Responsible Use of Technology

We believe the use of relevant technology is a critical, integrated component of a student’s education and will help prepare him or her to be a contributing member of a global, connected society.

Each year, St. John's parents (one per family), as well as rising third through eighth grade students, sign a Responsible Use Policy, which describes our expectations of students' technology use.

Read the 2014-15 Responsible Use Policy.

Acceptable App Guidelines

Because third through eighth graders use family-owned iPads at school, students may have non-school-related apps, including games, on their family-owned iPads. However, those apps, as well as images and copy used as screensavers and on the home screen must be appropriate for a pre-k through eighth grade environment. Ask your child: Would you wear it on a T-shirt on free-dress day? If the answer is yes, then it's most likely appropriate.

To help inform our decisions regarding acceptable apps, we use resources provided by Common Sense Media. As it describes on its website, "Common Sense Media rates media based on age appropriateness and learning potential. [Common Sense Media relies] on developmental criteria from some of the nation's leading authorities to determine what content is appropriate for which ages."

Read more about the Common Sense Media ratings system.