Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
BCCHS Acceptable Use Policy for Student and Parents The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by users online, prevent unauthorized disclosure of or access to sensitive information, and to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). As used in this policy, “user” includes anyone using the computers, Internet, email, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications or equipment provided by the school. Only current students or employees are authorized to use the network.
This school will use technology protection measures to block or filter, to the extent practicable, access of visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, and harmful to minors over the network. The school reserves the right to monitor users’ online activities and to access, review, copy and store or delete any electronic communication or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of school property, network and/or Internet access or files, including email.
Acceptable Uses of School Computer Network or the Internet
The school must verify each year students using the computer network and internet access for that school year have a signed page acknowledging this policy. Students who are under 18 must have their parents or guardian sign this page and the school must keep it on file. Once signed that permission/acknowledgment page remains in effect until revoked by the parent or the students loses the privilege of using the schools network due to violation of their policy or is no longer an active student. Employees and other users are required to follow this policy. Even without signature, all users must follow this policy and report any misuse of the network or Internet to a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate school personnel. Access is provided primarily for educational and Charter business. Staff may use the Internet, for incidental personal use during duty-free time. By using the network, users have agreed to this policy. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use is acceptable or appropriate, he/she should consult a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate school personnel.
Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or Internet
These are examples of inappropriate activity on the School web site, but the School reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities (1) that create security and/ or safety issues for the School, students, employees, network or computer resources, or (2) that expend School’s resources on content and its sole discretion determines lack of legitimate educational content/purpose, or (3) other activities as determined by the School as inappropriate.
- Violation any state or federal law or municipal ordinance, such as: accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials, material that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or copyrighted materials.
- Criminal activities that can be punished under law;
- Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances;
- Obtaining and/or using anonymous email sites; spamming; spreading viruses;
- Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as;
- Using profane, abusive, or impolite languages, harassing, or making damaging or false statements about others or accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;
- Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other user names, emails, files, or data; disguising one’s identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email;
- Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance;
- Using any Schools computer to pursue “hacking”, internal or external to the School, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws; or
- Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including “chain letter” or any type of “pyramid schemes”.
- Engaging in uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into other’s accounts or other computer networks, such as: 1. Using another’s account password(s) or identifier(s); 2. Interfering with other users’ ability to access their account(s); or 3. Disclosing anyone’s password to others or allowing them to use another’s account.
Using the network or Internet for Commercial purposes: 1. Using the Internet for personal financial gain; 2. Using the Internet for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or 3. Conducting for-profit business activities and/or engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes. Student Internet Safety 1. Students under the age of eighteen should only access School’s network accounts outside of school if a parent or legal guardian supervises their usage at all times. The student’s parent or guardian is responsible for monitoring the minor’s use off campus; 2. Students neither shall share nor reveal on the Internet, personal information about themselves or other persons. For example, students should not reveal their name, home address, telephone number, or display photographs of themselves or others; 3. Students shall not meet in person anyone they met only on the Internet; and 4. Students must abide by all laws, this Acceptable Use Policy and all Schools security policies. Penalties for Improper Use The use of a School’s account is a privilege, not a right, and misuse will result in the restriction or cancellation of the account. Misuse may also lead to disciplinary and/or legal action for both students and employees, including suspension, expulsion, and dismissal from School’s employment, or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The School will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to the specific issues related to each violation. Disclaimer The School makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges accrued by the user due to the use of the School’s network are to be borne by the user. The School also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author’s individual point of view and not that of the Schools, its affiliates or employees. I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the provision of the Acceptable Use Policy of Birmingham Community Charter High School (Please select “Accept” in the AERIES Online Enrollment Application) Printable Form
Attendance & Early Leave Policy
BCCHS Attendance & Early Leave Policy
Compulsory Education Compulsory Full-time Education EC 48200 Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years not exempted under provision of this chapter is subject to compulsory full-time education. Each person subject to compulsory continuation education nor exempted shall attend public full-time day school or continuation school or classes for full-time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school in which residence of either parent or legal guardian is located. Each parent guardian, or other person having control or charge of such pupil shall send the pupil to the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes for the full-time designated as the length of the school day. Unless otherwise provided for in this code, a pupil shall not be enrolled for less than the minimum school day established by law.
