Tonight the BUSD school board will be passing a huge hundred-page document of new and revised district policies.
Buried within this tome is a revised rule on student privacy rights vis a vis new technology:
The district reserves the right to monitor student use of technology within the jurisdiction of the district without advance notice or consent. Students shall be informed that their use of district technology, including, but not limited to, computer files, email, text messages, instant messaging, and other electronic communications, is not private and may be accessed by the district for the purpose of ensuring proper use. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in use of the district technology.
Students’ personally owned devices shall not be searched except in cases where there is a reasonable suspicion, based on specific and objective facts, that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law, district policy, or school rules.
Hardly so, and hardly legal. In particular, this vague citation of a simple violation of “school rules” conveniently gives BUSD administrators carte blanche permission to search a student’s personal cellphone or computer at any time, and without prior notice or permission. Just find a school rule to apply not matter how trivial and it’s an immediate green-light trip to the principal’s office for a fishing expedition. Or even the teacher’s desk.
On what planet? The whole point of a policy book is to give direction to employees as to how to apply the company’s policies.
This gives none– except a generalized right to pry whenever they think a rule’s been broken. This particular entry is completely useless as a living and breathing policy for them to be able to use anywhere.
Do these BUSD people ever have real attorneys review their ridiculously over-expansive and illegal policies? Not just the expedient, let’s-see-if-we-can-get-away-with-it kind?
We already know about those hired hands.