General Statement of Policy
Limited Educational Purpose
Use of System is a Privilege
Consistency with Other School Policies
Limited Expectation of Privacy
Internet Use Agreement
Limitation on School District Liability
Parent Responsibility; Notification of Student Internet Use
The purpose of this acceptable use policy is to set forth guidelines for access to the school district computer system and acceptable use of the Internet.
In making decisions regarding student access to the school district computer system and to the Internet, the school district considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. The school district expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the school district computer system and the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.
The school district is providing students and employees with access to the school district's computer system, which includes Internet access. The school district system has a limited educational purpose, which includes use of the system for classroom activities, professional or career development. Users are expected to use Internet access through the district system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school district and school policies. Uses that might be acceptable on a user's private personal account on another system may not be acceptable on this limited purpose network.
The use of the school district system and access to use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of the school district system or the Internet may result in one or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use of access privileges; payments for damages and repairs; discipline under other appropriate school district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of employment; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws.
A. The following uses of the school district system and Internet resources or accounts are considered unacceptable:
B. If a user inadvertently accesses unacceptable materials or an unacceptable Internet site, the user shall immediately disclose the inadvertent access to an appropriate school district official. This disclosure may serve as a defense against an allegation that the user has intentionally violated this policy. A user may also in certain rare instances access otherwise unacceptable materials if necessary to complete an assignment and if done with the prior approval of and with appropriate guidance from the appropriate teacher.
Use of the school district computer system and use of the Internet shall be consistent with school district policies and the mission of the school district.
A. By authorizing use of the school district system, the school district does not relinquish control over materials on the system or contained in files on the system. Users should expect only limited privacy in the contents of personal files on the school district system.
B. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the school district system may lead to a discovery that a user has violated this policy, another school district policy, or the law.
C. An individual investigation or search will be conducted if school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school district policy.
D. Parents have the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of their child's data files. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child's individual account at any time.
E. School district employees should be aware that any and all data and email files maintained on the school district system may be subject to review, disclosure or discovery.
The school district will cooperate fully with local, state and federal authorities in any investigation concerning or related to any illegal activities and activities not in compliance with school district policies conducted through the school district system.
A. The proper use of the Internet, and the educational value to be gained from proper Internet use, is the joint responsibility of students, parents and employees of the school district.
B. By inclusion within the student handbook, it is understood by the student, parent or guardian, and school district staff, that these guidelines, as with all guidelines contained within the student handbook, are agreed upon. Parents or guardians that do not agree with this computer use policy may elect to have their child excluded from all activities involving the use of the Internet by completing an Internet exclusion form.
Use of the school district system is at the user's own risk. The system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. The school district will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including, but not limited to, loss, damage or unavailability of data stored on school district diskettes, tapes, hard drives or servers, or for delays or changes in or interruptions of service or misdeliveries or nondeliveries of information or materials, regardless of the cause. The school district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any advice or information obtained through or stored on the school district system. The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through unauthorized use of the school district system or the Internet.
A. Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student's use of the school district system and of the Internet if the student is accessing the school district system from home or a remote location.