ICT  POLICY

PRESENTATION SECONDARY  SCHOOL
CASTLEISLAND

 Ratified by BOM      ________________

 Proposed by:           ________________

Seconded by:          ________________

Signed:       Mr. Ned O’Callaghan

 Chairperson Board of Management

Signed:      _______________________________

       Board Member

               Date: April 2016        

       Adopted by the Board of Management

Mission Statement

Presentation School is a girls’ secondary school, which is based on the vision of  Nano Nagle of bringing God’s love to all people and is dedicated to an all round Christian education based on Gospel values.

To further these aims we envisage the development of a community wherein –

  • Student and Staff members are valued, and their talents and abilities recognised and developed to prepare for changes in society.
  • Each person recognises his/her own responsibility in implementing agreed standards of conduct.
  • Good communication is maintained between all members and where liaison with parents and local community involvement is encouraged.
Overview

Information and Communication Technology is a rapidly evolving subject in which constant advances in computer technology demand ever changing skills and knowledge from users.

The policy of Presentation Secondary School Castleisland is to provide every pupil with the

opportunity to develop their skill, knowledge and understanding in ICT as part of a balanced curriculum.

We want to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner.

School’s Strategy

The school employs a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:

Objectives of using ICT:
  • Every student develops the necessary ICT skills and understanding to make their contribution to the economy and society of their future
  • Pupils learning in all areas is enhanced and enriched.
  • The range of teaching strategies is broadened particularly in providing better access to the curriculum for pupils with Special Education Needs.
  • Students take more responsibility for their own learning.
  • Students develop positive attitudes towards ICT.
  • Students learn the basic computer applications.
  • To allow access to a wealth of electronic resources on the Internet.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to widen the scope of their communications through electronic mail, blogs, forums etc.
  • To use all available hardware and software resources to ensure the administration of the school runs smoothly.
  • Staff develop necessary ICT skills and understanding to make their contribution to the development of the school academically and administratively
General
  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage. (IT Contractor and subject teachers)
  • Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
World Wide Web
  • Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.
Email
  • Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
  • Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
  • Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
  • Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the internet.
  • Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments during school day is subject to permission from their teacher.
Internet Chat
  • Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication means that have been approved by the school.
  • Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
  • Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
  • Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.
Personal Devices

Pupils are not advised to bring their own technology to school unless required for class work. Leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, sending nuisance text messages, or the unauthorized taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy and Code of Behaviour.

Legislation

The school will provide (if required) information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:

  • Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  • Interception Act 1993
  • Video Recordings Act 1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1988
Support Structures

The school will inform students and parents (when necessary) of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.

Sanctions

Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

Evaluation

The IT Committee to meet at the end of the school year and evaluate the year’s work in conjunction with the IT Contractor.

Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland.
ICT Permission Form

Name of Pupil:           ______________________

Class/Year:                 ______________________

Pupil

I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school.

Pupil’s Signature: __________________________             Date:  ________________

Parent/Guardian

As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my son or daughter or the child in my care to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is intended for educational purposes. I also understand that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety but the school cannot be held responsible if pupils access unsuitable websites.

I accept the above paragraph

Signature: _____________________________                     Date:  ___________________