Technology: Acceptable Use Policy

The Saint Francis High School Acceptable Use Policy  applies to all technology resources including, but not limited to: personal laptop computers, school computers, cell phones, video and audio equipment, copy machines and information storage devices. Saint Francis High School students are expected to use school resources in a considerate, ethical, moral and legal manner.

All Saint Francis High School technology systems and information stored on them are governed by school policies and are subject to school supervision and inspection whether they reside on school owned computers or computers or external drives brought on campus by students. Saint  Francis High School reserves the right to monitor, access, retrieve, read and disclose all messages, information, and files created, sent, posted from, stored on laptops brought onto campus, or stored on its systems to law enforcement officials or others without prior notice. Any student who violates this policy or any applicable local, state or federal laws, is subject to disciplinary action, a loss of technology privileges, and may face legal prosecution.

Electronic Devices

The privacy of all students is protected during the school day. All electronic devices shall be kept out of sight and turned off at

on, the device will remain in the Dean’s Office until the next school day, and will only be released to a parent.

Acceptable Use on SFNet and General Computer Use

Saint Francis High School provides computer network access (SFNet) to students who use the access in accordance with the mission and  philosophy of Saint Francis High School. Students agree to the following terms as a condition of having network access:

  1. Appropriate Use: Student use of the Saint Francis computer network (SFNet) must be consistent with the philosophy of Saint Francis High School and its educational goals. Misuse includes any Internet conduct on or off-campus that negatively affects the reputation of Saint Francis High School including messages sent, posted or received that suggest harassment, racism, sexism and inappropriate language or symbols.
  2. Vandalism/Hacking: Students will not use their Saint Francis access or other Internet access to interfere with or disrupt network users, services, Saint Francis High School data or data of another student, or equipment, either locally or off campus.
  3. Unauthorized Entry: Students will not access or try to make unauthorized entry to any machine accessible via the network or on remote networks. If a student notices a security problem, the student must notify school personnel immediately.
  4. Inappropriate Messages: Students will not use their Saint Francis access to transmit threatening, obscene or harassing materials, including chain-letters, solicitations, inappropriate photos, or broadcast messages via our network or email system.
  5. Inappropriate Material: The Internet contains certain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. Students will not use their Saint Francis access to knowingly visit sites that contain this material nor import, transmit and/or transfer any of this material to other computers.
  6. School Personnel: Students should not email, post to websites or blogs, images, photos or video of employees of Saint Francis High School. This includes the creation of fan pages or groups on social networking sites.
  7. Private Use: Students will not provide their Saint Francis access or password or share another student’s password with any other student or non-student. Students may not use another individual’s account or log onto the Internet as anyone else.
  8. Personal Privacy: Students will not communicate their address, phone number or other personal information to any person or company on the Internet or through email.
  9. Unauthorized Programs or Computers: Students may not use, copy, delete, or install any program on a school computer or save any executable program without the permission of school personnel. Students may not use personal laptop computers without prior permission from the Technology Director.
  10. Copyright: Students are not to post to websites or blogs any photos or logos that are the property (intellectual property) of Saint Francis High School.

Any unauthorized technology used for the purpose of bypassing security systems, including internet filtering is not permitted. This included the use of ssh, proxy-bypass software, remote desktop sessions, anonymizing websites/software and other technologies.

Any costs, charges, liabilities or damage by misuse of the computers are the individual student’s responsibility. Any consequences of service interruption or privacy violation, will lead to disciplinary action. Such action can include suspension and/or expulsion from Saint Francis High School.

 Permitted Use of Personal Electronic Devices

The use of personal laptop computers, tablets and mobile devices on campus is a privilege that is subject to the policies in the Student-Parent Handbook and the following rules. All policies set in place in this Acceptable Use Policy continue to apply when a student brings a personal devicefor use on campus.


  1. Students are responsible for securing their devices (laptop, tablet, etc.) on campus. Saint Francis High School assumes no responsibility or financial liability for any damage the student or parent suffers, including but not limited to theft, physical damage, loss of data or software malfunctions of the personal laptop computer. If a device computer appears to have been stolen, the student will immediately report the incident to the Dean's Office. 
  2. Personal laptops may be used in the library at any time. In addition, students can use their registered laptop during collaboration in a classroom with teacher supervision.
  3. The student must adhere to any additional guidelines which the classroom teacher or library personnel may require. The use of the laptop may in no way disrupt or distract from the learning environment.
  4. Students may ONLY connect wirelessly to the school’s network using SFNet ONLY. They must use their own username and password to connect. Devices that do not support this network connectivity are not permitted. All usage must be in accordance with the policies in the Student - Parent Handbook and be consistent with the Mission and Philosophy of Saint Francis High School. Students are strictly prohibited from using peer-to-peer software, file sharing programs, telnet/ssh, or messenger programs as well as other resource/network intensive applications. The use of network monitoring software or applications considered intrusive by the school is considered to be a serious offense, and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including immediate expulsion. Network access is a privilege that may be revoked for any reason at the discretion of the administration or the Technology Director.
  5. The student is responsible for coming to school with a fully charged device and may not connect to any classroom outlets for charging their device.
  6. Student use of a personal laptop on campus must meet the requirements of the Acceptable Use Policy. Laptops are not to be used for games, chat, DVD viewing or other forms of entertainment.
  7. Students must surrender their laptops to any teacher or administrator upon request and must allow these authorized personnel to examine the system to determine whether established policies have been violated.
  8. Any student who is suspected of violating the Laptop Agreement will be referred to the Dean's Office.