Technology

As digital citizens, we expect that today’s students will be familiar and comfortable with a variety of computing devices. Increased access to devices and the internet means that teachers have more flexibility when using various technologies and devices in their classrooms.

At St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, technology is used to support, enhance, and enrich teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Our approach regarding technology is informed by our Mission and the five components of our Vision: Perspective, Communication, Preparation, Voice, and Well-Being. Technology is used to encourage creativity, collaboration, cooperation, and critical thinking.

We acknowledge the important and changing role of technology in our students’ lives. We put an emphasis on responsible and respectful use of technology. We expose students to a wide variety of technologies as appropriate for different grade levels, disciplines, and functions. We foster technological competence that transcends any one application and encourages adaptability and facility in the future technological landscape. Our goals are to inspire innovative thinkers with “nimble” technological skills; produce responsible, literate, and confident digital citizens who are courteous, respectful, and appropriate in their technological communications; teach students to leverage technology effectively for research and to evaluate information critically for validity and quality; encourage and enable collaboration and communication among students and among students and faculty; and create students who can utilize technology as a learning platform and as a tool for design, production, problem-solving, presentation, and collaboration. 

The St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School technology program utilizes Google’s G Suite for Education to extend classroom technology to any device. Via G Suite, students can access their SAS Google account for email, documents, spreadsheets, and other resources. Google Classroom provides collaboration opportunities for faculty and students.

Middle School Technology

SAS has implemented a 1:1 Chromebook program in the middle school along with explicit instruction in educational applications in middle school courses. It is our goal that a student entering high school would know both how to use a computing device for learning and be able to choose the type of device most suited for their particular needs. Middle school students are provided a Chromebook to use in their classes throughout the academic year. Care of the Chromebook is the middle school student’s responsibility. They are expected to treat the Chromebook as school property. If the Chromebook is damaged due to carelessness or misuse, the student will pay a repair or replacement fee. Chromebooks must be returned to the Humanities classroom charging station and plugged in each day by 3:10 p.m. The Chromebook, charger, and cable must be returned in working order by the last day of the academic year.

Upper School Technology

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee implemented a new “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) program for Upper School students in the 2019-2020 school year. Upper School students will be responsible for providing their own devices, compatible with G Suite for school applications.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

The minimum hardware requirement for an Upper School student at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee is a computer that can run the Google Chrome browser. For many students, the most cost-effective way to meet that requirement is a Google Chromebook. 

A wide variety of Chromebooks are available with a range of price points. SAS requirements are minimal, and families will find multiple reasonably priced models. Chromebooks operate efficiently, and it is not necessary to purchase expensive devices. However, it may be worth spending a little bit more on a “ruggedized” model. Ruggedized systems are more capable of withstanding the daily wear-and-tear of being carried to and from classes. We have included a ruggedized model in the suggested systems below. Note that Chromebooks are not sufficiently powerful for use in particular courses (examples can include: Film, Photography, Coding) and SAS will provide alternate devices to borrow for students enrolled in those subjects.

  • 11” display
  • 4GB Ram
  • 32GB eMMC storage
  • Built in camera/webcam
  • 802.11ac Wi-fi is recommended. 802.11g is a minimum
  • Minimum 5 hours battery life.
  • Support for Android is not required but is recommended.
  • Ruggedized models are recommended.

Models in the Chromebook class change frequently. Some appropriate models available at the time of this writing are:

●      ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA-YS02T 11.6 inch Ruggedized -- $369 at Amazon
●      Samsung Chromebook 4 11.6" XE310XBA-K01US  with Intel N4000 -- $228 at Amazon
●      Dell Chromebook 11 3100 Order Code s003c310011us -- $269 at Dell.com

Windows or MacOS laptops are acceptable, but generally have a higher purchase cost. The following system specifications are recommended:

  • Minimum Operating System: Windows 10 Chrome or Mac OSX 10.12+ 
  • Current antivirus software installed and enabled.
  • The Google Chrome browser must be installed and operable. 
  • Minimum 8GB Ram is recommended.
  • Minimum 128GB hard disk/SSD is recommended. 
  • Processor: Dual Core (or comparable) Processor 2.0 GHz or better.
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi is recommended. 802.11g is a minimum.
  • SAS offers students free access to Office 365; contact the Tech Department for access.
  • Printers are available in the technology lab and library for student use.                
Suggested Additions 
  • USB Flash Drive 8GB or More

Apple iPads and similar tablets are generally NOT sufficient for classroom requirements. 

