Using School Computers
Your username and password
Every computer in the Fair Lawn school district requires users to log in individually, using the username each individual has been given. Students are assigned their individual usernames in 6th grade, and will continue to use these same usernames through 12th grade. New students are issued usernames within their first few days in the high school.
Student usernames usually, but not always, consist of the student’s initials, followed by the four digits of the student’s birthday. For example, a student named Robert Jones, whose birthday is on January 15, will probably have the username rj0115. This may not always be the case, but it is generally the way it’s done. Usernames were created this way to make them easy for you to remember.
Everyone receives a single-use-only startup password, and must change that at first login to any password you like and can remember. If you forget your password, or need a new one to be created for you, come to the library and speak to the librarian, who will take care of this for you. You can change your password yourself at any time by logging in to the network and then pressing the CTRL-ALT-DELETE key combination, and then clicking on the Change Password button.
Logging in and out
Once you’ve logged on to a computer, you’ll also have Internet access, as well as access to the documents in your My Documents folder. It is very important to make sure that you log out when you’re finished, and that you don’t share your username/password with anyone else. Everyone has his or her own username/password; if a friend has forgotten his password, the library staff will gladly help him log in. Never let anyone else log in with your username.
Customizing your desktop
You may change the image on your desktop ("wallpaper") once you're logged in. Please be aware that inappropriate images should not be displayed, and any refusal to remove an inappropriate image will result in disciplinary action.
Saving in My Documents
The school computer network uses large-storage capacity computers known as servers to provide each student and staff member with access to the Internet and to the many applications that are used for word and information processing, presentation, and more. When each of us logs on to the network, we are really working within a small area of the storage space on the server that has been reserved for our own individual use.
Part of that reserved space includes a folder called My Documents. If you’re logged in and working on something, you can click Save, or Save as, and the file will be saved in your own personal My Documents folder. When you log out of that computer and log in on another computer in the network, your file will still be in My Documents. My Documents is linked to your username, and will go wherever you go. No one else will have access to the files in your personal My Documents folder.
Always keep in mind that you are working in a school network environment and that the Supreme Court has upheld the rights of school districts to look into the documents that individuals have saved on their networks, if they feel that it’s necessary. You don’t have to worry about classmates copying your work from your my Documents folder, but you should never store anything there unless you’d be willing to make it public, if you had to.
Saving in Other Places
Some students choose to save their work in online storage facilities provided by website hosts. It is very common for students to "save" their work by emailing it back and forth to themselves, opening the attached documents both in school and at home so they can work on them in both places. Network glitches sometimes make both of these choices difficult to use, and you should know that Yahoo!Mail attachments, for some reason, WILL NOT OPEN on the school network.
The safest way to save your work at this time is to use a flashdrive, which can be purchased at any computer store, or even in places such as Target, CVS, and Walgreen's. You should be able to get a suitable flashdrive for less than $10.00.
Printers in the library
There is a laser printer in the library and in the library computer lab, both of which print in black only. There is also a color laser printer in the library which accepts input from both the library computers and the computer lab computers. We ask that you request permission before printing to the color printer. No one is denied permission based on content; this is only so that we can manage the printer resources more efficiently.
Because these printers are shared by all the computers in the library, please don’t use them to print very long documents, such as product manuals or complete websites. If you are printing a document that is too long, it will block others from printer access, and your document may be cancelled by the librarian.
The computers are for schoolwork first
The computers in the library are here primarily for you to do research and to prepare work for school. SCHOOLWORK HAS PRIORITY OVER ALL OTHER COMPUTER USE. You may use the computers during lunch time or before or after school to check your email or read the sports news, but if someone else has schoolwork to do, you may be asked to give up the computer to him.
Following the rules
Everyone who uses the computers in school has to follow the rules. In order to be issued your username, both you and a parent or guardian had to sign a permission slip that stated your intention to follow all the rules. If you misuse the Internet in school, your Internet privileges will be suspended for two weeks (first offense.) Other misuse of the computers will result in punishments as described in the Student Planner.
You may not:
Note: More people lose their Internet privileges for playing games than for any other reason. Play games at home. Use the computers in school for school.
- Install software
- Download programs
- Play games of any kind unless for a class assignment
- Visit games sites on the Internet, including sites for or about video games. Sports information sites are not game sites. Fantasy sports sites are game sites, and are prohibited.
- Gamble, or go to gambling sites
- Enter contests
- Complete financial transactions (i.e, buy or sell anything.)
- Install or use any instant messaging or chat program or feature