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BYOT Responsible Use Guidelines

over 2 years ago

Bring Your Own Technology

                                        Christoval ISD “Bring Your Own Technology” (B.Y.O.T.)

                                                              Responsible Use Guidelines


Christoval ISD uses Instructional Technology as one way of enhancing the mission to teach the skills, knowledge and behaviors students will need as responsible citizens in the global community.  Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day.  In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, Christoval ISD will allow personal devices on our network and school grounds for students who follow the responsibilities stated in the Responsible Use Policy and the attached guidelines regarding B.Y.O.T.

Christoval ISD provides technology that is appropriate and adequate to support instructional purposes.  The use of personal devices by students is optional, and students who do not participate in B.Y.O.T. will not be penalized and alternate modes of participation will be available.

An important component of B.Y.O.T. will be education about appropriate online behaviors.  We will review cyber-safety rules with students frequently throughout the course of the school year, and will offer reminders and reinforcements about safe online behaviors.  In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school rules while using personal devices.


Device Types:

For the purpose of this program, the word “devices” will include: laptops, iPads, iPods, and tablets.  Please note that cell phones, smart phones, and Nintendo DS and/or other gaming devices with internet access are not permissible at this time.



·         Students and parents/guardians participating in B.Y.O.T. must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, Responsible Use Policy, and all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use.

·         Each teacher has the discretion to allow and regulate the use of personal devices in the classroom and on specific projects.

·         Approved devices must be in silent mode while riding school buses and on school campuses, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher.

·         Devices may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests, or for non-instructional purposes (such as instant messaging).

·         Students may not use devices to record, transmit or post-photographic images or video of a person, or persons on campus during school activities and/or hours, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher.

·         Devices may only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.  Games are not permitted, unless otherwise allowed by a teacher.


Students and Parents/Guardians acknowledge that

·         The school’s network filters will be applied to a device’s connection to the internet and any attempt to bypass the network filters is prohibited.

·         Students are prohibited from:

o    Bringing a device on the premises that infects the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information, and

o    Processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies.

o    Christoval ISD is authorized to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing technology problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.

o    Printing from personal laptops will not be possible at school.

o    Personal devices must be charged prior to school and run on battery power while at school.


Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Devices:

Each user is responsible for his/her own digital property, and should treat it and use it responsibly and appropriately, Christoval ISD takes no responsibility for stolen, lost, or damaged devices, including lost or corrupted data on those devices.  While school employees will help students identify how to keep personal devices secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal devices.  Please check with your homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of personal electronic devices, as many insurance policies can cover loss or damage.


Usage Charges:

Christoval ISD cannot be held responsible for any possible device charges to your account that might be incurred during approved school-related use.


Network Considerations:

Users should strive to maintain appropriate bandwidth for school-related work and communications.  All users will use the “CHS-GUEST” wireless network to access the internet.  Christoval ISD does not guarantee connectivity or quality of connection with personal devices, but will provide trouble-shooting documentation on how to connect with a variety of Operating Systems and devices.

Edline (Website) Parent FAQs

over 2 years ago

Frequently Asked Questions

For Edline parents and families

Q: What is Edline? 

A:  Edline is the industry-leading provider of K-12 online communications and technology solutions, helping schools communicate efficiently and frequently with their important target audiences. We help improve student performance by harnessing the power of parental involvement, supporting teachers and engaging the learning community.


Q: How do I set up my Edline account? 

A:  Activating your account is quick and easy, taking just a few minutes, via our website at You’ll be glad you did. Edline provides a simple, single point of access to all of the information students and families need: homework, activity schedules, athletic scores, lunch menus, school news, resources and more. In addition, we communicate and interact with families and students through online registration, applications, permission slips, surveys, online discussions, electronic homework hand-in, interactive assignments and online assessments.


Q: That sounds like useful information but isn’t it a lot to sort through?  

A: Your child’s name is a link to specific information about him/her: classes, sports, activities, etc. With Edline you do not have to search to find the information that applies to your child. After you log on to your account, just click on your child’s name and the online navigation becomes personalized to him/her — it’s a dynamic website. And by choosing “Combined Calendar” you can view the events from all of your child’s classes and activities from one easy-to-view screen.


Q: What if I have more than one child enrolled in school? 

A:  Even with several children, one Edline account is all you need. Edline automatically links you to all of your children’s web pages for their teachers and schools, even if they go to different schools. It’s all one log in for you.


Q: What if we don’t have internet access at home? 