Maintenance support for the expected life of the device is recommended. If possible, accidental damage support is also recommended. Most vendors have 2- and 3-year maintenance support and accidental damage support available for an additional cost.  

Expectations for Student BYOT Devices

Technology can be used to enhance classroom instruction and student learning. Students are expected to have their devices available every day. Technology use during instructional time is at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Devices must be charged and ready for use. If a student forgets the device at home, there may be a loaner available for short term use. Loaners are assigned at the discretion of the teacher and are very limited in availability. Teachers may elect to assign a consequence to students who arrive to class unprepared.

Support for BYOT Devices

It is the responsibility of the student and his or her family to ensure that their device(s) are in working order. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School faculty or staff may assist a student in connecting to the school network. However, troubleshooting student-owned devices will be limited to an initial assessment to help provide direction to the student in resolving the issues. Direction may include a recommendation of local repair shops. SAS employees will not attempt a repair of student hardware or software.

If a student’s device is not functional for class, SAS may provide a loaner for temporary use. This is not intended to be a long-term solution to an unusable device, and the student should make appropriate arrangements to repair or replace the device as soon as possible.

Computer Network and Internet Use Policies

  • The goal of the SAS Technology Department is to help create a mission-appropriate teaching and learning environment which includes safe and secure technology use. It is the policy of SAS to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub.L.No.106-554 and 47USC 254(h)]
  • In support of the goals of acceptable Internet use outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, SAS encourages and educates students on the responsible use of computers and web-based technologies.
  • It is the policy of SAS to keep staff and students safe and to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all online network activities.
  • It is the policy of SAS to prevent user access to or transmission of inappropriate material over its network.
  • It is the policy of SAS to prevent unauthorized access to online information.
  • It is the policy of SAS to prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information.

Acceptable and Appropriate Uses of SAS Technology

  • SAS provides its users a G Suite for Education (Google Applications) account, which includes email, drive, sites, calendars and other features. It is strongly encouraged that students do not use their SAS email for personal use and keep it for school use only.
  • If requested, users will be provided with a Microsoft Office 365 account, which includes Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and other applications.
  • ●      All users will be provided a community SSID (network logon) and password specifically designated according to his/her relationship with the SAS community. (SAS_Students for student use; SAS_Faculty for faculty use; SAS_Guest for all guests.)
  • In addition to network access and G Suite for Education accounts, users will also be given a username and password to log in to the CORE Portal. This is where student users can see schedules, grades, comments, assignments, and other important information.
  • Wireless internet access is available to all individuals with a SAS email account.
  • Wired network access is strictly prohibited for all students unless implicitly authorized by the Technology Department. Boarding students are allowed wired internet access in the residential houses ONLY.
  • Users are responsible for and strongly encouraged to back up school work and other personal data on their computers through a thumb drive or an external hard drive.  It is recommended that users utilize Google Docs for the creation and storage of school related documents.  This will enable users to access their files from any Internet enabled computer and easily share their work with others, and will remove the need for keeping backup documents. SAS owned devices utilize Google Drive FileStream as an additional cloud based backup.
  • All users, including students, should check their email at least twice a day.  SAS uses its email system to disseminate important community and personal messages as well as homework assignments and other school related work.
  • SAS subscribes to a managed web filter.  This filter was not created by SAS; there may be some websites that are appropriate which are blocked, and some inappropriate content that is not blocked.  Faculty are encouraged to open a trouble ticket with requests to unblock sites suitable for educational purposes. All student requests to unblock a site must be approved by a faculty member.

 

