Technology Usage Policy
The following Technology Usage and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy is articulated along with other Pius XI Catholic High School policies and procedures in the Pius XI Catholic High School Parent and Student Handbook.
Technology Usage Policy
Pius XI allows students access to computer and telecommunications resources to support educational goals and objectives.
Although access to the Internet is controlled by a filter that denies access to content we have deemed inappropriate for students, we cannot guarantee with absolute certainty that we’ve identified and screened all objectionable content.
By signing the Acceptable Use Agreement, parents/guardians are giving permission for their student to use the computer technology at Pius XI Catholic High School and the Internet, and are agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Pius XI Catholic High School from any claim or loss resulting from any infraction by the student of the policy or any applicable law.
Internet and Network Rules
Internet and network access is a privilege, not a right.
They are provided to allow students to conduct research, save data and print information. Students are expected to conform to all school policies and codes of conduct when using these resources.
These rules apply to any device, not just Pius XI Catholic High School-owned equipment, attached to the network – both wired and wireless – regardless of how the Internet is accessed.
For students, the privilege of Internet access holds responsibilities.
Pius XI staff will provide guidance and instruction in the appropriate use of the Internet to support educational goals. A student’s disregard for the rules of acceptable use will result in a loss of the privilege of Internet access and/or use of school computers.
Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers.
The computers and networks remain the property of the school. The school reserves the right to open any file or folder stored on the network as it deems necessary.
Furthermore, the school reserves the right to monitor, both physically and electronically, all activities on the network. Additionally, the school reserves the right to monitor all inbound and outbound emails for viruses, profanity, offensive language, racist and/or sexual comments, bullying or harassment, virus hoaxes, chain-mail, and known spam mailers.
Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purpose. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the networks or email.
Students are expected to respect the privacy of other users. At no time may students voice record, video record, or photograph anyone without his/her consent.
Unauthorized attempts to access another person’s email, or similar electronic communications or to use another’s name, email or computer address or workstation to send email or similar electronic communications is prohibited. All other Internet access will be at the discretion of the I.T. Coordinator and School Administration.
Additionally, rogue devices such as routers, access points, switches, network scanners, laptops used for scanning, hacking, cracking, broadcasting, or any other inappropriate action may be seized.
Students may bring up to two devices to school.
The following are strictly prohibited:
- Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks
- Using Pius XI facilities or networks for non-educational purposes
- Using any Pius XI Catholic High School technology for illegal activities, commercial purposes, advertisement or political lobbying, bullying or harassment of any kind, and/or sexually explicit or pornographic purposes
- Attempting to illegally access the network or bypassing Internet filters
- Accessing or attempting to access obscene or other inappropriate materials
- Using others’ passwords or a computer that is already logged on under another user’s name
- Trespassing in others’ folders or files
- Violating copyright laws and Intellectual Property rights of others
- Software piracy, vandalism, or malicious use of computers to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer, computing system, network and/or damage the software components of a computer, computing system, network, or email
- Attaching devices other than a laptop or storage media – including but not limited to cover switches, access points and routers – is prohibited
- Intentionally wasting limited resources
Student abuse or misuse of school technology will result in one or more of the following penalties and will be assessed at the discretion of the School Administration:
- Students will face suspension or revocation of computing and other technological privileges
- Students will face disciplinary action assigned by the Assistant Principal – Operations, including a hearing with the student’s parents
- Students will be required to make full restitution to Pius XI Catholic High School for resources consumed
- Students will face other legal action including action to recover damages
- Students will face referral to law enforcement authorities
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
A “device” is defined as any electronic device capable of transmission, including – but not limited to – all forms and iterations of communication and notification devices, wearable technology, phones, tablets, laptops, and computers.
The purpose of a BYOD policy is to allow students to take advantage of technology to conduct research and complete school work. While occasional personal use is permitted, the devices are not intended to be used for entertainment purposes while at school.
If the use of a personal device becomes distracting or disruptive to the school setting then a student may be asked to turn it off and put it away.
All use of a personal device is subject to oversight and review by the school while students are on school property or participating in a school sponsored event, regardless of whether or not the student is accessing the Internet, and regardless of how the Internet is accessed. Content stored on a personal device may be accessed at the discretion of a School Administrator.
The following rules of usage apply to the BYOD policy:
- All students must sign the Student/Parent Agreement form in order to bring a personal device to school
- Students with the proper forms on file will be permitted to bring up to two devices to school
- Devices must be tagged and registered with the IT department
- Devices may be used in a classroom setting with teacher permission
- Devices may be used in resource rooms and other common areas unless otherwise indicated
- At no time may students voice record, video record or photograph anyone without his/her consent
- Devices that are being used in violation of the policy will be confiscated, turned into the office, and returned to a parent
- Students may not use devices:
- In device-free zones (hallways, bathrooms, or the Student Union) or in the hall during transition times
- During fire and other safety drills
- During a school-wide emergency
Violations of the BYOD policy will result in:
- 1st Offense – A detention and confiscation of the device
- 2nd Offense – $10 fine in addition to the 1st offense sanctions
- 3rd Offense – 1st and 2nd offense sanctions and a $20 fine
- 4th and subsequent offenses include 1st – 3rd sanctions and may result in a disciplinary warning or probation
Fines are due no later than two calendar weeks following the offense. Unpaid fines may be added to the tuition account.