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OLEAN – The Olean Board of Education this week enacted a policy regulating the use of technology in the district.

Cso Woodworth, the district’s technology administrator; other administrators; and a stakeholders committee crafted the document to spell out what is permissible in student use of digital devices.

Students may use devices and emerging technologies as long as they do not violate existing policies regarding bullying and the state’s Dignity for All Students Act. Students are expected to act responsibly with the technology and are permitted to use their devices with the permission of staff and faculty.

Some areas are expressly recognized as off-limits for using a digital device under the policy – “locker rooms, restrooms, health offices and any other areas where a person would reasonably expect some degree of personal privacy.”

The board also reviewed and enacted changes in its policy regarding the use of tobacco on school grounds, which had not been revised since 2009.

A few minor changes in language have been enacted to add a no-smoking area within 100 feet of an entrance or outdoor area of any district school building.

The smoking policy has added language to adapt to growing advances in tobacco use. E-cigarettes as well as any other item that contains nicotine are banned from school property. The only items exempted are those that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a smoking cessation product. The policy also prohibits smoking in district vehicles. Both the social media and smoking policies go into effect immediately.