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Riverdale Baptist School 1:1 Technology Initiative

The focus of the 1:1 technology initiative at Riverdale Baptist School (“RBS”) is to provide tools and resources to today’s learner. Excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout the academic program. The individual use of the apple MacBook is one way to empower students in their learning as they prepare for college. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it enlarges the role of the teacher to include the directing and facilitating of learning.

Implementation Overview

The 1:1 technology initiative at RBS requires the disbursement of a single MacBook Air to every high school student. Each student will receive one MacBook Air and charger. The devices will be required for all core classes and electives. MacBook Airs will be distributed at the beginning of the school year and collected at the end of the school year for summer maintenance.

Program Goals

  • Equip students with the skills to use technology that will benefit the church and Christ.
  • Teach students discernment and the ethical use of technology.
  • Improve the quality of students’ learning and academic achievement as they develop knowledge and skills for their future mission and calling.
  • Provide greater access to educational opportunities, formative assessments, and differentiated instruction.
  • Improve communication and widen our sense of community by expanding the way teachers, students, and parents are able to interact with each other.

Receiving Your MacBook Air

MacBook Airs will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. Parents and students must sign and return the RBS MacBook Air Usage Agreement before the MacBook Air can be issued to the student.

MacBook Air Checkin

MacBook Airs will be returned at the end of the school year so that they can be serviced. If a student leaves RBS during the school year, the MacBook Air will be returned at that time.

Check-In Fines

MacBook Airs and cases must be returned to RBS at the end of each school year. Students who withdraw or terminate enrollment at RBS for any reason must return their MacBook Air on the date of withdrawal
or termination. If a student fails to return the MacBook Air at the end of the school year or upon withdrawal/termination of enrollment at RBS, the student will pay a $500 replacement cost of the MacBook Air and charger.

Apple ID

All students will be provided an Apple ID, as needed, that is unique to each individual student. Students are permitted and encouraged to create a unique password for their Apple ID. The purpose of the Apple ID is to ensure proper downloading of all apps and eBooks, as well as provide reasonable security for the MacBook Air, as needed. This information should never be shared with anyone else and should be strictly kept confidential. Students are not to log their personal Apple ID into the MacBook Air. This is a COPA violation and may result in a referral.

Self Service, App Store, Apps, and eBooks

The School will purchase all required apps, and eBooks for the students and place them in a download store called Self Service. Students are only permitted to install apps from Self Service. Using Apple App Store or installing apps off the internet is against RBS MacBook Air policy and could result in the student losing their MacBook Air privileges. All apps and eBooks on the MacBook Air are the property of RBS.

Specific Website Student Accounts

Some teachers in various classes may require students to set up accounts on various websites from time to time in order to fully integrate the MacBook Air technology into the classroom. The teacher is expected to make each parent fully aware of these accounts when they are created. If possible, the teachers will be expected to set up these accounts. Parents’ help may also be needed to assist with an account setup. Both parents and teachers will be expected to help maintain and oversee these accounts to ensure that they are used properly. Students are to use their RBS issued email address ONLY when signing up for any school related accounts.

Taking Care of Your MacBook Air

Students are responsible for the general care of their MacBook Air. MacBook Airs that are broken or fail to work properly must be immediately given to the technology department for evaluation and servicing.

General Precautions

  • The MacBook Air is school property and all users will follow the RBS acceptable use policy for technology.
  • Only use a clean, soft cloth to clean the screen, no cleansers of any type.
  • Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the MacBook Air to prevent damage.
  • MacBook Airs must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of RBS.
  • MacBook Airs must never be left in any unsupervised area. Students are responsible for the care of the MacBook Airs at all times!
  • Students are responsible for keeping their MacBook Air’s battery charged for school each day.

Carrying MacBook Airs

The protective cases provided with MacBook Airs have sufficient padding to protect the MacBook Air from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the device within the school. MacBook Airs should always be within their protective case.

Screen Care

The MacBook Air screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

  • Do not lean on the top of the MacBook Air when it is closed.
  • Do not place anything near the MacBook Air that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.
  • Do not “bump” the v against lockers, walls, car doors, floors, etc. as it will eventually break the screen.

Using Your MacBook Air at School

MacBook Airs are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for MacBook Air use; school messages, announcements, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the MacBook Air. Students are responsible to bring their MacBook Air to all classes.

MacBook Airs Left at Home

If a student leaves their MacBook Air at home, the student is responsible for getting the course work completed as if they had their MacBook Air present. If a student repeatedly (3 or more times as determined by any staff member) leaves their MacBook Air at home, they will lose the privilege of taking the MacBook Air home and will be required to “check out” their assigned MacBook Air from the technology department.

MacBook Airs Undergoing Repair

Loaner MacBook Airs may be issued to students when they leave their MacBook Airs for repair at RBS. There may be a delay in getting an MacBook Air should the school not have enough to loan.

Charging Your MacBook Air's Battery

MacBook Airs must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their MacBook Airs each evening. Repeat violations (minimum of 3 days-not consecutively) of this policy will result in students losing the privilege to take the MacBook Air home and they will be required to “check out” their MacBook Air from the technology department. Charging stations will be placed in the Student Café so that students can charge their MacBook Airs during lunch time if needed.

Screensavers & Background Photos

Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver or background photo. Presence of inappropriate language, alcohol, drugs, or any improper or explicit pictures and/or videos will result in immediate disciplinary actions.

Sound for Music, Games, or Programs

Sound must be muted during school hours unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Students are expected to follow the RBS Student Handbook as it pertains to appropriate music.

