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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

Offices

Administrative offices for the West Hartford Public Schools are located in the Town Hall building at 50 South Main Street. 


Student FAQ's

Teacher FAQ's

Parent FAQ's

 

The West Hartford Public School District is committed to creating a rigorous and engaging learning environment for all students and staff. It is part of our core values to provide students with environments that foster and encourage innovative learning. All members of our learning community hold the responsibility to value technology and achieve technological proficiency to prepare our students for future jobs, which currently may not exist. Schools must challenge students with rigorous, personalized academic experiences, foster innovation and creativity, and embrace emerging technologies. Students actively engage in a cohesively integrated curriculum, access information, and apply it in solving authentic problems.


Many students have personally owned devices that can be used to help maximize their opportunity for success in school and beyond. These technologies, when properly used, promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. We believe that the tremendous value of technology and the information technology network as an educational resource far outweighs the potential risks. These program guidelines focus on using technologies as educational tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience, consistent with the West Harford Public Schools Mission, Values and Goals. Click here for the BYOD Parent/Student User Agreement.


For the purposes of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic piece of equipment that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture and recording, sound recording, information transmitting and/or receiving and storing. These devices may include, but are not limited to, personal laptops, smartphones, iPads or other tablet computers, network access devices, e-Readers, and cellular phones. No gaming devices are allowed (to include: Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable PSP, etc.). If you are uncertain whether or not your device meets the criteria to be used for BYOD, please see your building administrator.

 

The District provides a filtered, wireless network available to students for instructional purposes. In accordance with federal guidelines, this network has filtering software that blocks access to material that are inappropriate for students or harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act And Child Online Protection Act.

 

Privately owned technological devices may not be used during instructional time, except as specifically permitted by instructional staff. Students and visitors are required to register personal devices on the WHPS network and agree to the WHPS Administrative Guidelines for the Use of Technology.


If a student does not have parental permission to use the Internet and/or online services, teachers will make a reasonable effort to provide an alternative assignment covering the same content standards contained in the Internet based instruction. In the event that equivalent instruction cannot be reasonably provided, an alternative assignment will be given to the student.


Staff is responsible for providing guidelines for Internet use by students. Here is an example of the Responsible Use Guidelines for elementary schools. Staff are responsible for supervising student access to the Internet and ensuring that access is being used for educational purposes and in accordance with the Guidelines for Acceptable Use. This is really no different than staff having been responsible that students were taking notes and not passing notes, or reading texts and not magazines, during class. The vehicle to the knowledge has simply changed. Each building clarifies “electronic etiquette” and expectations for their school community consistent with goals and grade levels. These expectations include expectations for common areas and non-academic settings.

 


Email

Student users shall access or use only WHPS Gmail email accounts at school. All student email collaboration shall be done through district moderated accounts.

Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Communication and Social Networking Applications

Student users shall not access or use online synchronous or asynchronous communication applications such as email, chat, blogs, wikis or social networking website functions (i.e., discussion threads, document posting, RSS feeds, etc.) while at school. These restrictions apply unless:

  • this access and use takes place within a teacher moderated online environment

  • the online activities are being used for legitimate instructional purposes

  • the applications and/or systems are provided by the District

Communications and Access

Parents or guardians should instruct their student user(s) if there is material that they think would be inappropriate for them to access (in addition to material already blocked by the District firewall and content filter). The District fully expects that student users will follow these instructions. Students shall inform a teacher if they mistakenly access inappropriate information or content.

Classroom Guidelines

The use of electronic devices in the academic setting is with the expressed consent of the teacher for instructional purposes only.  Students may not make any recordings (still, video, or audio) without the explicit permission of the teacher or individual.  Personal devices fall within the District’s established Code of Conduct, and must be used properly.  Improper purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Sending any form of harassing, threatening, or intimidating message, at any time, to any person (such communication may also be a crime)

  • Seeking to gain access to or damage technology resources: i.e. attempting to illicitly obtain passwords or usernames, attempting to gain access to secure areas of the network, introducing computer viruses, or accessing or altering educational records

  • Accessing or attempting to access any material that is obscene or contains pornography

  • Using a device to violate any school rule or taking any action prohibited by Federal and State law

Responsibility for Privately Owned Technological Devices

West Hartford Public Schools is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Students are responsible for the safety and use of their privately owned devices. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense. Bringing your own devices to school can be useful; however, some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft.