For the safety of all our students, please abide by the following guidelines
- Returning from absences When a student returns from an absence, he/she must bring a note signed by the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence. The student is to report to their Academy before school; no later than 7:50 a.m. Reporting to their Academy after an absence is not an excuse for reporting to class late. The Academy will not assist students with this paperwork while class is in session. Clearing Absences Students have 10 school days to clear an absence. Absences not cleared within 10 school days will be automatically marked unexcused. Notes received after 10 days will NOT be accepted. Clearing an absence must be made in writing. An accumulation of 10 or more absences may affect student participation in school events and activities including dances, prom and graduation ceremony. Visiting Campus NO VISITORS (including parents) are allowed on campus during lunch. Lunch is from 11:36 to 12:11 pm. Except for Wednesday when lunch is from 11:44 to 12:15pm unless we are on a special bell schedule. Leaving the campus early – NO EARLY LEAVES BY PARENT PICK-UP AFTER 2:50 PM EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES! Students who need to leave campus during the school day must report to their Academy no later than 8:20 a.m. to receive permission to leave. NOTES will NOT be accepted after 8:20 AM. The student must have a note from the parent or guardian that is listed on the student’s emergency contact in AERIES and must include a telephone number where the parent or guardian may be contacted prior to 9:00 a.m. The note must state the student’s date of birth specific time of release, reason for early release and parent signature. The Academy office technician will verify early leave. The parent must be available to speak to the Academy office technician. Parents who are picking up their student early must do so before 2:50 PM. A photo ID will be required. Parent are to enter at the Haynes Street entrance off Balboa. Please allow a minimum of 20 minutes from the time that you arrive at the school until the time that your child is released from class to you. Please keep in mind that it is difficult to locate students who are in PE. You may want to make a note of the period your child is in PE and avoid early leaves during that time. Students who leave campus without authorization are considered truant. Not only do they face possible disciplinary action from the school, there is the possibility they will be picked up by the police and detained until the parents obtain their release and/or receive a citation. In a continuing effort to communicate with all parents, we will use a computer telephone dialer to contact you at home. A pre-recorded message will inform you of your child’s absence and messages regarding school activities and important dates. These calls will be made in the evening and on weekends. This method of communication with parents has proven to be of great value in keeping parents informed. School Attendance Review Board EC Section 48263 “If a minor pupil in a school district of a county is a habitual truant, or is a chronic absentee, as defined in Section 60901, or is habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school, the pupil may be referred to a school attendance review board...The school district supervisor of attendance, or any other persons the governing board of the school district or county may designate, making the referral shall provide documentation of the interventions undertaken at the school to the pupil, the pupil’s parents or guardians, and the school attendance review board or probation department and shall notify the pupil and parents or guardians of the pupil, in writing, of the name and address of the school attendance review board or probation department to which the matter has been referred and of the reason for the referral. The notice shall indicate that the pupil and parents or guardians of the pupil will be required, along with the referring person, to meet with the school attendance review board or probation officer to consider a proper disposition of the referral. If the school attendance review board or probation officer determines that available community services can resolve the problem of the truant or insubordinate pupil, then the school attendance review board or probation officer shall direct the pupil or the pupil’s parents or guardians, or both, to make use of those community services. The school attendance review board or probation officer may require, at any time that it determines proper, the pupil or parents or guardians of the pupil, or both, to furnish satisfactory evidence of participation in the available community services. If the school attendance review board or probation officer determines that available community services cannot resolve the problem of the truant or insubordinate pupil or if the pupil or the parents or guardians of the pupil, or both, have failed to respond to directives of the school attendance review board or probation officer or to services provided, the school attendance review board may, pursuant to Section 48263.5, notify the district attorney or the probation officer, or both, of the county in which the school district is located,...” (Please select “Accept” in the AERIES Online Enrollment Application) Printable Form
BCCHS Chromebook Contract
Information for Students and Parents The mission of the Chromebook distribution at BCCHS is to create a collaborative learning environment for all students. This environment will enable and support students and teachers to implement transformative uses of technology while enhancing students’ engagement with content and promoting the development of self-directed learning. Chromebooks are a learning resource at BCCHS. There is no opt-out process for receiving a Chromebook because it is an important tool for completing assigned work, conducting research and accessing learning materials – just like a textbook. The California Education Code requires BCCHS to provide equal access to all learning resources to all students. Receiving and Returning Your Chromebook Beginning of the School Year All parents and students are strongly encouraged to view a Chromebook training video in order to receive information regarding the proper care and use of the Chromebook. ● All parents and students are required to sign this contract before being allowed to take the Chromebook home. Students will be issued a Chromebook, power adapter and case.
