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Parent Access to the MyClass Pages has changed!

If your child's teacher is using Office 365 or a MyClass site, and has enabled Parent Access, you can view the webpage by following these directions:


  1. Visit the PDSB BYOD page (byod.peelschools.org)
  2. Enter “parent” as both the username and the password when prompted
  3. Once you have entered the website, you can filter sites by school, teacher, or your child's student number



Heart Lake Secondary School

Technology Policy


BYOD = Bring Your Own Device


"In global communities that are linked so closely through the Internet, it's critical that we provide our students and staff with the tools they need to build 21st Century learning skills."

(Tony Pontes, Director of Education)


Heart Lake's technology policy is based on the principles of 21st Century learning:

    • collaborative inquiry to solve real and relevant problems
    • creativity and innovation
    • critical thinking and problem-solving
    • communication

As new technologies emerge, we have a responsibility to provide new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, students at Heart Lake Secondary School are invited to bring their own personal electronic devices to school.


Definition of "Technology"

For purposes of BYOD, "Technology" means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld device that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable internet devices, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), handheld entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.


Security and Damages


Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. We strongly recommend that:

  • an extended warranty providing next-day (or immediate in-store repair) be purchased.
  • a high-capacity USB key (4 GB or greater) or external hard drive be purchased for file backup.
  • your personal electronic device be added to the list of items covered by your home insurance policy. Heart Lake Secondary School and the Peel District School Board do not carry insurance for personal devices.

Students are strongly discouraged from lending or borrowing personal electronic devices. Heart Lake Secondary School, its staff or employees are not liable for any device stolen or damaged at school.


Heart Lake Secondary School, its staff or employees are not responsible for repair or maintenance of personal electronic devices, and are not permitted to offer technical support.

 Appropriate Images

It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.


Skins, decals, screen savers, desktop images, etc. must be appropriate for a school setting.


"Screens Down" Policy

 Teachers are responsible for managing their classes and students are expected to respect this responsibility.  Students may be required to close their devices or place them upside down on their desks if technology use is not required at any point during classes.


Social Media

Students must act responsibly when using social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Post only meaningful and respectful comments. Do not write anything about a peer, staff member, or other schools that could be construed as slanderous or offensive. Students are responsible for what they post.


Posting photographs or images of students, staff, or the interior of the school building on the internet (including social network sites) without the express permission of the administration violates the Heart Lake Secondary School's Code of Conduct.


B.Y.O.D. Heart Lake Secondary School's Student Agreement

The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. While students are invited to bring their personal electronic devices to school, a student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. Computer access may be withdrawn from those who do not follow the Technology Policy.


Students and parents/guardians participating in B.Y.O.D. must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies and Operating Procedures, particularly Acceptable Use of Technology (Policy #78)\.


Use of School Computers:

Students are also not permitted to:

  • vandalize the room/equipment
  • move or remove equipment
  • consume food or beverages in computer labs or other digital learning environments

Additionally, personal electronic devices:

  • must be in silent mode while inside the school and while riding school buses. Sounds and vibrations are not permitted.
  • may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.

may only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Games are not permitted unless recommended by teachers as a component of the course curriculum. 

 Students acknowledge that:

  • sending or receiving personal messages (phone calls, text messages, bbm's, im's, etc.) will not be permitted during class time.
  • teachers reserve the right to request students follow the "Screens Down" policy if technology use is not suitable at any point in time during class.
  • the school's network filters will be applied to one's connection to the Internet and attempts will not be made to bypass them.
  • Bringing on premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of Acceptable Use of Technology (Policy #78).
  • Processing or accessing information on school property related to "hacking", altering, or bypassing network security
  • policies is in violation of Acceptable Use of Technology (Policy #78).
  • the school district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
  • files may have to be saved on the C drive of the laptop, a jump drive, an external drive, or another media device, or they may be e-mailed to a personal e-mail account.
  • printing directly from personal laptops/devices will not be possible at school.
  • failure to follow the school's technology policy may result in the student's computer privileges being revoked at the discretion of Heart Lake Secondary School, its staff and employees.


SAVE your work to:SAVE your work from home as:


  • a USB memory stick at school & home

  • your personal space = student number (at school)


  • your hard drive (at home)
  • a personal e-mail sent to yourself


We do NOT support the use of burned CDs!!


   Enter File Name & select File Type:


  • Open Office file as a .doc (2003 version).
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • as a .rtf (rich text file)
  • Publisher 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003


Check PDSB versions!



PDSB does not support Microsoft Works





Press Release, March 28, 2012


Peel board to encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device

Board approves major investment in learning technology plan to boost 21st Century learning


At its Regular Meeting of the Board on March 27, 2012, Peel District School Board trustees approved the transfer of $7 million from its Working Fund Reserve to cover the cost of information technology infrastructure to support the board’s Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan. The result will transform access to technology in Peel schools.


“In global communities that are linked so closely through the Internet, it’s critical that we provide our students and staff with the tools they need to build 21st Century learning skills,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “The board’s historic financial investment in the future of learning and instructional technology will provide access to learning anytime, anywhere—access we know will lead to innovation and exploration through learning and connecting with the world. We need to expand access to current technology and encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device—to engage them in learning. The plan will also ensure equity of access to technology for all students through classroom computers and tablets in schools.


In the fall of 2010, the Peel board undertook a review of the current successes and challenges related to the implementation of digital technologies for teaching and learning. The outcome of the review is a set of recommendations based on the principles of 21st Century learning:

  • collaborative inquiry to solve real and relevant problems
  • creativity and innovation
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • communication

Key components of the board’s learning technology plan include:

  • teacher support and professional learning
  • equitable access to core technology across schools
  • digital learning resources available anywhere, anytime
  • Internet-based (Cloud) file services for students
  • enabling the use of student personal technology
  • wireless access to support personal student technology
  • policies and guidelines for the appropriate use of technology
  • communication and collaboration tools to engage students and parents

“Providing safe and accessible wireless networks is essential to the Peel board’s vision for learning technology,” says Pontes. “Wireless access will provide flexibility for the use of mobile technology, including tablets, personal electronic devices and laptops, in schools. Through the use of WiFi or Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), students and staff will be able to access learning and teaching resources and files on the Internet from anywhere in the building. A comprehensive communication plan to the system will be developed.”


All wireless equipment installed in Peel schools complies with Health Canada’s Safety Code. WLANs allow technology within schools to operate without cables and wiring, enabling greater access to the Internet through electronic devices that help to boost teaching and learning.


System implementation of the plan will begin in July 2012. A copy of the board’s Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan is available on the Peel board’s website at www.peelschools.orglook for the link in the “Spotlight” section of the home page.


Media contact: Tony Pontes, Director of Education, 905-890-1010/1-800-667-1146, ext. 2006


Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications (acting), 905-890-1010/1-800-667-1146, ext. 2814

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