Technology Usage Policy

Use of technology at The Geneva School is designed to dignify all persons, aid in the cultivation of community, and help to reach curricular goals. Technology use is not a private matter, but a public and community one. Technology use must be in keeping with the school’s mission, vision, and values, and biblical ethical standards.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS, DEVICES, AND NETWORK

Google Apps for Education is used by students in 6th–12th grade to encourage student and faculty communication and collaboration. Students in 6th grade are required to have access to a computer with an internet connection at home. Students in 7th–12th grade are required to bring their own device (chromebook, laptop, or tablet) to school to allow for classroom writing, research, and collaborating as directed by the faculty.

The Geneva School provides students in 7th–12th grade access to its computer network for educational purposes, including restricted access to the public internet for research associated with their course of study. All access to the public internet is filtered and monitored using network equipment designed to prevent access to unsuitable internet content. This protection system undergoes continuous review and modification to accommodate the ever-changing nature of the World Wide Web.

The school is not able to guarantee that a student will never be able to access inappropriate internet content, particularly if that student makes intentional, determined, and sustained attempts to do so. A log of all internet activity is kept and it is possible to identify which sites were visited (or attempted) by each device on the network.

In order to ensure that computers and the internet are used in a proper manner, the administration and staff have the authority to monitor all aspects of computer usage which occurs within the school facility.

DIGITAL ETIQUETTE

All network users at The Geneva School are expected to conduct themselves according to principles of digital etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

Acceptable Uses:

  • Conducting research
  • Participating in collaborative projects
  • Creating beautiful, informative works
  • Encouraging and strengthening friendships and community

Unacceptable Uses:

  • Public posting of any student’s name, personal address, or phone number
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • Using obscene language
  • Bullying or other unloving actions or words directed toward others
  • Damaging computers, computer systems, or network systems
  • Trespassing in another’s folders or files
  • Using someone else’s password
  • Attempting to disrupt community networks
  • Agreeing to meet someone met online without parental approval and under the supervision of an authorized adult
  • Plagiarizing information found on the Internet
  • Recording of another person, whether video or audio, without their knowledge or permission
  • Using school accounts in any way that is not related to school projects or purposes

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Electronic communication is public communication. The possibility of forwarding or monitoring messages means that any electronic communication should be considered public. The Geneva School practices an open door approach to electronic communication, akin to conducting teacher-student meetings while maintaining an open door. The following guidelines apply to communication between school staff/faculty and students:

  • Faculty and staff interacting with grammar school students via any electronic communication should include one or both parents of the student.
  • Faculty and staff interacting with upper school students via any electronic communication should include a copy to one or both parents whenever possible. In rare situations where copying parents is less preferable, another faculty or staff member must be copied instead of a parent.
  • Faculty and staff interacting with upper school students in an extracurricular setting via any electronic communication should always include a copy to another faculty or staff member.
  • Students who send text messages or emails to faculty or staff should always copy a parent, so that faculty and staff may more easily including a parent when replying.
  • In “traditional” social media, when making or receiving a “friend” request with a student, employees must communicate with at least one of the student’s parents, requesting permission.
  • Students and faculty are asked to restrict the hours for telephone calls to 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONICS

A general rubric for all student protocols, discipline, uniforms, etc. is “We seek to minimize distractions in the classroom.” With this in mind, we are aware of the distractive nature of electronics in our current culture. The following guidelines seek to meet our desire to maximize learning by minimizing distractions from media and electronics.

  • Grammar school students are not permitted to bring cell phones to school.
  • Dialectic and rhetoric students who bring cell phones to school are not permitted to use them during regular school hours upon entering the building in the morning until the last bell at 2:55 pm, including lunch time. Cell phones should be turned off and stowed either in a student locker or backpack during school hours except as noted below.
  • Earbuds are permissible for dialectic and rhetoric students ONLY while quietly working/studying during a study hall period (with the permission of the teacher) or while quietly working/studying in a classroom after school. Otherwise, earbuds are not allowed.
  • Smart watches are not allowed to be worn by students during school hours as these devices can also be used for texting and accessing media.
  • Parents should refrain from calling their students on their cell phone during school hours.
  • Students are permitted to use other devices at the discretion of a teacher in a class situation. Otherwise, all electronic devices must also be stowed in the student’s locker or backpack.
  • Students may use recording devices in specific classes with the permission of the teacher.
  • Electronic devices or cell phones that are not properly stowed will be confiscated by the teacher or staff member who discovers it, given to the director of early childhood (K4–2nd grade), director of the grammar school (3rd–6th grade), or director of the upper school, and returned only to a parent or guardian who comes to claim it. Upper School Only: If a parent is unable to come to the school to claim the phone, the student may claim it at the end of the day but will receive an additional 2 demerits.
  • Students are not permitted to take electronic devices (other than cameras) on field trips. Cell phones are only permitted in special cases deemed necessary by the director of early childhood (K4–2nd grade), director of the grammar school (3rd–6th grade), or director of the upper school.
  • Continued violation of these rules may result in the permanent confiscation of the device or equipment.
  • Any exceptions to these policies must be approved by the director of early childhood (K4–2nd grade), director of the grammar school (3rd–6th grade), or director of the upper school.
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September 23, 2020
  • US Schedule C

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • SAT Test (seniors only)

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • USC Chapel

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 9:35 am- 10:20 am
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  • French Club Meeting

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm
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September 24, 2020
  • US Schedule D

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Lower School Fall Photos (Retake Day)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Soccer Interest Meeting

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:55 pm- 1:25 pm
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  • MS Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian (WHITE)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • JV Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian **** SENIOR NIGHT

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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September 25, 2020
  • US Schedule E

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 6:30 am- 7:30 am
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  • 5th Gr - St. Augustine Trip

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 7:00 am- 6:15 pm
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  • K4 - Great Outdoors Camping Adventure

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 11:15 am
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  • 6th Gr - Hobbit Feast

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
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September 26, 2020
  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • 12th Gr - Fall Senior Dinner & Speeches

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 5:45 pm- 9:00 pm
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  • K - Parent Gathering for Mrs. Dudreck's Class

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 6:15 pm- 8:00 pm
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September 23, 2020
  • US Schedule C

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • SAT Test (seniors only)

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
    See more details

  • USC Chapel

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 9:35 am- 10:20 am
    See more details

  • French Club Meeting

    Date: September 23, 2020 - September 23, 2020
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm
    See more details

September 24, 2020
  • US Schedule D

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • Lower School Fall Photos (Retake Day)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • Soccer Interest Meeting

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 12:55 pm- 1:25 pm
    See more details

  • MS Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian (WHITE)

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    See more details

  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
    See more details

  • JV Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
    See more details

  • Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Faith Christian **** SENIOR NIGHT

    Date: September 24, 2020 - September 24, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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September 25, 2020
  • US Schedule E

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Fathers Watch

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 6:30 am- 7:30 am
    See more details

  • 5th Gr - St. Augustine Trip

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 7:00 am- 6:15 pm
    See more details

  • K4 - Great Outdoors Camping Adventure

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 11:15 am
    See more details

  • 6th Gr - Hobbit Feast

    Date: September 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
    See more details

September 26, 2020
  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
    See more details

  • Cross Country Meet Varsity, JV, MS

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
    See more details

  • 12th Gr - Fall Senior Dinner & Speeches

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 5:45 pm- 9:00 pm
    See more details

  • K - Parent Gathering for Mrs. Dudreck's Class

    Date: September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020
    Time: 6:15 pm- 8:00 pm
    See more details

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