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Digital Citizenship

The following guidelines and policies apply to:

  • Students who use computers belonging to Young Scholar’s Academy.
  • Students who access network resources available through Young Scholar’s Academy.
  • Students who bring personal electronic devices to Young Scholar’s Academy and events.

Network access, including the Internet, is available to students. Official district student email accounts, complete with Internet services, are also provided upon enrollment to enable more effective and efficient teacher and administrator communication with students and parents. Official student accounts utilize the Google Suites applications, which includes, but is not limited to, email, Google Documents, YouTube, Chat, Blogger, and Hangouts. Access to following applications is restricted at the elementary grades (K-6): No access to Chat, Blogger, and Hangout.

Young Scholar’s Academy (YSA) also maintains contact information (home phone, email, cell phone, address) for appropriate communication business and to promote instruction and learning.

YSA has taken technical and organizational precautions to restrict access to controversial materials; however, on a shared network it is impossible to control all controversial materials. School administration believes the valuable information and interaction available on our network and the Internet far outweigh the possibility that users may experience material inconsistent with the educational goals of the district.

Guidelines for Acceptable Use:

  • Only devices (computers, phones, drivers, etc.) approved by district administration may be connected to the school network.
  • Computers, telecommunications, and network resources are to be used for educational purposes only.
  • Students shall not purposely submit, publish, display or retrieve any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, sexually oriented, racially offensive or illegal material.
  • Students shall abide by all copyright and trademark laws and regulations.
  • Students shall not reveal personally identifiable data unless authorized to do so by designated school authorities.
  • Students shall not reveal their personal logins/passwords, allow others to work using their login/passwords, or attempt to discover the logins/passwords of others.
  • Students shall not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
  • Students shall not attempt to harm hardware, software or data, nor interfere with the security of any computer, telecommunication or network resource.
  • Students shall regularly read and respond to communication received via district-provided email accounts according to the timeline expectations established by their school authorities.

Privileges and Responsibilities:

The use of Young Scholar’s Academy computer, telecommunication, and network resources is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked at any time. Violations of this privilege may result in disciplinary action under the guidelines and through the authority of the Governing Board and its policies.

Parents may prohibit their student from the use of certain types of technology and the internet by notifying school administration in accordance with state statute 15-1046.


Young Scholar’s Academy reserves the right to monitor the use of district computer, telecommunications and network resources. In particular, electronic mail or direct electronic communication is not private and may be read and monitored by school personnel. Should it become necessary, files may be deleted.

Young Scholar’s Academy is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes or consequences resulting from system use, even if these arise from circumstances under the control of the district.

Young Scholar’s Academy may make rules, as needed, for the operation of the system.

Digital Etiquette and Digital Privacy

The use of digital devices and social media during the school day must be approved by your teacher or school administration. Unless specifically authorized by school administration, the following guidelines should be followed when photographing, creating video, and/or posting to social media any Paradise Valley Unified School District student or staff member.

Parents. protect the privacy rights of children when photographing/recording your own child’s school experience. Although you may be comfortable posting, emailing and sharing photos or video of your child, other parents may not feel the same. Additionally, the posting of the photograph of a child under court protection may put that child’s safety at risk.

Students, protect the privacy rights of your fellow students and staff by photographing/recording others with permission and consent.

Parents and students protect the privacy of others by:

  • framing your photo/video in such a way as to exclude others.
  • shoot classroom photos or videos from behind so that faces are not visible.
  • crop photos to exclude others before posting them online or otherwise sharing them.