The Burnt Hills–Ballston Lake Central Schools Board of Education recognizes that an effective public education system develops students who are globally aware, civically engaged, and capable of managing their lives and careers. The Board also believes that students need to be proficient users of information, media, and technology to succeed in a digital world.
Therefore, the Burnt Hills–Ballston Lake Central School District will use electronic resources as powerful and compelling tools for students to further understand all subjects and apply skills in relevant and rigorous ways. It is the district’s goal to provide students with rich and ample opportunities to use technology as individuals do in workplaces and other real-life settings. The District’s technology will enable educators and students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate and create, think and solve problems, manage their work, and take ownership of their lives.
The board directs the superintendent or designee to create strong electronic educational resources that support innovative teaching and learning, to provide appropriate staff development opportunities and to develop procedures to support this policy.
These regulations are written to support the Electronic Resources Administrative Regulation and to promote positive and effective digital citizenship among students and staff. Digital citizenship represents more than technology literacy: successful, technologically fluent digital citizens live safely and civilly in an increasingly digital world. They recognize that information posted on the Internet is public and permanent and can have a long-term impact on an individual’s life and career. Expectations for student and staff behavior online are no different from face-to-face interactions. Access to the school’s technology resources is a privilege. All activities conducted using BH-BL resources are subject to monitoring by the district.
This Administrative Regulation is not intended to interrupt or inhibit classroom teaching and learning. If you feel that any of the stated policy prohibitions affect your ability to deliver prepared classroom lessons, please contact your Dept./Bldg. Supervisor or the District Instructional Technology Coordinator to ensure that a working solution can be implemented.
If a staff member or student is unsure whether a contemplated activity may be in violation of stated policies, he/she should contact his/her teacher, Dept./Bldg. Supervisor and/or the District Instructional Technology Coordinator to ensure that this activity can be implemented.
District technology resources include (but are not limited to) the transmission infrastructure, wired and wireless equipment, files and storage, e-mail and Internet content (blogs, web sites, web mail, groups, wikis, etc.). The district reserves the right to prioritize the use of, and access to, all technology resources.
All use of district technology resources must support academic or classroom activities, educational research and other learning opportunities consistent with the educational mission of the district.
All staff and student personal devices must be authenticated on the district’s network. Personal devices must be equipped with up-to-date virus software, compatible network card and configured properly. Non-compliant devices will be removed. Connection of any personal electronic device is subject to all guidelines in this document. Expectations for responsible use remain the same, whether a personal or district device is used. The district will not be responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen or damaged. The district will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from district-provided Internet access.
Acceptable uses of technology resources by district students and staff include:
Unacceptable uses of technology resources by district students and staff include but are not limited to:
Cyberbullying or cyberthreatening
The district will not be responsible for any damages suffered by any user, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or any other errors or omissions.
Contributions to the Internet leave a digital footprint for all to see. Therefore:
Filtering software is used to block or filter access to visual depictions that are obscene and all child pornography in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Other objectionable material could be filtered. The determination of what constitutes “other objectionable” material is a local decision.
Downloading, copying, duplicating and distributing software,
music, sound files, movies, images or other copyrighted
materials without the specific written permission of the
copyright owner is generally prohibited. However the duplication
and distribution of materials for educational purposes are
permitted when such duplication and distribution fall within the
Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17,
USC) and content is cited appropriately.
All student work is copyrighted. Permission to publish any student work requires permission from the parent or guardian.
Passwords are the first level of security for a user account. System logins and accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account, for authorized district purposes. Students and staff are responsible for all activity on their account and must not share their account password.
These procedures are designed to safeguard network user accounts:
District staff must maintain the confidentiality of student data in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The district provides the network system, e-mail and Internet access as a tool for education and research in support of the district’s mission. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store, without prior notice, information about the content and usage of:
No student or staff user should have any expectation of privacy when using the District’s network. The district reserves the right to disclose any electronic message to law enforcement officials or third parties as appropriate. All documents are subject to the public records disclosure laws of the state of Washington.
Backup is made of all district e-mail correspondence for purposes of public disclosure and disaster recovery. Barring power outage or intermittent technical issues, staff and student files are backed up on district servers nightly – Monday through Friday. Refer to the District retention policy for specific records retention requirements.
All users of the District’s electronic resources are required
to comply with the District’s policy and regulations and agree
to abide by the provisions set forth in the District’s
Responsible Use Agreement.
Violation of any of the conditions of use explained in the District’s Responsible Use Agreement or in these procedures could be cause for disciplinary action, including arrest, suspension or expulsion from school and suspension or revocation of network and computer access privileges.
The Speck Library Media Center is a learning center. Students must be respectful and courteous to staff and other students. We promote a climate that is conducive to quiet work, reading, and contemplation.
1. Students most often come to the library for a scheduled lesson in the Main Room or the Speck Lab. Their class may meet with the Library Media Specialist for instruction, or classroom teachers may conduct their classes at Speck for access to library materials and computers.
2. Students may also come to the library from study hall with a pass. Students must stop at the circulation desk to sign in and out. Students may come to Speck on a pass to:
3. Students wishing to work in the library during Activity Period are required to have a pass from their subject-area teacher whose assignment they will be working on.
Independent access to the Library Media Center is contingent on a student's behavior and borrowing record. Inappropriate behavior or overdue materials will result in the loss of library privileges.
1. Students must adhere to the district's Acceptable Use
2. School computers may only be used for school assignments.
3. Games and personal e-mail are not permitted on school computers.
Students are responsible for library materials they borrow. In case of loss or damage, the students is required to pay the replacement cost of the materials.
1. Students will care for and protect library materials from loss or damage due to water, food, pets, mark-ups or otherwise.
2. Students will return library materials in a timely manner. Students with overdue library materials may not be permitted to borrow additional materials and may be restricted from independent access to the library.
3. Students will be responsible for the replacement cost of library materials that have been lost or damaged beyond repair. The replacement cost and the extent of the damage is to be determined by the Library Media Specialist.
For access to our library catalog, databases, and recommended
Internet links, please visit the
Speck Library Media Center.