It is not essential that students bring their own devices to school and any decision to do so should be done with parent consent. As a reminder, the school will not be responsible for lost or damaged personal devices.
A guest network has been installed at VKG which allows students to use their own personal laptops, iPods, iPads, Android devices, WiFi capable phones and playbooks, etc. to access the internet. Students are now able to use their personal electronic devices with a WiFi connection within the school. The purpose of this network is to allow easier access to internet-based resources and information to enrich the learning environment for students. The guest network has the same filters and blocks as the locked down network at school. Students are not able to access anything that they cannot access on the school's locked down network. Teachers will continue to instruct and remind students about safe internet use practices.
Anyone using computer technology, whether it is supplied by TLDSB or is a personal computer devices such as an iPod, iPad, Android device, cellphone, computer tablet, etc., must follow the TLDSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy & Procedure. For a complete copy of the TLDSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy & Procedure, please visit the TLDSB website at: www.tldsb.ca.
Here is some important information for users:
ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
The use of information / communication technology and technology services supplied by the Board is a privilege, not a right and while limited personal use may be permitted, such personal use does not carry with it any right of privacy or preclude the Board's right to monitor its systems to ensure that this procedure is being complied with.
Users are expected to use the information / communication technology and technology services in a responsible manner consistent with the educational, informational, and recreational purposes for which they are provided.
Use of TLDSB connections to the Internet by students may only be used to support the user's education, communication, and research needs.
All users will:
a) understand that no user of the Board's information / communication technology systems has any individual privacy rights in the use of any of the systems. Users must be aware that the Board reserves the right to monitor the use of its information / communication technology systems by any user without notice in order to ensure that the terms of this procedure are being complied with;
b) use technology resources in ways that do not disrupt other users or compromise the functionality of the system;
c) observe standards of courtesy and behaviour consistent with the practices and policies of Trillium Lakelands District School Board when sending or publishing messages or other information on the Internet;
d) refrain from using the system for any purpose which is in violation of the law;
e) use only the login password provided to him / her;
f) maintain password and user ID confidentiality;
g) restrict access to passwords;
h) understand that the Board is not responsible for:
i) appropriateness of Internet content;
ii) accuracy or reliability of information located on the Internet;
iii) loss, damage, or inaccessibility of information due to technical or other difficulties;
iv) costs or losses incurred by users.
i) understand that saved or deleted e-mail and websites, including social media sites, visited on the Internet create a trail of data that may be retrieved at a later date;
j) understand that e-mail received by a user, or information shared via social media, may be forwarded to other users without the original sender's knowledge;
k) understand that backups of all mailboxes are made for system recovery in the event of a disaster only;
l) understand that e-mail and social media are not private communication. Other staff members may be able to read, access, and monitor e-mail.
Users will be subject to disciplinary action for misuse of the information / communication technology and / or technology services.
No user may:
a) access the Internet through the Board's information / communication technology or technical services for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes;
b) use the Board's information / communication technology or technical services to participate in gambling activities, including games of chance and wagering;
c) attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others;
d) seek unauthorized access to any of the Board's computer systems;
e) damage or alter software components of any network database;
f) knowingly use methods to get around Internet security;
g) send, receive, display, store, or download text, pictures, films, videos or graphics that are illegal, or may reasonably be construed as pornographic, lewd, sexually explicit, defamatory, obscene, or offensive;
h) use abusive, pornographic, lewd, sexually explicit, or defamatory, obscene, or objectionable language in messages;
i) misrepresent oneself or the Board;
j) impersonate other users;
k) lobby elected officials;
l) send chain letters;
m) use the Board's information / communication technology or technical services for personal business purposes;
n) take part in other activities in respect of the Board's information / communication technology systems or technical services that could cause congestion and disruption of the networks and systems, including subscribing to any joke, humour, sports, entertainment or other non-business mailing lists;
o) transmit or knowingly receive software or other files which could damage computer systems or software;
p) attempt to harm, destroy, alter, or copy data of any person, computer, or network linked to the TLDSB Wide Area Network (WAN) without appropriate Board justification;
collect, maintain or disclose personal information in contravention of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; or
q) transmit or download information or software in violation of copyright laws.