Unacceptable Uses of SAS Technology

  • Dishonest or deceitful behavior --including any attempt to access, use, or harm other users’ account or data.
  • Violation of confidentiality -- including unauthorized communication of another person’s personal information, such as name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, passwords, etc.
  • Intentional use of invasive software such as viruses, worms, or other detrimental activities.
  • Trespassing in another user’s folders, email, or work files. Using, or attempting to use, another personʼs account and password to access information on the network is considered a violation of the Honor Code.
  • Hacking, Flooding, Sniffing Network, Cracking and Spoofing -- this includes using someone else’s user-name and password to gain access to email, voicemail, or other stored information.  Users may not use passwords or access codes which prevent access by the System Administrator. Users are prohibited from “hacking” into other systems or “cracking” other passwords or access codes. No electronic communication may be created, transmitted or stored which attempts to hide the true identity of the creator or sender “spoofing”. Users are strictly prohibited from flooding the network or other networks over the internet.
  • Vandalism -- including any attempt to harm or alter the functioning of the network, attempts to bypass restrictions, deliberate abuse or destruction of computer equipment, destruction of data or misuse of the network resources, telephones, fax/copy machines, voice-mail system, computers, network hardware, wiring, or wireless devices. At no time should there be food, candy, or drinks in any of the SAS computer areas, including the Tech Lab, Agee Library, Film Classroom, StorySpace, or Recording Studio.
  • Harassment, Cyber Bullying, Sexting -- including threatening, abusive, or sexually explicit language, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, or other language or images that are offensive or degrading to others.  (See Cyber Bullying and Harassment under Safety and Security)
  • Pornography -- including viewing, storing, or transferring obscene, sexually explicit or pornographic materials.
  • Inappropriate Content -- viewing, storing, or transferring materials promoting drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal activity are all unacceptable uses of technology. Images which are considered “gore” or show violence or death are also considered by SAS to be inappropriate to view or show others. Legitimate news sources are an exception.
  • Plagiarism -- This includes using, writing, or images created by another person without proper citation or permission; transferring, utilizing, or storing material in violation of copyright laws or license agreements; and intentionally infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others.
  • Profit and Promotion -- including use of the SAS network or internet-based resources for solicitations, advertisements, or promotions (whether charitable, political, religious or other) for any purpose that is not an official SAS endeavor.
  • Flaming -- which includes sending or posting content that contains offensive material directed at others or negatively represents SAS.

Online Instruction Expectations

Students using video conferencing platforms (i.e. Zoom or Google Meet) for on-campus or off, should Follow the etiquette guidelines provides by each instructor and also:

  • Use (@sasweb.org) school accounts to log in to the designated video conferencing platforms.
  • Turn on the video feed during the session. Students must ask for video exceptions from the instructor.
  • Use and display their first and last names that are recognized by SAS for the whole session.
  • Do not share meeting login info with anyone else.

Cyber Citizenship

  • Use of the school’s computer network is a privilege, not a right. As a member of the SAS school community, you are responsible for adhering to the policies outlined in the document, regardless of whether you use our school network, a cell phone, iPod or iPad, 3G or LTE network connection or any other internet connection.
  • Use of the internet should be limited to academic pursuits during school hours and evening during study periods.
  • Users accessing the SAS network, the internet, email or other messaging programs (IM chat, blogging, texting, etc.) are considered to be representatives of SAS school at all times and should behave appropriately.  
  • If you are on a community computer and find an account that is still logged in, be considerate and log out that person. Do not look at others’ email or files, as this would be considered trespassing and is an invasion of privacy.  
  • Cyber Bullying and Harassment--SAS School endeavors to provide a safe, positive learning environment for everyone. It is our policy to maintain an educational environment in which cyber bullying and harassment in any form is not tolerated.  Each person at SAS shall be responsible for respecting the rights of his/her fellow community members and help to ensure an atmosphere free from all forms of cyber bullying and harassment.  
  • Cyber Bullying is the use of the internet, cell phones or other devices to send, post or share text or images intended to hurt, embarrass or intimidate another person.
  • Cyber Harassment is repeatedly sending hurtful, embarrassing and intimidating messages.
  • Any member of the community who engages in cyberbullying or harassment in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary response up to and including suspension, expulsion or termination.
  • Anyone who has been cyber bullied or harassed shall immediately report the incident to the Head of School, an administrator or the Dean of Students. Do not delete any evidence that can be used to investigate an incident.
  • Complaints of cyber bullying or harassment shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified.

Privacy and Safety

  • The SAS Technology Department has the right to and does monitor all uses of technology. Web connections are logged and filtered. Users cannot expect privacy rights to extend to the use of school-owned equipment.  Users have individual passwords for their G Suite for Education, Blackbaud SIS (CORE), and other resources that utilize the network. However, communications created, stored, sent or retrieved on such systems are not confidential, as these systems are accessible at all times by the school.
  • SAS reserves the right to review, audit, intercept, monitor, access, print and disclose all messages created, received, stored or sent using the school’s information and communication systems.
  • Users may be required to disclose their password to the Network Administrator.
  • For your safety, you should not share personal information such as your full name, address, telephone number, social security number, or other information to unknown individuals which may lead them to you or use your information.

