Guy Weadick School Digital Citizenship Plan
1. Student Safety
Internet and computer use is integrated into many of the learning opportunities and activities that students take part in at school and at home. Students are supervised at all times while on computers or other electronic devices at school. Expectations for appropriate use of technology are clearly communicated and reinforced frequently in the classroom. We ask that parents, caregivers, and guardians support this work by modeling online safety at home and by checking in frequently with students about their online activity. Students are accountable for their actions when using technology at school and are made aware of consequences for inappropriate use of technology, including the disabling of their access to technology at school.
2. Student Learning
Guy Weadick’s Technology Committee has identified ICT outcomes which support the Digital Citizenship Plan and have embedded them into their planning to support learning outcomes. Reliable and authoritative resources are provided for students and parents and are shared through Google Classroom.
3. Staff Professional Development
Our staff continues to take part in ongoing professional learning to enhance our capacity to use digital tools for learning. A technology committee reviews and revises the Digital Citizenship Plan throughout the school year and works with teachers and students to ensure that online safety is explicitly taught in classrooms.
4. Student-Owned Devices
Our students have access to many school-based technologies. If students require student-owned devices to meet specific learning or heath needs we ask parents, caregivers, and guardians to work with school staff to create a plan for when and how the device will be used.
Cell phones are to be kept in the student’s backpack, or given to the teacher at the beginning of the day for safekeeping. Students are responsible to collect their cell phone at the end of the day. Teachers are aware of the learning potential for student owned resources in the classroom and may allow them when the teacher believes that there is some educational value to their use by individual students.
5. Parent Communication
Parents, caregivers, and guardians have an important role to play in their child’s learning and in the development of norms and values about online interactions. We ask that parents and guardians read the School District Use of Personal Information letter that is sent home at the beginning of the year and to review the Digital Citizenship Plan posted on our website. These documents provide information about the online tools our students access.
Throughout the year teachers and administrators will share information with parents through School Council, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and classroom messages about student safety online. Parents, caregivers, and guardians will be contacted directly if there are any concerns related to online interactions involving their child. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions about online safety.