SCHS Student Handbook

SCHS Acceptable Computer Use Policy

Springfield's Central High School is committed to providing quality computer facilities for all computer users and to maintaining them as efficiently and effectively as possible.  In order to provide these services, everyone needs to do his/her part to keep software, hardware and computer spaces up and running.  To assist us in this endeavor, we have developed the following policies and procedures.

Students are responsible for staying informed about and abiding by these policies.

Right to Confidentiality

While Springfield Central High School respects the rights to privacy of students, faculty, staff and administration, it reserves the right to investigate, without regard to privacy, in cases where serious violations are suspected.  This policy will be applied if the welfare of a member of the school or the institution is deemed at risk.


Use of Springfield Central High School's computer resources is a privilege.  Violation of these policies whether in letter or spirit can result in:


However, Penalties for Loading, Downloading or Viewing Inappropriate Material

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise.  This principle applies to works of all authors and publishing media.  It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgement, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner and terms of publication and distribution.

Because electronic media is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments.  Violation of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, trade secret and copyright violations may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.

What is Acceptable and Unacceptable Use of Computer Resources

  1. School-issued or approved data storage media (CD-R’s and thumb/flash drives) ONLY are allowed on school computers. Unauthorized media use on school computers is a violation of the acceptable use policies.
  2. Proper computer etiquette is expected of all authorized school computer users:
    1. Offensive language is unacceptable.
    2. Networked printers should be used sparingly – only print with the teacher's permission.
    3. Gratuitous and wasteful use of printer resources is unacceptable.
    4. Threats of violence or improper remarks are unacceptable.
    5. Equipment should be used and handled with respect.
    6. Use of food, drinks, gum or candy on or near computers-especially in computer labs is unacceptable.
    7. Clean your work area after computer use.
    8. Shut down computers correctly and completely when finished.
    9. Remember to take your disk out of its drive to keep your information secure.
    10. Report all problems AS SOON AS YOU SEE THEM to the classroom teacher, Technology.
      Support Team, and the Computer Dept. Chair or the online Central Help Desk:
  3. Your password should NOT be given out to anyone. You will be held responsible for all activities conducted under your account name. Persons suspecting that their password and account have been compromised should inform their network administrator immediately.
  4. Changing computer settings without permission is unacceptable.
  5. Installation of unauthorized software is unacceptable and may be considered illegal.
  6. Unauthorized deletion of software from any Springfield Central High School computer is unacceptable and may constitute vandalism.
  7. Use of Springfield Central High School Computer resources for accessing inappropriate material (of an adult and other nature) is unacceptable. Student access to and use of Social Networking media is strictly prohibited and will result in mandatory internal or external suspensions.
  8. Downloading unauthorized material to the hard drive or other storage media is unacceptable.
  9. Use of computer resources during instructional periods for entertainment, especially games, playing music, personal e-mail or chatting is unacceptable.
  10. Use of computer resources by students is authorized in the presence of the regular classroom teacher only. Substitute teachers are NOT authorized to supervise the use of computer resources unless they have the proper clearance from the administration.

    Student use of computer resources in the presence of an unauthorized substitute teacher is unacceptable.
  11. Teachers’ computers are for use by authorized Springfield Central High School teachers only. Use of teachers’ computer by unauthorized personnel, especially students, is unacceptable.
  12. Commercial use of Springfield Central High School computer resources is forbidden.
  13. Copyrighted software or data placed on Springfield Central High School computer resources without permission of the holder of the copyright is forbidden. Copyright violation is illegal.
  14. Students should NOT reveal personal information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.).
  15. Use of student images on authorized Springfield Central High School Internet sites is forbidden.
  16. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt computer and network resources may be deemed vandalism and may constitute criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws.

Calculator Policy

All students should bring a calculator to class each day. Students enrolled in Algebra 2, Algebra 3, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics/Probability/Matrix Algebra, and advanced topics need a graphing calculator. We have suggested the TI-83 or TI-84 (we do have some for classroom use and loan on a need basis), although students may bring whatever type of graphing device they own. Students involved in Algebra 2, Intermediate Algebra Review, and Trigonometry should have a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. All other math students need at least a basic calculator (four function, percent, and square root). Classroom sets of graphing calculators are used in every class at some point during the course of the year.

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