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Archdiocesan Responsible Use Policy

Director of Technology, PreK-12

Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Revised August 2016
Technology is a valuable and real world educational tool. All Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including: interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyber bullying awareness and response to ensure responsible use of technology.
The policy outlined below applies to all technology use including but not limited to Internet use. The Responsible Use
Policy for Technology applies to all students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers or community members allowed
access to school technology resources. In some cases outside or personal uses of technology may be applicable
under this policy.
We recognize that the digital world allows anytime, anywhere access. Uses mentioned in this policy apply to inside
school use and may in certain instances apply to personal technology use and/or uses outside of school. Where
personal outside use of technology threatens a likelihood of substantial disruption in school, including harming or
interfering with the rights of other students or teachers to participate fully in school or extracurricular activities, these
activities may be viewed as a violation of the Responsible Use Policy and may be subject to the disciplinary measure
found herein.
N.B. The types of electronic and digital communications referenced in this AUP include, but are not limited to, social
networking sites, cell phones, mobile computers and devices, digital cameras, text messaging, email, voice
over ip, chat rooms, and instant messaging.
The school’s goal is to prepare its members for a responsible life in a digital global community. To this end, the
school will:
• Integrate technology with curriculum to enhance teaching and learning
• Encourage critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and problem
solving skills
• Facilitate evaluation and synthesis of information
• Encourage ethical practices and provide education for Internet safety, digital citizenship
and the creation of a positive digital identity
• Provide a variety of technology based tools and related technology skills.
Our schools will make every effort to provide a safe environment for learning with technology including Internet filtering
and safeguards. The students, faculty, administrators, staff, and school community are granted the privilege of using
the computer hardware and software peripherals, and electronic communication tools including the Internet. With this
privilege comes the responsibility for appropriate use.
In The Archdiocese of Philadelphia we use information and technology in safe, legal, and responsible ways. We
embrace the following conditions or facets of being a digital citizen.
• Respect One’s Self: Responsible users will select online names that are appropriate and
will consider the information and images that are posted online.
• Respect Others: Responsible users will refrain from using technologies to bully, tease or
harass other people.
• Protect One’s Self and Others: Responsible users will protect themselves and others by
reporting abuse and not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications.
• Respect Intellectual Property: Responsible users will suitably cite any and all use of
websites, books, media, etc…
• Protect Intellectual Property: Responsible users will request to use the software and
media others produce and license agreements for all software and resourecs.
Educational Purpose/ Responsible Use: School technology is to be used to enhance student learning. Students are
able to access social networking and gaming sites only under the guidance and supervision of the teacher for the
educational outcomes identified within the lesson and given appropriate age.
Copyright/Intellectual Property and Identity: All sources obtained for teacher and student work should be
properly cited. Users are to respect the rights of and the intellectual property of others in accordance with Federal
Copyright Law. Transferring copyrighted material to or from a school without expressed permission of the owner is a
violation of Federal Law.
Communications: Electronic and/or Digital communications with students should be conducted for educationally
appropriate purposes and employ only school-sanctioned means of communication. The school-sanctioned
communications methods include:
• Teacher school web page, email and/or phone number
• Teacher created, educationally focused networking sites
• Remind Communication app
Teachers, administrators or staff member in their normal responsibilities and duties may be required to contact parents
outside of the school day. A teacher, administrator or staff member is free to contact parents using a home phone or a
personal cell phone. However, they should not distribute a home phone number or a personal cell phone number to
students. If a student contacts a teacher or administrator using a teacher or administrator’s personal numbers, email or
networking sites, the teacher or administrator should immediately report this to the administrator or appropriate
Electronic and Mobile Devices, Cellphones/Wearable: Users must adhere to local school policy that may further
define uses of mobile devices. The administrator of the local school will determine permissible use. If a particular
mobile device is to be used for educational purpose, the school administration and/or teacher will provide parameters
for this use.
Examples of Unacceptable Uses - Users are not to:
• Use technology to harass, threaten, deceive, intimidate, offend, embarrass, or annoy any individual.
• Post, publish, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, violent, abusive, profane or sexually oriented material.
Users must not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude or threatening language. Users must not knowingly or
recklessly post false information about any persons, students, staff or any other organization.
• Use a photograph, image, video, including-live streaming, or likeness of any student, or employee without
express permission of that individual and of the principal.
• Create any site, post any photo, image or video of another except with express permission of that individual and
the principal.
• Attempt to circumvent system security or to bypass software protections.
• Deliberately visit a site known for unacceptable material or any material that is not in support of educational
objectives. Students must not access social networking sites or gaming sites, except for educational purposes
under teacher supervision.
• Violate license agreements, copy disks, CD-ROMs, or other protected media.
• Use technology for any illegal activity. Use of the Internet for commercial gains or profits is not allowed from
an educational site.
• Breach confidentiality obligations of school or system employees
• Harm the goodwill and reputation of the school or system in the community
• Transmit any material in violation of any local, federal and state laws. This includes, but is not limited to:
copyrighted material, licensed material and threatening or obscene material.
• Attempt to modify software and/or hardware configurations on a school issued device without proper permission and
• Loading personal software onto a school device or school issued device without proper permission or direction.
• Attempt to remove covers or protective shells to make repairs to hardware.
Reporting: Users must immediately report any damage or change to the school’s hardware/software that is noticed by
the user.
Administrative Rights: The school has the right to monitor both student and employee use of
school computers and computer accessed content. Due to the evolving nature of technology, the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office of Catholic Education reserves the right to amend or add this
policy at any time without notice.
Personal Use of Social Media
This section of the policy refers to the personal use of social media sites such as, but not limited to:
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Tumbler,, Snapchat, Vine, Kik, and Yik Yak.
Teachers and students may not mention members of the school community without their consent unless the subject
is of public concern and the speech falls under applicable constitutional protections.
“Friending” or “Following” of current students by teachers is forbidden on a teacher’s personal social networking
site. Personal and professional posts’ must use appropriately respectful speech, and refrain from harassing,
defamatory, abusive, discriminatory, threatening or other inappropriate communications. Teachers are encouraged
to have professional accounts and parents are encouraged to follow for announcements and resources. Teachers
are to inform local administrators as to any class utilizing social media
Policy Violations
Inappropriate use in contradiction to the above rules will be addressed by the administration of the school. Violation of
these rules may result in any or all of the following:
• Loss of use of the school network, computers and software, including Internet access. The student will be expected
to complete work on a non-networked, stand-alone computer system.
• Issuance of demerits/detentions, if applicable.
• Disciplinary action including, but not limited to, dismissal and/or legal action by the school, civil authorities, or other
involved parties.