Presbyterian Day School

Technology Responsible Use Policy

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades

1. I will use the laptop or mobile device only when I have permission from the

teacher. I understand that laptops and mobile devices at school are to be used to

promote learning, not for playing games.

2. I will use all the technology equipment carefully and respectfully, showing

proper care and handling. This includes only printing with the teacher’s permission,

closing and opening lid gently, and overall general use.

3. I will ask for help if I don’t know what to do.

4. I will tell an adult if I read or see something on the computer that is not

5. I will be a responsible Digital Citizen and will help others be responsible

citizens. I will never use the computer to hurt, frighten or bully others.

6. I will only use my own files or my own folders on the student server. I will

only access my computer files, respecting the work and ownership rights of students,

teachers, and others within and outside my school. I understand that any PDS

administrator, staff, or faculty member may review files, bookmarks, history, or other

files located on the server and my laptop or mobile device.

7. I will only share my passwords with my teacher or parent. I will not give out

any of my personal information without permission from a teacher or parent.

8. I will not change the desktop, dock, or other settings on my laptop. I will leave

the laptop and mobile device how it was set up when I first received it: such as,

never adding new programs, never moving applications, and never downloading or

installing software or files (including screen savers and widgets.) I will never clear

the history on my internet browsers.

9. I will respect all copyright laws and will make sure to show where I found

information and will not copy or share it without permission.

10. I will always be a representative of PDS while participating in online

activities. This includes being a respectful citizen, being mindful of what I say and

how I say things to others, and never publishing information that I would be

embarrassed to show my parents and teachers. In particular on student-created web

pages, blogs, or other social networks, I will comply with PDS rules, standards and expectations

and will honor the agreements I have signed.


I will abide by these 10 promises while I attend Presbyterian Day School. I understand

that if I violate any of these promises my use of the computer may be terminated, I may

not be able to participate in certain technology activities, and I may face other

________________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Student’s name (please print) Student’s signature Date


As a parent or legal guardian of the student signing, I have read and agree with this

Responsible Use Policy and grant permission for my son to access the Internet. I

understand that Presbyterian Day School’s technology resources are designed for

educational purposes. I also understand that it is impossible for Presbyterian Day School

to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold it responsible for

materials acquired on the network. The school is not liable in any way for irresponsible

acts on the part of the student. Furthermore, I accept full responsibility for supervision if

and when my child’s use is not in a school setting.

_____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Parent’s name (please print) Parent’s signature Date

I have discussed Presbyterian Day School’s Responsible Use Policy with my parents. I

understand and agree to its rules.

_____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________

Student’s name (please print) Student’s signature Date

Please sign and return this form to school tomorrow.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 June 2018

4th - 6th Student Generated Technology Responsible Use Policy

Expectations While in the Classroom:

  1. I understand that my teachers expect me to bring my laptop (in its sleeve, in its laptop carrying bag) to school, fully charged, everyday.  I understand that chargers are not to be brought to school but kept at home in a safe location. Keyboard covers are not allowed at PDS because they can be a distraction.  
  2. I also understand that my teachers expect me to be on topic with my laptop at all times during class.  This means that while at PDS my laptop is a tool for learning. I should not be
    • playing non-educational games
    • accessing non-educational sites
    • utilizing the multiple desktops to manage non-educational files
    • keeping open applications that I am not currently using for class
    • adjusting system preferences during class time
    • logged into any account that is not a PDS account.
  3. While taking online tests or completing work on a laptop, I am not allowed to use programs and sites that take the “thinking” away.
  4. Backing up to my Google Drive is my responsibility.  If something were to happen to my laptop, all of my needed files will be in my drive. I cannot use “not backing up my laptop files” as an excuse for turning something in late.  

