Technology Access Policy for the Upper School

Technology at Trinity

Trinity Christian Academy seeks to enhance its educational curriculum with technological applications where feasible and appropriate. It should be understood by all Trinity students and parents, however, that access to technology while at school should be viewed by students and parents alike as a privilege that has been granted to students in good faith that students will adhere to the policies set forth in this document. The Principal may revoke said privileges, in whole or in part, at his or her discretion.

Parents and Guests at Trinity

Visitors to Trinity may gain access to Trinity’s guest network by meeting with the US Administrative Assistant in the office to receive a password, which will be valid for a specified period of time. Guests are expected to abide by this Technology Access Policy while at Trinity.

Student Use of Personal Technology Devices (PTDs)

Students may bring Personal Technology Devices (PTDs) with them to school for use in appropriate educational applications. The necessity and approval of such use will be determined by the teacher in whose class the PTD is to be used, and if a teacher deems that use is not approved at a particular time, continued use of the PTD by the student will be a violation of this policy. The student will lose the privilege to access PTDs at school for a period of time to be determined by the student’s teacher and/or Principal. During such time, any PTDs that are brought to the school must be stored in the front office until the day’s dismissal.

Students may not access or use someone else’s PTD without permission from the owner.  This includes access of another student’s PTD, as well as any staff/ faculty member’s PTD.  Attempting to access or use a faculty or staff member’s PTD without his/her knowledge or supervision will be viewed as a serious offense.

Student Emails

Each US student receives a school email address for the purpose of allowing access to Trinity’s wifi and internet resources at school, for teachers to use online tools such as Google Classroom or Khan Academy with students, and for sending the Titan Times and other such information to students. This email address is only intended for school purposes and is not a personal or private email account. These email addresses are on Trinity’s network and content may be seen by administrators as needed.

Student Use of Trinity Technology Devices

Trinity Christian Academy has a fleet of Chromebooks which are available for use by students. Students will be required to check-out these Chromebooks by providing their name, the Chromebook’s number, the class for which the Chromebook will be used, the time the Chromebook is checked out, and the time the Chromebook is checked back in. Access to these Chromebooks may be revoked for violation of any part of this policy.

Student Use of Network and Internet

Students will be given access to the internet through Trinity Christian Academy’s internal network designated for students. Trinity Christian Academy will make every effort to provide safe internet access to students. If a student should access material on the internet which he/ she believes to be inappropriate (including content which is sexually explicit, violent, illegal, etc.), the student should report such material to their teacher immediately. No disciplinary action will be taken against a student who accidentally accesses such material, provided that such access is reported. Unreported access to inappropriate material – whether accidental or intentional – will be considered a violation of this policy and a student will be subject to disciplinary action by the Principal and possible revocation of the student’s technology privileges at school. Attempts by the student to circumvent safeguards put in place by Trinity Christian Academy will also be considered a violation of this policy.

Access to social networking sites, as well as video streaming and content sharing sites, is generally not considered to be required for the completion of curriculum objectives, and as such, access to these sites will be limited for students and guests. These sites use a great deal of bandwidth, which the school needs for other purposes.  Whether a student has violated policy by accessing a site in one of these categories will be determined on a case-by-case basis with consideration towards the severity of the access.

Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy while accessing the internet from Trinity Christian Academy’s internal network. Internet usage is monitored for all users on the network, and such monitoring may include information of a specific nature.

Students’ accessing of any sub-network at Trinity Christian Academy other than those designated for students or guests constitutes unauthorized use of the network and can result in revocation of technology privileges in a manner to be determined by the student’s teacher and/or Principal.

Access to the network will be protected by a password which will be distributed to students within the first couple of weeks of class. Students must not distribute this password except to Trinity Christian Academy students. Once a connection to the network has been established, access to the internet is provided on a per-user basis by using the Trinity email address and an assigned password to authenticate. Students will need to check their email account to retrieve the password.  An automatic email will be generated for each student every year from Cisco Meraki which will contain the new password.  The student should protect their username/ password combination as all activity logged under this account will be assumed to have been carried out by the student to whom the combination belongs.

Smart-Phones/Hot Spot Devices

Student use of cell phones or other devices with hot spot capabilities to access content online requires permission from the classroom teacher to use for a specific educational purpose related to content in class. Use of a personal cell phone instead of a school Chromebook for online access means that a student’s data plan will be used to pay for online services.  The school’s online filters cannot monitor or control student access to content online when cell phones are used.  Trinity is not responsible for online content which a student accesses at school using a personal cell phone.  Trinity strongly recommends using school Chromebooks when students access content online.

Please see the Cell Phone Policy in the Parent Student Handbook for details on student use of cell phones at school.