Tech Amnesty Days - November 1 - 22
Tech Amnesty Days
Have you messed with the image on your laptop OR allowed someone else to "FIX" it? This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY! You can come NOW and we will RESET your laptop back to the way it should be without ANY consequences.
WHAT is all this about?
The 2016-17 school year has brought many changes to our student laptops in an effort to protect class time and encourage students to be more responsible. This year students have standard rights on their laptops. Most software needs were already installed on student devices. Any additional software can be downloaded through the RSS District Self Service or the App Store as needed.
Several students have attempted to reset their laptops in an effort to get admin rights. This has frequently resulted in students losing necessary classroom applications, and even caused quite a few students to lose all their saved classwork. Others have mistakenly trusted a student who promised "games and additional access" to their computer. These actions are against the RSS Responsible Use of Technology Policy, which every student signed before he/she received a laptop.
We want to equip all our students for success in the classroom. It is our hope that the Tech Amnesty Days will encourage students to step up and avoid punishment for what they didn't realize was a punishable offense.
*Another immediate concern is that student laptops may not operate as needed for exams. It is VERY important that we get all student laptops back to the district image.
Is my laptop Ok?
*BEFORE you attempt anything, make a BACK-UP of all your important school documents! You can store them on a USB drive OR you can put them in your Google Drive.
Can you restart your laptop and log back in with your user name and password? If YES - then you are probably good to go!
IF you can answer YES to any of these questions you should bring your laptop in to the Help Desk for assistance:
SOcial Media Access?
Social Media IS blocked on school laptops. If students have access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat on a school laptop they have bypassed the RSS filters.
IF your student has access to social media, he/she is probably using a proxy bypass. You can quickly check this at home. On the school laptop - Open Chrome. Go to Chrome / Preferences. Select Extensions. Look for VPN, Tunnelo, and/or other Proxy Bypass extensions. These can easily be deleted by clicking the X. You can help us monitor by checking for these routinely on your child's laptop.
Administrators are looking to SEE who is choosing to be on Social Media during class time.
Be SMART - During class be present in the classroom doing class work!
RSS Code of Conduct
Re-setting school issued laptops and bypassing school filters to have access to social media is against the Technology Responsible Use Policy.