Lone Grove school board approves technology user agreement policy

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Michael D. Smith Parents of Lone Grove students that check out technology for home use will have to first sign a user agreement. The new policy comes ahead of any widespread need for distance learning equipment but was approved to protect that equipment should the need arise. Lone Grove Public Schools Superintendent Meri Jayne Miller told the board Monday that the policy will make students and parents accountable for computers and hot spots issued for home use.“We feel like we needed to have something in place as far as guidelines, use, maintenance, how to properly care for those devices, and have that as part of our school policy,” said Miller.The three-page policy outlines proper care and maintenance for Chromebooks and usage of internet access. For example, users will be prohibited from accessing obscene material or sharing personal information over the internet while using hot spots. The policy also reminds users that activity can be monitored when using school-issued devices and that email correspondence should not be considered confidential.“All email and all email contents are property of Lone Grove School District,” reads the policy.Miller said that the system already had 600 Chromebooks before the pandemic but needed to …

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