BOE Policy 4090 Employee Use of Technology

Please insure that you read West Hartford Public Schools Board of Education Policy on employee Use of Technology as it relates to the creation, publication, posting, or distribution of any personal and/or non-school related written, visual, and/or audio correspondence or materials.

Use of Social Media

Click here to view the BOE Regulation 4080-R on use of Social Media.

Use of Graphics on Web Sites and Blogs

Graphics include a variety of picture images: photographs, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams and posters. Section 106 of the copyright law provides the copyright owner with the following rights:

  • Reproduction
  • Adaptation
  • Distribution
  • Performance
  • Display
  • Digital audio transmission

Students and staff of the West Hartford Public Schools must have permission to use the graphics displayed on web pages and blogs. Photographs require permission from both the photographer and any recognizable person in the photograph.

 

Alternatives to using copyrighted images include:

  • Using images with Creative Commons licensing with proper credit
  • Creating your own images
  • Using copyright free images

Visit http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/ for copyright friendly and free image resources

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. Read the details here.

You Tube Access for Teachers

The district recognizes that YouTube can be a valuable resource to support teaching and learning. Beginning November 14, 2011 YouTube is open for teachers. As professionals we know that privileges are balanced with responsibilities.

  • Staff must always preview and evaluate resources that are to be used with students prior to showing them in class.

  • On-the-spot searching of YouTube is not be done while students can view the results as content may be unpredictable.

  • Do not allow students to use your network login.

  • Staff computers must never be left logged on and unsupervised.

  • In order to efficiently use bandwidth, staff will limit the use of any media streaming to school purposes only.

Administrative Guidelines for the Use of Technology

Communications and Access

Parents or guardians should instruct their student user(s) if there is material that they think would be inappropriate for them to access (in addition to material already blocked by the District firewall and content filter). The District fully expects that student users will follow these instructions. Students shall inform a teacher if they mistakenly access inappropriate information or content.

Classroom Guidelines

The use of electronic devices in the academic setting is with the expressed consent of the teacher for instructional purposes only.  Students may not make any recordings (still, video, or audio) without the explicit permission of the teacher or individual.  Personal devices fall within the District’s established Code of Conduct, and must be used properly.  Improper purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Sending any form of harassing, threatening, or intimidating message, at any time, to any person (such communication may also be a crime)

  • Seeking to gain access to or damage technology resources: i.e. attempting to illicitly obtain passwords or usernames, attempting to gain access to secure areas of the network, introducing computer viruses, or accessing or altering educational records

  • Accessing or attempting to access any material that is obscene or contains pornography

  • Using a device to violate any school rule or taking any action prohibited by Federal and State law

Responsibility for Privately Owned Technological Devices

West Hartford Public Schools is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Students are responsible for the safety and use of their privately owned devices. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense. Bringing your own devices to school can be useful; however, some risks are involved as well.  It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft.

BOE Policy 4090 Employee Use of Technology

Please insure that you read West Hartford Public Schools Board of Education Policy on employee Use of Technology as it relates to the creation, publication, posting, or distribution of any personal and/or non-school related written, visual, and/or audio correspondence or materials.

Use of Social Media

Click here to view the BOE Regulation 4080-R on use of Social Media.

Our Technology Plan

Click the link below to view WHPS's three year State approved plan (ED616) for the years 2012-2015


Our Technology Plan 

Use of Graphics on Web Sites and Blogs

Graphics include a variety of picture images: photographs, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams and posters. Section 106 of the copyright law provides the copyright owner with the following rights:

  • Reproduction
  • Adaptation
  • Distribution
  • Performance
  • Display
  • Digital audio transmission

Students and staff of the West Hartford Public Schools must have permission to use the graphics displayed on web pages and blogs. Photographs require permission from both the photographer and any recognizable person in the photograph.

 

Alternatives to using copyrighted images include:

  • Using images with Creative Commons licensing with proper credit
  • Creating your own images
  • Using copyright free images

Visit http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/ for copyright friendly and free image resources

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. Read the details here.

You Tube Access for Teachers

The district recognizes that YouTube can be a valuable resource to support teaching and learning. Beginning November 14, 2011 YouTube is open for teachers. As professionals we know that privileges are balanced with responsibilities.

  • Staff must always preview and evaluate resources that are to be used with students prior to showing them in class.

  • On-the-spot searching of YouTube is not be done while students can view the results as content may be unpredictable.

  • Do not allow students to use your network login.

  • Staff computers must never be left logged on and unsupervised.

  • In order to efficiently use bandwidth, staff will limit the use of any media streaming to school purposes only.

Administrative Guidelines for the Use of Technology

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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