Program Restrictions:

  1. I am aware that certain programs are only to be used when given special permission. I am only allowed to have PDS peers and faculty members added to my contacts, unless I have been granted special permission. I understand that my behavior online behavior is a part of who I am, and I will be an upstanding PDS representative.
  2. The iTunes program is only allowed to have music for specific school projects.  I may create music in Garageband or, with the teacher’s permission, transfer a song that I own onto my PDS laptop.  I will not use any free music streaming/downloading sites.  This includes any music files on my PDS laptop.
  3. AirDrop is a great way that I will be turning electronic files into my teacher or sharing with my classmates.  The use of this tool is for school materials only.  I will not share or pass along any games or downloaded files.  This also includes files, games, music, and videos that may be on a flashdrive that are not school related.  Flash Drives containing those files are not allowed on campus.

Expectations for my Digital Footprint:

I understand that having an account in multiple Web 2.0 tools (Google, Powerschool Learning, etc.) is a privilege, and I need to be a responsible, trustworthy, Digital Citizen representing PDS in cyberspace.  As a cyber-citizen, this means I will not access others’ computers, accounts or files without permission, bully others online, send offensive messages, and search inappropriate sites.

Expectation from the PDS Technology Department:

  1. I know that one of PDS’s main goals is to provide me with tools and resources to get the best education possible, and one of those tools is the use of technology. I can assist the Technology Department by never updating or installing software. I understand that downloading and installing programs, screensavers, files, etc. on my PDS laptop could bring in viruses to our school’s network or infect my computer. Therefore, I know that I will only download or install items that I have been told to do so by an adult at school.
  2. If I have an issue with a laptop (cracked screen, trackpad will not click, cannot access the Internet, a program will not turn on or work properly, a key falls off, etc.), I will report this to my teacher so that I may take the computer to the Technology Department to fix.  The Technology Department is the only place I can take my computer for repairs.  To help eliminate possible damages to my laptop, I will keep my computer in its sleeve in its laptop bag when I am not using it.  (My laptop bag will be at waist height so that it does not bang against my leg when walking.  I am not to use it to carry my AB, school books, pens and pencils, headphones, etc. because this can dent the computer’s shell, cracking the screen.) I will carefully place my laptop down in a place where people will not step on it. I will carry the laptop with two hands and never by its screen.  I will refrain from running with the laptop. When closing or opening the laptop, I will be cautious because I know the wires that connect the screen to the motherboard are located inside the hinge.
  3. Manipulating the settings established by the Technology Department could also cause my laptop to have problems.  Therefore, I will not alter any system preferences, remove any program from my hard drive, go into the Terminal application, or alter the wifi or network settings. I also promise not to delete my web browser’s (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) history.  
  4. There are other ways that I can assist the PDS Technology Department while being entrusted with the laptop.  I will
    • treat this laptop as if it were my own and be responsible for it by knowing where it is at all times and keeping it in secure places when I am not using it
    • keep food, drinks, magnets, and pets away from the computer
    • carry my laptop in its sleeve in its bag when traveling to different classes or places
    • not waste my laptop’s storage on non-educational items or create multiple folders buried inside multiple folders 
    • make sure that all actions, on and off campus, are legal and do not violate copyright laws
    • not place stickers on the laptop (including taping my usernames and passwords on to the machine)
    • have clean hands when using it
    • refrain from eating while using the laptop
    • use the laptop in a clean area.

Home Expectations:

I am fully responsible for the PDS laptop.  My parents expect me to follow many of the same PDS policies while at home, as well as any rules my parents set for laptop use.  If given permission by my parents, I am allowed to play non-educational games at home, though I understand that it is healthy to keep this amount of time limited and should be played after all my homework is done and I still must comply with this RUP. I am allowed, with parental permission, to access my own personal online accounts, but I will always log out before returning to PDS.   Finally, my friends, siblings, and other family members are not to use my PDS laptop.

To summarize these guidelines is to promise to use the school’s laptop responsibly, wisely, and always be a representative of PDS.

Please turn over for signatures.