General Rules

  • School computers are intended for educational use.
  • No software of any kind will be downloaded or installed on the computers other than by the Technology Department. This includes software that falls into the category of shareware, freeware, public domain, open source, or commercial software.
  • No wireless access points, repeaters, or extenders are allowed to be brought to campus. These devices can seriously interfere with the campus network, diminishing wireless security and functionality for everyone. If found with one of these devices, could result in a major violation.
  • Copyright laws must be respected. Copying from books to computer-generated reports and presentations without giving proper credit is prohibited.
  • Illegal use of the computers or the Internet is strictly forbidden. Illegal use includes any activities that break any local, state, or national laws. This includes harassment of other users, the spreading of misinformation, use of the network for commercial purposes, and transmission of threatening information.
  • Do not copy or transfer software that is registered to the school or to someone else.
  • Do not copy, rename, change, or delete files belonging to another person.
  • Do not change the password(s) on any SAS community computer. 
  • Email, texting, and social media abuse is prohibited. This includes sending threatening or degrading messages, sending global messages to all students without obtaining proper authorization, sending misinformation, and sending messages using another personʼs identity.
  • St. Andrewʼs-Sewanee School recognizes the value of social media in allowing our community to strengthen and maintain connections. We are also aware of how the misuse of social media can cause embarrassment and harm. Each year the school requests permission from parents/guardians for the use of their childʼs images, words, and work. Those permissions do not extend beyond officials of the school. While the law is still unclear as to whether someone can use another personʼs image without their permission, SAS policy encourages students to obtain permission from a friend before posting their image. A student is required to respond immediately by taking down an image when there is a complaint. It will be considered a serious discipline violation to use photographs in a negative or demeaning way, electronic or otherwise.
  • Information stored on school equipment or passing through our technology infrastructure is the property of the school.

School Computers in Labs, Classrooms, and the Library

  • No food or drink of any type is to be taken into the Technology Lab, Agee Library, or into classrooms where SAS computers are being used.
  • Destruction and defilement of electronic equipment is prohibited. This includes all abuse of equipment including writing on equipment, removing parts from equipment, and damaging equipment in any fashion. 
  • Computers in the labs, library, and classrooms are for use by all students. Please be considerate of others when using computers in these areas. Keep the areas around the computers clean. Pick up all garbage and place all scrap paper in the recycling bins. Place all non-paper garbage in the trash cans.
  • Students will be held responsible for any damage they inflict on machines due to misuse and abuse.
  • Students using music programs, with permission, in the Technology Lab, Agee Library, or other classrooms must provide their own headphones. Music shall not be played through the computer speakers.
  • Any damage, including accidental damage, to computers in the labs, library, and classrooms must be immediately reported to the Tech Department.
  • Recreational use of school computers/personal devices:

    Games cannot be played on computers in Simmonds Hall or Wade Hall: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or during study hours. Games cannot be downloaded or stored on school machines, this includes BattleNet or Steam.

    Neither studentsʼ personal music files nor music that has been obtained illegally may be placed on school computers. Students found loading such music to school-owned computers will be banned from using school-owned computers in the Agee Library and Technology Lab. If a student has personal music files, they should remain on the student’s personal storage device. In addition, mature rated music may not be shared over our network.

Consequences

The use of the computers, the SAS network, and the Internet is a privilege. Inappropriate use will result in loss of privileges.

Drones and Remote Control Aircraft

No student-owned or employee-owned drones are allowed on campus.

WHOM TO CONTACT

Main Number 931.598.5651*
Weekend/Union 931.598.5653*
Administrator-on-Call 931.636.4720

*Links to dial-by-name option and emergency contact

For general new and returning student concerns, student activities, and travel, contact:
Geoffrey Smith
Dean of Students 

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Shawna Midgett
Asst. to the Academic Dean

ACADEMICS
Kelley Black
Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Rachel Malde
Middle School Coordinator 

ADMISSION
Derek Perkins
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

ATHLETICS
Rob Zeitler
Director of Athletics

COVID ISSUES
Dan Monahan
COVID Coordinator

HEALTH SERVICES
Melissa Gilliam
Director of the Health Clinic

RELIGIOUS LIFE 
Molly Short
Chaplain

COMMUNICATIONS/WEBSITE
Sherri Bergman
Director of Communications & Marketing