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  • 1. Scarborough Middle School iBook Guidelines Fall 2009 Administration: Teacher Leader: Laptop Coordinator: Mrs. Hathorn Mr. Green Mrs. Doe Ms. Kaufman Important Information: • The Apple iBook, carrying case, and charger that you are being issued are the property of the State of Maine, registered to Scarborough Middle School, and issued to you as a student. They are to be returned at the end of each school year. • You are bound to the rules and guidelines set forth in the School District’s Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the iBook is a privilege that can be revoked. • Many decisions made for the iBooks and carrying cases are local decisions created by school administrators, technology coordinators, teachers, parents, and students. This is an effort to customize rules, regulations, and images that best suit the needs of our school. • The user is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving the iBook issued to them. Users have no expectation of privacy. The school district retains control and supervision of all computers owned or leased by the school district. The school district reserves the right to monitor all computer, internet and email activity by students. At any time, teachers may check a student’s computer. • Our school has Laptop Coordinator and two Teacher Leaders to assist with training and troubleshooting. • The MLTI cost of the IBook is $1,500.00 General Rules, Reminders, and Guidelines: • The computer that you are being issued is an educational tool and should only be used in that capacity. Once the iBook is issued, you are responsible for it all times. Your iBook should be in your possession or locked in a secure location at all times. • You are to use YOUR computer only. Never share or swap iBooks with others. • The iBook, carrying case, and charger will be issued to you by your homeroom teacher. • Parents and guardians are entitled to their child’s password. Choose a password that you will remember, it will be your password for the year. Keep passwords confidential. • No downloading of anything without teacher permission. DO NOT delete info from Download Manager. DO NOT delete Histories. DO NOT alter Web Browser’s Preferences. • Any inappropriate use or neglectful care of your computer will result in discipline.
  • 2. Inappropriate use defined: - Leaving on floor - Leaving unattended - Not plugging in to charge overnight - Rough handling Inappropriate use penalties: First Offense: discipline slip signed by parent Second Offense: discipline slip + parents called + detention Third Offense: discipline slip + parents called + in-house suspension Internet violations defined: - Clearing or Deleting History - Using personal email during school without teacher approval - Accessing inappropriate sites - Downloading games or music unrelated to school projects Internet Violations penalties: First Offense: discipline slip signed by parent Second Offense: discipline slip + loss of take home privilege Responsibility • If the iBook is stolen while signed out to you, it should be reported to the local police authorities and Scarborough Middle School personnel immediately. • Replacement cost and/or the repair for damages that are not covered by the warranty and that occur to the iBook, carrying case, and charger while it is signed out are the sole responsibility of the undersigned parent/guardian. Best Practices and Care for the iBook • Keep all food and drinks away from your computer. • Charging the iBook will take place in your homeroom or at home. This will generally occur during non-instructional time: the end of each school day, weekends, and throughout school vacations. DO NOT charge your iBook in its carrying case – it may overheat. • DO NOT leave your iBook on the floor or on top of notebooks or books. This is an invitation for an accident. • Always use the carrying case when moving from room to room. When moving from class to class, it’s safest to practice carrying only your carrying case with one hand with no other books or notebooks. • DO NOT carry the iBook in your backpack. • DO NOT physically mark up the iBook or its storage case at all. Your computer should be clean and neat at all times and appear to be brand new. No stickers on cases or laptop. • DO NOT write on cases or laptops. • Keep the iBook on a flat surface when using – make this a habit. • Be careful not to dislodge the computer’s rubber “feet”. This is most likely to happen when returning the computer to the charging station. • Wipe the screen gently with a clean, soft cloth. Aerosol canned air is the best method to clear dust from the keyboard. Do not use water or cleaning solutions on the iBook. • DO NOT touch the screen. Oils from your fingers will stain the screen.
