Goodland Public School USD 352 | Computer Loan Form Agreement (pdf)
Goodland High School USD 352 | Laptop Policies and Procedures (pdf)
Goodland High School 21st Century Class Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Goodland High School Acceptable Use Policy (pdf)



Goodland High School USD 352
Laptop Policies and Procedures
21st Century Skills


Introduction

The Apple MacBook, Apple AC/DC Charger, and carrying case that have been issued to you are the property of the Goodland Public Schools, USD 352. This computer is on loan to the student, and must be used in accordance with the following Policies and Procedures, the District’s Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. Use of this computer, as well as access to the computer network, the Internet, and email are a privilege and not a right. These items are provided for educational purposes and are intended to support the learning objectives of Goodland High School and Goodland Public Schools, USD 352.

Using the Computer

Expectations and Responsibilities
  • The student will treat the computer responsibly.
  • The student will bring the MacBook to school every day.
  • The student’s parent/guardian must have signed and returned the Computer Loan Form Agreement and have paid the insurance fee prior to the student receiving the MacBook.
  • Parents/guardians will be provided the student’s login name and password so that they can supervise the student’s use of the computer.
  • Students will follow the Goodland Public Schools, USD 352, Acceptable Use Policy when using the Internet on the MacBook at home or at school.
  • Student must follow all laptop use policies, classroom procedures, and rules established by the instructor.
  • Parents, guardians, and students do not have a right or expectation of privacy for any use of the laptop computers or district network.
  • The MacBook is the property of USD 352 and can be checked at any time.
  • Internet access and email, and other media that are accessed, created or stored on district computers are the sole property of USD 352. The District has the right to review these items for appropriateness and to limit or revoke a student’s access to them at any time for any reason.
  • Students are responsible for bringing their laptop, fully charged, to school each day.
  • Students will be allowed to recharge their laptops during the school day if additional charging is needed.
  • Students may never share their password with another student. Passwords should always be kept confidential.
  • Students are responsible for saving or backing up their documents to the server.
  • Student loaded files will not consume hard drive space needed for instructional or educational requirements.
  • Any malfunctions of the hardware or software should be reported immediately.
  • If the computer is lost or stolen, the student and parent/guardian must immediately report the loss or theft to the administration

Laptop Security
  • Laptops must be in a student’s possession or in a secure location at all times.
  • Laptops must not be left in a vehicle due to potential theft or temperature damage.
  • Students should never share personal information about themselves or others while using the Internet or email.


Computer Care
  • Students may not deface, mark or damage any surface of the MacBook.
  • Always transport the MacBook in a secure manner through school hallways, classrooms or at home.
  • If you carry your laptop in a bag or briefcase, make sure that there are no loose items (such as paper clips or coins) that could get inside the computer through an opening such as the optical drive slot.
  • Protect the LCD screen from damage. Do not touch the screen, place any foreign objects on the keyboard or spray with glass cleaner. Use only the provided static free cloth to clean the screen.

Laptop Use
  • Each computer is assigned to an individual student. Students should never “swap” or “share” their computer with another student except for instructor directed activities.
  • File sharing must be approved and directed by the instructor.
  • Online chatting is prohibited during instructional time unless required by a specific assignment and under the instructor’s supervision.
  • Laptops may not be used to play music during instructional time unless approved by the instructor.
  • Downloading music and videos is allowed for academic purposes and must comply with current district and fair use policy.
  • Downloading electronic media that requires large amounts of bandwidth is prohibited during the school day.
  • Students are not allowed to download software or install any software or other materials. District technology staff will perform all approved software installations.
  • E-communication must be used responsibly. Rude, abusive, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate language is not permitted.
  • Personal e-mail is not allowed during instructional time except when approved by the instructor.
  • Pornographic, obscene, or vulgar images, sounds, music, language or materials, including screen savers, backgrounds, and or pictures, are prohibited.
  • The school’s Internet connection will be used for educational purposes during instructional time.
  • Permanent hearing loss may occur if earbuds or headphones are used at high volume. You can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound, which may sound normal but can be damaging to your hearing. Set your MacBook volume to a safe level before that happens. If you experience ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use of earbuds or headphones with your MacBook.
  • Always leave space around your power adapter. Do not use this equipment in a location where airflow around the power adapter or laptop is confined.
  • When using your MacBook or when charging the battery, it is normal for the bottom of the case to get warm. For prolonged use, place your laptop on a flat, stable surface. The bottom of the laptop case functions as a cooling surface that transfers heat from inside the computer to the cooler air outside. The bottom of the case is raised slightly to allow airflow that keeps the unit within normal operating temperatures. In addition, the computer vents warm air from the back of the case.
  • Do not place your laptop on a pillow or other soft material when it is on, as the material may block the airflow vents causing the computer to overheat.
  • For your own safety and that of your equipment, disconnect the power plug (by pulling the plug, not the cord) and remove the battery if any of the following conditions occur:
    • The power cord or plug becomes frayed or otherwise damaged.
    • You spill something on the laptop.
    • The computer is exposed to rain or excess moisture.
    • The computer has been dropped or the case has been otherwise damaged.
  • Never force a connector into a port. If the connector and port don’t join with reasonable ease, they probably don’t match. Make sure that the connector matches the port and that you have positioned the connector correctly in relation to the port.
  • When removing the connector from the port, remove it by pulling on the connector, not the cable. Some types of connectors have a release clip that releases the connection. It’s important to release these types of latches before removing the connector from the port.
  • Keep your computer away from sources of liquids.
  • Protect your laptop from dampness or wet weather.

I understand and agree to adhere to the Goodland High School Laptop Policies and Procedures as outlined above.