A:  Edline is a secure, password-protected system available anywhere internet access is available. If not available at home, you can log on to your Edline account from work, a library, or an internet café, for instance.


Q: What information is available for each class? 

A: While teachers manage their own class pages, typically you’ll find class-specific news, homework assignments, calendar items (dates of quizzes and tests), plus other information like teacher availability, and classroom expectations.


Q: What if I’m too busy to check my Edline account every day? 

A:  Edline offers email alerts to notify you when reports are posted, if you choose. We also have feature an emergency notification system for communicating urgent news.


Employee Responsible Use Policy

over 2 years ago

Christoval Independent School District (CISD)

Employee Responsible Use Policy


The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement administrative regulations, guidelines, and user agreements consistent with the purpose and mission of the District and with law and policy. (CQ Local)


Availability of Access


Access to the District's electronic communications system, including the Internet, shall be made available to students and employees primarily for instructional and administrative purposes and in accordance with administrative regulations. Limited personal use of the system shall be permitted if the use:

1.     Imposes no tangible cost on the District;

2.     Does not unduly burden the District's computer or network resources; and

3.     Has no adverse effect on an employee's job performance or on a student's academic performance.

The District’s system is provided on an “as is, as available” basis. The District does not make any warranties, whether express or implied with respect to any services provided by the system(s) and any information or software contained therein. The District does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on, the system will meet the system user’s requirements, or that the system will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects will be corrected.


Opinions, advice, services, and all other information expressed by system users, information providers, service providers, or other third party individuals in the system are those of the providers and not the District.


Access to the District's electronic communications system is a privilege, not a right. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations governing use of the system and shall agree in writing to allow monitoring of their use and to comply with such regulations and guidelines. Noncompliance may result in suspension of access or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with District policies. [See DH and the Code of Ethics and Standard Practice for Texas Educators] Violations of law may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the District.


The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to misuse of the District’s electronic communication system(s).




Responsible Use


The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement administrative regulations, guidelines, and user agreements, consistent with the purposes and mission of the District and with law and policy governing copyright.




Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the electronic communication system(s) by students and employees shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use for educational or administrative purposes. All messages created, sent, or retrieved over the network are the property of the district and may be regarded as public information. Christoval ISD reserves the right to access the contents of any messages sent over its facilities if the district believes, in its sole judgment, that it has a need to do so.


Respecting Resources and Privacy:


1. Employees will not email large files (over 5MB).

2. Employees will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming”. Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

3. Employees will check their e-mail frequently, delete spam or junk e-mail promptly.

4. Employees will not post private information about another person.

5. Employees will not repost a message that was received privately without obtaining permission of the person who originally sent the message.


All communications, including text and images, can be disclosed to law enforcement or other third parties without prior consent of the sender or the receiver.Your email messages are subject to open records requests and freedom of information requests as well and as such is subject to the same retention methods and schedules as paper documents. District employees are responsible for the retention of these types of emails. Professional use of email communications by District employees is expected.


Disclaimer of Liability


The District shall not be liable for the users’ inappropriate use of the District’s electronic communication resources or violations of copyright restrictions, users’ mistakes or negligence, or costs incurred by users. The District shall not be responsible for ensuring the accuracy or usability of any information found on the Internet.


The Superintendent or designee will oversee the District’s electronic communication system(s).

Oversight of the posting of official district, campus, or department materials on the District’s electronic communication system(s) will be the responsibility of the superintendent or designee.


The District’s system(s) will be used only for administrative and instructional purposes consistent with the District’s mission and goals.




Training for employees in the proper use of the system(s) will be provided. Users will be provided copies of the District’s responsible use guidelines. Training in the District’s system(s) will emphasize ethical use of the system(s) resources.


System Access


Access to the District’s electronic communication system(s) will be governed as follows:


With the approval of the superintendent or designee, users will be granted appropriate access to the District’s system(s). Any system users identified as having violated District responsible use guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with District policies and regulations.


Users must not test or attempt to compromise computer or communication system security unless specifically approved in advance and in writing by the Technology Director or the district designee. This includes, but is not limited to, equipment, servers, and personal or commercial websites.


Technology Director’s Responsibilities


The Technology Director for the electronic communication system(s) will:


1.     Be responsible for the disseminating and enforcing applicable District policies and responsible use guidelines for the District’s system(s).

2.     Ensure that all users of the District’s system(s) complete and sign an agreement to abide by District policies and administrative regulations regarding such use. All such agreements shall be kept on file by the Technology Director.

