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Policy 2022

The Board recognizes and believes that staff and students need to be proficient, safe, and ethical users of information, media, and technology to succeed in a digital world. The Board is committed to providing every student with access to electronic resources to enhance their learning experience, and to educate every student on internet safety to protect and promote digital rights.

Tacoma Public Schools shall be a one-to-one device District. Each student in K-12 shall be assigned a District-provided laptop or suitable electronic device. This internet-accessible device will be provided to every student in K-12, without exception, for their academic use throughout the school day, at home and during breaks.

Electronic Resources

The District will develop and use electronic resources as a powerful and compelling means for students to learn core subjects and applied skills in relevant and rigorous ways, and for staff to educate them in accordance with the Washington State Learning Standards or other programmatic learning standards. It is the Board’s goal to provide students with engaging and innovative opportunities to use technology for educational and collaborative purposes in schools just as individuals in workplaces and other real-life settings use these tools. The District’s technology will enable educators and students to communicate, learn, share, collaborate, and create; to think and solve problems; to manage their work, and to take ownership of their lives.

The Superintendent or designee will:

1) create strong electronic resources and develop related educational systems that support innovative teaching and learning;

2) provide appropriate professional growth opportunities regarding this policy;

3) develop and establish procedures to support this policy. 

The Superintendent or designee is authorized to develop procedures and acceptable use guidelines for staff and students as to use of District electronic resources, including those that access the internet and social media, and to regulate the use of personal electronic resources on District property related to District activities.


Internet Safety

To help ensure student safety with electronic resources, all students and staff will be educated about internet safety.  This will include the protection of personal information, appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in virtual classrooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.

To promote internet safety and appropriate online behavior of students and staff as they use electronic resources and access material from the internet, the Superintendent or designee is authorized to develop or adopt internet safety and data security procedures, acceptable use guidelines, and, for students, related instructional materials for every grade level.



Cross References:       Board Policy   2020    Curriculum Development & Adoption of                                                                                                                        Instructional Materials

                                                            2023    Digital Rights and Media Literacy

                                                            2025    Copyright Compliance

                                                            3207    Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying                          

                                                            3210    Nondiscrimination of Students

                                                            3230    Student Privacy

                                                            3240    Student Conduct

                                                            3241    Student Discipline

                                                            4040    Public Access to District Records 

                                                            4400    Election Activities 

                                                            6300    Data Security 

                                                            6973    Acceptable Use Policy for Digital Resources 


Legal References:       18 USC 2510-2522 Electronic Communication Privacy Act

                                    Pub. L. No. 110-385 Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act

Adoption Date: 7/23/2020

Revised Date: 5/27/2021

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