Technology Guidelines for Students and Families
During “School at Home”
Teachers will be using G Suite for Education apps including Google Classroom to communicate class activities and assignments (K-12, Google Sites for PreK), Google Meet for video conferencing, and other apps as necessary. Students in grades 3-12 have access to ACSD email. Many students are already familiar with these tools, and our tech department is set up to support their use remotely. Every effort will be made to ensure students have the resources (devices and Internet connections) to participate fully. Where we are not able to connect students with technology, we will provide alternative options.
Resources for Internet Access
For those who need Internet access, here are some free or reduced cost options:
- Spectrum Internet Assist (reduced price) (1-800-243-8892) https://tinyurl.com/y4a6d2b7
- AT&T Access (reduced price) https://tinyurl.com/y6qrqj98
- Comcast Internet Essentials (60 days free to new customers) (1-855-846-8376) https://tinyurl.com/qlgx6yo
- Charter Communications (60 days free to new student households)(1-844-488-8395) https://tinyurl.com/tflvy5o
- Verizon (various COVID-19 response measures) https://tinyurl.com/qsqy4kl
- Consolidated Communications (2 months free, free installation) https://tinyurl.com/vh2mp4p (Call Consolidated Communications: 1-855-399-3084. Mention Offer Code: “Two Months Free”)
Additionally, the Vermont Department of Public Services has published New Connectivity Resources to Support You During the COVID-19 State of Emergency and this map of Public Wifi Hotspots in Vermont. If you need assistance paying for internet service, please contact your school.
How to Use Your School-Issued Chromebook
You will need to be in a location that has access to WiFi in order to use your Chromebook.
- When you open the Chromebook, it will prompt you to log on.
- Log on with your child’s ACSD username and password (available from your child’s teacher or school librarian)
- The Chromebook will search for any available networks to connect to the internet. You can connect it to your family’s home internet network.
- Accessing the web, Google Classroom, resources and information
- The Chromebook will default automatically to the school’s homepage
- Open a new tab to access the Google apps including Google Classroom or Gmail
- Chromebooks do not have any software applications on them. They connect only to the web and give access to the ACSD approved Google applications that are in the cloud.
- Be careful to store the computer and charger so they remain together. Charge your chromebook whenever you are working near an outlet or not using it.
Acceptable Use of Technology
Parents and students using ACSD technology devices, network, and web resources must comply with the district Responsible Computer, Internet, and Network Use policy. Find the full policy here: https://tinyurl.com/tmzbhxt.
Important Things to Know About Technology Use During “School at Home”
- The district technology department has access to every student’s search history and technology use. All email, Hangout chat (text) messages, and Drive contents are archived in a Google service called Google Vault and are the property of the district.
- All student accounts are set to safe search in DuckDuckGo (the default search engine for ACSD).
- Students should use district devices for educational purposes only. Only links and assignments sent from a teacher or school specialist should be used. Netflix and Youtube are not allowed for use other than when given a “safe link” from the teacher.
- Student use of district technology follows the same behavior expectations as in the classroom and other school settings. Behaviors such as inappropriate conduct, hazing, harassment, and bullying will be addressed according to school and district policy.
- Students and families have a responsibility to report misuse of digital technology to the administration, teacher, or other trusted adult.
Remote learning may involve more screen time than your child typically experiences at school. We offer the following resources to help you talk about and support Internet safety. From the New York Public Library (https://tinyurl.com/zu2e65c):
Internet Safety Tips for Children and Teens
- Personal Information. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number.
- Screen Name. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.
- Passwords. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents.
- Photos. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ permission.
- Online Friends. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission.
- Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents first.
- Downloading. Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software.
- Bullying. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher.
- Social Networking. Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These are there to protect you.
- Research. Talk to your librarian, teacher, or parent about safe and accurate websites for research.
For information on Internet safety and excellent resources to develop digital citizenship, you may like to check out the parent resources on Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org).
Student Data Privacy
ACSD is committed to protecting student data privacy. What does that mean? When a person visits a website on the internet, elements of digital data are collected about that visit. While a typical website visit may be harmless, some websites collect information that is personally identifiable. This most often occurs when a visitor is required to sign in to use the site. To protect student privacy, the ACSD Tech Team screens websites for the collection of personally identifiable information and only approves those that are safe and secure. To learn more, visit the Student Data Privacy Consortium website and check out this guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education: Student Privacy During COVID-19.
Communication with Teachers and Schools
Email and Telephone
Students and parents/guardians can contact teachers by email or by calling the remote school number. Messages can be forwarded to teachers to return calls.
Bridport Central School: Matthew Brankman, 802-458-5901
Cornwall School: Heather Raabe, 802-349-5934
Mary Hogan Elementary School: Jen Kravitz, 802-458-2191; Michaela Wisell, 802-349-8317
MUHS: Bill Lawson, 802-349-4882; Cathy Dieman, 802-349-9685
MUMS: Kristin Holsman-Francoeur, 802-349-9333
Ripton Elementary School: Tracey Harrington, 802-349-9101
Salisbury Community School: Fernanda Canales, 802-458-2213
Shoreham Elementary School: Mike Lenox, 802-458-2266
Weybridge Elementary School: Nicole Carter, 802-349-5305
In this unprecedented time of online learning and home isolation, it is important to us to remain connected with our students. We believe this is good for their learning and their sense of belonging. Students may receive invitations from teachers and staff to participate in video group meetings. Our priorities are student safety and all families rights for privacy. Parents/guardians have the right to opt their children out of video meetings. Please notify your school if you would like to opt your child out of video meetings.
- When participating in an online meeting, students should be dressed for school.
- Join the meeting from an appropriate place: kitchen table, desk, common area, etc. (not sitting on your bed or walking around the house).
- Find a place with good lighting and minimal to no background noise, if possible.
- Headphones are a good option to help hear the conversations better.
- Consider who else might be at home and how to ensure that your child can focus on the video conference session without interruption or distractions.
- ACSD employees reserve the right to end a meeting if these conditions are not met.
Joining the Google Meet Meeting
- Teachers will share a link that students will access with their school-provided email account or Google Classroom.
- Students click “join” from their Chromebook or another device. If they are using a tablet or phone, it is likely that they will need to add the Meet app.
- If you need assistance, see the Google Meet Cheat Sheet for guidance https://tinyurl.com/rufcrql, contact your teacher or school librarian, or file a support ticket by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having trouble connecting to or working within the online learning environment, first contact your child’s teacher. If the teacher cannot help, you will be connected to our Tech Support Team. Families can file a support ticket by sending an email to: email@example.com.
Thank you for your support with safe and meaningful technology use for all our students.