3.     Ensure that all employees supervising students who use the District’s system(s) provide training emphasizing the appropriate uses of these resources.

4.     Be authorized to monitor or examine all system(s) activities deemed appropriate to ensure proper use of the system(s).

5.     Be authorized to set limits for utilization on the system(s), as needed.

6.     Ensure that all software loaded on computers in the District is consistent with District standards and is properly licensed.

7.     Insure that the network infrastructure complies with industry standard guidelines.


Individual User Responsibilities


The following standards will apply to all users of the District’s electronic information/communications system(s). Users who violate these standards may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with District policies and regulations:


System(s) On-Line Conduct


1.     The individual in whose name a system account is issued will be responsible at all times for its proper use.

2.     The system(s) may not be used for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or for any other activity prohibited by District Policy.

3.     System users may not use another person’s ID or password.

4.     System users shall maintain electronic information in accordance with established guidelines.

5.     System users shall lock computer workstations when away from their desks for an extended period of time.

6.     System users may not distribute personal information about themselves or others by means of the electronic communication system.

7.     System users must purge electronic mail in accordance with established retention guidelines.

8.     System users may not redistribute copyrighted programs or data except with the written permission of the copyright holder or designee. Such permission must be specified in the document or must be obtained directly from the copyright holder or designee in accordance with applicable copyright laws, District policy, and administrative regulations.

9.     System users may not download or install software programs to District computers. All software purchases and installations should be coordinated by the Technology Director.

10.   System users may not send or post messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

11.   System users may not purposefully access materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.

12.   System users should be mindful that use of school-related electronic mail addresses might cause some recipients or other readers of that mail to assume they represent the district or school, whether or not that was the user’s intention.

13.   System users may not waste District resources related to the electronic communications system.

14.   System users may not gain unauthorized access to resources or information.

15.   System users are responsible for monitoring their students’ use of the Internet in classrooms activities as well as computer labs and libraries to ensure student safety and appropriate usage.




The confidentiality and integrity of data stored on district computer systems must be protected by access controls to ensure that only authorized employees have access. This access shall be restricted to only those capabilities that are appropriate to each employee’s job duties.


Passwords for all systems are subject to the following rules:


1.   Passwords should not be shared with anyone else.

2.   Passwords should not be given to others to use for temporary system access. Call the Technology Director, and a temporary account will be created instead.

3.   Passwords should be at least 6 characters long and should contain letters, numbers, and/or symbols. Passwords should not be your name, username, address, date of birth, nickname, or any term that could easily be guessed.

4.   Passwords should not be displayed or concealed on your workspace. Employees are accountable and legally responsible for any computer actions and misuse of data using ID’s and passwords they are assigned.


Users who violate these standards may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with District policy and/or legal actions.


Forgery Prohibited


Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited. Attempts to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other system users or deliberate interference with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail, or the use of another person’s user ID and/or password is prohibited.


Computer Viruses


Computer viruses are programs designed to make unauthorized changes to programs and data. These viruses may impair computer operation, corrupt data, or physically damage computer systems. Anti-virus software is installed on computers attached to the District’s Local Area Network (LAN). To ensure protection against viruses on district computers, anti-virus software has been installed on these computers. Additionally, the computers’ memory, programs and data, should be scanned regularly.


Employee responsibilities:


1.     Employees shall not knowingly introduce a computer virus into district computers.

2.     Employees shall not load diskettes of unknown origin.

3.     Incoming diskettes shall be scanned for viruses before they are used on district computers.

4.     Any employee who suspects that his/her workstation has been infected by a virus shall IMMEDIATELY POWER OFF the workstation and notify the Technology Director.


Information Content/Third-party Supplied Information


System users with access to the district’s system should be aware that use of the system may provide access to other electronic communications systems in the global electronic network that may contain inaccurate and/or objectionable material.


An employee knowingly bringing prohibited materials into the school’s electronic environment will be subject to disciplinary action I accordance with District policies. [See DH]


Network Etiquette


System users are expected to observe the following network etiquette:

1.     Be polite; messages typed in capital letters are the computer equivalent of shouting and are considered rude.

2.     Use appropriate language; swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited.

3.     Pretending to be someone else when sending/receiving messages are considered inappropriate.

4.     Transmitting obscene messages or pictures is prohibited.

5.     Using the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users is prohibited. Perpetuating chain e-mail letters or their equivalents is strictly prohibited. Chain e-mail letters are defined as:


Any frequently forwarded email. Some links may be postings on USENET news groups or mailing lists. A chain email may reference a WWW page, or derive from one.



