Personal Devices, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at South Royalton School
The South Royalton School believes that electronic devices are valuable resources to support and enrich the curriculum and school community. The benefits of these devices outweigh the potential disadvantages for students. It is the philosophy of the South Royalton School to teach and model responsible device and resource use in a developmentally appropriate manner. The school feels that acceptable use of technology lies in behavior, not technology, however care should be taken that technology is not used to the detriment of face-to-face social interaction.
Parameters of Use:
Beginning in grade 6, all students with grades of “C” or above may possess and use personal, electronic, and digital devices at the following times:
• before and after school
• during lunch
• in study hall (with teacher’s permission)
• between classes (grades 9-12 only)
During classes, such devices may be used as appropriate tools when so directed by the teacher or with the teacher’s permission.
Privilege of Use:
By default, students automatically have the privilege to possess and use personal devices as outlined above. The loss of this privilege can result from neglecting intellectual, social, or emotional responsibilities.
• Any quarterly or semester grade below a “C”
• Unacceptable effort level in class
• Unacceptable behavior during the school day
• Use of personal devices to proliferate bullying or harassing behaviors
• Use of personal devices in an inappropriate manner, to include, but not limited to:
• Taking photos without permission
• Copying academic material/plagiarizing
• Playing offensive music, videos, or games
• Viewing inappropriate content
• Using other students’ devices without permission
• All other prohibited behaviors included in OWSU District policy above
Loss of this privilege and its duration, based on the above criteria, will be determined by a team that may include a teacher or teachers, the planning room coordinator, an administrator, and the school IT faculty member. Loss of privilege due to a violation of the student’s social/emotional responsibilities, as stated above, will be handled through the school’s current disciplinary protocol. The cause and duration of loss of privileges as a result of disciplinary action will be clearly stated in the discipline notice. Loss of privilege due to quarterly or semester grades below a “C” will require that the student prove to the team that his/her grades are in the “C” or above range in order to regain the privilege.
Loss of the privilege will result in a mandatory surrender of all personal devices at the start of the school day. During a loss of privilege, the team may determine that students be permitted to access school-owned devices, for academic purposes only, during any class period (with the exclusion of study hall and lunch) under direct supervision of a teacher or paraprofessional. Students caught with personal devices while on restriction may face further disciplinary action (detention / suspension).
Assumption of Risk:
Students who choose to bring their own device to school do so at their own risk. The school does not take responsibility for lost or damaged items. Students are encouraged to safeguard their devices at all times.
The School reserves the right to inspect devices (school owned or personal) upon suspicion of misuse or abuse. Students have no expectation of privacy for their personal devices once they bring them on campus or use them in any way connected with other students or the school itself. Devices may be confiscated, searched, or turned over to proper authorities (with subpoena).