November 13, 2017
Dear Polaris Secondary Students, Staff, and Families,
Beginning November 14, 2017 , Polaris K-12 School is retiring our former Technology Policy (2009) and adopting the Anchorage School District’s more updated and relevant BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Guidelines as found in the Student Handbook and down below for your reference.
This decision to move forward with the ASD BYOD Guidelines will help students, staff, and families understand the clear expectations and responsibilities regarding the use of personal electronic devices in the school community.
Polaris embraces the use of technology to enhance and expand learning. Along with ASD, Polaris encourages students to bring a personal electronic device to school daily to use as a learning tool . Please note, beginning Tuesday, November 14, 2017 phones and electronic devices may ONLY be used in class when appropriate for school purposes as directed by the classroom teacher .
As Polaris has some unique situations with no bus transportation, single course enrollments at other schools, students transporting elementary siblings, and more, there is a current, trial exception to the ASD BYOD Guidelines during student lunch time. As of right now, Polaris middle and high school students are allowed to use their devices for personal use during their lunch time, provided they are still following the expectations for appropriate use as outlined in the ASD BYOD Guidelines.
This is a recognized shift in our current culture, but it is strongly believed to be a positive and necessary change. Support from all our stakeholders will ensure learning remains the primary focus in our school during the academic day. Further input from staff, students, and parents is welcome as we look into the possibility of creating additional guidelines specific to Polaris. There is a link on the Polaris homepage if you would like to contribute to this continuing conversation.
Beginning Tuesday, November 14, 2017, students should silence and put away their devices before entering the building in the mornings. Students may retrieve their devices at lunch for personal use. They should again be silenced and put away before the start of afternoon classes and retrieved again at the end of the school day. Students needing to use their device for educational purposes, may ask a teacher for permission and an appropriate space to work.
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the attached ASD BYOD Guidelines. I am looking forward to taking these positive steps in ensuring our school remains focused on the education, safety, and well-being of our students.
Carol Bartholomew, Principal