Policies and Guidelines

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TSC Student Acceptable Use Guidelines

Ownership and Title

The Tippecanoe School Corporation has legal title to the property at all times. The user’s right of possession and use is limited to and conditioned upon full and complete compliance with this agreement, the TSC Student Acceptable Use Guidelines, and other technology-related guidelines included in their school's handbook. TSC administrative staff retains the right to collect and/or inspect the device at any time and for any reason, including via electronic remote access; and to alter, add or remove installed software or hardware. TSC will not utilize remote desktop connection to access the device's webcam.

Less, Theft, or Damage

Should a TSC-issued device be damaged, lost, or stolen the student or parent/guardian should immediately notify the school administration. If a device is stolen the student/guardian should file a police report as soon as possible. If the device is lost, stolen, or totally damaged as a result of irresponsible behavior, the parent may be responsible for the full replacement cost. Students who cease to be enrolled at a TSC school must return the device, along with any other accessories, at the time they leave the Corporation. The device and all accessories should be returned to the CRAM Classroom/Window at the High School level, and the Media Center at the Middle School level.

The student is responsible for maintaining a 100% working device at all times. The student shall use reasonable care to ensure that the device is not damaged - refer to the standards for care and usage listed below. If a device is damaged in such a manner that its use and functionality is impacted, TSC will charge the student the cost for repair or replacement, including labor, when damage occurs. Lost parts will be charged at the current TSC replacement cost. To review the listing of potential damage charges and repair costs, click here.

TSC strives to issue students the same device year after year throughout the life cycle of the device (4 years). Middle School students will be issued the same device in grades 6-8 (Middle School students may receive a device that has been previously used/repaired, as the 3 year span of Middle School does not match the 4 year life cycle of the device). High School students will be issued the same device in grades 9-12. Minor damages may not result in charges from year to year. However, when the device is returned at the end of the cycle and will no longer be used by the student, repair charges may then be assessed, as the device must be returned to satisfactory condition at that time.

Optional accidental damage insurance is offered for students and families. Click here for more information on available insurance coverage.

Any fees collected as a part of this initiative will not be refunded.

Repossession

If the user does not fully comply with all terms of this Agreement and policies set forth in their school handbook, including the timely return of the property, TSC shall be entitled to declare the use in default and come to the user’s place of residence, or other location of the property, to take possession of the property.

Substitution of Equipment

In the event the device becomes inoperable, TSC has a limited number of spares for use while the device is repaired or replaced. This agreement remains in effect for any substitute equipment. The student may not opt to keep a substitute "loaner" device or avoid using the substitute loaner due to loss or damage of the original. If a student’s assigned device no longer functions, the student should report it to the CRAM Classroom at the High School level or the Media Center at the Middle School level. No loaner device will be given to a student who does not bring his/her device to school.

Terms of Agreement

The user’s right to use and possession of the property terminates not later than the last day of the school year unless earlier terminated by TSC or upon withdrawal from TSC.

Unlawful Appropriation (Theft)

Failure to timely return the property or the continued use of it for non-school purposes without the Corporation's consent is considered unlawful appropriation of the Corporation’s property. This may constitute theft, a felony, or conversion, for which parents and students could be liable.

Standards for Proper Care

TSC students must adhere to a set of care and usage standards when utilizing a TSC-issued device. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in damage to the device, potential damage charges, and other school-based consequences.

General Use
  • If the device comes with a plastic protective case, the device must remain in the case at all times. If the device comes with a protective backpack, the device must be transported in the backpack at all times.
  • Do not pick the device up by the corner of the screen or with one hand. The device should be picked up and carried from the base with two hands and closed when transporting from one location to another.
  • Keep the devices free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not applied by TSC.
  • Always use the device on a flat, stable surface. While the device may be a laptop, it shouldn't sit on one's lap.
  • Never leave any object on the keyboard. Pens or pencils left on the keyboard will crack the screen when the lid is closed.
  • Do not set books on top of the device.
  • Do not have food or drinks around the device.
  • Wipe surfaces with a clean, dry soft cloth.
  • Do not leave the device exposed to direct sunlight or near any heat or moisture sources for extended periods of time.

Power Management

  • It is the student’s responsibility to recharge the devices battery so it is fully charged by the start of the next school day. The device should be charged each night!
  • Lowering the screen brightness will conserve battery power.
  • Devices with no battery life must be charged in the CRAM Classroom, a charging tower (High School) or Media Center (Middle School). The student forfeits use of the device for the entire time it takes to charge.
  • All class work missed because of uncharged batteries must be made up on students’ own time.
Transport
  • Always transport the device either in its protective plastic case or its protective backpack.
  • When transporting the device in a backpack, do not overload the backpack with books, as pressure on the device can cause damage to the screen and other components.
  • The device should be closed when transporting.
  • Do not leave the device in a vehicle for extended periods of time or overnight.
  • Do not leave the device in visible sight when left in a vehicle.
Monitoring and Supervision
  • Do not leave the device unattended in an unlocked classroom or during an extracurricular activity.
  • Do not lend the device to a classmate, friend, or family member.
  • Any attempt to “jailbreak” or remove the TSC profile could result in discipline consequences.
  • Students are expected to respect the web filter (on campus) as a safety precaution, and shall not attempt to circumvent the web filter such as using a proxy.
  • Students are responsible for the safety and security of the device and any activity on the device.
  • TSC may disable the device remotely to protect the device and/or data on the device.

NOTE: Failure to follow these precautions could result in a student being charged full replacement cost in the event of a lost, stolen or damaged device.

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