Off-Campus Internet Access

Students are welcome to connect their MacBook Air to their local wireless networks. This will assist them with MacBook Air use while not on the RBS campus.

Managing Your Files & Saving Your Work

It is recommended that all students save their work to the One Drive. One drive is a cloud service that is fully accessible by each student. Storage space will be available on the MacBook Air (BUT it will NOT be backed up in case of re-imaging). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. MacBook Air malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.

macOS & Apps on the MacBook Airs

Originally Installed Software

The iOS/apps originally installed by RBS must remain on the MacBook Air in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add applications for use in a particular course. These apps should be deleted from MacBook Airs at the completion of the course. Periodic checks of MacBook Airs will be made to ensure that students have not removed required apps.

Procedure for Re-Loading Software

If technical difficulties occur or illegal software and/or apps are discovered, the MacBook Air will be re-imaged from default settings. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any software or documents deleted due to the re-imaging process.

Software Upgrades

Upgrade versions of licensed iOS/apps are available from time to time. Students will be required to check their MacBook Airs for periodic updates.

Protecting & Storing Your MacBook Air

MacBook Air Identification

Student MacBook Airs will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. MacBook Airs can be identified by a record of the serial number located on the MacBook Air. The serial number is set as the name of the device in settings. Students are NOT to change the device name to something other than the serial number.

Storing Your MacBook Air

When students are not using their MacBook Airs, they should be stored on their desks or backpacks. Nothing should be placed on top of the MacBook Air. Students are required to take their MacBook Airs home every day after school, regardless of whether or not they are needed.

MacBook Airs Left in Unsupervised Areas

Under no circumstances should MacBook Airs be left in unsupervised areas. Any MacBook Air left in these areas is in danger of being stolen, misplaced, or damaged, and the student responsible for the MacBook Air will be held accountable.

Cost of Repairs

Students will be held responsible for ALL damages to their MacBook Airs including, but not limited to: broken screens, cracked plastic pieces, water damage, etc. Should the cost to repair exceed the cost of purchasing a new device, the student will pay the full replacement value of $500.

Acceptable Use

The use of Riverdale Baptist School technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by RBS is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the school and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in Riverdale Baptist School. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of RBS technological resources. If a person violates any of the User Terms and Conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to Riverdale Baptist School’s technological resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action will be applied. The RBS Student Handbook will be applied to all student infractions.

Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students.

Monitoring & Supervision

  • Each student is responsible for all uses of their assigned MacBook Air.
  • Use of the MacBook Air by other family members is not allowed.
  • Students should not allow other students to borrow their MacBook Air.
  • Teachers are permitted to periodically check a student’s MacBook Airs in order to ensure proper use of the MacBook Air

Internet Access While Off-Campus

  • Students are welcome to access the Internet away from school using a wireless connection.
  • While internet filters provide an important level of protection, no filter program provides 100% protection. Proper monitoring and supervision is still very important.
  • Students are allowed to print from their MacBook Airs to a home printer if the printer is an AirPrint printer.
  • MacBook Air batteries must be charged and ready for school each day.

Student Activities Strictly Prohibited

  • Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
  • Any action that violates public law.
  • Use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of student work.
  • Messaging services-for example: MSN Messenger, iMessage, etc.
  • Changing of MacBook Air settings (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc).
  • Non RBS Social Media sites are prohibited. Students may only access RBS approved social media pages.
  • Spamming-Sending mass or inappropriate emails.
  • Gaining access to other student’s accounts, files, and/or data.
  • Use of the school’s internet/E-mail accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity.
  • Use of anonymous and/or false communications.
  • Students are not allowed to give out personal information, for any reason.
  • Participate in credit card fraud, electronic forgery, or other forms of illegal behavior.
  • Vandalism (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) of school equipment will not be allowed.
  • Transmit or access materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients.
  • Bypass the RBS web filter through a web proxy.
  • Possess hacking software.
  • Violate trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask a teacher, parent, or the technology department.
  • Plagiarism is a violation of RBS rules. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.

Online Behavior

  • Be Kind: Observe a Christian standard of behavior, etiquette, and sensitivity towards others. We are committed to honoring the name of Jesus Christ and the dignity of others. In general, use God-honoring language in all online communications. All incidents of cyberbullying, harassment, racist or sexist language, or other inappropriate use will result in immediate disciplinary action.
  • Be Aware: Always assume the information you send, or post may be viewed by people for whom it was not intended. Never assume your message, post, or photos will be private. Information lives on the Internet forever. If messages, photos, or videos of you are posted by a fellow student without your permission, ask your teacher or principal for help.
  • Be Safe: Refuse to provide personal or confidential information, such as your address, phone number, or age to others over the Internet. Never agree to meet a person that you have met online. Notify your parent, teacher, or Principal if a stranger attempts to meet or contact you.
  • Be Honorable: Refuse to engage in any activity that violates school rules or local, state, or federal laws. This includes plagiarism, violation of copyright laws, illegal downloads of software, music, or movies, unauthorized scanning of images or documents, etc. In addition, it is your responsibility to report any violation of this policy. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Student Discipline

Violations of any of the standards set forth in this handbook may result in the following consequences, depending upon the violation:

  • Discussion about incident with student(s) involved.
  • Meeting with the Principal and/or Head of School on improving after a violation.
  • Being required to leave your MacBook Air at school for a period of time.
  • Disciplinary according to the guidelines in the RBS Handbook.
  • Paying for damage to the MacBook Air.

Please note: The contents herein are subject to change with or without notice at the discretion of Riverdale Baptist School, its Administrative Staff, and its School Board. Any changes will be effective as of their posting on this page.