Chromebook Warning

  •  November 07, 2016

Dear Respected Parents/Guardians,

We are taking the opportunity to remind you about our Chromebook agreement and penalties for device misuse. The first offense is $15, the second offense is $25 and third and any additional offenses are $50.

Chromebook misuse include the following offenses: resetting the device, removing any monitoring software, any actions that alter the Chromebook operating system, and last but not least, violating any school policies and procedures. Please note that this last one has recently become a growing issue among teachers and administrators.

We are encountering students attempting to access some shady websites on almost a daily basis in order to avoid the protection and privacy filters that the school has put into place to ensure their safety when using the internet. They are doing this to play games and entertain themselves while in classroom, which takes away from their learning experiences.

Many students are trying to access Facebook, Instagram and other related social websites that are not school appropriate due to school privacy and more importantly, the overall safety and well-being of our students.

In the students’ quest to beat our defense mechanisms, they have tried everything to bypass the security measures by visiting different un-blocking websites, accessing different proxy servers and pages. We make every effort to try to catch and block as many of these offenses as we possibly can. Please assist us in educating the students on the severity of not following the policies that we put into place to keep them safe. As a campus, we do keep up with any threats made in regards to internet use and social media outlets. While it is impossible to catch every offense, students need to be aware that their activity is permanent once they hit “post” and can have severe consequences.

Additionally, please be aware that students are using legit sources to get access to illegal materials. Google drive is a prime example of this and is becoming an ongoing problem in the classrooms with students chatting with each other and sharing materials and even answers during class. Please be aware that some of these programs are needed for educational purposes, and if the students abuse these privileges they are hurting their ability to gain meaningful instruction in class. This will result in additional work being brought home as well when teachers deny their privileges.

We all remember this warning at the beginning of any VHS and DVD movie.

FBI Anti-piracy

Recently we have been catching our students violating this rule by uploading and streaming copyrighted material on their personal drive. In this process, they are committing a Federal Crime. Some of the movies and materials are not even published on the regular market and this is a prime example of piracy.

Even more frightening is that in order to get their hands on this material, students are releasing their personal information such as school usernames and passwords to each other, and even worse, to third parties and persons completely unrelated to our school, This is done in an attempt to upload forbidden contents on their accounts including, but not limited to, R and MA rated movies with lots of violence and nudity. Once again, this is putting themselves in danger and also putting their school and fellow students at risk.

With everything mentioned, we ask that you please help us out and to pay more attention to your student’s internet usage and educate your children about safe behavior in cyber space. We are doing our best to explain the risks on campus and keep them safe. If you receive a notification about a fine from our Dean of Discipline, please be aware your student violated a rule that they were aware of. We will be strictly enforcing all school policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of all of our students.

Respectfully, HSI Garland Staf

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