I will abide by these guidelines while I attend Presbyterian Day School.  I understand that if I violate any of these promises my use of the computer may be terminated, I may not be able to participate in certain technology activities, and or I may face other disciplinary measures. I have discussed the Student Generated Responsible Use Policy with my parents.  I understand and agree to its rules.

Student’s Name (please print) Student’s Signature (please print) Date


As a parent or legal guardian of the student signing, I have read and agree with this Responsible Use Policy and grant permission for my son to access the Internet.  I understand that Presbyterian Day School’s technology resources are designed for educational purposes.  I also understand that it is impossible for Presbyterian Day School to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold it responsible for materials acquired on the network. The school is not liable in any way for irresponsible acts on the part of the student. Furthermore, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use is not in a school setting.

Parent’s Name (please print) Parent’s Signature (please print) Date

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Last modified on Thursday, 26 July 2018

A vibrant after-school program can be an important part of a child’s school experience and development. It can, among other things, give him an opportunity to explore and nurture new talents, experience success, and/or build upon classroom experiences during the day.

Several components, all under the ultimate leadership and coordination of both the Dean of Students and the Director of the Tutoring and Enrichment Center, constitute the after-school program at PDS.

Should a boy have less than satisfactory conduct, the school reserves the right to restrict or prohibit his participation in after-school activities.

AfterSchool Adventures

Boys in grades PK–6 may sign up for a wide variety of activities that meet after school. These sessions, which typically last for an hour, are led either by PDS faculty or by a respected vendor or member of the community, and include classes ranging from Taekwondo to Theatre, Chess to Legos.

A complete listing of the various offerings and their schedules for each semester will be both published to the website and sent home as a handout. Registration for all classes will be online.

Looking to register for an AfterSchool Adventure? Look for them on our event registration page.


For more information on AfterCare, see the AfterCare handbook entry.

Intramural Athletics

Football, Basketball, and soccer are offered for boys in grades 4–6.

More about Intramural Athletics

Tutoring & Enrichment Center

PDS offers both private tutoring sessions and after-school academic classes during both the school year and the summer.

For more information on tutoring, contact Laura Glenn.


Playing an instrument is a skill that can bring joy for a lifetime. PDS has a vibrant band program and offers instruction during the day and after school for boys in grades 5 and 6. Nearly half of the students participate in the optional program. Our boys receive both small group instruction and full-band rehearsals in two different levels. For more information about band, contact Stephanie Hancock, band teacher.

Private Art and Music Lessons

Nurture your son’s creative side by enrolling him in private art or music lessons. Sessions are billed per half-hour and instructors’ abilities range from painting and sculpting to piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, ukulele, and drums.

More information on the Fine Arts Conservatory.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

PDS offers an after-school care program from your son’s class dismissal time until 6:00pm for grades YK–6, the day-to-day runnings of which are handled by a trained staff consisting mostly of young adults and college students, who answer to the Director of AfterCare.

The children will be given a snack and engage in various organized and free-play activities both indoors and outdoors.

Boys in the Elementary division will have a period of supervised study and homework help during their day if it is needed.

All sign-ups are done online.

Sibing Stay

Since class dismissal times are staggered, Early Childhood students (YK-SK) who have an older sibling at PDS will be able to enroll in the program and attend AfterCare until the older sibling is dismissed. The younger sibling will be picked up by an AfterCare assistant at his specific dismissal time and join aftercare until his older sibling dismissal time. The parent is required to walk inside the main entrance and sign the younger sibling out of Sibling Stay BEFORE picking up the older sibling in carpool. The younger sibling will enjoy time on the playground or being inside with toys and activities during his time in Sibling Stay.

The cost for Early Childhood Sibling Stay is $400 per semester.

