Guidelines

Refer to this section for information on acceptable use and general guidelines.

Network Acceptable Use Policy

The Internet Acceptable Use Policy outlines the policies and guidelines while using district computer systems. Click here to read the 600-607 Internet Acceptable Use policy.

Digital Learning Initiative (iPad) Guidelines

The school handbook has a section on Digital Learning Initiative Guidelines, which includes the proper use of the district iPad.

Student Data Privacy

Hibbing Public Schools uses a variety of digital tools to support student learning. The Student Curriculum Tools table lists the curriculum, testing, and assessment tools used by the district and includes an outline of the student data elements within each tool.

iPad Cleaning

Apple provides documentation on cleaning devices here

Key points when cleaning your iPad: Do not get liquids inside the device, do not use bleach or abrasives, do not directly spray the device, and be gentle when cleaning the device.

iPad Accessories

The district issued you an iPad Charger and an iPad Charging Cable.

If your iPad Charging Cable stops working, bring your damaged cable to your building's technology office and we will replace it for you at no charge.

If your iPad Charger stops working, bring your damaged charger to your building's technology office for assessment. If you have elected insurance, we will replace the charger at no cost.

If you have not elected insurance, and you damage or lose your charger, you will need to replace it. You can obtain a replacement from your building's technology office and the school will bill you, or you can purchase your own. Only replace the charger with genuine Apple parts. Cheap adapters can destroy your iPad, and will not be covered by insurance.

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use, and includes topics such as: internet safety, copyright fair use, and identifying reliable sources.

Core Components:

Personal Safety on the Internet. Students must understand that people are not always who they say they are. They should never give out personal information without an adult’s permission, especially if it conveys where they can be found at a particular time. They should understand that predators are always present on the Internet. Students should recognize the various forms of cyberbullying and know what steps to take if confronted with that behavior.

Information on the Internet. Students and their families should discuss how to identify acceptable sites to visit and what to do if an inappropriate site is accessed. Students should be informed about various Web advertising techniques and realize that not all sites provide truthful information.

Activities on the Internet. Likewise, students and their families should discuss acceptable social networking and communication methods and the appropriate steps to take when encountering a problem. Students should know the potential dangers of e- mailing, gaming, downloading files, and peer-to-peer computing (e.g., viruses, legal issues, harassment, sexual predators, identity theft).

Online Resources

The Minnesota Department of Education provided these sites as resources that you can use with your child to learn and discuss digital citizenship and online safety topics:

CommonSenseMedia: CommonSense Media has useful information for parents in a digital age.

WiredSafety: WiredSafety and WiredKids.org provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages handling cases of cyber abuse ranging from identity theft, online fraud and cyber stalking, to hacking and malicious code attacks. WiredSafety.org is a US charity operating through its volunteers worldwide.

i-SAFE: i-SAFE - Internet Safety Education is a non-profit foundation for internet safety education.

GetNetWise: GetNetWise is a public service developed by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.

Microsoft Safety and Security Center: The Microsoft site Safety and Security Center has internet safety tips for parents and families, including a section entitled “Protect my kids from on-line risks.”

Monitor & Limit Screen Time

Experts suggest having children surf the Internet in a central place at home, such as the kitchen or family room, rather than away from adult supervision or behind a closed door. Know what your child is doing with technology and how his or her time is being spent. Technology can be a great tool and resource, but also has the potential to be a big distractor. Help your child learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments prior to engaging in other Internet activities. Teaching today’s children how to manage multiple sources of information and potential distractions is a critical life skill, one best learned before heading off to college or the workplace.

Put the iPad to Bed, But Not in the Bedroom

Parenting experts suggest parking all technology devices, from cell phones to iPads, in a common family room overnight to discourage late night, unmonitored use and sleep disruption. Don’t allow your child to sleep with the iPad. You may also want to consider installing the iPad's charger in your bedroom instead of a room that your child has access to.

iPad Insurance

iPads repairs can be expensive, up to $400 to replace an iPad with a keyboard. iPad Insurance will protect you from one incident of breakage during the school year, and only costs $30.

Use the school district's E-Funds for School Online Webstore to pay for iPad Insurance from the convenience of your home.


  • Students have 30 days from their first day of school to purchase insurance. Insurance should be paid for as soon as possible, as breakage is NOT covered during those 30 days.
  • Lost, stolen, or intentional damage is not covered. See the Digital Learning Initiative Policy for additional information.