End of the School Year ● At the end of the school year, at the School’s discretion, each student will turn in his/her assigned Chromebook, power adapter and case. Failure to turn in the assigned Chromebook may result in the student being charged the full replacement cost of the Chromebook. Failure to turn in the assigned power adapter and case may also result in additional charges.
Care of Your Chromebook Students are responsible for the general care of the assigned Chromebook. Chromebooks that are broken or are not working properly must be taken to the Chromebook Help Desk in G53 immediately so they can be repaired. ● No food or drink should be allowed near the Chromebook. ● Heavy objects should never be placed on top of the Chromebook. ● Although the issued case is designed to protect the Chromebook, it is not guaranteed to prevent damage in all circumstances. To minimize damage, the protective case should remain on the Chromebook at all times. Stickers and other personalized items should not be affixed to the case. ● Never lift the Chromebook by the screen. ● Only clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber or anti-static cloth. ● Do not place anything on the keyboard before the closing the lid of the Chromebook. ● Do not tamper with the barcode label on the Chromebook. ○ Students will be charged if they tamper with the barcode label.
Using Your Chromebook at School ● Students are expected to bring their assigned Chromebook to school every day fully charged. ○ Failure to do so will result in detention being assigned to the student. Students are expected to bring their assigned Chromebook to all classes every day. ● If a student does not bring his/her Chromebook to school, teachers may loan a classroom Chromebook to the student. ● If the assigned Chromebook needs repair, the student must take it to the Chromebook Help Desk in G53A. ○ A loaner or replacement Chromebook will be issued, and the appropriate charges will be recorded on the student’s account. Chromebooks that have a hardware or software malfunction not caused by the student will be replaced at no cost to the student. ● Inappropriate media may not be used as Chromebook backgrounds and themes. Use of such media will result in disciplinary action. ● Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from a teacher. ● Students should have their own personal set of headphones/ear buds for use during school. ● Students will log into their Chromebooks using their BCCHS-issued Gmail account. ● Students must abide by Google privacy and use policies at all times. ○ Failure to do so will result in account suspension by Google and BCCHS. ● Students should never share their BCCHS-issued Gmail account password with other students. Using Your Chromebook Outside of School Students are encouraged to use their Chromebooks at home and other locations outside of school. A Wi-Fi internet connection will be required for the majority of assignments using the Chromebook. Students are bound by the BCCHS Responsible Use Policy and the BCCHS Academic Integrity Policy whenever they use their Chromebooks whether at school or outside of school. A limited number of Wi-Fi mobile devices will be available to check out from the Chromebook Help Desk. These devices are not intended to replace regular home internet service, but they will give students without regular home internet service the ability to work online to complete assigned schoolwork. Warranty and Repair of Your Chromebook Chromebook Repair ● If his/her Chromebook is not working, the student must take it to the Chromebook Help Desk in G53A. ● Students are responsible for the care of the loaner Chromebook while repairs are being done. Vendor Warranty ● BCCHS-issued Chromebooks include a one-year hardware warranty from the manufacturer. ● The manufacturer warranty does not warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse or accident. Damage Protection Insurance Beginning in the SY2020-21, all BCCHS students will be required to purchase Chromebook damage protection insurance on an annual basis at a cost of $25.00 per year. Payments of $2.50 can also be made monthly to the student store during the months from August to May. Damage protection Insurance for Chromebooks covers damage associated with: ● Screens ● Casing ● Buttons ● Ports ● Cameras ● Speakers ● Microphones ● Keyboards
It is important to note that damage protection insurance does not cover lost or stolen Chromebooks, cases or chargers. Obvious or intentional physical damage is also not covered by the insurance and will also void the vendor warranty which will result in the student having to pay the full replacement cost of the Chromebook as detailed below.
Estimated Costs (subject to change without notice) ● Complete Replacement - $300.00 (non-touch screen Chromebook) ● Complete Replacement - $350.00 (touch screen Chromebook) ● Charger - $30.00 ● Case - $45.00 No Expectation of Privacy Students have no expectation of confidentiality or privacy with respect to any usage of a BCCHS-issued Chromebook, regardless of whether that use is for school-related or personal purposes, other than specifically provided by law. The School may, without prior notice or consent, log, supervise, access, view or monitor use of student Chromebooks at any time for any reason related to the operation of the School. By using a BCCHS-issued Chromebook, students agree to such. BCCHS-issued Chromebooks are to be used for educational purposes, and students are to adhere to the BCCHS Acceptable Use Policy and the BCCHS Academic Integrity Policy at all times.
I have read, understand and agree to the terms and conditions to this agreement. Printable Form