellectual Property

  • It is illegal to copy any software, graphics, text, games or music that may contravene copyright laws.
  • Copying files, passwords or work belonging to another person may be deemed plagiarism and/or theft.
  • Never bring ‘pirate’ copies of films, games or other multimedia to school or share them with friends using school equipment or resources.
  • All files and materials created using SCAS equipment and resources are deemed to be the property of the SCAS.

Safeguard Security Data and Information

  • Never reveal your password to another person. Change your password regularly and be aware of others watching you enter your password to log-on.
  • If you share your password with others and they use it inappropriately you will be held responsible.
  • Respect all security provisions on the computer network.
  • Do not share personal information or inappropriate materials with others via the SCAS network.
  • Remember that all electronic information sharing cannot be guaranteed to be private. The EdTech team and/or Principal at SCAS may review, delete or recover files (including emails) at any time. Students can also expect teachers to have access to read student files in particular instances.

Social Media/Networking Policy

Rationale

Social networks are dynamic, positive and connective when used appropriately. Social media terms and agreements generally exclude students from under 13 years accessing their services. At SCAS we safely utilise selected social media to enhance teaching and learning. In these cases students are able to use the secure services below the age of 13 years. Our school approved Learning Management Systems (LMS) include Edmodo, Moodle, and Google Apps for Education (Classroom, Gmail, Forms, Docs, Drive and Calendar). These systems are monitored and managed by the school and may be used in teaching and learning. Teachers and students may communicate using these networks.

Student emails in the Primary School are limited to the SCAS domain. These email addresses are intended as tools of internal communication with teachers and peers. In the Secondary School, student emails have no limits.

Policy

  • Staff are not permitted to “friend” or “follow” current students on Facebook and other social media platforms.
  • Students and staff are prohibited from creating social networking profiles representing other SCAS students or staff without permission. This is called identity fraud and has serious consequences.
  • Students must respect the name of the School and if they create, maintain or use social networking sites they must ensure that no comment or content (including photos) placed on that site by themselves or others could potentially damage the reputation of the School, its staff or students, or use language that is insulting, defamatory, offensive or deemed inappropriate by the School or wider community.
  • Social networking accounts or profiles using the school name, media or images (eg. SCAS Year 9) must be approved by the Head of School or delegate.
  • Students are prohibited from photographing, videoing or recording teachers, staff or other students without asking permission from them first and gaining consent. In no circumstances should this media be placed on public networks for the general public.
  • Students must behave as responsible, honest and ethical digital citizens while using SCAS social networks. Posting inappropriate or defamatory videos, pictures or comments, making derogatory statements or bullying others is expressly prohibited.
  • Students must demonstrate respect to others and to the School. They must not make any comment on any site that targets any student or staff member of the School with perceived negative intent or undermines the name/good work of the School. Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content will be reported to the relevant authorities.
  • Students are in no way to link students of the School, staff or the School itself to actions that the School would not support or condone (alcohol abuse; sexual activity; bullying; illicit drug use; inappropriate, profane and/or offensive language). This includes photographs of students in our school uniform.

Consequences of a Breach of Policy

Minor offences

  • Teacher reminds student of the policy and procedures.
  • Student complies immediately – no further action.

OR

  • Student continues to ignore the ICT policy – teacher confiscates equipment or withdraws student’s access privileges. Student and/or parent called to meet with teacher to determine corrective action. Student complies with policy and equipment and access rights are restored.

OR

  • Student continues to behave inappropriately – Head of School (or delegate) is notified. Student has to negotiate a gradual re-instatement of privileges.

Serious offences

Serious offences include serious threats, or bullying, sharing of illegal or indecent information and images, intentional damage or neglect.

  • The Principal and parents will be notified and police may be called to investigate the allegation. Access to ICT equipment and resources will be withdrawn until the investigation is completed.