Student Responsible Use Policy

over 2 years ago

Christoval Independent School District (CISD)

Student Responsible Use Policy

CISD provides Internet access, network resources, computers, and other technologies to its students for educational purposes. This Responsible Use Policy for CISD students defines the expectations that CISD has for appropriate use of these systems by its students. Students who violate their Responsible Use Policy or other related campus computer and behavior guidelines may lose the privilege to use District technology, Internet access, and network resources.  


Section I: Educational Purpose  

A. The CISD network was established for a limited educational purpose. The term “educational purpose” includes classroom activities, career development, and teacher-directed research projects.  


B. The CISD network was established as a public access service or a public forum. CISD retains the right to place reasonable restrictions on the materials accessed or posted through its system. Students are expected to follow the rules set forth in the CISD Student Code of Conduct, Campus Rules, and District Policy as well as state and federal laws and regulations, when using the CISD network.  


C. The CISD network is not to be used for commercial purposes. This means students cannot offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the CISD network.  


D. The CISD network is not to be used for political lobbying. However, the system can be used to communicate with elected representatives and to express opinions on political issues.  


Section II: Internet and Network Access  

A. Students will have access to the Internet and the World Wide Web information resources through the classroom, library, or school computer lab. Access is intended for educational resource purposes as instructed by campus personnel. The District employs an Internet content filter to safeguard its students from inappropriate or dangerous content while they are utilizing online resources. The District takes a reasonable step, through its adopted polices and technologies, to preclude access to objectionable material, but it is not possible for the district to absolutely prevent such access. Students should not attempt to bypass the Internet filter for any reason.


B. All materials and information placed on student-created Web pages as a part of the CISD network must be preapproved in a manner specified by the school. Materials placed on Web pages must relate to the approved curriculum or to career preparation activities.


C. Students will be granted network access through individual user or group accounts. Passwords for these accounts must not be shared, and students should only use their own individual or group account.  


D. Students are prohibited from using instant messaging software, participating in chat rooms or newsgroups, and from using social networking sites.  


E. Blogging or posting information to educational websites as part of the approved curriculum must be done with teacher supervision, and must serve a legitimate educational purpose.  


Section III: Expectations for Student Use  

A. Personal Safety 

1. Students will not post personal information or contact information about themselves or other individuals online. Personal contact information includes address, telephone number, school address, parent or student work addresses, pictures, names, email addresses, etc.


2. Students will not agree to meet with someone they have met online.  


3. Students will promptly disclose to the teacher, or another school employee, any message received that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.  


B. Illegal Activities 

1. Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the CISD network, CISD computers, or any other system when using the CISD network. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account, accessing another person’s files, forgery, and attempted forgery. These actions are illegal. Unauthorized equipment may not be brought onto the campus for these or any other purposes.  


2. Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses, or by any other means. These actions are illegal and they violate District policy and regulations. These actions may result in loss of access privileges, restitution, and other appropriate consequences. 


 3. Students will not use the CISD network to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, etc.  


C. System Security 

1. Students are responsible for their individual folders/data and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their data. Under no conditions should a student provide his/her password to another person.  


2. Students must notify a teacher or the system administrator immediately, if they identify a security problem. Students are not to seek out security vulnerabilities, as this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.  


D. Inappropriate Language 

1. Students will adhere to the restrictions against inappropriate language, which apply to public messages, private messages, and materials posted on Web pages.  


2. Students will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.  


3. Students will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.  


4. Students will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.  


5. Students will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If told by a person to stop sending him/her messages, the student must stop.  


6. Students will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.  


E. Respect for Privacy 

1. Students will not repost a message that was received privately without obtaining permission of the person who originally sent the message. 


2. Students will not post private information about another person.  


F. Respecting Resource Limits 

1. Students will use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited high-quality, self-discovery activities upon approval of the instructor. There is no limit on use for education and career development activities. 


2. Students will not download or install programs on District computer systems. This includes programs and files downloaded from the Internet, from portable drives, or from their own equipment (such as games, utilities, and other software not licensed by the District). Using peer to peer file sharing software is also prohibited.  


3. Students will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming”. Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.  


4. CISD provides Internet bandwidth for educational uses. This bandwidth is shared across the District. Students must use this bandwidth responsibly to ensure its availability for other students and staff. Students should not play music or videos from online sources unless it is part of a structured activity supervised by a teacher.  


G. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement 

1. Students will not plagiarize works that are found on the Internet/Intranet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as one’s own. Students must cite the source of material they have used in their research or school work.  


2. Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when someone inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, one should follow the expressed requirements. If a student is unsure whether or not the work can be used, a permission request should be sent to the copyright owner.  


H. Inappropriate Access to Material 

1. Students will not use the CISD network to access material that is profane, obscene, or pornographic; that advocates illegal acts; or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people. Exceptions may only be made for legitimate educational uses with teacher, administrative, and parent approval.  


2. If a student mistakenly accesses inappropriate information, a teacher or another District employee must be notified immediately. Quick notification will protect the student against a claim that the RUP was intentionally violated.  


3. Parents should instruct the student and teacher if there is additional material they think would be inappropriate for the student to access. The District fully expects the student to follow their parents’ instructions in this matter.  


Section IV: Student Rights  


A. Free Speech 

The CISD network is considered a limited forum, similar to the school newspaper, and therefore the District may restrict a student’s speech for valid educational reasons. If the District is in disagreement with opinions that a student may be expressing, it will not restrict a student’s right to state those opinions.  


B. Search and Seizure 

1. Students should expect only limited privacy in the contents of personal files on the District’s system. The situation is similar to the rights a student has in the privacy of a locker.  


2. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the CISD network may lead to discovery that the student has violated the RUP, the CISD Student Code of Conduct and Campus Rules, or the law of the land.  


3. An individual search will be conducted, if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated the RUP, the CISD Student Code of Conduct and Campus Rules, or the law of the land. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.  


4. Parents have the right, at any time, to request to see the contents of their child’s computer files if such an account exists.  


C. Due Process 

1. The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the CISD network.  


2. In the event there is a claim that a student has violated, the RUP or the CISD Student Code of Conduct and Campus Rules, in the use of the CISD network, the student will be provided a written notice of the suspected violation and an opportunity to present an explanation before a neutral administrative staff person.  


3. If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the CISD Student Code of Conduct and Campus Rules, it will be handled in a manner described in the CISD Student Code of Conduct and Campus Rules. Additional restrictions may be placed on the student’s use of their Internet account.  

D. Limitation of Liability 

The District makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by, or through, the District’s system will be error-free or without defect. The District will not be responsible for any damage a student may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through, or stored on, the system. The District is not responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. 


E. Personal Responsibility

 Students using CISD technology should keep in mind that these are shared resources for all students within CISD. Network and computer activity may be logged and analyzed to allow District personnel to track usage, troubleshoot problems, and verify that District systems are being used appropriately, in order to ensure system reliability and availability for all students.  


High expectations exist for Christoval ISD students. Student usage of District computers, network resources, and Internet access should demonstrate a high standard of conduct as District technology is used to accomplish educational goals.


Technology Donation Policy

over 2 years ago

Often, employees of the Christoval Independent Schools receive requests from individuals to accept donations of used technology, including computers, monitors, printers, etc. While we sincerely appreciate the intent of these donations, we recognize that acceptance of donated equipment obligates the District to be able to repair and/or maintain it. In the past several years, our District has worked extremely hard to standardize district technology. Acceptance of non-standard, donated equipment substantially dilutes our ability to provide timely, effective service. For this reason, policy guidelines are needed to establish a procedure that will benefit both the schools and our community. The guidelines are as follows:


Acceptable Equipment Requirements

For the 2012-2013 school year (and subsequent years pending minimum specifications as defined by the Technology Department), items for donation must meet the minimum requirements listed below.

·         An Intel-based computer should be able to run Windows 7 or higher.

·         An Apple computer should be able to run OS10.6 or higher.

·         Intel-based computers must have a Core2Duo 2.6GHZ processor or better with a minimum of           2GB of RAM and a 80GB or larger hard drive.

·         Apple computers must have an Intel Core2Duo 2.6GHZ processor or better with a minimum             of 2GB of RAM and a 80GB or larger hard drive.

·         Working or new monitors must be 17” or larger and must be flat panels.

Placement of Equipment

The Technology Department will be responsible for placing the equipment according to requirements listed in the District and School Improvement Plans, as well as guidelines found in the Technology Plan.

Donation Follow-up

The District will acknowledge all donations, either individual or corporate, with a thank you letter that includes tax information, if requested. The letter will be sent by the Technology Department.