28.0 STUDENT USE OF THE INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
28.1 Use of the Internet and electronic communications shall not be considered private and may be subject to monitoring at any time.
28.2 Correspondence in the form of e-mail may constitute a public record and maybe subject to public inspection under the state open records law. E-mail shall be stored for a maximum of sixty (60) calendar days.
28.3 Improper use of the Internet or electronic communications may be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
28.4 Software that blocks or filters material and information that is obscene, child pornography or otherwise harmful to minors, as defined by the Board of Education, shall be installed on all school district computers having Internet or electronic communications access.
28.5 Students shall use school district computers in a responsible, ethical and legal manner. Examples of unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, accessing, creating, transmitting or forwarding material:
28.5.1 that promotes violence or destruction of property or concerns the manufacturing of destructive devices or weapons;
28.5.2 that contains pornographic, obscene or other sexually oriented materials, either as pictures or writings that are intended to stimulate erotic feelings or appeal to prurient interests in nudity, sex, or excretion;
28.5.3 that plagiarizes the work of another without express consent;
28.5.4 that uses inappropriate or profane language likely to be offensive to others in school the community; or
28.5.5 that harasses, threatens, demeans or promotes violence or hatred against another person or group with regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, marital status or disability.
28.6 Students shall not use another person’s password or any other identifier, gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to school district computers or systems, use unauthorized software or read, alter, delete or copy electronic communication of other users.
28.7 Students shall be supervised by staff while using the Internet or electronic communications at a ratio of at least one staff member to every 26 students. Students shall not reveal personal information, such as home addresses or telephone numbers, while using the Internet or electronic communications. Students may not give last names or location information without prior approval from a supervising staff member.
28.8 The Superintendent of Schools shall cause to be developed Student Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Guidelines and a Student Agreement Form (Exhibit A) that is to be signed by students and the parents of students under 18 prior to accessing the school district’s computer network and the Internet.
STUDENT INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
In order for the School District to be able to make its computer network and Internet access available, all students must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students must understand that one student’s misuse of the network and Internet access may jeopardize the ability of all students to enjoy such access. While the School District’s teachers and other staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise use of the network and Internet access, they must have student cooperation in exercising and promoting responsible use of this access.
Below are the Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Guidelines (“Guidelines”) of the School District. Upon reviewing these Guidelines and signing and returning the Student Agreement, each student will be given the opportunity to enjoy Internet access at school. If a student is under 18 years of age, he must have his parent(s) or guardian(s) read and sign this Student Agreement. The School District cannot provide access to any student who, if 18 or older, fails to sign and submit the Student Agreement as directed, or if under 18, does not submit the Student Agreement as directed with the signatures of the student and his parent or guardian.
Listed below are the provisions of the agreement regarding computer network and Internet use. If any student violates these Guidelines, the student’s access privileges may be revoked and the student may be subject to School District disciplinary action and/or legal action.
I. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY
By signing these Guidelines, you agree not only to follow the rules in these Guidelines, but agree to report any misuse of the network to the system administrator. Misuse means any violation of these Guidelines or any other use that is not included in these Guidelines, but has the effect of harming another or his property.
II. TERM OF THE PERMITTED USE
A student who submits to the School District, as directed, a properly signed Student Agreement and follows these Guidelines to which he has agreed will have computer network and Internet access during the course of the school year only. Students are required to sign a new Student Agreement each year during which they are students in the School District before they are given an access account.
III. ACCEPTABLE USES
A. Educational Purposes Only. The School District is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for educational purposes only. If you have any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is educational, you should consult the system administration.
B. Unacceptable Uses of Network. Examples of unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Accessing, sending, creating or posting materials of communications that are:
a) Damaging to another person’s reputation;
d) Sexually oriented;
e) Threatening or demeaning to another person’s gender or race;
f) Contrary to the School District’s guidelines on harassment;
h) Harassing; or
2. Using the network for financial gain or advertising.
3. Using the network for commercial transactions or political purposes.
4. Using another individual’s password or some other user identifier.
5. Posting or plagiarizing work created by another person without their consent.
6. Forging or posting anonymous electronic mail messages.
7. Attempting to read, alter, delete, or copy electronic mail messages of other system users.
8. Using the School District’s computer hardware or network for any illegal activity such as copying or downloading copyrighted software or violation of copyright laws.
