The Valley Central School District Technology is committed to the integration of information technology seamlessly into our classrooms and teaching the 21st Century skills our students need to succeed in the modern world.
Parent Tech Newsletter
Created by our Instructional Technology Coach, this monthly newsletter archive has many helpful tips and tools!
Parent Digital Resource Website
Created by our Instructional Technology Coach, this webpage will help you navigate the digital side of learning.
Need Tech Help with Your Chromebook?
Parent Portal is a highly secure, internet-based application through which you are able to view district-permitted details of your student’s academic records.
VCSD Acceptable Use Policy
The Board of Education encourages the use of computers and networked information resources, including the Internet, for educational purposes. The VCSD Acceptable Use Policy outlines the use of school computers, software, and other technology resources.
The Valley Central School District strives to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment, including such by cyberbullying; and will foster civility in the schools to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, Education Law, Article 2. BOE Policy 5311.2
District Technology Plan Summary
The Valley Central School District Technology Planning Committee consists of various district stakeholders consisting of administrators, teachers, consultants, and other school support staff from each of our seven district buildings. In the past, the VCSD Technology Plans have focused on integrating Information Technology seamlessly into our classrooms, and teaching the 21st Century skills our students need to learn in order to contribute to the modern world.
We have had to reassess our methods of delivering this technology and measuring its effectiveness, therefore our current plan has acted as a work in progress that we are continually re-adjusting to meet our goals. The same is now true of our 2018-2021 Technology Plan as it remains a continuation of plans that were previously submitted, and consistently require re-evaluation and adjustment to insure our students learn alongside the rapidly changing advances in technology. Since the technology evolves at an alarming rate, we will continue to shift our goals to evolve along with what is available and necessary in our classrooms.
We will provide authentic technology tools to students, and we will teach them how to use those tools effectively and safely. Given our economic status, this may sometimes be difficult due to financial limitations, but we will accept those challenges and continue to produce creative methods of working with what is available, as well as monitor our effectiveness of these methods.
Smart Schools Act
Governor Cuomo called for New York State to invest $2 billion in its schools through a Smart Schools Bond Act – an initiative that would finance educational technology and infrastructure, providing students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the global economy. New Yorker’s agreed and voted in the Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) in November 2014.
The Smart Schools Commission released a final report in Fall 2014 outlining how school districts could invest the money allocated to each district.
The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program. Valley Central’s plan has been approved and the state is releasing the funding.
On November 9, 2020 the VCSD BOE approved the Smart Schools Investment Plan Submission #2 for Touchscreens.