As a student at John Still K-8, your child will have supervised access to the Internet as well as other computer applications of educational value. Understanding how to responsibly, strategically and efficiently use these technologies is a part of preparing students for career and college.
Accompanying this letter, you will find the John Still K-8 Acceptable Use Policy, which outlines guidelines for student use of technology. Please read the attached policy with your child, making sure he/she understands all guidelines. Along with your child, please sign the acceptable use policy and return it to your child’s teacher. Until the form has been signed and returned, your child will not be permitted to use District technology.
The District has taken every possible precaution, including the use of filtering software, to prevent students from accessing inappropriate material. However, please be aware there may still be material on the Internet that staff, parents, and students find objectionable. While the District neither encourages nor condones access to such material, it is not possible to eliminate that access completely. If it is found your child has intentionally viewed and/or shared inappropriate material via the Internet, he/she will be held fully responsible. Such behavior may result in loss of technology privileges, up to and including suspension.
It is recommended that parents using the Internet at home with their children develop a similar set of rules as those outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy. If you’re interested in receiving information on Internet safety to deal with potential risks at home, I am happy to provide you with resources.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
John Still K-8 encourages appropriate dress and grooming to contribute to a productive learning environment. We expect students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes suitable for school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. In keeping with California State law and Board policies, we specifically expect the following will be observed by all students:
1. Students are to wear shoes that are safe and will permit them to run or kick a ball during physical education and recess. Shoes are to be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Flip-flops, backless shoes, sandals, bare feet, shoes with retractable wheels, slippers, high heels or open-toed sandals/shoes are not acceptable.
2. Strapless tops may not be worn to school. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut-tops or blouses, tube tops, backless tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts/cut-offs shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited. Spaghetti strap tops and clothing with extremely large arm holes will not be allowed.
3. Any pants that fit like a leotard, unless covered by a skirt or other appropriate clothing, visible underwear, waffle-weave long-johns, pajama bottoms or thermals are prohibited. No sagging pants (pants/shorts worn below the waist).
4. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc. shall be free of writing, pictures or any insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive, depict violence or gang relation, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
5. Hats, caps, head bands, bandanas and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.
6. Gym shorts may be worn in classes other than physical education. All other physical education attire is prohibited outside of gym class.
7. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
All standards apply to both male and female students.
All elementary and middle schools have decided to participate in the School Based Coordinated Program (SBCP) using School Improvement Program funds; therefore, they are REQURIED to have School Site Councils. (Some high schools have school site councils to administer other programs and funds. The bylaws of these councils govern their activities.) Half of the Council members are school staff; the majority of this group must be classroom teachers.