Register for AfterCare / Sibling Stay


AfterCare logistical and financial policies:

  • Hours of operation are from 2:00pm (1:30pm on Wednesdays) – 6:00pm. AfterCare main desk is open from 3:30–6:00pm.
  • The AfterCare desk is located at the main school entrance (the Elementary entrance by the gym). Please sign out your child at that location. To reach our AfterCare receptionist, call 901-842-4600.
  • AfterCare for JK–6th grade begins Wed, August 14. YK and PK AfterCare begins Monday, August 19. Last day of AfterCare is Wednesday, May 20.
  • AfterCare will operate every day PDS is in session including most half days. Please note that there will be no AfterCare on Friday, December 20 (Christmas Break).
  • AfterCare will not operate on inclement weather days or student holidays.
  • All boys in AfterCare are held to the same standards of conduct they are held to during regular school hours.
  • If you wish to register your son for AfterCare, please fill out our online registration form. Rates for the 2019–2020 school year are as follows:
    • 5 days a week - Per Semester - $1,042.50
    • 4 days a week - Per Semester - $962.50
    • 3 days a week - Per Semester - $812.50
    • 2 days a week - Per Semester - $620.00
    • 1 day a week - Per Semester - $395.00
  • Your son will be automatically enrolled and billed for the 2nd semester on January 1, 2020. Please let us know by December 1, 2019 if he will not be returning to aftercare for the 2nd semester.
  • If you would like to use our drop-in service please register online. Drop-in rate is $25 per day for a regular school day and $50 for a half-day school dismissal if kept past 3:00pm.
    • Boys (YK-SK) left at school 15 minutes past their dismissal time and boys (1st–6th) left at school 30 minutes past their dismissal time will be taken to AfterCare and charged the drop-in fee of $25.
  • Drop-ins and late pickups will be billed monthly.
  • Late pickup charges from AfterCare are as follows:
    • 6:01pm - 6:05pm: $25 late fee
    • 6:06pm - and later: $5 per minute
Last modified on Wednesday, 24 July 2019

All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are eligible to participate in the year-round, after-school intramural program. Tackle football is offered in the fall, basketball in the winter, and soccer in the spring.

We encourage as much participation as possible. All participants will be on a team, and all will play in each contest, provided they attend the practice sessions during the week. The school will provide the coaching. The parents are requested to provide for their sons any necessary special equipment. The school asks that only high quality, safe equipment be purchased. Call the Athletic Director if you have any questions concerning the purchasing of this equipment.

Students participating in the after-school athletic program must have a physical examination annually. A physician’s statement that a boy is physically fit for participation in our after-school program is required to be in the student’s file before he will be permitted to participate. The school reserves the right to remove any boy from an athletic team when it deems such removal is in the best interest of the boy or school. The ultimate decision to suspend from after-school athletics rests with the Elementary Division Principal.

Any 5th or 6th grade boy with an average of D or F in a core subject will not be allowed to participate in intramural or Crusader sports until that grade has improved. The decision to resume participation rests with the Elementary Division Principal.

A student must have been in class at least three hours of the school day in order to participate in athletics on the same day.

Parents, guardians and other family members/friends attending games must behave in a respectful manner consistent with the school’s values. This includes, but is not limited to, not booing, yelling or directing negative comments at any player, coach or referee/umpire.

For questions or more information on Athletics, contact Dennis Smith, Director of Operations and Athletics.

Last modified on Monday, 20 August 2018

Regular and purposeful gatherings form the core of any healthy community; imbuing these sorts of gatherings with a spiritual component is one of the most vital aspects of a boy’s experience at PDS. The Chapel program at PDS is truly one of the foundational elements of our boys’ education.

In striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, PDS seeks to “build” the whole boy, crafting not only his mind and body but his spirit as well. The Chapel program is an indispensable part of seeing this mission come to fruition in every boy, and when boys are the leaders of individual Chapel programs, they are provided with specific opportunities for public speaking and leadership.

Chapel is held four days a week at 8:05 am as follows:

  • Mondays - Grades 1-3 in the chapel
  • Tuesdays - Grades 4-6 in the chapel
  • Wednesdays - Early Childhood in the Commons
  • Fridays - Grades 1-6 in the sanctuary
Last modified on Wednesday, 01 August 2018
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