  • 3. • Chargers and any cables should be lined up straight with the connector when inserting and removing. Chargers cost $75. • DO NOT expose your iBook to extreme hot or cold temperatures – the screen cracks easily. • DO NOT use the laptop on the bus to or from school. Consequences: Applicable to all laptop/ desk top computer use. • Accidental drop- If you accidentally drop a computer, a discipline slip will be sent home (by the teacher that witnessed the drop) as parent notification and will require a parent’s signature. • Misuse use- If you misuse your computer (i.e. eating while using your computer, going to an inappropriate web sites, playing games, running with the computer, or mistreat someone else’s computer), a detention will be given by the teacher that witnessed the incident. • Negligence- If you misplace your computer, it is your job to locate it. Teachers may try to alert you, but ultimately it is your responsibility. • Harassment- If you send an e-mail which could be considered harassing or threatening, you will be subject to the disciplinary code and lose your e-mail privileges indefinitely. Acceptable Use “Netiquette”: Please reread the acceptable use policy previously signed in the fall. • Parents must give permission before you can access an e-mail account. They have the right to investigate the contents of your e-mail files at any time. • Computer use, including e-mail, is to be for an educational purpose only. Educational purposes include: use for classroom activities, curriculum applications, professional or career development, and limited high-quality self- discovery activities. • You will not be allowed to post personal contact information about yourself or other people. • You will be responsible for the use of your individual accounts and will not be allowed to share passwords with other students. • You will not use obscene, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. If you violate any of these provisions, your account may be terminated and future use denied. • Inappropriate use of the computer system as identified in the Acceptable Use Policy is subject to the disciplinary code in each school handbook.
  • 4. Scarborough Middle School Apple iBook Sign Out Procedure Signing Out • The Apple iBook issued to each student is an educational tool and should only be used in that capacity. • In order to sign out a computer to take home, parents must have attended a Laptop Information meeting within the past year and completed the insurance contract. • iBooks may not be taken on playing fields, courts, etc. or on buses traveling to away games. • Parents must arrange for iBook pick ups in advance for students participating in extra curricular activities. *Students have the ability to transfer working files home via Moodle, email (with teacher permission) CD-R/CD-WR discs or flash drives.* • iBooks are to remain closed and secured when traveling to and from home. At Home • When at home, the iBook will ALWAYS be used in a common family location with adult supervision. • The iBook should always remain within its carrying case when moved. • Parents and guardians may request their child’s login password in order to supervise student’s usage at home. • Keep all food and drinks away from your computer. • The iBook should be charged outside of the case to prevent overheating. Return • The iBook should return to school fully charged. • The iBook, carrying case, and charger will be signed back in before or during homeroom on the first school day following the day it was signed out. • Parents will be contacted directly if a student returns to school without the computer and will be expected to bring the computer to school immediately. • Failure to check the computer back in on time will result in the school revoking the privilege of signing out your iBook to take home. Responsibility • If the iBook is stolen while signed out to you, it should be reported to the local police authorities and Scarborough Middle School personnel immediately. • Replacement cost and/or the repair for damages that are not covered by the warranty/insurance and that occur to the iBook, carrying case, and charger while it is signed out are the sole responsibility of the undersigned parent/guardian. • Failure to comply with the school’s policy for iBook sign out may result in your sign out privileges being revoked.
  • 5. Scarborough Middle School Laptop Insurance Program 2009-2010 School Year Student Name: ___________________________________________________ Grade: ________________________ Teacher: _________________________ Parent/Guardian: __________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ Home Phone: _____________________ Maintenance Coverage Information All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will participate in Scarborough Middle School’s Laptop Insurance Program at a cost of $25.00 for the school year. The $25.00 insurance fee will cover damages not covered by the state. I understand that I am responsible for a $50.00 deductible in the event of an accidental claim and a $100.00 deductible in the event of a negligent claim. Payment Options _____ I have enclosed the full non-refundable/non-transferable payment of $25.00. _____ Financial assistance requested. Your child’s homeroom teacher will contact you. *Sign and return this form to your homeroom teacher. Keep the guidelines for your records. Checks should be made payable to Scarborough Middle School* iBook Guidelines - Sign Out Procedures – Maintenance Program I hereby agree to the procedures and expectations outlined in the 2009 iBook Guidelines, Sign-Out Procedures and Maintenance Program. Parent Signature ______________________________________Date ______________ Student Signature _____________________________________ Date ______________
  • 6. Care and Handling • Do not share your password with anyone • Do not have food or drinks around the laptop • Do not remove keys • Do not remove screen spacers • Do not write on your laptop • Do not change your display settings (black/white/contrast) • Do not put anything under or on top of the laptop • Do not delete history • Do not slam the laptop shut • Do not take someone else’s charger • Do not put any stickers on the laptop or case • Do not use cleaners of any kind on your laptop cover or screen • Do not charge your laptop in its case • Do not bring your laptop on a bus to a sporting event outside SMS • Do not use your laptop on the bus to and from school. • Do not store your laptop in your locker or backpack. • Do not swing your laptop in its case.

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