Computers & Internet Acceptable Use Policy – updated 2/25/16

STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE AND INTERNET SAFETY

EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT computers, network, and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff. This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.

Compliance with EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s policies and rules concerning computer and Internet use is mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked. The building principal is authorized to determine, after considering the circumstances involved, whether and for how long a student’s computer privileges will be altered. The building principal’s decision shall be final [OR: may be appealed to the Superintendent]

Violations of this policy and EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computer and Internet rules may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.

EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT computers remain under the control, custody and supervision of the school unit at all times. The school unit monitors all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on school property or elsewhere.

INTERNET SAFETY

EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT uses filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography. Although EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT takes precautions to supervise and monitor student use of the Internet, parents should be aware that the EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer and Internet use by students in violation of Board policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school. The school unit is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.

In the interest of student Internet safety, EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT also educates students and parents about online behavior, including interacting with other people on social networking sites and in chat rooms, the dangers of engaging in “hacking” and other unlawful online activities, and issues surrounding “sexting” and cyberbullying awareness and response.

The Superintendent / designee shall be responsible for integrating age-appropriate Internet safety training and “digital citizenship” into the curriculum and for documentation of Internet safety training.

IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICY AND “ACCEPTABLE USE” RULES

The Superintendent / designee shall be responsible for implementation of this policy and the accompanying “acceptable use” rules. Superintendent / designee may implement additional administrative procedures or school rules, consistent with Board policy to govern Internet access and the day-to-day management, security, and operations of the school unity’s computer and network systems and to prevent the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

Students and parents shall be informed of this policy and the accompanying rules through student handbooks, the school website, and / or other means selected by the Superintendent.

Legal Reference: 20 USC § 677 (Enhancing Education through Technology Act)
47 USC § 254(h)(5) (Children’s Internet Protection Act)
47 CFR § 54.52 (Children’s Internet Protection Act Certifications)
Federal Communications Commission Order and Report 11-125, (August 10, 2011)

Cross Reference: EGAD – Copyright Compliance
GCSA – Employee Computer and Internet Use
IJNDB-R – Student Computer and Internet Use Rules
IJND – Distance Learning Program

Adopted January 13, 2003
Revised: February 24, 2016

STUDENT COMPUTER / INTERNET USE ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM

No student shall be allowed to use school computers of the Internet until the student and parent / guardian have signed and returned this acknowledgment to the school.

Student:
I have read policy IJNDB – Student Computer / Internet Use and IJNDB-R Student Computer / Internet Use Rules and agree to comply with them.

_____________________________________________________ _________________________________
Signature of Student Date

Parent / Guardian:

I have read policy IJNDB – Student Computer / Internet Use and IJNDB – R Student Computer Use Rules and understand that my son / daughter’s use of school computers is subject to compliance with these rules.

_____________________________________________________ _________________________________
Signature of Parent / Guardian Date

Adopted: February 24, 2016

EAST RANGE II SCHOOL BOARD
STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE RULES

A. Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right
These rules implement Board policy IJNDB – Student Computer and Internet Use. The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users. Failure to comply with Board Policy IJNDB and these rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action, and / or legal action.

The building principal shall have the final authority to decide whether a student’s privilege will be denied or revoked.

B. Acceptable Use
Student access to EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks and Internet services are provided for educational purposes and research consistent with EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals.

The same rules and expectations govern student use of computers as apply to other student conduct and communications.

Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff member / volunteer when accessing EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks, and Internet services.

C. Prohibited Use
The user is responsible for his / her actions and activities involving school unit computers, networks and Internet services and for his / her computer files, passwords and accounts. Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include but are not limited to:

1. Accessing Inappropriate Materials – Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and / or illegal.

2. Illegal Activities – Using EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks, and Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that violates other Board polices, procedures, and / or school rules;

3. Violating Copyrights – Copying or downloading copyrighted materials without the owner’s permission;

4. Plagiarism – Representing as one’s own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.) When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and Websire must be identified;

5. Copying Software – Copying or downloading software without the express authorization of the system administrator;

6. Non-School-Related Uses – Using EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks and I
Internet services for non-school-related purposes such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes, or for and other personal use;

7. Misuse of Passwords / Unauthorized Access – Sharing passwords, using other users’ passwords without permission and / or accessing other users’ accounts;

8. Malicious Use / Vandalism – Any malicious use, disruption or harm to EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities and creation / uploading of computer viruses; and

9. Unauthorized Use to Chat Rooms / News Groups – Accessing chat rooms or news groups without specific authorization from the supervising teacher.

D. No Expectation of Privacy
EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT retains control, custody and supervision of all computers, networks and Internet services owned or leased by EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectations of privacy in their use of school computers, including e-mail and stored files.

E. Compensation for Losses, Costs and / or Damages
The student and / or the student’s parent / guardian shall be responsible for compensating EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT for and losses, costs or damages incurred by EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT to violations of policy IJNDB and / or these rules, including investigation of violations.

F. EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs or Illegal Use
EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges made by students including but not limited to credit card charges, long-distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal use of its computers such as copyright violations.

G. Student Security

A student shall not reveal his / her full name, address or telephone number on the Internet without prior permission from a supervising teacher. Students should never meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental permission. Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them uncomfortable in any way.

H. System Security
The security of EAST RANGE II SCHOOL DEPARTMENT’s computers, networks and Internet services is a high priority. Any user who identifies a security problem must notify the school administrator. The user shall not demonstrate the problem to others. Any user who attempts or causes a breach of system security shall have his / her privileges revoked and may be subject to additional disciplinary and / or legal action.

I. Parental Permission Required


Students and their parent / guardian are required to sign and return the Computer / Internet Access Acknowledgement Form (IJNDB-E) before being allowed to use the school computers.

Cross Reference: IJNDB – Student Computer and Internet Use

Adopted: February 24, 2016

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