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BConnects: Acceptable Use

The expectations and policies that apply on a regular basis at Berkeley Carroll remain in effect when the school moves to remote learning. Please refer to the 2019-2020 Student Family Handbook for a comprehensive discussion of these, in particular to the section on Community Expectations and Standards of Conduct, which begins on p. 14.

We also draw your attention to the handbook’s section on Technology Policies, which begins on p. 21. Some particularly relevant sections are excerpted here.


Berkeley Carroll provides its students access to a variety of technological resources that assist in furthering the school’s mission of preparing students for a life of critical, ethical and global thinking. It is the responsibility of students to exercise appropriate personal responsibility in their use of these resources. This technology use policy provides guidelines that govern the efficient, ethical and legal use of these resources.

Acceptable Use Policy

The acceptable use policy applies to all students who are using The Berkeley Carroll School’s technology resources including, but not limited to, the network, telephones, computers, mobile devices, printers and software. Information Technology (IT) resources must be used respectfully and as authorized and designed. While using school-owned IT resources or your own device on the school’s network, no student is authorized to engage in any activity that violates school policy or any illegal activity under local, state, federal or international law. Students may be held personally and financially responsible for malicious or intentional damage done to any of the tech resources at Berkeley Carroll. The use of The Berkeley Carroll School’s network and devices are revocable privileges for all users. Violating any portion of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including a temporary or permanent ban on computer or Internet use, suspension or dismissal from school and/or legal action.

Digital Citizenship

Berkeley Carroll uses information and technology in safe, legal and responsible ways. A responsible digital citizen is one who:

  • Respects Oneself. Students will select online names that are appropriate and will consider the information and images that are posted online and the long-lasting implications of making information public on the Internet. Students will protect their personal safety online and keep personal information of both themselves and others — home address, telephone number, etc. — private.
  • Respects Others. Students will refrain from using technologies to bully, tease or harass other people, both on and off campus. Photographs, audio or videos taken in school with permission should not be shared on social networking sites or other public forums. Students are required to obtain permission from the school before making online posts about faculty, staff, administrators or the school itself. Being a good citizen online is no different from being a good citizen face-to-face.
  • Protects Oneself and Others. Students will protect themselves and others by reporting abuse and not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications.
  • Respects Intellectual Property. Students will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media, etc.
  • Protects Intellectual Property. Students will request to use the software and media made by others.

Inappropriate Content and Language

The Berkeley Carroll School has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material accessed or posted using school-provided devices, software or platforms (i.e. Zoom). In addition, students may not transmit, download, post or communicate the following: material that is obscene or includes vulgar or inappropriate language; pornography; material that depicts, or describes in an offensive way, violence, nudity, sex, death or bodily functions; material that promotes or advocates illegal activities; material that promotes the use of alcohol or tobacco, school cheating or weapons; materials that is false or defamatory; or material that advocates participation in hate groups or other potentially dangerous groups. Students must promptly disclose to the Head of School or any other employee with whom the student feels comfortable any message received that is in violation of the restrictions on inappropriate language and unauthorized activities. If students mistakenly access inappropriate information, they should immediately report this access to the Head of School or any other employee with whom the student feels comfortable. This will protect them against a claim that they have intentionally violated this policy.

Email Usage

All use of email must be consistent with Berkeley Carroll’s policies and procedures of ethical and legal conduct. Students should refrain from using their Berkeley Carroll account for nonschool related communications. All email accounts are owned by the School and access can be revoked at any time. Students should have no expectation of privacy when using a Berkeley Carroll email account or any IT resources. Students are responsible for securing access to their email accounts.

Video Meetings

Doing school via video platform is a new experience for all of us. Here are a few basic guidelines and policies that community members should keep in mind.

  • Teachers and students are expected to be dressed in school-appropriate attire.
  • Before entering a video session, teachers and students should take a moment to assess the setting and background captured by the camera. Do not engage in a video session from bed, and make sure the background is appropriate.
  • Video meetings between students and teachers are to be conducted during school hours, using school-approved platforms (Zoom for Education, Google Hangouts).
  • Students may not use the school’s platforms for social or student-to-student conversations
  • Students may not record or take screenshots of these sessions.
  • Class meetings conducted via Zoom for Education may be recorded by the teacher when the primary goal of the meeting is to deliver content. Recordings of classes may be distributed to students who are unable to attend a scheduled session or who wish to review the content covered. Participation in class meetings implies consent for these recordings. Advising sessions, group discussions and individual meetings are not recorded.
  • Recently, much has been written about Zoom and privacy concerns. As indicated above, Berkeley Carroll uses Zoom for Education, which has additional security features than the versions generally discussed. The Zoom for Education privacy statement can be reviewed here.

Student Data and Privacy - Compliance with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Since more and more of our students’ schoolwork is saved on the Internet, making sure that their personal data and educational records are secure and protected is a task we take very seriously. It’s important to note that any information shared on the Internet is at some risk of compromise, but we will do our best to protect privacy, while also teaching our students best practices in creating usernames/passwords and deciding what to share online and whom to share it with. We will work with families to make sure they are aware of the services our students are using, and the ways in which their data is being used. By working to model positive attitudes about data and privacy for our students, we can teach them to be engaged, informed digital citizens. Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998 with amendments in 2012. The primary purpose of COPPA is to place parents in control over the information gathered about their children by websites/apps. The Rule applies to commercial websites/apps that collect, use, or disclose personal information from children, and operators of general audience websites or online services with actual knowledge that they are collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under 13. Additional information regarding COPPA can be found by visiting Questions

We continue to investigate and pilot new digital tools to enhance learning and collaboration. The use of web-based software programs and apps has become an integral part of The Berkeley Carroll School curriculum. U.S. law permits schools to provide consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for parents to provide direct consent to each digital service the school utilizes. During enrollment/re-enrollment, parents acknowledge their consent for The Berkeley Carroll School to provide personal identifying information for their child such as first name, last name, email address, and username and other details as required by the websites, software, applications or web-based educational programs and services Berkeley Carroll currently uses or may add during the academic year. Parents further release the school from any claims and liabilities that may arise out of or in connection with the use of the technology and/or software provided by the school.