At New School High, we work hard to help our students use technology in a safe and responsible way. The Acceptable Use Policy reminds students that the  “school account is provided by the school for school-related activities and is not a personal account. School administrators have the right to review and/or monitor student account activity as necessary to ensure the safety of other students, staff members, and school property.” 

Sometimes students are found to be in violation of this policy. Common offenses include using school Chromebooks or laptops to play video games, shop online, chat via email, etc. Engaging in these activities during the school day rather than completing assigned schoolwork is not helpful.  

When a student uses technology for non-academic purposes, the student is placed on one week of restricted use for the first offense. This means the student cannot access websites outside of the Google suite and that Internet research must be done at home. Be assured, however, that students always have productive work to do at school. If you have any questions regarding the impact of restricted access in a specific class, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher by email, which is listed at the end of this week’s message.

Learning to use technology appropriately is a challenge for today’s young people, who do not remember a time before computers and smartphones. Together, we can help them use these tools safely, ethically, and with forethought. 

-Cynthia