Please read the following policies carefully. The below documents will require a signature, and are legally binding. In the event of a rule infraction, you will be required to review these documents. If you have any questions while reading the documents, or filling out the forms below, feel free to ask IT office personnel.
All members of the Midland Christian School ("MCS" or "the School") Community are required to follow this Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP") at all times when using MCS Technology (including, but not limited to, licensed software, computers, servers, email, and/or the MCS network).
The AUP is an Honor Code for technology and is designed to help guide the appropriate, ethical, and practical use of the technology available to the MCS Community. All MCS Technology is intended to be used as an academic tool to enrich the learning environment at MCS. All members of the MCS Community are expected to use responsible, safe, and respectful practices at all times when using MCS Technology. The act of bullying, harassment, embarrassment, and/or harm toward another person will not be tolerated and will be subject to any and all appropriate disciplinary and/or legal actions.
The following actions may result in disciplinary action, the loss of enrollment/employment, the loss of network privileges, and/or legal action: local/state/federal illegal activity, accessing or transmitting offensive material, hate mail, material advocating violence or discrimination, obtaining obscene or pornographic material, creating or forwarding inappropriate (mean-spirited, racist, pornographic, false, etc.) material, using another School user's account (with or without their permission), accessing or modifying another user's account, files, or passwords, and any other actions that disrupt School network services or damage MCS Technology or data. This list of prohibited actions is demonstrative and not exhaustive.
While general rules for MCS Technology usage are set by this document, MCS empowers its faculty to set further boundaries within their individual classrooms, offices, and common areas as they see fit.
All MCS staff, faculty, and students will receive an official email account protected by username and password. Any MCS-controlled domain, along with all associated email accounts, are owned by the School and are therefore subject to monitoring. Email access will be unavailable after the email account holder terminates his or her association with the School, or within one year after graduation. MCS assumes no liability for direct and/or indirect damages arising from the use of the MCS Technology, including the email system and services. Users are solely responsible for the content they disseminate. MCS is not responsible for any third-party claim, demand, or damage arising out of the use of the MCS email system or service. Inappropriate language and material should never be sent by MCS email. At no time shall confidential or sensitive information be transmitted through the MCS email system.
Instant messaging applications, services, and chat rooms are prohibited during school hours, unless it is part of an assigned, supervised in-class activity.
The use of audio and video streaming services is prohibited on the School campus, unless it is part of an approved academic activity. Listening to music, either aloud or with earphones, is not permitted during class, unless express permission is given by MCS personnel. The watching of movies, videos, etc. in class is restricted to educational use as directed by the MCS Administration.
Games (either installed or over the School's network) are not permitted during school hours, except as part of an assigned, supervised in-class activity, or as directed by MCS personnel.
Any attempt to access servers, switches, or any other secure network hardware or software will be subject to disciplinary action. The utilization of proxy avoidance IP numbers and programs is strictly prohibited. No one may use the School network for personal or private business reasons at any time without express permission from the MCS Administration.
Any program that creates a point-to-point connection between two or more computing devices for the purpose of sharing data is considered file sharing and is prohibited on and off campus, unless directed or explicitly authorized by MCS personnel.
Students are only permitted to install software made available in "Self-Service". All other software must be installed by MCS I.T. personnel on any student-issued computer. The School reserves the right, at any time, to remove any software that has been loaded onto MCS Technology.
The Internet is a rich and valuable source of information for education; however, there are also malicious and dangerous things available. Inappropriate material is strictly prohibited. The School provides Internet filtering for all MCS Technology, on and off campus. It is impossible to block every possible moral and ethical Internet threat, so the School relies upon parental oversight while students use MCS technology at home. No one at any time may bypass the filter by any means to gain access to sites blocked by MCS. If access to a website that contains obscene, pornographic, or otherwise offensive material is accidentally accessed, it is the responsibility of the user to report it to the teacher, I.T. personnel, and/or Administration so that future access may be blocked. In the case that a student or faculty/staff member feels that some material is being blocked in error, he or she may make a case for that to I.T. personnel for review.
MCS strongly advises against the dissemination of any personal information through email or the Internet, including but not limited to: name, phone number, addresses, age, social security number, credit card information and passwords.
All members of the MCS community who use MCS Technology understand that by signing the AUP, they understand and agree, individually, to the following:
Midland Christian School ("MCS") retains sole right of possession of the laptop and related equipment ("the Computer"). The MCS technology team retains the right to collect and/or inspect the Computer at any time, and to update, alter, add, remove, or delete software or hardware. Per MCS policy, all 9th-12th grade students will be issued and required to use the Computer as part of their educational studies at MCS.
In the event that the Computer is inoperable, the student should bring it to the MCS IT Department immediately. If the repair is extensive, a "Loaner" may be provided for the duration of the repair. This Laptop User Agreement ("the Agreement") will remain in force for the Loaner. If a student forgets to bring their laptop or power charger to school, a Loaner will not be provided.
Students are permitted to make limited changes to customize the Computer to their own working styles. The student is not permitted to install software on the Computer. To submit a request for program/application approval, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any damage, theft, or loss sustained to the Computer will be the financial responsibility of the student's family. Parents will be billed for the cost of repair, up to a potential replacement cost of approximately $1200. Most repairs can and will be done in-house according to the actual cost of Apple-certified parts. Should the charger become inoperable (including damage to the cord), the current cost of replacement is $60.
Students are strongly encouraged to transport the Computer in a sturdy case, other than their backpack, unless the backpack is specifically designed to transport laptops.
Laptop lids should be closed and the laptop secured before any transport. Failure to close the lid of the Computer before transporting could damage internal components and the LCD screen.
Clean the screen with a soft, dry, anti-static cloth or with a screen cleaner designed specifically for LCD screens only; this service can also be provided in the I.T. Office.
Be careful to handle the screen properly. The following situations often cause damage to the screen and should be avoided at all times:
MCS reserves the right to enforce appropriate consequences for the violation of any rule regarding the use and care of the Computer. Such consequences could include, but are not limited to, the loss of the use of the Computer, reimbursement of any costs or damages incurred, including, but not limited to, internal or external personnel costs, possible disciplinary action, including suspension, dismissal, and/or referral to law enforcement. Random checks of student and faculty Computers may be conducted throughout the year to ensure that these policies are being followed.