9. Loading or using games, public domain, shareware or any other unauthorized program on any School District computer or computer system.
10. Purposely infecting any School District computer or network with a virus or program designed to damage, alter, destroy or provide access to unauthorized data or information.
C. Network Etiquette. All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:
1. Be polite. Use appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or threatening language.
2. Avoid language and uses which may be offensive to users. Don’t use access to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, or other material which is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
3. Do not assume that a sender of e-mail is giving permission for you to forward or redistribute the message to third parties or to give his e-mail address to third parties. This should only be done with permission or when you know that the individual would have no objection.
4. Be considerate when sending attachments with e-mail (where this is permitted). Be sure that the file is not too large to be accommodated by the recipient’s system and is in a format which the recipient can open.
IV. INTERNET SAFETY
A. General Warning; Individual Responsibility of Parents and Users.
All users and their parents/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school-aged pupils. Every user shall take responsibility for his or her use of the computer network and Internet and stay away from theses sites. Parents of minors are the best guide to materials to shun. If a student finds that other users are visiting offensive or harmful sites, he or she shall report use to the system administrator.
B. Personal Safety. In using the computer network and Internet, do not reveal personal information such as your home address or telephone number. Without first obtaining permission of a supervising teacher, do not use your real last name or any other information which might allow a person to locate you. Do not arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you “meet” on the computer network or Internet without your parent’s permission (if you are under 18). Regardless of your age, you should never agree to meet, in a secluded place or in a private setting, a person you have only communicated with on the Internet.
C. “Hacking” and Other Illegal Activities. It is a violation of these guidelines to use the School District’s computer network or the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computers or computer systems, or to attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any use which violates state or federal law relating to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is prohibited and may result in legal action.
D. Confidentiality of School District Information. Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian or, if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student himself. Users should never give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet, particularly credit card numbers and social security numbers.
E. Active Restriction Measures. The School District, either by itself or in combination with its Internet service provider, will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors. The School District will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or technological means, to ensure that students are not accessing such depictions or any other material which is inappropriate for minors.
Internet filtering software or other technology-based protection systems may be disabled by a supervising teacher or school administrator, as necessary, for purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by adults (18 and over).
The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C Section 254(h) (7), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that
¯ Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
¯ Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual conduct, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;
¯ Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for your education. The School District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage for a maximum of sixty (60) calendar days. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the School District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.
VI. FAILURE TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES
The user’s use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates these guidelines shall, at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which the School District may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the student’s enrollment in the School District. A user violates these guidelines by his own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates these guidelines if he permits another to use his account or password to access the computer network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. The School District may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances and/or may report criminal violations to law enforcement.
The School District makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under these guidelines. The School District shall not be
responsible for any claims, losses, damages or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) arising out of the user’s use of its computer networks or the Internet under these guidelines. By signing the Student Agreement (Exhibit A) and/or Parent/Guardian Agreement (Exhibit B), a user (which means the student if 18 years of age or older, or otherwise the parents(s) or guardian(s) agree to indemnify and hold harmless the School District and all of the School District’s board members, officers, employees, agents and representatives from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages resulting from the user’s access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user. The user or, if the user is a minor, the user’s parent(s) or guardian(s), agree to cooperate with the School District in the event the School District initiates an investigation into a user’s use of his access to its computer network and the Internet, whether that use is on a School District computer or on another computer outside the School District’s network.
Users, and if appropriate, the user’s parents/guardians, may be asked from time to time to provide new or additional registration and account information or to sign new Guidelines, for example, to reflect developments in the law or technology. Such information shall be provided by the user (or his/her parents or guardians) or such new guidelines shall be signed if the user wishes to continue to receive service. If after you have provided your account information, some or all of the information changes, you shall notify the person designated by the School District to receive such information.
Legal references: Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554) Communications Act of 1934, as amended (47 U.S.C. 254(h) (1) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F)